Traditional Indigenous spiritual teachings helped Christopher ‘Ian’ Gladue transform his life to one that includes a successful local business. After facing adversity with abuse, addiction, imprisonment, and a near-death experience, the owner of Native Delights now shares Indigenous food traditions with the community.
Ian built his company on a dream: to make food specific to Powwows available to everyone. So he built his own concession vending cart and took his mission to Churchill Square, where he teamed up with his long-time friend Curtis Cardinal. They sold out of their Bannock Burgers and Rez Dogs on the first day.
Since these humble beginnings nearly 10 years ago, Native Delights has made appearances at major events like Big Valley Jamboree, K-Days, and Taste of Edmonton. They now run a successful mobile concession (food truck) and offer catering services, and before COVID closures they had run a restaurant kiosk inside the SuperFlea Market.
They will be back at Taste of Edmonton with crowd favourites like the Traditional Fried Bannock, Bacon Cheddar Bannock Slider, and Bison Pemmican Bites. Don’t miss this opportunity to indulge in good food and contribute to the success of an inspiring story.