The Mitsitam Cafe is open daily 11 AM–3 PM; closed December 25.
The Mitsitam Expresso Coffee Bar is open daily 10 AM–5:30 PM; closed December 25.
“Mitsitam” means “Let’s eat!” in the Native language of the Delaware and Piscataway peoples. The museum’s Mitsitam Native Foods Cafe enhances the museum experience by providing visitors the opportunity to enjoy the indigenous cuisines of the Americas and to explore the history of Native foods. The Cafe features Native foods found throughout the Western Hemisphere, including the Northern Woodlands, South America, the Northwest Coast, Meso America and the Great Plains. Each of the five food stations depict regional lifeways related to cooking techniques, ingredients, and flavors found in both traditional and contemporary dishes. Selections include authentic Native foods such as traditional fry bread and corn totopos as well as contemporary items with a Native American twist—think buffalo burgers!
Chef Freddie Bitsoie
Freddie J. Bitsoie (Dine [Navajo]), from New Mexico, has been at the forefront of Native American foods for more than ten years. He studied anthropology and art history at the University of New Mexico, and culinary arts at Le Cordon Bleu Culinary School in Scottsdale, Arizona. Chef Freddie has traveled the world lecturing, training, and cooking indigenous foods from the Western Hemisphere, advocating bringing Native American foods into the mainstream. He has collaborated with the Heard Museum, California African American Museum, Pueblo Grande Museum, College of the Holy Cross, Leech Lake College, Arizona State University, the Arizona Office of Tourism, and tribal casinos across the country. Chef Freddie believes his mission is to tell the story of Native American food, and he lives by the motto, "There is no shame in eating."
Mitsitam Espresso Coffee Bar
The museum’s new Mitsitam Espresso Coffee Bar serves pastries and casual fare from the cafe’s repertoire, plus Tribal Grounds Coffee—organic, fair-trade coffee grown by indigenous farmers and imported, roasted, and provided to the museum by the Eastern Band of Cherokee. Tables in the coffee bar are adjacent to the Potomac Atrium, the heart of the museum and site of many cultural presentations and festivals. A lending rack of tribal newspapers is available for visitors who want to catch up on news from Indian Country.