FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Feed your mind, body, and spirit at one of our monthly dinners with an illuminating author. Includes 3-course seasonal meal prepared by noted regional field-to-table chef Brian Alberg, wine, and a signed book. Limited seating.
DINNER WITH DAR WILLIAMS
Saturday, September 30, 6pm
Beer, bourbon, and BBQ with one of today’s most compelling performers. Dubbed “one of America’s very best singer-songwriters” by the New Yorker, Dar Williams has made her career not in stadiums, but touring America’s small towns. She has played their venues, composed in their coffee shops, and drunk in their bars. She has seen these communities struggle, but also seen them thrive in the face of postindustrial identity crises. In her new book, What I Found in a Thousand Towns: A Traveling Musician’s Guide to Rebuilding America’s Communities One Coffee Shop, Dog Run, and Open-Mike Night at a Time, Williams muses on why some towns flourish while others fail, examining elements from the significance of history and nature to the uniting power of public spaces and food. Says Richard Florida: “This book will open your eyes to the key things that make communities succeed and thrive even when the deck is stacked against them.” Come hear her talk over BBQ – we’ll have it in the 1910 Barn since she’ll play a few tunes after dinner.
DINNER WITH RACHEL URQUHART
Saturday, October 14, 6pm
“Transfixing” is how The New York Times described The Visionist, Rachel Urquhart’s mesmerizing novel about a teenage girl who takes refuge in a Shaker community in western Massachusetts. It’s “a thrilling exploration of good and evil, friendship, family, and faith in 19th-century Massachusetts,” according to The Guardian, and based on extensive research conducted at Hancock Shaker Village. With a feminist subtext, the book is also a meditation on the value of hardship and the transformative nature of ectstacy. according to The New York Times. Urquhart, who contributes to the New Yorker, Vogue, and Spy, among many others, will talk about the rapturous side of the Shakers, and her book that has been called “shatteringly original” (San Francisco Chronicle), “exquisite” (NPR) and “full of energy and excitement and feeling” (New York Review of Books).
Includes seasonal buffet dinner by farm-to-table chef Brian Alberg, wine, and book.
DINNER WITH VIRGINIA WILLIS
With a PBS series in the works and a James Beard award under her belt, Southern Living Magazine chef and editor-at-large Virginia Willis comes to Hancock to put a southern spin on old Shaker favorites. The celebrity chef at last year’s Kentucky Derby, Willis teams up with farm-to-table chef Brian Alberg to create a memorable Shaker-meets-Southern dinner. Learn how the author of Lighten Up, Y’all: Classic Southern Recipes Made Healthy and Wholesome incorporates foodways of the Kentucky Shakers as she reimagines Shaker cooking, taking advantage of our garden produce.
Tell me this dinner doesn’t make you mouth water!
Includes dinner, wine, and her cookbook.