Eenwu

Eenwu joined FoodStart on May 21, 2013

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Eenwu

 
Christeen Jackson
Lincoln, Nebraska

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My name is Christeen Jackson and I am from Ketchikan, Alaska. I come from the Tlingit heritage and have been raised learning the language, song, dance, lifestyle, and of course food. My father introduced me to the kitchen at a very young age. When I was still an infant, he would sit me in my high chair and demonstrate how to cook certain dishes. It was like my own food network show, but live. My dad has always been an inspiration to me, especially when it came to cooking, but he wasn't my only inspiration. My grandma Sandy was also pretty motivational when it came to the kitchen. In fact, she has helped me kick into gear with my life long dream of opening a restaurant. Growing up, I spent a lot of time at Grandma's house, and go figure, the most memorable moments were in the kitchen. As I got older, I started talking to her about opening up a restaurant and doing what I was meant to do. She's been nothing but supportive. Finally there's my grandma Isabella. She was an amazing woman. In fact, she's the woman who taught me how to make my core item: Fried Bread. She taught me how to make the bread my own and turn it into a goal. My goal throughout my entire lifetime has been to open my own restaurant. I love to feed people and people love to be fed. My short term goal is to start small and start making tacos, burgers, and sandwiches with fried bread. Eventually, I want to grow to have a full dine-in restaurant and serve an Alaskan cuisine consisting of seafood, fry bread, and many other dishes. This has been my dream for years, but recently my outlook has changed. It's no longer a dream, it's what I am going to do.