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Fall 2017 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., Sept. 22, 6:30 p.m., $80 CLASSIC
THE WILLIAMSBURG: Out of the past, into the present!
Colonial Williamsburg  is  a  community  returned  to  its
18th century appearance and an experiment in civic engagement. Because Williamsburg is known for its history, it makes the perfect backdrop for an authentic dining experience. Join us for an intimate evening of creative cuisine using recipes from famous dining establishments in the Revolutionary City. Register Now!

  • Old Williamsburg Style Butter Nut Squash Bisque
  • Baby Spinach, Apples, and Cheddar Cheese Salad
  • Grilled Filet Mignon with Blue Cheese Sauce
  • Oven Roasted Vegetables
  • Chef Elsie’s Sweet Potato Gratin
  • Chocolate Pecan Supreme Pie with Caramel Sauce
  • Glass of wine selected by our Sommelier

SE-200, Fri., Sept. 29, 6:30 p.m. $70.00 CLASSIC
THE CHARLESTON: Uniquely Southern!
Delicious. Charming. Wonderfully engaging. Are we describing an evening in Charleston or dining at Southern Exposure?  Join us tonight and you will be the judge. Register Now!

  • Sausage, Beans, and Broccoli Rabe Soup
  • Baby Spinach, Apples, and Cheddar Cheese Salad
  • Medallions of Pork with Prunes and Red Currant Jelly
  • Haricot Vert Beans with Roasted Almonds
  • Au Gratin Potatoes
  • Old Fashioned Apple Pie with Caramel Sauce, à la mode
  • Glass of wine selected by our Sommelier

 SE-300, Fri., Oct. 6, 6:30 p.m., $80 NEW!
THE HARVEST MOON: A moment in the twilight!
In October, the world looks as though a master gilder has touched every leaf with a delicate brush. Come gather in one of our historic dining rooms and dine under the lantern of the Harvest Moon!
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  • Herb Tomato Bisque
  • Autumn Orchard Salad
  • Beef Tenderloin with Gorgonzola Sauce
  • Fresh Peas with Pearl Onions and Mushrooms
  • Herbed Mashed Potatoes
  • Chef Elsie’s Crème Brûlée
  • Glass of wine selected by our Sommelier

SE-400, Sun., Oct. 15, 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 a night of simplicity, romance, and passion while dining in the majesty of an illuminated table setting. Italy turns to magic when night falls… and so will your evening when you dine with us. Register Now!

  • Old-fashioned Italian Minestrone
  • Chef Elsie’s Italian Salad with a Tuscan Vinaigrette
  • Tuscan Chicken Parmesan
  • Chef Elsie’s Italian Pasta Italian
  • Green Bean Almandine  
  • Classic Tiramisu
  • Glass of wine selected by our Sommelier

SE-500, Fri., Dec. 1, 6:30 p.m., $85 NEW!
A HOLIDAY CELEBRATION: Romantically Inspired!
It’s that moment when the day becomes still; the most pressing goal you must do is nothing. Abundance begins with a setting where conversation is plentiful, and bounty is measured by hours spent with loved ones or family. Come begin to fill your festive seasonal moments ahead with this special and most celebrated holiday event. Register Now!

  • Black Bean Soup with Sour Cream and Cilantro
  • Maple Pecan Spinach Salad
  • Roast Prime Rib Au Poivre
  • Orange-Dilled Carrots
  • Mashed Potatoes with Herbs and Parmesan
  • Chocolate Mousse Torte with Raspberry Sauce
  • Glass of wine selected by our Sommelier

Fall 2017 Workshops & Bus Tour

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

SE-01, Thur., Aug. 17, 6:30 p.m., $75 NEW!
KNOCK, KNOCK, WHO’S THERE: It's Time to Open a Door in History!
For anyone living in the United Kingdom, the door knocker is the most powerful symbol in the land. Since the 1600s, the English have very much taken the knocker to their hearts, in fact so much so they appear both at the heart of the Government at Number 10 Downing Street, to being mentioned in one of the most loved of all English Literature, “A Christmas Carol.”  The earliest knockers tend to be cast iron which were made by local blacksmiths. In London, the most popular knocker is the cherub with wings. We intend to demonstrate our dedication to this historical greeting symbol using reclaimed, antique lumber. In the workshop, you will decorate an 18” tall x 10” wide assembled wooden frame using reclaimed lumber complete with a replica cast iron cherub with wings. At the beginning, you will enjoy an English themed dinner prepared by our own Chef Elsie. Register Now!

SE-02, Fri. Aug 18, 6:30 p.m., $75 NEW!
AN EVENING WITH ELSIE: Recipes, Autumn Drinks, Chocolate Dipping and Herbs!
Spend an evening eating and drinking with SE’s Chef Elsie and her team. She will have on hand a staff that will walk you through some of her favorite recipes as we prepare for autumn and holidays ahead. Each guest will travel to four stations at the farm to include Herbs, Chocolate, Autumn Cocktails, and Elsie’s kitchen. Scott will have you snip fresh herbs to dry from the garden pairing them with foods you enjoy, Chocolatier Elizabeth will have you dip fruit into chocolate and share a brownie recipe that should be outlawed, Curtis will have you sample some wonderful autumn drinks that will easily go into the holiday celebrations, and Chef Elsie will discuss recipes and sample her favorite foods as the seasons change. We will begin this lovely evening having a lovely lunch prepared by Chef Elsie before traveling around the Farm. Register Now!

SE-03, Sun. Aug 20, 1:00 p.m., $75 NEW!
IRISH PUB TRAY AND LUNCHEON: A Treasure from The Green Isle!
On our last trip to Ireland, we admired the beautiful Irish tavern trays used to serve at a pub outside the main square in Cork, Ireland. The thick majestic wood, rich patina of earth tone browns, and years of wear made these serving pieces a work of art. We have used vintage trays at our farm to organize our wares, colonize collections of glass, candles, books, and in our seasonal décor. Acquired trays, from by-gone years, adorn our kitchens and bathroom walls showcasing painted florals or handsome pewter. We have re-created this stunning Irish serving tray for you to enjoy and take home to use in your home. The tray is made of wood from a centurion old barn, hand milled and textured, with hand forged wrought iron handles. You will decorate your tray with seasonal décor of leaves, gourds and other botanicals. Chef Elsie will prepare an authentic Irish Luncheon before you begin an afternoon of entertainment and creativeness. Register Now!

SE-04, Thur., Aug. 24, 6:30 p.m., $75 CLASSIC
Clusters of fragrant double roses clambering over white picket fences, fields of wildflowers and lambs, and cottage gardens filled with delphiniums and lupines – this is what we see when visiting English Gardens. While preparing for the 2018 SE visit to the Chelsea Garden Show, we once again were inspired by a statue charmingly referred to as “Bashful Betsy”. We were instantly enamored at its grace and beauty, its ability to stay outside all year with the Great Lakes winter, and its inspiring design both inside the home or out in the garden. Spend an evening glazing this sculpture with rich tones of brown and copper. We will decorate the stature for fall with a miniature faux garland ready to transform any room in your home. Chef Elsie will prepare a lovely English dinner inspired by a recent journey to the English countryside. Register Now!

SE-05, Fri., Aug 25, 6:30 p.m., $75 NEW!
Beautiful Statuary Dating Back Thousands of Years!

The first known use of garden ornaments with winged creatures were documented in Ancient Roman gardens. A great many examples of this statuary and sculpture have been excavated from Pompeii and Herculaneum; with birds as the central theme. The Italian Renaissance garden and Garden a la Francoise were of the peak styles in the use of statuary expanded by the English in their landscapes. A favorite statue of two doves embraced in a kiss highlights a theme for loyalty, purity, and peace is seen throughout Italian, French, and English Gardens. Spend an evening highlighting and glazing this sculpture of two doves embraced on a branch measuring 15”. Inside or out, this sculpture will be a proud embellishment to your home or garden. Chef Elsie will prepare a wonderful Italian dinner for you to enjoy before embarking on your Italian masterpiece. Register Now!

SE-06, Sun., Aug. 27, 1:00 p.m., $75 NEW!
SOUTHERN TOBACCO BASKET with HERBAL WREATH: Southern Craft, Vintage Inspired!
Tobacco baskets have been an important part of the Hills of Eastern Tennessee for years, but are fast disappearing. These beautiful baskets were used by tobacco companies and family farms to display their products when they took them to market. Many magazines are using these baskets for the Americana heritage appeal and decorating possibilities these treasured pieces add to the home and garden. One of our favorite ideas for the tobacco basket, measuring 16” x 24”, is to create a frame above your mantel or wall space for an herbal wreath. We simply can’t get enough of the weathered look and authentic beauty these baskets convey. Spend an evening wrapping a wreath from scores of herbs and flowers from the farm garden. Chef Elsie will prepare an authentic Southern luncheon for you to enjoy before working with your basket and creating your fragrant herbal wreath. Register Now!

SE-07, Thur., Aug. 31, 6:30 p.m., $80
MIRROR, MIRROR ON THE WALL: Eat, Drink, Decorate, and Celebrate Fall!
In ancient times, people first looked at their reflections in pools of water, streams, and rivers. The earliest man-made mirrors were from polished stone and black volcanic glass dating back six-thousand years. We saw examples of this on a recent Southern Exposure Tour to Turkey. We use and enjoy mirrors at the farm as they add visual depth and reflect light. Spend an evening savoring a delectable fall dinner prepared by our own Chef Elsie. Afterwards, you will decorate a beautiful, rustic, square wooden frame with hooks measuring 26” tall and 18” wide with an inserted “Victorian style” mirror to hang on your wall. Change the decorative accents each season and enjoy this beautiful mirror all year round. Register Now!

SE-08, Wed., Sept. 6, 6:30 p.m., $75
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 candlelit French Dinner. You will then embellish an exquisite lantern complete with fall 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-09, Thur., Sept. 7, 6:30 p.m., $75
BERRY and TINI with AUTUMN FEAST: Sippin’ and Stylin’ Away!
Meet or reconnect with friends as we host a “Berry Wreath” workshop while sipping a Berrytini. Take a relaxing moment to enjoy October’s splendor as you create a 22” berry wreath. With just a little flair and our easy step-by-step directions, you can turn flowers, greenery, and berries into a one of a kind wreath that lends a stylish, festive touch to your home for the fall and the holidays. Chef Elsie will create a “one-of-a-kind” dinner masterpiece full of fall bounty before you begin your evening of fun and relaxation. As you arrive, you will also enjoy one of Curtis' million-dollar Berrytinis.
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SE-10, Sat., Sept. 9, 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m., $205 CLASSIC
MICHIGAN WINERY BUS TOUR: Eat…Drink…and Relax! We’ve brought back an old favorite! Nestled along the shores of Lake Michigan are fertile wineries producing award-winning Michigan wines enjoyed throughout the world. Our proximity to Southwest Michigan’s vineyards makes it easy to visit at a relaxed pace in just a single day. While our bus tour drives through picturesque wine regions, you owe it to yourself to sit back, take in the scenery, and chat with your companions. We plan stops at Domaine Berrien Cellar, Lemon Creek Winery, Tabor Hill Winery and Vineyard 2121 Winery where you will visit their tasting rooms, learn their secrets of wine making, and stock up on your favorite wines to share with family and friends. As we return, we make one final stop for dinner at Tosi’s Restaurant in Stevensville, MI. Our bus tour leaves Southern Exposure Farm promptly at 8:00 a.m. and returns at approximately 9:00 p.m. The cost of the tour includes: bus fees, Chef Elsie’s European on-board breakfast and lunch, winery tour charges, dinner at Tosi’s Italian Restaurant, and Curtis' many refreshments along the way. Please sign up early as this is a popular bus tour. Register Now!

SE-11, Sun., Sept. 17, 1:00 p.m., $75
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” 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 personal rock cairn. Before the workshop begins, you will enjoy a delicious luncheon prepared by Chef Elsie, which will surely inspire your creative energy in the accurate direction.
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SE-12, Thur., Sept. 21, 6:30 p.m., $80 NEW!
ANGELS WATCHING OVER ME: French Angel Wing Design with French Dinner!
Perched atop a hill to the North of Paris’s vibrant city center, Montmartre’s picturesque appearance captured the rustic beauty of restless and artful spirits. Here is where the human expression and art begins. SE has traveled to this area many times and the mood and allure of this place changes with each visit. We were enchanted to find amongst the French artist, the emergence of a great and powerful symbol known by many worldwide, the angel wings. These beautiful 17” by 26” metal gold washed pair of angel wings will add a special heartfelt touch to any room or garden area, inside or out. We will use permanent botanicals to weave a garland to wrap around this symbol that has allowed many to fly freely from the realm of earth-bound matter to the unlimited heavens. Chef Elsie will prepare a heavenly French dinner for you to enjoy. Register Now!

SE-13, Sun., Sept. 24, 1:00 p.m., $75 NEW!
THE MAGNIFICENT FALL BURLAP WREATH: Beautiful, Rustic Fall Decoration Easily Customized
Autumn is here! It’s time to decorate your home with a unique wreath that pays tribute to the motifs
of harvest season. Burlap has become a very popular fabric in home decor these days, especially in seasonal wreaths. Burlap is such a great material for crafting. It can be cut, decorated with paint, stamped or stenciled to create decorations for your home. There's something about the rough texture of the cloth which makes burlap an attractive crafting material. With the muted brown color, burlap is perfect for fall themed crafts. We have gathered great fall ideas together which will be incorporated into your burlap wreath including Thanksgiving themed permanent botanicals. In this workshop, you will use this versatile fabric to create a beautiful 14” wreath that can be used for both the fall and holiday season ahead. Chef Elsie will prepare a wonderful fall themed luncheon to celebrate this favorite season at the farm. Register Now!

SE-14, Thur., Sept. 28, 6:30 p.m., $75
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 the 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 scrumptious, candlelit dinner prepared by Chef Elsie. Register Now!

SE-15, Sun., Oct. 1, 1:00 p.m., $70 NEW!
LIFE UNDER GLASS: The Incredible Cloche in a Beautiful Place! NEW
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 pedestal, you will create a beautiful scene under the glass shield. You will also create an arrangement around the cloche using flowers, bottles, gourds and fall décor. At the conclusion, you will have a “vignette” to display in your home for the fall 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 French Luncheon as you prepare for this exciting evening of design with purpose. Register Now!

SE-16, Thur., Oct. 5, 6:30 p.m., $75 NEW!
With each new season, we so enjoy coming up with a new display for the front door. Nothing says welcome more than a seasonal wreath, basket of flowers, or galvanized pail with fall décor. Spend an evening at SE filling a galvanized container spilling over with glorious and generous amounts of permanent botanicals with rich colors and robust textures of fall. We have some stunning and lifelike materials for you to create a lavish display for the autumn season; many grown here at the Farm. As the autumn season comes to an end, fill your galvanized container with mounds of greens and berries for the upcoming winter months. Chef Elsie will prepare an autumn dinner and Curtis will prepare a special cocktail to herald in the fall season. Register Now!

SE-17, Sun., Oct. 8, 1:00 p.m., $70
Geometric and Fanciful Twist of Fine Design!

Our mists of fall wreath, inspired by a Scottish highland’s design, entices the senses out of the summer's uniformity and offers an ethereal hint of fall's imminent floral symphony. This contemporary round shaped moss wreath is as elegant as it is simple. Beautiful dark lime green color- its sleek established lines make this wreath the newest "must have" fall accessory. Use this wreath anywhere in your home, table or wall, anytime of the year. You will embellish this 18” square wreath with permanent bittersweet, roses, fall leaves and fall flora. Chef Elsie will prepare an authentic Edinburg, Scotland luncheon inspired by our recent Southern Exposure tour of this charming medieval city. Register Now!

SE-18, Thur., Oct. 12, 6:30 p.m., $75
BITTERSWEET WREATH & AUTUMN FEAST: FALL for Ideas that Entertain in Style!
As the temperature drops and the days get shorter, trees and vines shift to center stage with their foliage awash in yellow and orange. During the fall, bittersweet vines put on a display few other plants can rival, as the deep yellow skin of their berries bursts to reveal an orange jewel within. Bittersweet has become a favorite botanical when celebrating the fall season, especially during the Thanksgiving Holiday. Spend an evening creating a 22” wreath from high quality permanent bittersweet florals and other fall botanicals to be displayed on your door, table, or mantel. But before you arrive, Chef Elsie will comb the Michigan Farmers’ Markets for the freshest fall bounty as she prepares an Autumn Alfresco feast… just for you. Register Now!

SE-19, Fri., Oct. 13, 6:30 p.m., $75 CLASSIC
OKTOBERFEST BEER TASTING: Learn and Have Fun at the Same Time?
Since eating and drinking are a few of the many joys we live each day, 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. On a past Southern Exposure Riverboat Cruise that included visiting Munich, we had an amazing time participating in their Oktoberfest Festivities. We intend to share some of the fun and our favorite beers with you. Grab your favorite beer-drinking friends because this workshop is for you. Chef Elsie will prepare a beer friendly dinner from beginning to end to help initiate your beer tasting experience. Amaze your friends with the acquired knowledge you learn of these remarkable beers and the great foods to compliment any special fall event.
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SE-20, Thur., Oct. 19, 6:30 p.m., $80 NEW!
From Decadent Flower to Winter-Long Display!

Decorating with wooden crates has become a design essential in modern home décor, housing centerpieces, or creating lush garden containers. Many of the old or vintage orchard crates have become collectibles at flea-markets, tag-sales, or antique shops. We use many crates in our displays and for storage at SE. One of our favorite fall workshops is to fill a wooden crate with mounds of ruby red hydrangea. The majestic oakleaf hydrangea and the showy Pee-Gee Hydrangea are our favorites to dye a brilliant shade of deep maroon burgundy to showcase indoors all winter long. Devote an evening arranging generous amounts of beautifully dried and dyed hydrangeas in a new, but weathered wooden crate. This large and distinctive arrangement will transform any room and provide the provincial charm you desire. Chef Elsie will prepare a fall feast for your pleasure before creating this lovely arrangement. Register Now!

SE-21, Fri., Oct. 20, 6:30 p.m., $75
GARDEN TO GLASS MIXOLOGY: Take a Trip Back in Time! Join us this evening as Southern Exposure’s bar manager takes center stage and invites you to enter the world of cocktail mixing. You’ll mash, muddle, mix, blend, shake, and stir your way through the classic approach to cocktail making using herbs picked from our gardens. Folklore and history of the cocktails will be part of the evening as well. We will demonstrate the techniques that are used to create tantalizing “Martinis” and will share recipes for homemade syrups and mixers, which will allow you to create beautifully crafted cocktails for your friends. Each cocktail demonstrated will be sampled and then paired perfectly with Chef Elsie’s scrumptious cuisine. Come ready to eat, drink, and toast the fall months ahead. This event is a wonderful “evening out” to dress up and be with friends. Register Now!

SE-22, Sat., Oct. 21, 9:00 a.m., $75
Celebrate the Autumn Season with a No-Carved Pumpkin!

Scott and his staff are ushering the fall in with some adorable pumpkins made from reclaimed wood. Even though we may not be ready for fall yet, we all know fall can be a beautiful season. In fact, it’s Scott’s favorite time of the year. The 21” tall x 26” wide pumpkin, complete with real grapevine stem and its own stand, is made and assembled from reclaimed barn wood-- and only needs your finishing touch which includes staining and decorating to fit the fall season. After spending the morning enjoying Chef Elsie’s hearty “Southern Breakfast,” Scott and his staff will turn your attention to pumpkins. Your entire family will enjoy your masterpiece as these reclaimed pumpkins are perfect for Halloween decoration or to keep up during the autumn months ahead. Register Now!

SE-23 THROUGH SE-40, 6:30 p.m. each evening, $50
Ideas for a Heartfelt Holiday!
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Entertaining is so simple: just open the door to your house and your heart, and allow people to come in. There will be parties for hosting, sweet yummies for sharing, and dressing up your home for the holidays. This is the time of year to pull out all the stops, trying new recipes, and merging time-honored traditions with something new. With creativity and a dash of style, you can mix old and new, traditional and contemporary, classic and refined and all assimilate beautifully. Scott will astound you with his imaginative, inspiring holiday décor ideas. The purpose of this workshop is to demonstrate creative ideas, enjoy a complete holiday inspired dinner prepared by Chef Elsie, and sip a delicious wine. With over one-hundred decorating ideas, your home won’t be the only ornament that lights up the holidays! Register Now!

SE-23, Mon., Oct. 30
SE-24, Tues., Oct. 31
SE-25, Wed., Nov. 1
SE-26, Thurs., Nov. 2
SE-27, Fri., Nov. 3
SE-28, Sat., Nov. 4
SE-29, Mon., Nov. 6
SE-30, Tues., Nov. 7
SE-31, Wed., Nov. 8
SE-32, Thurs., Nov. 9
SE-33, Fri., Nov. 10
SE-34, Sat., Nov. 11
SE-35, Mon., Nov. 13
SE-36, Tues., Nov. 14
SE-37, Wed., Nov. 15
SE-38, Thurs., Nov. 16
SE-39, Fri., Nov. 17
SE-40, Sat., Nov. 18

NOTE: Because this is our most popular workshop of the season, please register early to ensure your desired date is secured. Please dress appropriately, as we will be moving inside and outside through four different stations.

SE-41, Sun., Nov. 26, 9:00 a.m., $60
SE-42, Sun., Nov. 26, 1:00 p.m., $65
Hospitality, with a Hug or Handshake, Begins at your Front Door!

Fragrant evergreen, pine, and cedar gathered from the farm are woven into a beautiful, hand-wrapped wreath. This seasonal decoration, which can be displayed in diverse ways, will bring versatility, charm, and warmth to your home. At the beginning of this workshop, you will enjoy a hearty holiday breakfast or luncheon before creating a wreath from scratch, which you will be proud to share with family and friends as you prepare for the holiday season. Register Now!

SE-43, Mon., Nov. 27, 6:30 p.m., $80 NEW!
BLACK FOREST WREATH: Folklore straight from the Danube River!
Pine trees grow in many places around the world. Many legends, beliefs, and folklore surround this magnificent tree. For many, the pinecone represents peace and symbol of the holiday season dating back centuries. We were inspired on our SE riverboat cruise on the Danube River amongst the German pine forests, pastures and mountain lakes with a unique and natural wreath. There were beautiful Christmas Markets nested on the banks where abundance of ancient monasteries, castles and ruins still dominate the landscape. A custom of the region was green tinted faux pinecones wrapped in a wreath. Moss and Pine were added giving a natural feel. This timeless Black Forest wreath will be re-created in this workshop. Chef Elsie will prepare a wonderful European meal prior to the workshop. Register Now!

SE-44, Tues., Nov. 28, 6:30 p.m., $80 NEW!
MODERN AND MOD: White Faux Tree and Contemporary Dinner!
A traditional Christmas tree dressed in red, gold and vintage decorations is magical to behold. But this workshop is a little less traditional, don’t need to abide by the usual Christmas tree décor. We have found a stunning alternative. This clever and sheik, clean and modern, or just over-the-top white Christmas Tree is one of our all-time favorites. You will enjoy embellishing this 29” tall white faux tree with lights, silver ornaments, and other modern ornaments for the home or office. Chef Elsie will prepare a contemporary holiday dinner for your enjoyment on this unique evening at the Farm. Register Now!

SE-45, Wed., Nov. 29, 6:30 p.m., $75 NEW!
OHHHH CHRISTMAS TREE: Reclaimed Wood Tree and Holiday Dinner!
Whether it is real or artificial, the Christmas tree is the central decoration during the winter holidays. Decorating the home for the holidays is certainly one of the most wonderful family rituals. We learned on a recent SE Boat trip around the Baltic Sea, Riga, Latvia was the first recorded Christmas tree display. While visiting the town square, and the birthplace of the first known tree, we adored the reclaimed lumber trees made from old barn wood. The wood rough and aged was cut into strips and stacked like a pyramid. Simple glass ornaments and lights adorned the 30” sculpture. We will re-create this old barn wood tree in this evening of festivity and joy. Chef Elsie will prepare a wonderful holiday meal for you to enjoy before creating this unique and beautiful wooden tree. Register Now!

SE-46, Thur., Nov 30, 6:30 p.m., $80 NEW!
It was the sight of medieval landscapes glittering with colorful lights, or the familiar, heartwarming melodies of “Silent Night” or “O Christmas Tree” sung in their original German. Amongst the excitement of the Swiss Christmas Market brimming with handmade toys and ornaments was a house made with beautiful craftmanship and dusted with glitter and snow. We knew instantly that this must become a workshop at SE. This replica of a Swiss alpine village house mimicking the long traditions of a gingerbread house, will be adorned with light, holiday candy, snow, and a miniature fencing. Chef Elsie will prepare a beautiful White dinner complimented by a white martini designed by our bar manager, Angie. Register Now!

SE-47, Sat., Dec. 2, 1:00 p.m., $80
Don't Be Surprised if After Seeing your Handiwork, Santa Offers You a Job!

During the Christmas season, we love seeing reindeer because they are happy reminders that Santa is on his way. And adding reindeer themes to your holiday decorating is a stylish way to get into the spirit. Utilizing the spare windfall of logs collected from the forest floor, you will create a reindeer made of logs, branches and twigs, complete with a red nose and a woolly scarf to keep your new adopted friend warm for the winter months. This is the perfect decoration for your front lawn or porch. Chef Elsie will prepare one of her favorite luncheons to help get your imaginative spirit rolling for this afternoon event. Register Now!

SE-48, Sun., Dec. 3, 1:00 p.m., $75
Celebrate the Holiday Season with Fragrance and Charm!

Bring rich holiday greens and reds into your home with our alluring evergreen Kissing Ball. The Scottish tradition of the kissing ball goes back to the middle Ages when villagers wound twine and evergreen branches into a loose ball shape to hang from the ceiling along passageways in houses and castles. Blessings and good luck were thought to come to all who passed under the ball…not to mention a sweet-smelling spot to steal a kiss. Dressed in evergreen tipping, pine-cones, holly, winter berries, and finished with a plaid Scottish ribbon, this aromatic accent will be a delightful conversation piece that is a true holiday eye catcher. Chef Elsie’s Scottish holiday luncheon is the perfect start for an afternoon filled with laughter and creativity. Register Now!

SE-49, Mon., Dec. 4, 6:30 p.m., $75 CLASSIC
Holiday  Passion Meets  Classic Holiday “Spirit!”

Gin, also known as “genever” by the Dutch and shortened by the English to Gin, originated during the 17th century by Franciscus Sylvius, a professor of medicine at the University of Leiden in Holland. He distilled the juniper berry with spirits to produce an inexpensive medicine. Today, gin is still manufactured using the blue juniper berry as its major ingredient for the delicious flavor. The juniper berries are a wonderful slate, chilly blue that show up nicely against a background of cedar greenery. Used in a wreath, blue juniper makes a lush, attractive decoration for the holidays. After a holiday luncheon prepared by Chef Elsie, you will assemble a beautiful holiday wreath of fresh cut pine greens from the farm and permanent botanical cedar greens complete with blue juniper berries. Upon arrival, you will be greeted with one of our favorite gin martinis.
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SE-50, Tue., Dec. 5, 6:30 p.m., $75
STARLIGHT SO BRIGHT: Wish Upon a Star Tonight!
If you’ve traveled through Pennsylvania’s Amish country, you’ve noticed numerous centurion barns with stars representing the mark of the builder and a hex symbol of good fortune, purity, and love. Barn stars were used in the United States during the 18th century and remain a popular form of decoration today. You will celebrate this honored tradition by creating an oversized wooden star, hand- made, and perfect for any interior or exterior décor for the upcoming holidays and beyond. Chef Elsie will prepare an Amish inspired farm dinner for your enjoyment. Afterwards, you will create a modern holiday twist by making a 36” tall barn star, complete with lights. Register Now!

SE-51, Wed., Dec. 6, 6:30 p.m., $80
HOLIDAY DECORATING WITH SKIS: Recycling an Old Vintage Holiday Idea!
On a recent “Scott's Junque Bus Tour,” Scott found an antique pair of snow skis which needed a new home. He used these skis in last year’s “Decorating on a Shoestring” as one of his ideas. He promised to include this holiday décor item as a future workshop. Using old barn wood, Scott has reproduced these 58” long x 2.5” wide skis so you can include this idea in your upcoming holiday adornment. In this workshop, Scott will demonstrate the many ways to incorporate them in your holiday theme, grand or simple. After enjoying a hearty dinner by Chef Elsie, you will decorate and take home a pair of skis to add rustic holiday charm or a modern holiday theme. Register Now!

SE-52, Thur., Dec. 7, 6:30 p.m., $80 NEW!
I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas!

When Irving Berlin wrote "White Christmas" for Bing Crosby to sing in the 1942 film Holiday Inn, no one in Hollywood knew it would become a peace anthem with sentiments expressed directly to a nation torn apart by World War II. Many of this era's traditional Christmas decorations easily lend themselves to sparkling, snowy embellishment. In this workshop, you will capture the essence of a white Christmas with a 28” long artificial white spruce holiday teardrop swag. Your will adorn your masterpiece with silver bulbs, lights, and ribbon; a perfect decoration for your mantel, door or table. Chef Elsie will extend the white Christmas theme with her inspiring holiday dinner that will set the ambiance for your delightful evening. Register Now!

SE-53, Fri., Dec. 8, 6:30 p.m., $85 CLASSIC
TOAST THE SEASON: Tis the Season to Savor the Flavor!
An all-time favorite and classic at Southern Exposure Farm. Toast the holidays with an array of wines, including bubbly! Relax, unwind, and sample wonderful wines and fabulous treats while you mingle and make new friends. As the holiday season approaches, you will enjoy an abundance of exquisite food, exceptional wine, and great company. You will enjoy one of Chef Elsie’s legendary dinners with four courses that complement each of the five-featured wines…including Golden Tango Cream, which is no longer in production. The wines featured this evening will surely make the perfect stocking stuffers! Register Now!

SE-54, Sat., Dec. 9, 9:00 a.m., $80
ALPINE SLED: Include a ‘Bit of Swiss” in your Holiday Décor!
On one of our overseas tours to Switzerland, in the Swiss Valley of Grindelwald, Scott found an antique wooden sled. In this workshop, a replica of this same sled has been built for you to include in your holiday décor. Alpine sledding is still the mainstay sport for children and adults alike. You will decorate your own Alpine Sled using an assortment of fresh greens, twigs, and ribbon. This treasured sled measuring 31” long x 18” wide x 5” tall is yours to keep and to take home to place on your porch or accent your front door. Used indoors, you have just found the ultimate winter décor that fits in any room of your home. Chef Elsie will create a special holiday breakfast using recipes from past generations. Register Now!

SE-55, Sat., Dec. 9, 1:00 p.m., $80 CLASSIC
BASKET O’ GREENS & IRISH LUNCH: Let the Color of Green Inspire you this Season!

This is the truest and sincerest classic workshop at the farm. Scott was first introduced to this attractive basket arrangement during a recent overseas tour to Ireland. This magnificent two handled, green metal woven basket measuring 9” tall and 12” wide was used for shoppers at the Irish farmer’s markets. You will design, dress and filled with generous amounts of pine, holly, and boxwood, can be placed outside your entry door to convey the ultimate traditional Irish greeting to your guests. These enchanting yet blissful baskets can be used as portable gardens, outdoors or indoors, for the upcoming holiday season and beyond. Before an afternoon creating your Irish masterpieces, you will enjoy an authentic eighteenth-century Irish holiday lunch prepared by Chef Elsie. Register Now!

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