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Spring 2019 Event Details:
Specialty Dining and Workshops

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Spring 2019 Specialty Dining

Prices for Specialty Dining events include all food, valet parking, 18% gratuity and tax. A full service cash bar is available for your enjoyment. Make your reservations today!

SE-100, Fri., Apr. 12, 6:30 p.m., $75
CLAUDE MONET’S GARDEN CELEBRATION: C’est Magnifique!
"Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful: they are sunshine, food and medicine to the soul." -- Luther Burbank Come tonight, be surrounded by the gardens and let fine food and good company be "the medicine to your soul" with a little help from us as we celebrate Monet’s favorite meal. Based on a Southern Exposure Overseas Tour to Monet’s home and garden, our own Chef Elise will present this evening in honor of the French Painter who gave birth to the Impressionist movement. Register Now

  • Soupe à l'oignon avec des croûtes de fromage (Onion Soup with Cheese Crusts)
  • Salade impressionniste (Impressionist Salad)
  • Filet de Bœuf avec une sauce a’ la Crème de Boursin (Beef Tenderloin with a Boursin Cream sauce)
  • Demi-poulet rôti au four (Roasted Chicken with a Special Spices)
  • Gratin de pommes de terre au fromage (Cheesy Gratin Potatoes)
  • Printemps Asperges râpé Gouda (Spring Asparagus with Grated Gouda)
  • Chef de cuisine Chocolaté Torte d'Elsie (Chef Elsie’s Chocolaté Torte)
  • Verre de vin sélectionné par notre sommelier (Glass of wine selected by our Sommelier)

SE-200, Fri., Apr. 19, 6:30 p.m., $70 NEW!
SPRINGTIME AT THE FARM: Rebirth, renewal, love, hope, youth and growth!
Close your eyes. Let your imagination flow. Spring is in the air…surrounded by romance and passion. Join us at the farm as we create a night of simplicity, renewal, and passion while dining in the splendor of an illuminated table setting. The ambience and exquisite Southern Exposure Menu will leave you feeling as if you are dining at any 5-Star restaurant. Evenings at the farm turns to magic when night springs…and so will your dining experience with us. Register Now

  • Chef Elsie’s Smoked Trout on Cucumber Rounds
  • Chef Elsie’s Classic Springtime Salad
  • Fresh Baked Salmon with Mediterranean Salsa 
  • Couscous Primavera
  • Oven Roasted Rainbow Carrots
  • Chef Elsie’s Crème Brûlée
  • Glass of wine selected by our Sommelier

SE-300, Fri., Apr. 26, 6:30 p.m., $80 NEW!
THE YORK: It’s Where Oooh and ahhh come together!
Tonight, we pay tribute to the ancient capital of Yorkshire, York, one of the oldest and largest cities in the United Kingdom, and world renown for hospitality and service. Throughout centuries, travelers from around the world have recognized York as an English symbol of elegance, refinement and for gourmet dining. Register Now!

  • Shrimp Remoulade on Molasses-Buttered Toast
  • Mixed Greens with Pine Nuts, Cheddar Cheese and Herb Vinaigrette
  • Roast Prime Rib Au Poivre
  • Smashed Potatoes with Horseradish
  • English Peas
  • Chef Elsie’s Chocolate Crème Brûlée
  • Glass of wine selected by our Sommelier

SE-400, Sun., Apr. 28, 1:00 p.m., $70 NEW!
AN AFTERNOON IN TUSCANY: As Italian as amore!
Close your eyes and let your imagination flow. Feel the splendor of Italy--surrounded by romance and passion.  Come join the Southern Exposure staff in creating an afternoon of effortlessness, excitement, and delight as Italy turns to magic. Register Now!

  • Sausage, Bean and Broccoli Rabe Soup
  • Chef Elsie’s Italian Salad with a Tuscan Vinaigrette
  • Tuscan Chicken Parmesan
  • Chef Elsie’s Italian Pasta
  • Italian Roasted Vegetables
  • Classic Tiramisu
  • Glass of wine selected by our Sommelier

SE-500, Sat., May 4, 5:00 p.m., $85
CHURCHILL DOWNS: Off and running!
Get ready for the “most exciting two minutes” in sports. Then prepare to set your taste buds racing because dinner is an odds-on-favorite for a winner right out of the gate! Ladies and gentlemen are encouraged to wear their elegant hats! Register Now!

  • Kentucky Derby Bruschetta with Bleu Cheese and Roasted Peppers
  • Spring Asparagus with Smoked Salmon and Gribiche Sauce
  • Winner’s Circle Salad with Shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • Filet of Beef with a Cognac Cream Sauce
  • Gratin Potatoes
  • Oven Roasted Spring Vegetables
  • Secretariat’s Key Lime Pie
  • Louisville Mint Julep & a glass of wine selected by our Sommelier

SE-600, Sun., May 12, 1:00 p.m., $70
THANK YOU, MOM: A trip down memory lane!
A mother is a selfless, kind, tolerant, forgiving, understanding and a loving person who must sacrifice most of their wants and needs for the wants and needs of their children. Come today as we celebrate the strong foundation and values of motherhood. Register Now!

  • Chef Elsie’s Tomato Bisque Soup
  • Baby Spinach and Field Greens with Applewood Smoked Bacon
  • dressed in a Blue Cheese dressing
  • Pork Tenderloin with Sauvignon Blanc Cream Sauce
  • Mashed Potatoes with Chives
  • Haricot Vert Green Beans with Almonds
  • Chef Elsie’s Crème Brûlée
  • Glass of wine selected by our Sommelier


Spring 2019 Workshops

Prices include all supplies (if applicable), a beverage, dessert and tax. All workshops include
a full meal; please read the descriptions below for more details. Make your reservations today!

SE-01, Wed., Mar. 27, 6:30 p.m., $75
MAGICAL LIGHTED SPHERE with CANDLELIT DINNER: To light up your life!
The grandest garden decor often has the simplistic elegance of nature herself, like this intricately-woven, grapevine sphere all-aglow with glittering white lights. Hang it from a tree limb, light up an entryway, or place it in your garden as a delightful centerpiece. These illuminated, rustic spheres are popular in European Gardens all year round. Using your splendid yet rustic sphere, you will attach white lights to light up your garden to display throughout the year. Upon your arrival for this perfect evening, you will enjoy a luscious dinner prepared by Chef Elsie. Register Now!

SE-02, Thur., Mar. 28, 6:30 p.m., $80
STACKED ROCK SCULPTURES FOR YOUR GARDEN: The ultimate balancing act! 
Garden sculptures come in many forms. Garden cairns (stacked rocks) were historically used as markers along trails so the early settlers knew they were going in the right direction. Today we use stacked rocks as a dynamic art medium which naturally draws our attention to the focal point of a garden. In this workshop, you will create a 30-inch stacked-stone totem sculpture for an all-season focal point in your garden. We have collected stones from around the farm and prepared them for your use in designing your own personal rock cairn. Before the workshop begins, you will enjoy a delicious, robust spring dinner prepared by Chef Elsie which will propel and inspire your creative energy flowing in the right direction. Register Now!

SE-03, Fri., Mar. 29, 6:30 p.m., $90
SIT AND SMELL THE ROSES with a BENCH for TWO and EUROPEAN DINNER:
Recreate old world elegance!
Co-owner Scott Stokes recently noticed a lovely European bench in an antique shop displayed as a coffee table. It was rich with color and patina as if it had been exposed to decades of wind and rain. Scott asked the merchant about its age and, to his amazement, learned it was new. Enjoy an evening with a spouse or friend re-creating this European garden bench by learning the techniques of distressed paint, glazing, and antiquing garden statuary. We have selected an embossed ivy concrete bench for each guest (14”X24”) which will be aged applying methods used by European gardeners. Upon your arrival, Chef Elsie will prepare a European Garden Dinner to inspire your creativity. Register Now!

SE-04, Sat., Mar. 30, 9:00 a.m., $75
FAUX BOIS ANGEL with EUROPEAN BREAKFAST:
You don’t need to be told when something’s a classic!

While traveling abroad and touring an assortment of private Parisian gardens, we stumbled across a wonderful technique called Faux Bois. The Faux Bois statuary added an old world appearance to the gardens we visited. Most pieces today are handcrafted and will fit into any garden theme, inside or out. Weather staining, moss, and lichen gently age Faux Bois and settle the piece into your landscape. Faux Bois can be irresistible. The term, which literally means false wood, is used to age statuary, making it appear like ancient wood. In this workshop, you will replicate this technique using a 19” concrete angel statuary from an early twentieth century mold. To begin this exciting workshop, Chef Elsie will prepare a charming, tasty, and hearty, European breakfast to help “jump start” your morning. Register Now!

SE-05, Sat., Mar. 30, 1:00 p.m., $90 NEW
HUGE SUN FACE GARDEN SCULPTURE: Outdoor Concrete Garden Art!
During our last tour to Machu Picchu, we were introduced to the Inca Civilization and saw first-hand their exceptional gift and capacity for building terraces with irrigation systems. The heart of the Inca religion is their worship of the Sun God, Inti. In honor of the Inca history, culture, and religion, we have replicated an extremely large sun face casting made of concrete. Spend an evening aging your 23“diameter concrete sun face to display in a prominent setting in your garden…or display on a garden wall. This beautiful and time-honored sculpture will adorn your outside landscape all year round. Chef Elsie will prepare an enchanting Peruvian inspired cuisine like what we enjoyed in Machu Picchu, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. This concrete piece is very heavy we will be loading them in your car but you might want someone to help you when you get home. Register Now!

SE-06 Sun., Mar. 31, 1:00 p.m., $75   
EUROPEAN BIRDBATH with PARISIAN LUNCHEON: Bathing is for the birds!
Your feathered friends will dine and bathe in whimsical style soon after you arrive home with this beautiful concrete birdbath. A “forgotten” concrete birdbath partially hidden under a dogwood tree was the inspiration for this workshop. The birdbath had a wonderful old patina of white, beautifully scoured by Mother Nature. Using a thirteen-inch, one-piece birdbath, you will learn the art of white pickling and glazing, a technique frequently used by French Garden Architects. Chef Elsie is featured at the beginning of this experience with her rendition of a Champs-Élysées Café Lunch. Register Now!

SE-07, Wed., Apr. 3, 6:30 p.m., $75 NEW!
SPIRIT OF NATURE GREEN MAN STATUARY: Timeless tradition and European Feast!
The Green Man forest spirit has traveled the world for centuries and seems to have adapted to local cultures as the centuries have passed. Some of the best evidence of the phenomenon today is interestingly fond on medieval churches in France and England. But in ancient times, this representative of nature lived not only among Celtic forests tribes in northern Europe, but also among great architectural empires such as Egypt, Greece and Rome. We have found the most delightful Greenman statuary face adorned with the whimsical forest leaves and stately glance. Measuring 16” by 9” and cast from finishing concrete, this will be enjoyed inside or out. Spend an evening detailing your sculpture with a verdigris wash and patina. Chef Elsie will prepare a scrumptious feast before you create this historical and fascinating Green Man. Register Now!

SE-08, Thur., Apr. 4, 6:30 p.m., $75 NEW!
ALL ABOARD: Railroad Lantern filled with spring arrangement and French feast!
It's easy to turn “vintage inspired” railroad lanterns into a reusable container for displaying candles and your  favorite spring botanicals. This enduring, versatile railroad lantern will capture spring’s rebirth and renewal while illuminating your favorite location in your garden. In this workshop, you will design a “spring botanical display” in a charmingly reproduction tin and glass railroad lantern, allowing you to grow beautiful, blooms indoors until the arrival of summer. To accentuate this enchanting 1950s railroad lantern, Chef Elsie will guarantee a “first-class: dining experience with a luscious dinner under the soft radiance of our Milking Parlor chandeliers. Register Now!

SE-09, Fri., Apr. 5, 6:30 p.m., $80 *You must be 21 to sign up for this workshop.*
SPRING WINE TASTING: All that Shiraz with family or friends!
A good spring wine is the ultimate party accessory. Place the right vintage red wine in your guests’ hands and they feel well dressed. On a balmy spring night with good friends, these vibrant, soothing wines will make a bold fashion statement. Now add a culinary masterpiece, meticulously prepared and artfully presented. This pairing rounds out the perfect dining and wine experience at Southern Exposure. Mouth-watering food and delightful wine belong together, and the satisfaction is in the taste! While Chef Elsie prepares her scrumptiuous spring dinner, Curtis will introduce five hand selected wines, including the variety and characteristics of each, with special emphasis on wine and food pairing. The only requirement for registration is to forget all the rules! Register Now!

SE-10, Sat., Apr. 6, 9:00 a.m., $75 NEW!
LIFE UNDER GLASS: The incredible cloche in a beautiful place!
Glass Cloches and bell jars have been used in the past by farmers to protect infant seedlings from cold temperatures and late Spring snow. Today, cloches are used to emphasize the decorations of special moments, photographs, miniature plants, succulents, and a countless array of personal, special objects. In this workshop, using a cloche with a wooden base, you will create a beautiful scene under the glass shield. You will also create an arrangement around the cloche using flowers, bottles, and spring décor. At the conclusion, you will have a “vignette” to display in your home for the spring season ahead. This historic and versatile cloche can be changed throughout the season, or you can display small memento’s that have special memories. Chef Elsie will prepare a hearty country breakfast as you prepare for this exciting morning of design with purpose. Register Now!

SE-11, Sat., Apr. 6, 1:00 p.m., $75 NEW
GOTHIC STYLE WHITE WASHED CATHEDRAL WINDOW FRAME: Simply a sophisticated and classy project with a spring dinner!
Using architectural pieces in the home and garden has been a mainstay at Southern Exposure. One of our favorites is the reproduction white washed cathedral widow frames. Architectural  pieces make great and versatile wall décor. The timeless design makes them an eclectic piece of art. Spend an afternoon at Southern Exposure finishing a 35” by 20 “ white washed cathedral window frame. We will create a beautiful spring decoration to adorn this distinctive wall art. Chef Elsie will prepare a spring luncheon  before you engage in this exciting and creative project. Register Now!

SE-12, Sun., Apr. 7, 1:00 p.m., $75 
BLUE STACKED BOTTLE SCULPTURE and SOUTHERN INSPIRED LUNCHEON:
Traditions meet art!
Bottle Sculptures are common in the Southern United States where legend portrays them to capture evil spirits. We first saw them on a S.E. tour to Africa where legend has it that the noise made by the wind across the mouth of the bottle traps evil and then is killed by the sun’s rays. Typically, a metal frame or pieces of rebar are placed in the ground and topped with inverted wine bottles. For a creative take on a bottle tree, blue wine bottles are looped onto pieces of rebar making a unique and whimsical sculpture. This four feet colorful and playful bottle scupture with repurposed blue wine bottles will give your garden year around protection with its rich folklore and design. Chef Elsie will have a wonderful Southern-inspired luncheon before creating your bottle sculpture rich in tradition and folklore. Register Now!

SE-13, Wed., Apr. 10, 6:30 p.m., $80
A LIGHTED CONSERVATORY FOR MY GARDEN:
Lanterns aren’t just for the house anymore! 

While visiting Claude Monet’s garden in Giverny, France, we ran across a creative idea for building a small conservatory inside a lantern. This conservatory with miniature plants, candle, and proper lighting, will give romantic lantern lighting in the evening, but a beautifully displayed conservatory during the day. This double duty of a lantern and miniature garden looked magical. Lanterns with their grace can make your garden look stylish and romantic. In this workshop, you will design a garden lantern into a small conservatory filled with miniature botanicals and a candle which will transform your garden into a romantic place. Upon your arrival, Chef Elsie will enchant you with a luscious dinner under the soft radiance of our Milking Parlor chandeliers. Register Now!

SE-14, Thur., Apr. 11, 6:30 p.m., $75 NEW!
WOODEN BARN DOOR AND SWAG WITH DINNER: Mixing Up Eras! 
Bring out the rustic elements of a barn with our distressed wood “barn door” complete with iron accents. This door is perfect for displaying your favorite picture frames, seasonal decor, or a wreath. You can dress up a shelf, mantel or wall with this unique and versatile decoration idea. The door measures 18” x 14” wide and comes in a white distressed aged color. There is no bigger trend in interior design than the rustic, out-in-the country look. You will be reminded of simpler times, our countries heritage, and farm-to-table cuisine. Chef Elsie will prepare a wonderful farm inspired dinner of yesteryear before creating your barn door and swag. Register Now!

SE-15, Sat., Apr. 13, 1:00 p.m., $75
EUROPEAN TUTUER with a MONTICELLO INSPIRED LUNCHEON: The stakes are high here!
Artful metal shapes for training and growing roses and vines have a refinement all their own. Recreate the elegance of a European garden with an attractive six-foot metal garden obelisk crowned with a decorative finial. An obelisk will add charm and purpose to your garden’s décor. Built for durability, it will support and display your favorite climbing vines in the summer and a bird feeder during the winter months. During a lecture and walking tour of our gardens, you will learn about twirling, alluring vines, climbing plants, and walk-through arbors. Thomas Jefferson was known for gardening and making wine. During a scrumptious meal prepared by Chef Elsie, we will pay tribute to our third President by enjoying some of his favorite foods inspired by his passion. You will take home a scarlet runner bean from the Heritage Collection at Monticello, plus a climbing plant selected by Scott. Your pre-assembled obelisk will measure six-foot; please drive a vehicle to accommodate your creation. Register Now!

SE-16, Sun., Apr. 14, 1:00 p.m., $85 NEW!
SPLISH SPLASH with SPRING GARDEN-FRESH LUNCHEON:
Your birds will love their summer birdbath!

We adore old farm relics and implements. It reminds us of the hard work and determination of the individuals before us and how hard they worked to till the land. At the Chicago Botanical Garden show, we saw birdbaths made from old harrow disc’s and scrap steel. Farmers used the discs by dragging them behind a tractor to break up soil in their fields. Because the disc is steel, the thermal radiation heat of the winter sun always kept the outer water ring thawed for your feathered friends to drink. We will recreate this design using a vintage plough and recycled steel to create this winter and year-long birdbath. Chef Elsie will prepare a Farm Fresh Feast for you to “plow through” before this wonderful workshop. Register Now!

SE-17, Wed., Apr. 17, 6:30 p.m., $80 NEW
ARMILLARY SUNDIAL AND CLASSIC FRENCH DINNER: Timeless treasure and fine cuisine!
Sundials are one of the oldest tools for measuring time using the shadow the Sun; dating back 1500 B.C. with the Greeks, Roman, and Egyptian societies. We have enjoyed collecting sundials from around the world and found the Armillary sundial as one of our favorites. Placed in the garden or home, the Armillary sundial demands attention. Its smooth curves and airiness inherent in their designs are sublimely graceful. The solid thick casting  and forceful arrow  gnomon reach to the heavens to tell the time or align  the wary traveler with the stars. Enjoy an evening mounting this exquisite art on a four-foot wooden base and adorn it with spring décor. Chef Elsie will prepare a wonderful French dinner just in “thyme” for this wonderful workshop. Register Now!

SE-18, Thur., Apr. 18, 6:30 p.m., $75
BLUE HERON GARDEN SCULPTURE: Less is many times more!
Michelangelo said, “Every stone has a statue somewhere about it, and it is the task of the sculpture to discover it.”  Your choice of garden sculpture gives an outdoor space its unique charm…. that certain "something" not found anywhere else. Whether you love the look of metal or carved river rock, or want the durability of both, this workshop will demonstrate a variety of materials that can be used to create a great garden sculpture. This workshop is designed around the Blue Heron and its history and folklore. You will assemble a Blue Heron sculpture using rock and metal. Your Blue Heron garden sculpture is the perfect way to plant permanent cheer in flowerbeds and veggie patches, or lend whimsy to any corner of your yard. After an exquisite dinner orchestrated by Chef Elsie, you will create your sculpture using crafted metal and stones gathered from the farm. Register Now!

SE-19, Sat., Apr. 20, 9:00 a.m., $75
GREEN ROOF BIRDHOUSES with an ENCHANTING BREAKFAST:
This really is “for the birds!”

Your feathered friends will be saying, “What in the blooming world will they think of next?” Whatever your style, you have taken the time to create a garden, and only true gardeners know the enjoyment of finding the perfect garden ornament. Birdhouses are classic garden ornaments which give our feathered friends a home to raise their young. This workshop is really “for the birds” and focuses on what attracts birds to birdhouses, and will concentrate on the three elements of a bird’s life: food, water, and shelter for raising their young. Additionally, you will “shingle” your own personal wooden birdhouse with wheatgrasses (your birds will do their own thatching) that attracts and helps your feathered friends to feel right at home. Chef Elsie will prepare one of her signature breakfasts to jump-start your morning. Register Now!

SE-20, Sat., Apr. 20, 1:00 p.m., $75
ENGLISH GARDEN HYPERTUFA PLANTER with OLD WORLD DINING:
An inspiration from the old country!

Hypertufa has been around throughout Europe in various forms since the early 1800s. It originated in England as a replacement for livestock watering troughs which were heavy and hard to move. English gardeners found that by mixing peat moss, cement, and water they could make a lighter weight version of troughs and other gardening containers. Hypertufa is strong enough to withstand the freeze and thaw cycle of Michigan winters and over time will develop the characteristics of weathered stone. Spend an afternoon learning the Hypertufa techniques which can be used for any garden container. This process has been applied to a garden container which you will plant with cool weather plants. At the beginning, Chef Elsie will prepare a wonderful luncheon feast with recipes she gathered on a recent S.E. trip to York, England. Register Now!

SE-21, Wed., Apr. 24, 6:30 p.m., $80 NEW! 
SMALL GARDEN GATE and PLANTER WITH DINNER: Decorate with Style!    
Much as the eyes are the window to the soul, a garden gate functions as a window into your yard or garden. We embrace many styles of garden gates here at the farm. We use them to decorate walls, mantles, to hang pots and pans from, or to direct “people traffic” down our garden paths. In this workshop, we will make a small 30” x 16” garden gate from re-claimed lumber from an old barn, complete with iron embellishments of hinges and a handle. You will plant and hang a container filled with flowers to adorn your new garden gate decoration. Whether you hang, lean, or stand in your garden, this beautiful design is sure to please all year long. Chef Elsie will prepare a spring dinner for your enjoyment before making this charming garden décor. Register Now!

SE-22, Thur., Apr. 25, 6:30 p.m., $80 NEW!
VINTAGE HARROW WREATH with SPRING LUNCHEON: A story from the past!
In the late 1800’s harrows or plows were made with a spike tooth that was run over the land to uproot tender young weeds while the deeper-rooted crop plants remain healthy and intact. Harrows are mentioned in the Bible and are as ancient as the plow. We have found several of these heavy, vintage, early-American harrows that will be the base for an incredible wreath. The rusted patina finish and worn iron teeth are complimented by spring decor. At Southern Exposure, we use a circular harrow to spear spring planting décor to feed feathered friends throughout spring. Chef Elsie will prepare a special spring dinner before we create a beautiful spring design with these traditional farm implements. Register Now!

SE-23, Sat., Apr. 27, 9:00 a.m., $80  NEW! 
PULLEY PLANTER and 18th CENTURY BREAKFAST: New Roles for Old Pieces!
At S.E., we hang our wedding chandelier on an old hay hoist used by farmers in the 1800’s. The inspiration to use pullies in our décor was realized while dining at a small café in Venice. Old pullies are becoming enormously collectable, but also make charming hanging hooks for lighting and floral displays. Smaller size “water- well” pullies with two buckets attached with roping make astonishing hanging baskets…and can be hung from a ceiling, tree or tall shepherds hook outdoors. Filled with flowers and seasonal décor, this reproduction pully and tin buckets will be part of your garden décor for seasons to come. Spend a morning stringing, designing, and planting this unique hanging garden. Chef Elsie will prepare an 18th Century style breakfast to commemorate when pullies were used in the daily course of life.

SE-24, Sat., Apr. 27, 1:00 p.m., $75 NEW!
OLIVE BUCKET PLANTER AND TUSCAN LUNCH: Sights and Taste of Italy!
On a recent S.E. oversea tour of Italy, we were fortunate to see the beautiful rolling hills and olive groves planted, especially in the Tuscany region. The buckets used to collect olives are interesting in shape and design. With a touch of rustic charm, these olive buckets are used to gather and wash the fruit (we call them vegetables) during the harvest season. In this workshop, each guest will experience planting a replica of this bucket that features a slotted, hammered galvanized metal exterior with rust colored trim. When not utilized as planters, we fill ours with dried lavender, kitchen sponges, or shower soaps. Enjoy an afternoon creating an authentic Italian design and enjoy a Tuscan Luncheon prepared by our Chef Elsie. Register Now!

SE-25, Wed., May 1, 6:30 p.m., $75
A LOVE AFFAIR WITH LAVENDER: The essence of a prized herb!
There is documented use of the herb Lavender for over 2,500 years. Egyptians used lavender as perfumes…the Romans used it as oils in their baths…and it’s also mentioned in the Bible. Spend an evening at S.E. learning the history of this incredible herb. Upon your arrival, Chef Elsie will prepare a Lavender inspired dinner using old French recipes. Afterwards, each guest will prune and trim a Lavender Topiary and infuse lavender to make Lavender Soap using techniques learned while visiting a lavender farm on a recent S.E. overseas tour to France. Register Now!

SE-26, Thur., May 2, 6:30 p.m., $75
THE CIRCLE OF LIFE and SPRING FEAST: Wreaths that say, “Welcome!”
Capture the magic of spring with a vibrant, living wreath. Living wreaths are symbols of great gardening, great innovative creativity, and great imagination. Imagine yourself snipping fresh salad, cooking herbs, and edible vibrant flowers from your magnificent miniature garden in the round. Experience spring all season "round" with a living wreath made from wire, herbs, pansies, greens, and willow. The evening will begin with Chef Elsie heralding spring's arrival by creating a wonderful spring feast with happiness and indulgence in every bite. Register Now!

SE-27, Fri., May 3, 6:30 p.m., $75  NEW!
ANTIQUE STYLE TIN CADDY AND CREAMERY BOTTLES:
Fresh Fleurs, Herbs and a Farm Fresh Dinner!
Add a few of your favorite faux or fresh flowers to this vintage inspired six cream bottle vases in its own vintage tin caddy and transform any room’s décor. The wooden handle feature makes carrying a breeze. This caddy’s use becomes versatile in your kitchen to hold your cutlery, or to serve glasses of your favorite beverage. No matter how you use this creamery bottle and caddy combo, you will be adding a fresh from the farm look to any space. Spend an evening cutting herbs and flowers from the farm and arranging them in this beautiful tin caddy. Chef Elsie will prepare a mouthwatering farm inspired dinner for you to enjoy before you are off to the gardens creating colorful scented bouquets. Register Now!

SE-28, Sun., May 5, 1:00 p.m., $70
THE SECRETS OF LANDSCAPE GARDENING with a SPRING FEAST: Natural, creative, inspired!
The use of landscaping to design and decorate gardens has been prevailing since the Babylonian civilization. The basics of landscape design planning are an essential part of creating an outdoor living area that will be enjoyed by all. Creating a successful landscape requires more than just a green thumb. A beautiful garden is the result of dedicated energy and knowledge. Spend an afternoon with Southern Exposure’s master gardeners Scott Stokes and Micah Stanislowski as they share tried and true methods to make your landscape the private, personal space you’ve always wanted. You will enjoy a scrumptious spring feast prepared by Chef Elsie. At the end, you will take home four plants as you embark on your new landscape adventure. Register Now!

SE-29, Wed., May 8, 6:30 p.m., $75  NEW! 
LOG PLANTER and FLOWERS with EUROPEAN DINNER: Das Ist Gut!
“That is good.” When it comes to home and garden design, we have always had a penchant for the rustic and traditional. We appreciate the beauty of natural containers made of stone or logs. In this workshop, you will learn how to make a log container that can be used all year round. Inspired by a small, local tavern on the banks of the Rhine River, and where logs are plentiful and used to hollowed out and made into their incredibly looking window boxes. We instantly knew we had to re-create this design and idea for a workshop here at the farm. You will fill your 10” x 16” log planter to the brim with flowering plants to display on your deck or patio. Chef Elsie will prepare a European dinner for you to enjoy before planting this natural and elegant container. Register Now!

SE-30, Thur., May 9, 6:30 p.m., $80
YOU LIGHT UP MY LIFE: French dinner with Versailles slipper lantern!
Nothing is more powerful than light in the darkness of night. The ancient Chinese captured fireflies in transparent containers to create a short-term lantern. Ancient Egyptians and Greeks used lanterns of enclosed glass with a candle. Lanterns are also used to transport the Holy Fire from the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem during Holy Week. Marie Antoinette used slipper lanterns to light up her lavish parties at Versailles. While visiting Paris on a recent Southern Exposure River Boat Cruise, we discovered a beautiful French slipper lantern. Spend an evening at the farm enjoying a wonderful French Dinner before embellishing an exquisite lantern complete with spring decor to serve as the focal point in your home. And yes, as Mrs. Antoinette would say, "Let them eat cake," so guess what Chef Elsie is serving for dessert? Register Now!

SE-31, Fri., May 10, 6:30 p.m., $75
SUMMER IS SERVED: The cure for winter weary spirits! 
The sun is shining, the bees are buzzing, and everything’s coming up grilled, al-fresco, and flavorful. We know what you’re craving; terrific new recipes that showcase summer’s sweet return. Our intent is to arouse your senses with an audacious display of invigorating summer dishes, exhilarating sides, and bubbly beverages. You will visit Chef Elsie’s kitchen, be tempted with Curtis’s trendy, new summer beverages, discover how to prepare for a summer party, and learn about quick and easy mouth-watering dessert ideas. Come hungry because you will first enjoy a specialty dinner, and then continue to different stations for a progressive summer food event, complete with recipes. This promises to be an exciting evening because….summer never tasted sooooooo scrumptious! Register Now!

SE-32, Wed., May 15, 6:30 p.m., $75
EUROPEAN HANGING BASKET and FRENCH DINNER:
Mark the start of spring with a new tradition!

Containers brimming with plump, vigorous plants turn just about any nook or cranny into an inviting retreat. Suspended from a porch ceiling, lamppost, or even a tree, hanging planters positively dazzle – adding a whole new dimension to your home. Enjoy a wonderful French dining experience prepared by Chef Elsie and a delightful evening planting a hanging wire basket filled to the brim with edible flowers, herbs, and scented botanicals. Whether you snip the plants for aromatic garnishes in drinks or mince them for desserts, this attractive and multi-purpose basket will be enjoyed all season long. Register Now!

SE-33, Fri., May 17, 6:30 p.m., $75 *You must be 21 to sign up for this workshop.*
EPIC BEER TASTING: Enjoy friends while drinking different beers!
Since eating and drinking are a few of many vices these days, hosting a beer tasting party is easy and should be right up your alley. Throw in some amazing beer and delicious food and you have a recipe for an epic evening. So, you’d like to host a beer tasting dinner at home, but aren’t sure where to start? This workshop is for you. Beer tasting parties are sweeping the party scene because they offer an alternative to the sometimes stuffy wine scene. Grab your favorite beer drinking friends and some trendy craft brews and host a fun tasting party with our easy tips. Chef Elsie will prepare a beer friendly dinner from beginning to end to help initiate your beer tasting experience. Amaze your friends with the knowledge you acquire of remarkable beers and great foods to complement any special spring or summer event. As this is a beer tasting event, beer will be served at all three courses. Register Now!

SE-34, Sun., May 19, 1:00 p.m., $75 NEW!
MASS COLOR GARDENING: Does your garden need a facelift? 
Do you have a sunny garden space where you would like to see a blaze of color? So often we see a grouping of annuals and perennials of different colors that look nice but there is just something lacking. When designing a mass planting for the biggest impact, it isn’t just about choosing the right varieties. To create a vivid display for a passerby, plant masses of flowers in a single color or in broad swaths of colors. A riot -- an explosion of color?   In this workshop, we will discuss the mixing of color, massing plants, and using texture to maximize your garden appeal. Scott has also selected four plant packets (16 plants total) for you to take home to help your makeover. Upon your arrival, Chef Elsie will reveal a bounty of fresh garden culinary ideas for your consumption and gratification before we begin the tour and workshop. Register Now!

SE-35, Wed., May 22, 6:30 p.m., $80
STRAWBERRY PLANTING JAR and DINNER with STRAWBERRY DAIQUIRIS:
Southern Exposure’s Spring Classic!

A recent vacation to an Italian villa near the Mediterranean Sea was the inspiration for this workshop. The setting was a small sidewalk Bistro where strawberry jars adorned the streets with color and scent of fresh herbs. Throughout the evening, fresh herbs were picked and added to the menu selection. Spend an evening creating a portable garden using a strawberry jar, perfect for the kitchen window, balcony, or an outdoor table. You will fill your strawberry jar with edible flowers and herbs including basil, rosemary, and thyme. As Chef Elsie prepares a luscious Mediterranean Dinner, Curtis will be making his legendary strawberry daiquiris to keep you refreshed and cheery… to celebrate the middle of the week. Register Now!

SE-36, Thur., May 23, 6:30 p.m., $85
FLOWER FOUNTAIN with DINNER and LINZERTORTE: More than a splash of color!
Brighten your garden or patio with a magnificent container composition which is created by stacking smaller terracotta pots into larger ones. Terracotta literally means “baked earth” and was originally from the Mediterranean where it was used for storing olives, wine, and water. Scott saw these dramatic flower fountains in Vienna and knew their function and charm would be a powerful addition to your garden or patio. You will plant and design your charming 3 ft high flower fountain to enjoy for the entire summer. Chef Elsie will mesmerize you with a delectable Austrian Dinner and a favorite dessert which Scott enjoyed while dining in a quaint, old-world Vienna Café. Register Now!

SE-37, Fri., May 24, 6:30 p.m., $75 *You must be 21 to sign up for this workshop.*
Ahhhhhhhh MARTINIS: Sip something hip!
Join us this evening as S.E.’s bar manager, Angie Frederick, takes center stage and invites you to enter the world of cocktail mixing. Your body is a temple, but that doesn’t mean it can’t have a little fun!  You’ll be shaken and stirred with the fun ideas presented at our martini party!  Some of us like them dry, some like them dirty (with blue cheese-stuffed olives), and some of us like them sweet. Each cocktail flight (3 mini drinks) will be sampled and then paired perfectly with Chef Elsie’s scrumptious cuisine. Come ready to eat, drink, and toast the spring and summer months ahead. This workshop is a great for singles, couples, or a ladies’ night out. Register Now!

SE-38, Sun., May 26, 1:00 p.m., $70
FOUR GARDENS and a LUNCH: Inspired by four former first ladies!
Spring is here, and life is lush and full as the longer days settle into a gentle rhythm. Like a song’s first note, spring begins with one bloom at a time. Spend an afternoon learning about four different specialty gardens: hummingbird and butterfly; culinary herb garden; colorful perennials; and the top ten annuals for 2018. At the beginning, lunch will be rich in historical lore. Chef Elsie has picked recipes from garden luncheons hosted by four former First Ladies. At the end, you will take home four plants selected by Scott. Register Now!

SE-39, Wed., May 29, 6:30 p.m., $85
GROW UP…. with VERTICAL GARDENING: Up, up and away!
Think you don't have enough space to grow a lot of plants? Tired of looking at that boring garage wall? Is your back sore from bending over to weed your flower beds? Need a little shade or more privacy from your neighbors? Then grow up!  If you've got a blank wall or bare fence that needs beautifying, you can tend edibles, annuals, even perennials with the vertical gardening ideas presented in this workshop — all of which inspire high hopes for the season ahead. Before we begin our discussion of the advantages of vertical gardening, Chef Elsie will prepare a summer feast to “whet your appetite.”  Afterwards, you will plant a 12” by 18” vertical garden in a homemade structure to take home to be displayed indoors or outdoors, in full sun or shade, depending on the plants selected. Register Now!

SE-40, Thurs., May 30, 6:30 p.m., $70
THE WONDER OF WHITE with a FRENCH-FEAST: The many moods of white gardening!
Whether you are looking for freshness and sparkle or calmness and elegance, white is right. An oasis of peace, a garden of white is a place both eyes and spirit long to linger. After all, white flowers glow at night and sparkle by day. They set off other colors beautifully and are more likely to be fragrant. Their symbolism will even add meaning to your garden: purity, truth, light, simplicity, and freshness. After enjoying an all-white French Dinner prepared by Chef Elsie, we will discuss the many different varieties of white gardening plants. Plus, you will take home two plants as an additional motivator. With so many attributes, you will be sure to find several spots in your garden for white flowers. Register Now!

SE-41, Fri., May 31, 6:30 p.m., $85
MY BIRDCAGE HAS SUCCULENTS: Seriously, this is for the birds! 
Do you love succulents as much as we do at Southern Exposure?  If so, odds are you will love this birdcage planter. Succulents are awesome plants as they require little water and can be planted almost anywhere. Birdcage planters make for an effortless way to repurpose an old birdcage …or use a new one to grow your succulents. With little more than succulents, a birdcage, and soil, you can add a splash of greenery to your home or garden. But first, a mouth-watering dinner prepared by Chef Elsie awaits you followed by an overview of succulents. You will fill your birdcage with succulents selected by Scott. Take it home to hang outdoors in your garden or on your patio. Leave the door open and you will create a “safe haven” for your feathered friends to possibly visit throughout the summer season. Register Now!


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