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famous dave fry bread stand

In my later years to help make ends meet during the summer, my mom would take us kids to her reservation during the tribe’s annual Honor the Earth Celebration Pow-Wow.  This is a magnificent gathering of the tribes during the third week in July.  Indian families across the Midwest gather at the Lac Courte Oreilles Pow-Wow grounds and for four days they honor our mother earth through Indian dancing, feasts, and give-a-ways.  My mom always had an Indian Fry Bread Booth where she made Indian Fry Bread and served it with Venison.  She also made a wild rice soup that was so tasty people lined up at her food booth waiting for her soup to be done.  Today, we serve this tasty wild rice soup in all our Famous Dave’s restaurants.  Cooking at these Indian Pow-wows, I learned how to serve large numbers of people helping my mom cook and waiting on the long lines of hungry dancers and spectators.  This is where my passion for wanting to be in the restaurant business developed.

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