Food For Thought

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Food For Thought 2018-05-09T16:24:53+00:00


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

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


and Rural Intelligence


Saturday, May 5, 6pm

Dinner with Francis Greenburger

Credit: Michael McWeeney

Entrepreneur Francis Greenburger has not only made real estate and publishing history, he’s a nationally-known champion of social and criminal justice who has “moved change forward in innumerable ways” (Senator Cory Booker). Meet the fascinating author of RISK GAME at our first farm-to-table dinner of the season on Saturday May 5.
A high school dropout, Greenburger’s story is compelling: “When I was young, I’d hang out in my dad’s office. To keep me occupied, he gave me some simple bookkeeping, and I did pretty well. At 14, I would buy hardcovers for 50¢-then sell them for $1.25. I was making the equivalent of $60,000 a year. When I rented an office, I sublet half, and made enough to pay for the whole place. I discovered an intuitive feel for real estate and got so involved in business dealings that at 16, I decided to leave high school and started buying buildings that were in disrepair…In 1990, my first son, Alexander, died in an accident. I cried every day for one year. My second son, Morgan, has suffered from mental illness. In 2012 he was arrested for stealing $20 from a taxi driver. I started studying what happens to mentally ill people in the justice system and founded the Greenburger Center for Social and Criminal Justice.” Come for conversation with this inspiring thinker at dinner, which includes wine and a copy of Greenburger’s book.

Saturday, June 23, 6pm

Dinner with Roy Blount, Jr.

Time placed him “in the tradition of the great curmudgeons like H.L. Mencken and W.C. Fields.”  The New York Times compares him to Mark Twain and James Thurber. His one-man show was described by The New Yorker as “the most humorous and engaging fifty minutes in town.”  The author of twenty-four books, and a regular on NPR and A Prairie Home Companion, Roy Blount, Jr. is one of America’s most cherished comic writers.  In his latest book, Save Room for Pie, Blount talks about food in surprising and innovative ways, with all the wit and verve that prompted Garrison Keillor to say: “Blount is the best.  He can be literate, uncouth and soulful all in one sentence.”

“Roy Blount, who is the funniest person I know, journeys deep into the dark heart of humor and brings back a wonderfully insightful, superbly crafted song of the soul that had me laughing and crying too.”  Dave Barry

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$100/$90 members, includes seasonal dinner (including pie), wine, and book.

Saturday, July 21, 6pm

Dinner with Chris Jennings

When a really smart historian is funny, lively, and a natural story teller, magic can happen, especially when he talks about a generation of dreamers who took it upon themselves to confront the messiness and injustice of a rapidly changing world. In Paradise Now, Chris Jennings offers a spellbinding account of American utopianism and the bold eccentric visions for the future put forward by five of history’s most influential utopian movements, including the Shakers.  Praised by The New York Times as “uncommonly smart and beautifully written,” “absorbing” (Kirkus), and “engaging and witty” (San Francisco Chronicle), Paradise Now offers an infectious yet clear-eyed account of those who “lived on the cusp of an incandescent future,” gently nudging us to ask what sort of future we want to build for ourselves.

“To read Paradise Now is to be dazzled, humbled and occasionally flabbergasted by the amount of energy and talent sacrificed at utopia’s altar.”  The New York Times Book Review

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$100/$90 members, includes seasonal dinner, wine, and book.

Saturday, August 11, 6pm

Dinner with Amy Dickinson

By peeling back the curtain of her syndicated advice column, Amy Dickinson reveals much of the inspiration and motivation that has fueled her calling. Through a series of linked essays, Strangers Tend to Tell Me Things picks up where her earlier memoir left off. Exploring central themes of romance, death, parenting, self-care, and spiritual awakening, this touching and heartfelt homage speaks to all who have faced challenges in the wake of life’s twists and turns. “You can’t go home again. But you should consider moving to Amy Dickinson’s hometown. The Village of Freeville may not have a Starbucks but it’s got Venti grace, kindness and wisdom., ”claims Mo Rocca, CBS Sunday Morning.

“Funny, generous, thoughtful, and wonderfully crisp. Dickinson’s memoir is one of those tales that makes you proud to be a human – with all of our hopes, failures, and graces intact.”  Gillian Flynn

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$100/$90 members, includes seasonal dinner, wine, and book.

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