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2017 DINNER ON THE BLUFF SERIES
Treat yourself to a night of great food and enlightened conversation. Noted speakers and presenters from throughout the country will kick off the evening with an engaging presentation followed by a delicious gourmet meal!
All dinners will begin with the presentation at 5:00pm followed by a buffet dinner. The cost is $25 per person for early bird reservations and $30 per person for reservations made the week of the event. Buy the entire series (all five dinners) for $100 per person or $180 per pair by calling Eagle Bluff. Pre-registration is required.
Dr. Joshua Lallaman: Protecting our Water
Saturday, January 14th
Freshwater resources are critically imperiled across the globe. Minnesota is fortunate to contain more than 10,000 lakes and 100,000 stream miles that provide habitat for fish and wildlife, places for recreation, and opportunities for economic growth. Unfortunately, over half of these waters currently don't meet the Minnesota Pollution Control Agencies standards for recreational use. Dr. Joshua Lallaman, Assistant Professor of Biology at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota will identify some of these major threats to freshwater and root causes of the problems. The presentation will end with a discussion of how community members can engage with water conservation, protection, and stewardship.
First Course: Baby Spinach with Duck Cracklings, Creamy Corn Chowder with Trout, Buttery Breadsticks
Main Course: Smoked Duck Breast with Black Garlic Aioli, Caramelized Onions and Cabbage
Dessert: Wild Rice Pudding with Wine-Soaked Cranberries
Lyla June: Water is Life
Saturday, February 4th
We are thrilled to welcome Lyla June to Eagle Bluff for a two-part event!
Lyla June has emerged as a compelling Native American voice for prayer and peaceful resistance. She will describe her participation in the historic, environmental event unfolding at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota, in which thousands of Native American's have unified to stop an oil pipeline that threatens the water supply of millions of people. This gathering has attracted worldwide recognition, galvanizing legions of supporters to "Stand with Standing Rock." Lyla June's message has the potential to change not only our approach to fossil fuels and water, but also how we honor our native neighbors. In addition to speaking about her experience at Standing Rock, she will also be performing some of her poetry and music.
First Course: Hearty Appetizers: 3-sisters cakes, flatbreads (smoked salmon, honey-walnut), maple-glazed turkey wings
Main Course: Bison Stew over Fluffy Wild Rice Pilaf
Dessert: Fire on the Iceberg
*This featured event, has the option to stay overnight in Eagle Bluff's lodging and/or partake in a breakfast followed by a dialog with Lyla Sunday morning.
Breakfast with Lyla
Sunday, February 5th
Join Lyla for breakfast at Eagle Bluff followed by a discussion about how we, as people of red, white, black, middle-eastern and Asian heritage can constructively move forward.
Breakfast will be served from 8:00-8:30 a.m. with the discussion to follow.
$15 for breakfast
(Package includes a Dinner on the Bluff ticket, lodging in our dormitory, and the breakfast and dialog)
Multi-person room: $60/per person
Private room: $80/per person
*lodging includes sheets and linens (pillow, blanket, sheets, hand & bath towel)
Check out Lyla at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nr2VLI8jKww
Sponsors include Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, Lanesboro Local
Ryan Lee: Always a River Concert
Saturday, March 4th
Enjoy an evening of acoustic songs and stories from Minnesota songwriter, Ryan Lee. Ryan creates newfangled folk music full of humanity and heart. He has traveled around the world; writing, performing, teaching, creating and sharing his emotional songs of the human experience.
Main Course: Beef Wellington
Dessert: Chocolate Mousse in Chocolate Cups
Larry Dolphin: An Evening of Stories: from Ruffed Grouse to Action
Saturday, April 1st
Through teaching strategies using mimicry, props, slides, story, and song; the story will be told of a life long connection to the natural world and how those enjoyable experiences manifested into the very important imperative to help others share that passion about our planet so that we might sustain it for all life.
Main Course: Cake and Sundae
Dessert: Soup and Sandwich
Lucie Amundsen: Locally Laid
Saturday, May 6th
Lucie Amundsen joins us from Northern Minnesota to discuss her family's pratfall into chicken farming and the surprising hope they found in the mysterious, little known and poorly named segment of "middle agriculture." Lucie, a writer, marketer and reluctant farmer, co-owns Locally Laid Egg Company with her husband. Locally Laid Egg Company is a farm that provides pasture-raised eggs and partners with a total of seven other mid-level producers. These farms source and sell within their own regions to reduce food miles and strengthen local economies. Lucie uses her Masters in Creative Writing to ghostwrite for a chicken in her recent book Locally Laid, 2016 Midwest Choice Award in Nonfiction.
Main Course: Steamed Free-Range Egg over Creamy Polenta with Ragu
Is there an age limit to enter the event?
This is event is tailored for adult participants. Please inquire about bringing younger guests.
What are my parking options getting to the event?
There is a large parking on your left as you enter Eagle Bluff. Please drive to the stop sign, park in the lot on your left and then follow the event signs to the check-in table in the Discovery Center. There is also a drop off at the door option, follow the appropriate signs. However you must park your vehicle at the upper parking lot mentioned above.
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Bridget Tonne, Events and Marketing Coordinator
Who do I contact about food allergies for dinner?
Please contact Bridget. Food allergies will be accomodated when possible if provided with information in advance.
Is my registration/ticket transferrable?
Your tickets cannot be switched to another date. Please refer to the cancellation policy.
Can I update my registration information?
Yes, you can update the information on the Eventbrite website.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
No, you do not need to bring your printed ticket. Instead you will need the name of the person who made the reservation.
What is the refund policy?
To receive a full refund a cancellation must be made at least 24 hours prior to the start of the event (cancellation deadline is the Friday prior to the event by 4pm).