Academic journal article The Journal of Chickasaw History and Culture

Aaimpa' Café

Academic journal article The Journal of Chickasaw History and Culture

Aaimpa' Café

Article excerpt

The Chickasaw Aaimpa' Café, Aaimpa meaning "place to eat" will be located in the Anoli' Theater building on the Chickasaw Cultural Center campus in Sulphur, Oklahoma. Like all other buildings on campus, the café features a strong influence of southeastern designs such as spirals. The café will have seating located on the inside as well as out, seating around 70 people inside and 40 on the outside patio. While enjoying one of many delicacies from the café, visitors can enjoy views of the amphitheater, the woods, and part of the traditional village from the three large windows overlooking the campus, which should create a relaxing atmosphere.

The Aaimpa' Café menu will offer foods that are in season and hold great significance to the Chickasaw people. Seasonal, fresh products and produce will be served, as well as favorites to the area that were used and eaten by natives. Also, much of the produce, such as the tomatoes, peppers, okra, and herbs, will be grown on campus.

An interesting element that visitors will notice is that many of the dishes incorporate the Chickasaw language into the names of the meals and daily specials. Some foods that will be used hold significance to not only Chickasaws, but other native peoples as well. One example of this is the three sisters medley (corn, beans, and squash), pork, buffalo, quail, pishofa, and grape dumplings. All of these items will be offered on the menu.

The Aaimpa' Café will open by staffing a crew of eight and will eventually fully staff 10-12 other crew members who will utilize a full kitchen. …

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