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Fall 2018 Event Details:
Specialty Dining and Workshops

Online registration for Southern Exposure's Fall 2018 season is now live! For a detailed look at our Fall 2018 schedule, please see the calendar listings below. Or click here to register online. Please note that you must be at least 21 years old to register for events SE-03, SE-06, SE-12, and SE-28 below during our Fall 2018 season.

Reminder: Space is limited, so we urge you to make your reservations now before your favorites sell out. It's fast and easy to do. We strongly recommend using our online registration system. It's fully encrypted and SSL-certified for your complete security and safety. You will receive an online confirmation statement and receipt the same day via e-mail. If you prefer to register by phone, please call (269) 962-1255 during normal business hours.

All events listed below are held on the grounds of Southern Exposure. Space is limited, so we strongly encourage you to register online. Click here to register. Please read our Fall 2018 Reservations Policy before making a reservation. We look forward to seeing you soon at Southern Exposure!



Fall 2018 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. 7, 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. Williamsburg is known for its history, so 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 Butternut Squash Bisque
  • Baby Spinach, Apples, and Cheddar Cheese Salad
  • Grilled Filet Mignon with Blue Cheese Cream Sauce
  • Oven Roasted Vegetables
  • Chef Elsie’s Sweet Potato Gratin
  • Pumpkin Crème Brûlée
  • A Glass of Wine Selected by our Sommelier

SE-200, Fri., Sept. 21, 6:30 p.m., $80 CLASSIC
STARRY, STARRY, NIGHT: A moment in the twilight!
In October, the world looks as though a gilding maestro has touched every leaf with a delicate brush. Come gather in one of our historic dining rooms and feast under the lantern of the Harvest Moon! Register Now

  • Herb Tomato Bisque
  • Autumn Orchard Salad
  • Beef Tenderloin with Gorgonzola Cream Sauce
  • Fresh Peas with Pearl Onions and Mushrooms
  • Herbed Mashed Potatoes
  • Chef Elsie’s Crème Brûlée
  • A Glass of Wine Selected by our Sommelier

 SE-300, Sun., Oct. 14, 1:00 p.m., $65 CLASSIC
THE MOUNT VERNON: Setting a place for tradition!      
Bring your appetite, drop a napkin on your lap, and prepare to be delighted by farm-favorites remembered from Washington’s 18th century Virginia. Register Now

  • Sausage, Beans, and Broccoli Rabe Soup
  • Fall Harvest Salad
  • Amish Half-Chicken over Wild Rice with Truffle Cream Sauce
  • Colonial Succotash
  • Pineapple-Glazed Acorn Squash
  • Hoe Cakes
  • George’s Cherry Pie, à la Mode
  • A Glass of Wine Selected by our Sommelier

 SE-400, Fri., Nov. 2, 6:30 p.m., $80 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

  • Baked Artichoke Dip with Toast Points
  • Chef Elsie’s Fall Bounty Salad
  • Beef Tenderloin with Bordelaise Sauce
  • Haricot Vert Beans with Roasted Almonds
  • Au Gratin Potatoes
  • Old Fashioned Apple Pie with Caramel Sauce, à la mode
  • A Glass of Wine Selected by our Sommelier

SE-500, Fri., Nov. 16, 6 :30 p.m., $85 CLASSIC
THE CAMELOT: Romantically inspired!
It’s that moment when the world becomes still; the most pressing goal you must do is nothing.
This complete relaxation begins in a setting where conversation is plentiful, and a day’s bounty is measured by the hours spent with loved ones. Come fill your cup and warm your soul. Register Now

  • Black Bean Soup with Cilantro and Sour Cream
  • Maple Pecan Spinach Salad
  • Roast Prime Rib Au Poivre
  • Organic Roasted Rainbow Carrots
  • Mashed Potatoes with Fresh Herbs and Parmesan
  • Chocolate Crème Brûlée
  • A Glass of Wine Selected by our Sommelier


Fall 2018 Workshops

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

SE-01, Thur., Sept. 6, 6:30 p.m., $70 NEW!
FRENCH BOUQUET with PROVENCE DINNER: French dining and design at its best!
Using re-claimed lumber and four cubbyhole containers with iron handles, we will replicate a fine French bouquet we admired on a recent journey to Provence, France. These bouquets were gracefully designed in distressed, white-washed containers filled with beautiful herbs and freeze-dried botanicals. We will spend the evening sipping fine French champagne, French wines, and enjoying a sumptuous Provence style dinner by our own Chef Elsie. After dinner, we will re-create these sophisticated and beautiful French bouquets using some of Mother Nature’s finest white flowers including Artemisia, Pearly Everlasting, Globes, Sweet Annie and White Statice. Magnificent Fleurs and bon appetit. 
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SE-02, Sun., Sept. 9, 1:00 p.m., $70 NEW!
COCK-CA-DOODLE-DO OLD WORLD PAINTING & LUNCH:  Aged canvas art!
Roosters crow and announce the sunrise and its promise of a fresh day. We don’t usually think
of this common farm bird as something to crow about, particularly not regarding a historical perspective in art. However, the fact remains that roosters have a great deal of symbolic meaning. For thousands of years this showy, noisy, bird has served as a staple subject in countless pieces of artwork. After an indulging meal by our very own Chef Elsie, we will antique and distress a fine rooster print, on 12” by 12” canvas. Antique paintings have a more respected and mysterious quality about them, and by implementing our aging techniques your painted rooster canvas will look like it’s been around for hundreds of years!  Learn the methods of the Old Maestros and the history of the rooster in art at this wonderful workshop. Register Now!

SE-03, Fri., Sept. 14, 6:30 p.m., $80*
MARTINI MADNESS: Fall cocktail festivity!
Let’s raise a glass to cocktail party planning made easy! This event is a perfect “ladies’ night” to relax and rejuvenate with a night out with friends. Enjoy an evening strolling through our historic gardens as we recreate authentic drink recipes and explore fresh classics, with modern spirits sure to invigorate playful conversations and soothe the stresses of your busy week. Each cocktail demonstrated will be sampled and then paired perfectly with Chef Elsie’s scrumptious Fall feast. Come ready to eat, drink, and toast the transformational months ahead. This evening will emulate what Bette Davis once said while holding a very dry martini, “fasten your seat belts, it’s going to be a bumpy ride.”  Bottoms up! Register Now

SE-04, Sun., Sept. 16, 1:00 p.m., $75
STACKED ROCK SCULPTURES for your GARDEN: The ultimate balancing act!
Garden sculptures come in many forms. Garden cairns, or 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 fuel your creative energy! Register Now

SE-05, Thur., Sept. 20, 6:30 p.m., $75 NEW!
IRISH TRAY and EMERALD ISLAND DINNER: Irish eyes are smiling!
Blanketed in wildflowers and dotted with castles and lighthouses, there really is nothing quite like Ireland’s coast. The country’s incredible beauty and hospitable people are an experience everyone should enjoy. While visiting an Irish tea shop we were served tea and biscuits on an adorably traditional metal tray. These Emerald Island collections are painted with a traditional green wash, distressed detailing, and measure 17” by “11. Spend an evening re-creating this Irish tradition with fresh herbs and flowers picked from our gardens, that you will hand weave tightly around the sturdy handles and braided edges. Chef Elsie will prepare a wonderful authentic meal from the Emerald Island using recipes collected from a recent S.E. trip to Ireland. Register Now!

SE-06, Sat., Sept. 22, 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 which produce 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 wine-loving companions. We plan our first stop at Domaine Berrien Cellar, after visiting will wally and his staff, we are going to three of Curtis’ favorite wineries in that area where you will visit their tasting rooms, learn their trade secrets, and stock up on your favorite wines to share with family and friends. As we return, we will make one final stop for a delectable dinner at Tosi’s Italian Restaurant in Stevensville, discovered on the shoreline of Lake Michigan. 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 on-board, European, breakfast and lunch, winery tours, dinner at Tosi’s, and seat-side service of Curtis' many wonderful refreshments along the way. Please sign up early as this is a popular bus tour. Register Now!

SE-07, Sun., Sept. 23, 1:00 p.m., $75 NEW!
SPIRIT of NATURE, GREEN MAN STATUARY and FEAST:
Timeless tradition & European feast!

The Green Man forest spirit has traveled the world for centuries adapting to local cultures as the centuries have passed. Some of the best evidence of this phenomenon today is the spirit’s likeness adorned in the carvings of medieval churches in France and England. But in ancient times, this symbol of nature lived not only among Celtic forest tribes in northern Europe, but also among great architectural empires such as Egypt, Greece and Rome. We at the farm have procured the most delightful Greenman statuary face ornamented with the traditional whimsical forest leaves and stately bust. Measuring 16” by 9” and cast from finishing concrete, this art piece will be enjoyed inside or out!  Spend an evening detailing your sculpture with a verdigris and patina wash. Chef Elsie will prepare a mouthwatering meal for all to enjoy before we explore the historical and fascinating Green Man. Register Now!

SE-08, Thur., Sept. 27, 6:30 p.m., $70 NEW!
NEW BEGINNING WREATH with EASTERN EUROPEAN DINNER: Let’s welcome fall together!
Birch branch wreaths are beautiful in any décor. Birch Trees are very special as we have several mature specimens growing on the farm. They are striking with their year-round beauty. Few trees have been so important to so many people for shelter, transport vessels, and artistic or spiritual meaning. The Birch is symbolic of new beginnings and is used often in Eastern European design. Spend an evening celebrating the birch tree with a 12” wreath of white branches, wrapped together with freeze dried moss. The distinction of the white bark against the refreshing green will brighten any part of your home. Chef Elsie will prepare a wonderful Eastern European meal to celebrate this remarkable tree. Register Now!

SE-09, Fri., Sept. 28, 6:30 p.m., $75 NEW!
AN EVENING WITH ELSIE:  Recipes, Autumn drinks, chocolate dipping, and fresh herbs!
Spend an evening eating and drinking with our own Chef Elsie and her team. She will have staff on hand who will walk you through some of her favorite recipes as we prepare for autumn and the holidays ahead. Each guest will travel to four stations throughout the farm to study herbs, chocolate, Autumn cocktails, and Elsie’s kitchen. Enjoy snipping botanicals from Scott’s fresh herb garden to dry and pair with the recipes you fall in love with throughout the evening. Chocolatier and friend of the farm, Elizabeth, will guide you as you dip your favorite fruits in warm chocolate, and share a brownie recipe that should be outlawed! Refresh your palette samples of wonderful autumn drinks with Curtis, and finally enjoy a discussion and sampling with Chef Elsie and her favorite seasonal recipes. We will begin this bountiful evening with a charming meal prepared by Chef Elsie herself!
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SE-10, Sun., Sept. 30, 1:00 p.m., $85 NEW!
SPLISH SPLASH with GARDEN-FRESH LUNCHEON: 
Your birds will love their winter birdbath! 
We adore old farm relics and implements. It reminds us of the hard work and determination of the individuals before us and how they worked to till the land and develop the world we know today. At the Chicago Botanical Garden Show we saw birdbaths made from old harrow discs and scrap steel. Farmers tilled their fields with these discs by dragging them on a rig behind their tractor or livestock. The steel disc allows the thermal radiation of the winter sun to thaw the outer ring of the bath for your feathered friends to drink year-round. We will recreate this design using a vintage plough and recycled steel to create this all-weather birdbath. Chef Elsie will prepare a farm-fresh luncheon for you to “plow through” before this inventive workshop. Register Now!

SE-11, Thur., Oct. 4, 6:30 p.m., $75 NEW!
RED FLORAL ARRANGEMENT with DINNER:  Burning, red-hot, design with autumn cuisine!
Red flowers are commonly associated with love, romance, and passion. But there is much more to this symbolic hue than meets the eye. This monochromatic arrangement of red flowers, leaves, and berries can be breathtaking in any room or office. We were inspired to do this workshop after visiting the Chelsea Garden Show in London and exploring classical monochromatic design. After a satisfying spread made with love by our very own Chef Elsie, spend an evening creating a beautiful arrangement that can be used all year. In a 7” footed urn, we will use generous amounts of permanent botanicals of hydrangea, rose, berries, and dahlias to achieve your own unique design.
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SE-12, Fri., Oct. 5, 6:30 p.m., $75*
OKTOBERFEST BEER TASTING: Drink beer and learn at the same time?
Since eating and drinking are mainstays in a list of the many joys of life, hosting a beer-tasting-party is an easy and fun way to bring your friends and family together. Throw in some delicious food and you have a recipe for an epic evening! On a past Southern Exposure Riverboat Cruise that included a stop in Munich, we had the experience of a lifetime participating in their Oktoberfest festivities. We intend to share some of that fun with you, as well as our favorite beers from around the world. Grab your beer loving friends because this workshop is for you!  Chef Elsie will prepare a beer friendly dinner from beginning to end, so you may amaze your friends with your newfound knowledge of remarkable beers and great food, throughout the tailgate, Halloween, and Thanksgiving seasons! Register Now

SE-13, Thur., Oct. 11, 6:30 p.m., $80 NEW!
GALVANIZED FEED TROUGH CADDY with AUTUMN DESIGN and FEAST: Country charm!
Bring the warm colors and textures of fall into your home with this beautiful and simple decorating project. We will fill a 14” by 7”, six-caddy, galvanized-steel, country feed-trough with handle, with generous amounts of fall’s bounty. Farm grown pumpkins, textured gourds, fall foliage, bittersweet, pinecones and freeze- dried moss will be the muse for this design. With reproduction animal troughs, there’s no need to be holiday specific, enjoy the possibilities to transition this piece inside and out all year round. Chef Elsie will prepare an Autumn feast for you to enjoy before creating this fabulous and versatile arrangement! Register Now

SE-14, Fri., Oct. 12, 6:30 p.m., $70 NEW!
The SPIRIT of the NORDIC, SCANDANAVIAN ROPE WREATH & DINNER:
Quaint, classy, and versatile!
The Spirit of the Nordic people is reminiscent in this beautiful rope-woven wreath. The Scandinavian people are known for their fine weaving of straw ornaments and the delightful Swedish knot. While visiting the countryside of Sweden on a Southern Exposure tour, we experienced a small town where rope woven wreaths and herbs decorated the charming front doors. We remember this handmade treasure abroad to replicate it with you this evening. The 12”, round, woven-rope, wreath, and an assortment of herbs will be prepared for you to complete this classic Nordic craft. Chef Elsie will present a delicious Scandinavian-inspired meal to energize you before you create your own Spirit of the Nordic wreath. Register Now!

SE-15, Thur., Oct. 18, 6:30 p.m., $75 NEW!
CHARMING FOUR-HOOK PLANK with HERBS & FARM FRESH MEAL:
Classic design and utility! 

Set the tone for your space with this charming and versatile “Welcome to our Home’’ wooden plank wall-hook. The simple, white weathered finish and four iron hooks makes it the perfect spot for hanging and drying herbs. This large piece measures 27” by 11” and will fit into any décor. We will survey the herb beds to cut your favorite herbs to dry on the vintage inspired hat hooks. We will have many herbs to choose from and generous amounts will ensure you have plenty for your culinary needs this winter. Chef Elsie will prepare an autumn dinner using many of the same herbs from the beds that you will also harvest from. Register Now!

SE-16, Fri., Oct. 19, 6:30 p.m., $80 NEW!
OLD BARN-WOOD WINDOW, PASTORAL WREATH & CANDLE with IRISH DINNER:
The essence of a cottage window in your own home!

Using old weathered windows in your home and garden creates an eclectic look while maintaining a timeless class. We saw a new twist on this design while visiting Ireland that we will use as the inspiration for this workshop. The candle in the window, an Irish tradition that welcomed the community to their homes, was made into night lights. We found reclaimed wood barn windows 24” by 12” and mounted them to stand alone. We will place a plug-in lighted candle behind the glass and decorate the window pane with a wreath. The rich barn wood and simple, elegant, candle will warm any room. Of course, Chef Elsie will prepare an authentic Irish Dinner to enjoy before creating this beautiful decoration. Register Now!

SE-17, Sat., Oct. 20, 9:00 a.m., $75 NEW!
GALVANIZED GARDEN BOX with FALL PLANTING & HEARTY BREAKFAST: Autumn is here!
Enhance your home with this indoor/outdoor rustic, farmhouse style, galvanized storage box with two hooks. This box is slotted for ventilation and is functional for the storage of many items in the home whether it be in the kitchen, bedroom, or bath. The 12” by “6” by 17” box is crafted from durable materials for lasting beauty and performance. The rustic style goes well with traditional and country décor and may add a classic charm to modern and contemporary interiors as well. We will fill this box with fall botanicals of kale, mums, gourds and herbs. Chef Elsie will prepare a savory breakfast before creating this versatile and charming project. Register Now!

SE-18, Sun., Oct. 21, 1:00 p.m., $75 NEW!
GLASS CLOCHE with FRENCH LUNCHEON: Autumn under glass!
Cloche is the French word for “bell”. The original cloches were large bell-shaped jars that the 19th century French gardeners placed over plants in spring and fall to act a as a portable miniature greenhouse. At one time, these glass jars covered acres of fields outside of Paris that supplied out-of-season vegetables to the city’s households and restaurants. We use cloches at Southern Exposure throughout the year to display plants, cover cheese on buffets, or display favorites photographs and mementos. One of our many favorites is the cloche display of miniature pumpkins, bittersweet and fall leaves we will recreate this evening. The large cloche measures 10” round and 15” tall. Chef Elsie will create a magnificent French inspired lunch for you to devour before you create this historical and breathtaking project under glass!

SE-19, Thur., Oct. 25, 6:30 p.m., $75
MAGICAL LIGHTED SPHERE with CANDLELIT DINNER: To light up your life!
The grandest garden decor often utilizes 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 focal point. These illuminated, rustic, spheres are popular in European Gardens all year round. You will attach white lights throughout the woven structure to illuminate your garden for display throughout the year. Upon your arrival for this perfect evening, you will enjoy a tasty, dinner prepared by Chef Elsie. Register Now!

SE-20, Fri., Oct. 26, 6:30 p.m., $75
BERRY-TINI WREATH with AUTUMN FEAST: Sippin’ and stylin’ away!
Meet new or reconnect with old 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 holidays. Chef Elsie will create a one-of-a-kind dinner masterpiece full of fall’s bounty before you begin your evening of fun and relaxation. As you arrive you will also enjoy one of Curtis' million-dollar Berrytinis! Register Now

SE-21, Sat., Oct. 27, 9:00 a.m., $75
RECLAIMED PUMPKIN with FALL “BREAKFEAST”:
Celebrate the Autumn season with a no-carved pumpkin!

Scott and his staff are ushering in the new season 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 and only needs your finishing touch, which includes staining and decorating to fit your personal taste for the fall season. After spending the morning enjoying Chef Elsie’s hearty “Southern Breakfast,” Scott and his staff will turn your attention to your workshop. Your entire family will enjoy your masterpiece as these reclaimed pumpkins are perfect for Halloween decoration or to keep up during the harvest season ahead.
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SE-22, Sat., Oct. 27, 1:00 p.m., $80 NEW!
VINTAGE INSPIRED TOBACCO BASKET WITH HARVEST SWAG & SOUTHERN LUNCHEON:
Now here is a re-purposed idea!

Tobacco baskets are an important part of the history of the South. Baskets were used to harvest large tobacco leaves and to display their products when taken to the market. American country design has grown up with our rural landscapes, primitive handcrafts and love of nature, and has forged a not-so-surprising partnership modern décor. This mix sweeps away clutter and returns country style to if original roots, with a twist. This workshop will include a 27” by 27” reproduction tobacco basket with a fall swag you will collect from our gardens. American country stylings have humble rural beginnings, and Chef Elsie will continue this theme in her preparation of a classic Southern luncheon for you to enjoy before your class. Register Now!

SE-23, Sun., Oct. 28., 1:00 p.m., $95 NEW!
“RESTING GRACE” SITTING ANGEL SCULPTURE & ENGLISH LUNCH:
Timeless statuary, classic design!

The winter garden is well defined in Michigan by the bare branches, colorful red-twig dogwood, resilient evergreen needles, and bones of the plants that once flourished. Statuary that can withstand the long winter is essential to keep the design alive until spring arrives. We have found a beautiful 19” by 11” sitting angel sculpture for the garden, inspired by the Chelsea Garden show in London. The classic sculpt of this inspirational angel statue is a wonderful summer accent and winter focal point! This peaceful angel rests her head in hand, adorned in intricately carved robes, face, wings, and is made with reinforced concrete. We will brush the statuary with a faux-stone-finish and sealant to ensure this graceful angel can last for years to come. Also enjoy a warm English lunch prepared by our Chef Elsie. Register Now!

SE-24, Thur., Nov. 1, 6:30 p.m., $75 NEW!
OLIVE BUCKET with BURGUNDY HYDRANGEA & TUSCAN DINNER:
Sights and taste of Italy!
The gardens throughout Tuscany have been recognized for centuries for their impressive design. From the Medici gardens to small villas throughout the rolling Tuscan hills, the landscapes tell the story of their past. These gardens have inspired us for centuries, beginning with the great painters of the renaissance and since immortalized in literature and film. Tuscan gardens are usually surrounded by centurion olive trees. The buckets used to collect these olives are slotted for ventilation, approximately 8-inches around, galvanized, and crafted for years of use. Spend an evening filling your olive bucket with generous amounts of dyed burgundy hydrangea and moss. Chef Elsie will prepare a traditional Tuscan meal using recipes from Old World Italy! Register Now

SE-25, Sat., Nov. 3, 1:00 p.m., $75 NEW!
ALL ABOARD! BOTANICAL FILLED RAILROAD LANTERN & FRENCH FEAST:
Last stop, Southern Exposure!

While visiting Claude Monet’s garden in Giverny, France, we ran across a creative idea for displaying fleurs and botanicals in a beautiful lantern. A conservatory with miniature plants, candle, and proper lighting, will produce romantic lantern light in the evening, but a beautifully displayed conservatoire during the day. Graceful lanterns can add style and an aura of romance throughout your garden spaces. In this workshop, you will design a fall display in a reproduction tin and glass railroad lantern—an industrial twist to a classic look. Upon your arrival, Chef Elsie will enchant you with a mouthwatering dinner under the soft radiance of our chandeliers. Register Now!

SE-26, Sun., Nov. 4, 1:00 p.m., $75 NEW!
AUTUMN SWAG DECORATION and HOME-COOKED LUNCHEON:  Glorious autumn decor!
With each new season, we so enjoy creating a new display for the front door. Nothing says welcome more than a seasonal wreath, basket of flowers, or galvanized pail with overflowing with seasonal botanicals. Spend an afternoon at Southern Exposure filling a galvanized container with generous amounts of glorious permanent botanicals. The rich colors and full-bodied fall textures will add style and dimension to your doorway. We have some stunning and lifelike materials for you to create a lavish display for the autumn season; many grown here at the Farm. Chef Elsie will prepare an autumn luncheon and Curtis will prepare a special cocktail to herald in the fall season. Register Now!

SE-27, Thur., Nov. 8, 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, vines of bittersweet create a display few other plants will match, as the deep yellow skin of their berries burst 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-28, Fri., Nov. 9, 6:30 p.m., $75*
TOAST the SEASON: Tis the season to savor the flavor!
A classic all-time favorite 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 throughout the farm and make new friends. As the holiday season approaches you will enjoy an abundance of exquisite foods, exceptional wines, and great company. Prepare to enjoy one of Chef Elsie’s legendary dinners with four courses to complement each of the featured wines…Curtis’ favorites, which he has set aside in his personal collection in anticipation for this single event. Each of the wines featured this evening will surely make the perfect stocking stuffers, or pair wonderfully with a Thanksgiving dish. Register Now!

SE-29, Sat., Nov. 10, 9:00 a.m., $80 NEW!
ARMILLARY SUNDIAL & CLASSIC FRENCH DINNER:
Timeless treasure and fine cuisine!

Sundials are one of the oldest tools for measuring time, by using the shadow the Sun. Dating back 1500 B.C. with the Greeks, Roman, and Egyptian societies, the great civilizations before us utilized this ancient technology to measure their days. We have enjoyed collecting sundials from around the world and found the Armillary sundial to be one of our favorites. Placed in the garden or home, the Armillary sundial demands attention. The smooth curves and airiness inherent in their designs are dimensionally profound yet equally graceful. The solid thick casting and 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 fall décor. Chef Elsie will prepare a wonderful French breakfast just in “thyme” for this wonderful workshop. Register Now!

SE-30, Sat., Nov. 10, 1:00 p.m., $75 NEW!
GOTHIC STYLE CATHEDRAL WINDOW FRAME & LUNCHEON:
A simple, sophisticated, project!

Using architectural pieces in the home and garden has been a mainstay at Southern Exposure. One of our favorite ways to incorporate this idea into our design is with the reproduction white-washed cathedral widow frames. The timeless design makes them an eclectic but classic piece of art. Spend an evening at Southern Exposure finishing a 35” by 20 white-washed cathedral window frames. We will create a beautiful fall decoration to ornament this unique wall hanging. Chef Elsie will prepare an autumn lunch before you engage in this exciting and creative project. Register Now!

SE-31, Sun., Nov. 11, 1:00 p.m., $80 NEW!
VINTAGE HARROW WREATH with AUTUMN 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 vintage, early-American harrows that will be the base for an incredible wreath. The rusted patina finish and worn iron teeth are complimented by autumn corn, fall leaves, and bittersweet vines. At Southern Exposure, we use a circular harrow to spear corn to feed feathered friends throughout the winter. Chef Elsie will prepare a special harvest lunch before we create a beautiful autumn design with these traditional farm implements. Register Now!

SE-32, Thur., Nov. 15, 6:30 p.m., $75 NEW!
AUTUMN is HANGING AROUND:  An elegant take on fall decorating!
Summer is over, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy blooming flora. We’ve rounded up some of the most gorgeous fall bouquets and hanging decorations to convince you that autumn foliage is just as impressive as spring and summer. Using a beautiful, white-washed, board of reclaimed wood, measuring 19” by 4”, with projected rod and six hooks, we will complete a stunning wall arrangement! This project will include a hanging pumpkin with succulents, gourd with flowers, bottle with fall berries, and bunches of our own herbs and flowers to dry at home. Chef Elsie will be making her famous pumpkin crème brûlée. Register Now!

SE-33, Sat., Nov. 17, 9:00 a.m., $65 NEW!
METAL PINEAPPLE WALL & DOOR DECORATION with BREAKFAST: 
An event of hospitality and friendship!

Though many indigenous cultures have long held the pineapple as part of their cuisine and design styles, Europeans first learned of the fruit in 1493 when Columbus and his sailors came across it
in their travels. The pineapple traditionally symbolized a welcoming home full of hospitality and graciousness. Add a seasonal and sweet touch to your home with this beautiful pineapple wall or door decoration. This 20” by 8” sculpture offers a dimensional metal pineapple design with a white distressed finish. We will add an autumn trimming around the neck of the pineapple complete with
a finishing bow. Change out the décor to use all year in your home or garden to say welcome in a truly historical way. Chef Elsie will prepare a scrumptious breakfast that will push this beloved fruit to center stage! Register Now!

SE-34, Sat., Nov. 17, 1:00 p.m., $70 NEW!
GNARLED BRANCH WREATH and EUCALYPTUS: A New Zealand delight!
In New Zealand’s Southern Islands, the Jetstream winds are unobstructed and blow relentlessly into the land. The winds are so persistent, and sometimes violent, that the trees become gnarled and perpetually twisted. The beauty of the braided branches growing, and the wind-exposed roots, is exemplary of the beauty and pain found in nature and art. We have found a 12” wreath that captures the aesthetic of this wondrous landscape, which we will enhance with generous amount of Seeded Eucalyptus. Chef Elsie that will prepare a New Zealand luncheon to represent the countryside of this beautiful coastal region. Register Now!

SE-35, Sun., Nov. 18, 1:00 p.m., $75 NEW!
MY BIRDCAGE has PUMPKINS:  An arrangement for the season!
We so enjoy repurposing birdcages here at the farm. Birdcages come in such interesting shapes and sizes and are so versatile. We use them year-round with houseplants, outside succulents, and seasonal décor. With little more than some existing autumn décor and a candle, an old birdcage can demand a second glance. But first, a mouth-watering lunch prepared by Chef Elsie awaits you. You will fill your English birdcage with generous amounts of fall botanicals. Take it home to hang indoors or outdoors in your garden. Birdcages are not just for the birds anymore! Register Now

SE-36, Sat., Nov. 24, 9:00 a.m., $80
ALPINE SLED: Include a ‘Bit of Swiss” in your holiday décor!
On one of Southern Exposure’s overseas tours to Switzerland, in the Swiss Valley of Grindelwald, Scott found a charming 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 Swiss 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 take home to place on your porch or accent your front door. If used indoors, you have just found a classic piece that fits in any room of your home for decades to come. Chef Elsie will create a special Swiss breakfast using recipes from generations passed. Register Now!

SE-37, Sat., Nov. 24, 1:00 p.m., $75
HOLIDAY DECORATING with SKIS: Recycling a 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 many ideas. He promised to include this holiday décor item as a future workshop in an upcoming season, and now the time is upon us! 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 decoration. In this workshop, we will demonstrate the many ways to incorporate them into your holiday theme, grand or simple. After enjoying a nourishing luncheon by Chef Elsie, you will decorate and take home a pair of skis to add rustic charm to any holiday theme. Register Now!


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