Food for Thought

Feed your mind, body, and spirit at one of our monthly dinners with an illuminating speaker. Includes a 3-course farm-to-table dinner prepared by noted regional chef Brian Alberg with wine. Limited seating.

There is a delicious and robust vegetarian option for each dinner (if it isn’t already). Just let us know your preference!


Friday, June 28, 6pm

Dinner with Mitch Horowitz

Occult America: The Secret History of How Mysticism Shaped our Nation

From its earliest days, America served as an arena for the revolutions in alternative spirituality that eventually swept the globe. In Occult America, PEN Award-winning author Mitch Horowitz, opens a new window on the past presenting a dramatic, pioneering look at the esoteric genesis of spirituality and mysticism and it’s profound impact on American culture.  Occult America takes a slightly off-center look at American history through the lens of those who believed, prayed, practiced, and lived a little differently from the rest of us, including Mother Ann Lee and the Shakers.  The genesis of spirituality and mysticism and its impact on modern American culture, politics, and religion.

“Occult America treats esoteric ideas and movements with an even-handed intellectual studiousness that is too often lost in today’s raised-voice discussions about religion and belief systems” (The Washington Post).

TICKETS $100/90 MEMBERS, includes seasonal dinner, wine, and book


Saturday, July 13, 6pm

Dinner with Simon Winchester

The revered New York Times bestselling author and historian Simon Winchester has written another fascinating book, The Perfectionists: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World. Over dinner, the highly entertaining Winchester will discuss how the dazzling advances that produced the scientific revolution, the industrial revolution, and revolutions that followed owe their success to a single engineering element: precision.

Made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2006 for his contributions to the field of journalism and literature, Winchester is the author of many books, including The Professor and the Madman, The Map That Changed the World, and Krakatoa, all of which have appeared on numerous bestseller lists.

TICKETS $100/$90 MEMBERS, includes seasonal dinner, wine, and book


Saturday, August 17, 6pm

Dinner with Jim Shepard

The first book of nonfiction from one of today’s great fiction writers, The Tunnel at the End of the Light by Jim Shepard explores the way the movies have shaped our understanding of ourselves as Americans, for better of for worse. Why do we stubbornly believe, for example, that our country always means well when intervening abroad? With penetrating insight, Shepard will talk over dinner about the ways in which movies work so ubiquitously to reflect how Americans think and act, from Saving Private Ryan to Goodfellas to The Godfather. The author of seven novels, Shepard teaches creative writing and film at Williams College.

TICKETS $100/$90 MEMBERS, includes seasonal dinner, wine, and book