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Online registration for Southern Exposure's Spring 2017 season is now live! 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.

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Spring 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., April 7, 6:30 p.m., $75

"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
  • 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., April 14, 6:30 p.m., $75
SPRINGTIME IN PARIS: Eiffel Tower, Moulin Rouge, Seine River...

Close your eyes. Let your imagination flow. Feel the splendor of Paris…surrounded by romance and passion. Come join the Southern Exposure staff in creating a night of simplicity, romance, and passion while dining in the splendor of an illuminated table setting. The ambiance and exquisite French menu will make you feel as if you are dining on the famed Champs-Elysees. Paris turns to magic when night falls and so will your evening when you dine with us. Register Now!

  • Smoked Trout on Cucumber Rounds 
  • Salad of Radicchio, Endive, and Spring Greens with Cherry Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • Halibut in a White Wine Sauce
  • Gratin Potatoes
  • Spring Peas with Sesame Seeds
  • Chef Elsie’s Crème Brûlée
  • Glass of wine selected by our Sommelier

SE-300, Fri., April 21, 6:30 p.m., $80
THE RENAISSANCE: Great food, great wine, swells of laughter!

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Let it be known that extended to all loyal gentry is an invitation to join us for a banquet of fine food and good cheer. Whilst spirits thus are gently moved, you shall dine in glorious surroundings upon sumptuous cuisine fit to be laid upon the table of the King himself. Register Now!

  • Spicy Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms with Boursin Cream Sauce
  • Spring Mixed Greens with Blue Cheese, Raspberries, Mango, Almonds with a Raspberry Vinaigrette
  • Roast Prime Rib Au Poivre
  • Herb Mashed Potatoes
  • Haricot Vert Beans with Roasted Almonds
  • Chef Elsie’s Chocolate Supreme Pie
  • Glass of wine selected by our Sommelier

SE-400, Fri., April 28, 6:30 p.m., $70
GRAND SAVANNAH: A Taste of Southern Hospitality!

She is elegance and intrigue wrapped in romance. She is mysterious. She is Savannah. Georgia’s first city is represented tonight in a dining experience that captures her charm and celebrates her grand traditions and refined tastes. Register Now!

  • Gruyere Cheese, Onion, and Bacon Tart
  • Maple Pecan Spinach Salad
  • Roasted Cornish Game Hen with Orange-Teriyaki Sauce
  • Roasted Stuffed Pepper with Goat Cheese
  • Couscous with Toasted Pine Nuts and Currants
  • Spring Roasted Asparagus
  • Chef Elsie’s Southern Apple Pie Ala Mode
  • Glass of wine selected by our Sommelier

SE-500, Sat., May 6, 5:00 p.m., $85
CHURCHILL DOWNS: Off and running!
(Must be 21 to sign up for this event.)
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
  • Grilled Filet Mignon with Bordelaise Sauce
  • Horseradish Mashed Potatoes
  • Oven Roasted Spring Asparagus
  • Secretariat’s Key Lime Pie
  • Louisville Mint Julep & a glass of wine selected by our Sommelier

SE-600, Sun., May 14, 1:00 p.m., $75
MOTHER’S DAY CELEBRATION: A trip down memory lane!

She’s our chef, judge, doctor, chauffeur, teacher, advisor, nurturer - she’s everything to us. In these busy, hectic lives we lead, too often we forget to be thankful to the person to whom we owe our greatest debt of love! Honor your mother today with this wonderful event. Register Now!

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

Spring 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, Fri., March 31, 6:30 p.m., $75
AUSTRIAN WINE AFFAIR: All that Shiraz with family or friends!

A good summer 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 famous Beef Tenderloin dinner, Curtis will introduce five hand-selected Austrian wines from our last Danube Riverboat Tour, 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-02, Sat., April 1, 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m., $195
SCOTT’S “SOUTHERN” JUNQUE BUS TOUR: Smart style for a tight budget!

Perhaps it’s something discovered on a dusty shelf of an antique shop or buried in a box at a flea Marchet. Or maybe it was bought with a winning bid at auction or found through a dealer. One of the joys of collecting is the thrill of pursuit. We plan to go south this season making stops in Hog Creek, Allen, Shipshewana, and Middlebury IN. Southern Exposure’s Scott Stokes will show you where to find bargains, how to shop vintage sales with confidence, dicker and deal, and spot a good buy. Additionally, he will share examples of how to transform new-found treasures into decorative, useful objects. Spend a day discovering creative foraging as only Scott can offer. The cost of the tour includes: travel to and from junk locations only Scott knows about; Chef Elsie’s European on-board breakfast and lunch; Amish style dinner at the Blue Gate Restaurant and Bakery on the return trip; and Curtis’s many on-board refreshments and snacks! And of course, you can put your priceless “finds” in the storage compartment under the bus. Register Now!

SE-03, Sat., April 1, 9:00 a.m., $75 NEW!
COCK-A-DOODLE-DOO & FRENCH BREAKFAST: There’s a Gallic Rooster in my garden!

On S.E. tours to Europe, we see the beautiful and proud rooster immortalized in statues on top of buildings, bridges, and country rooftops. The early Kings of France adopted this proud bird as a strong Christian symbol that the rooster represents. Prior to being arrested, Jesus predicted that Peter would deny him three times before the rooster crowed on the following morning. Its crowing at the dawning of each new morning made it a French symbol of the daily victory of light over darkness and the triumph of good over evil. Spend an afternoon aging a concrete rooster standing 20 inches tall for your garden or interior. This beautiful and proud sculpture can adorn your outside landscape all year round. Chef Elsie will prepare a beautiful French inspired breakfast similar to the one we experienced on the Champs-Elysées in Paris. Register Now!

SE-04, Sat., Aprill 1, 1:00 p.m., $75 NEW!
PINEAPPLE BIRDBATH with NEW ENGLAND LUNCH: Bathing is for the birds!

The pineapple has been a symbol of hospitality since the days of the early American colonies. The legend began with sea captains who sailed and returned to the colonies bearing their cargo of fruits, spices, and rum. According to the legend, the captain would spear a pineapple on a fence post outside his home to let his friends know of his safe return from sea. The pineapple was an invitation for them to visit. As the tradition grew, merchants added the pineapple to their signs--and it proudly serves as our logo as well. Using a thirteen-inch, one-piece birdbath, you will learn the art of white pickling and glazing, a technique frequently used by colonist who settled in the late 1600s to mid-1700s. Chef Elsie is featured at the beginning of this experience with her rendition of a New England theme luncheon. Register Now!

SE-05, Sun., April 2, 1:00 p.m., $85 NEW!
CONCRETE GARDEN GARGOYLES: Timeless art for your garden!

Gargoyles are a fascinating element of Medieval Architecture. These delightful, amazing sculptures are most often associated with Medieval Churches and Cathedrals, but they were also used to accentuate English Gothic castles. Gargoyles are recognized as “guardians” of the buildings in the form of abstract symbols designed to ward off evil spirits. In this workshop, you will enjoy listening to the history and folklore of gargoyles followed by a short lesson on the modern techniques of dry brushing concrete garden statuary. You will take home an eighteen inch x twenty-two inch concrete gargoyle to place in your garden. First, Chef Elsie will tantalize your tastebuds with an old English luncheon which we enjoyed on our last overseas tour to England, Wales, and Scotland.
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SE-06, Wed., April 5, 6:30 p.m., $70
SPRINGTIME FORSYTHIA WREATH: Chelsea "Gold" and English Tea!

Daring or down-to-earth, the Chelsea Flower Show outside London is designed to impress, amuse, educate, and, above all, inspire. Many displays feature flowers with color and life, such as this wreath designed with artificial forsythia and curly willow. A member of the olive family, forsythia is a flowering tree that produces thin, woody branches that explode into color. A favorite in the English landscape, the beautiful branches, partnered with curly willow, can be twisted into an exhibit of wildness and control all at once. Prior to creating your beautiful wreath, Chef Elsie will recreate our experience at the oldest tea house in Bath, England, Sally Lunn's, which consists of a hearty English dining experience including Vintage hats and gloves. Register Now!

SE-07, Thurs., April 6, 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-08, Sat., April 8, 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m., $215 NEW!

Uncover the gastronomic secrets behind Chicago’s premiere lakefront neighborhood as you taste scrumptious foods and fare from seven locally owned businesses. To learn the path that Chicago took to greatness, the real adventure starts in the local communities where you will unearth why natives love to eat, drink, and live in the Windy City. Spend a day in Gold Coast and Old Town, the largest area in Chicago. Succulent food samples are served from locally owned stores, shops, and restaurants. You begin the day by enjoying one of Chef Elsie’s on-board European Breakfasts while sipping several of Curtis’s special morning refreshments. After a three hour journey, which includes visits to: Lou Mainati’s Chicago Style Pizza; The Spice House; La Fournette French Bakery and Pastry; Kamehacki Old Town..Japanese-Style restaurant; Old Town Oil and Vinegars; Tea Gschwendner; and The Fudge Shop, you’re free to wander and enjoy some shopping in Old Town. Before we begin our trip home, we’ll meet for dinner at a local Old Town restaurant. The cost of the trip includes: bus fees, breakfast on board, tickets for the walking/tasting tour, dinner in Old Town, and the many refreshments to and from this exciting destination. Bon Appétit. Register Now!

SE-09, Sat., April 8, 9:00 a.m., $80
You don’t need to be told when something’s a classic!

While traveling abroad and touring the private garden of Beatrix Potter, author of “Peter Rabbit,” we stumbled across a wonderful antique weathered finish which really catches the eye. Weather staining, moss, and lichen gently ages concrete statuary and settles the piece naturally into your landscape. In this workshop, you will replicate this technique using a twenty-inch concrete rabbit statuary from an early twentieth-century mold…and will surely add elegant sophistication to your garden. To begin this exciting workshop, Chef Elsie will prepare a charming, tasty, and hearty European breakfast believed to be one of the favorites of Ms. Potter. Register Now!

SE-10, Sat., April 8, 1:00 p.m., $80

Garden sculptures come in many forms. Garden cairns (stacked rocks) were historically used as Marchers 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 luncheon prepared by Chef Elsie which will surely propel and inspire your creative energy flowing in the right direction. Register Now!

SE-11, Sun., April 9, 1:00 p.m., $80 NEW!
The Queen owns the swans and counts them!

On a lovely S.E. tour of England, Wales, and Scotland, our group was scolded for feeding the swans along the boardwalk to a boat on our way to see Beatrice Potter’s estates in the Lake District. An elderly couple approached us and said, “The Queen of England owns all the swans. Do not feed them.” We all were taken back by the comment and politely granted our apologies. More accurately, any swan in open waters in England and Wales does belong to the Queen. This was more valid back in medieval times when swans were a delegacy reserved for the wealthiest English tables. Today the Swan law stands, so does the annual census of Swans on the River Thames, a centuries-old tradition known as Swan Upping. At one of the Art Fair celebrations, we saw an intricate Swan head formed with wire and a body of a river rock. We recreated this wonderful sculpture for you to enjoy. Chef Elsie will prepare a Marchelous British luncheon using recipes she gathered on this delightful tour before creating this swan sculpture. Register Now!

SE-12, Wed., April 12, 6:30 p.m., $65
CELEBRATE DYNGUS AT THE FARM: An old Polish tradition!

Historically a Polish and Polish-American tradition, Dyngus Day celebrates the end of the often restrictive observance of lent and the joy of Easter. Over the decades, Dyngus Day has become a wonderful holiday to celebrate Polish-American culture, heritage, and traditions. Since 966 A.D., Dyngus Day has been associated with the Pussy Willow Tree, eating, and celebrating. Come celebrate with a wonderful, authentic Dyngus evening at Southern Exposure enjoying Chef Elsie’s Polish-American cuisine. At the end of this experience, you will assemble and take home a floral arrangement of spring flowers and pussy willow branches. Register Now!

SE-13, Thurs., April 13, 6:30 p.m., $70
SOAPS, OILS, VINEGARS, and SACHETS: A treat to your senses

Some suggest our sense of smell evokes the most powerful memories. When we close our eyes and summon the perfume of fruit pies baking, fresh mown grass, line-dried laundry, or herb beds at dusk, we are convinced the nose knows. Spend an evening at Southern Exposure learning about the benefits of scents, while creating soap from a goat’s milk base, making herbal sachets, vinegars, and culinary oil. Aromas created at this workshop will elevate your senses to a new height while adhering to the practical, basic necessities of daily life. Chef Elsie will do her part to seduce your senses by preparing an enchanting spring dinner to start your evening. Register Now!

SE-14, Sat., April 15, 9:00 a.m., $80
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 breakfast orchestrated by Chef Elsie, you will create your sculpture using metal and stones gathered from the farm.
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SE-15, Sat., April 15, 1:00 p.m., $75
An enchanting dinner and craft
A street vendor named Lustra was selling her wares on the Street of Gdansk, Poland. They were handmade woven birch bark baskets. We were visiting Gdansk on a S.E. tour of the Baltic Sea Countries. She had made beautiful arrangements in them and was so proud to have her arrangements in local restaurants and hotels. In this workshop, we will recreate these lavish arrangement using Lustra’s handmade birch basket as the vessel, generous amounts of faux hydrangeas, curly willow, and bells of Ireland. Chef Elsie will prepare a Polish Luncheon of homemade Polish Golumpki and dessert. Register Now!

SE-16, Wed., Aprill 19, 6:30 p.m., $75 NEW!
Beautiful, rustic decoration easily customized

On a recent S.E. tour to India, we learned that the ancient people of this Country are credited with discovering the many uses of the jute plant. While the Indians used small amounts of the plant to make rope and paper, upon its discovery in the 1790’s by English traders, the plant had not yet seen massive exportation. Today, the jute plant provides burlap for manufacturing bags to transport beans and coffee around the world. We use the strong fibers to create sandbags to guard against flooding, many of us shield our tender vegetation with burlap during our harsh winters. Burlap may also be manufactured for artwork, its tough fibers stretched to make a toy of canvas for painting. In this workshop, we will use this versatile fabric to create a beautiful fourteen inch wreath that can be used for year round decoration. Chef Elsie will prepare a wonderful India inspired dinner celebrating the many herbs and spices of this region. Register Now!

SE-17, Thurs., April 20, 6:30 p.m., $75
COOKING WITH HERBS AND DINNER: A sustainable approach on dining what you garden!

If you want to expand your repertoire in cooking from the garden, then this workshop is for you. Chef Elsie and the S.E. team will give in-depth discussion and demonstrations on how to bring your garden favorites from the growing patch to the plate. Recipes, demonstrations, and hands-on preparation will include herbal butters, herbal mustards, appetizers, salads, desserts, grilling and growing herbs and edible flowers. Curtis will share with you his favorite cocktail that includes herbs picked fresh from the garden. Each guest will receive a reproduction milk carrier that will be filled with starts of our favorite herbs and botanicals used in our dishes. Please join us for this afternoon of celebrating the true meaning of farm to table. Chef Elsie will create a wonderful meal you will want to recreate with your family and friends. Bon Appetit. Register Now!

SE-18, Sat, April 22, 9:00 a.m., $70 NEW!
Attracting butterflies to the garden with this beautiful water feature
If you want to add the living color of butterflies to your garden, start by using some of the recommendations from this workshop. The right combination of plants, flowers, and water will create a sanctuary for our winged visitors. In our time together, we will focus on flora, migration, and habits of the butterflies in Southern Michigan. We will then create a beautiful butterfly bath using concrete and vintage china. Chef Elsie will prepare a wonderful breakfast for you to enjoy prior to our learning and creativity. Register Now!

SE-19, Sat., April 22, 1:00 p.m., $70
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 evening learning the Hypertufa techniques 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 feast with recipes she gathered on a recent Southern Exposure trip to York, England. Register Now!

SE-20, Sun., April 23, 1:00 p.m., $70
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 afternoon at Southern Exposure learning the history of this incredible herb. Upon your arrival, Chef Elsie will prepare a Lavender inspired luncheon 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 Southern Exposure overseas tour to France. Register Now!

SE-21, Wed., April 26, 6:30 p.m., $75 NEW!
Traditions meet art!

Bottle Sculptures are common in the Southern United States where legend portrays them as a way 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, wine bottles are threaded onto pieces of rebar making a unique and whimsical sculpture. This four-foot metal and colorful bottle scupture with repurposed wine bottles will give your garden year around protection with its rich folklore and design. Chef Elsie will have a wonderful Southern-inspired dinner before creating your bottle sculpture rich in tradition and folklore. Register Now!

SE-22, Thurs., April 27, 6:30 p.m., $70

On a S.E. tour to the Czech Republic, we inquired about the dogwood branches and nest displayed on the door and wall of this Prague Café. We learned so much about this wondrous tree. The Dogwood is a common feature in the landscaping around S.E. Dogwood is a symbol of protection and safety for Native American Tribes, in Christian symbolism, the flowers are linked to the cross and resurrection, others see the flowers like the Eastern European’s as rebirth into spring. Its beauty and strength will be demonstrated in this workshop. Using a large permanent botanical dogwood, we will twist and create a beautiful door or wall decoration. Complete with a birds nest adorned with spring accents. Begin your spring décor with this interesting, provocative floral piece full of tradition and symbology. Chef Elsie will prepare a rich spring dinner using recipes of the Slovak people. Register Now!

SE-23, Sat., April 29, 9:00 a.m., $70
THE CIRCLE OF LIFE and SPRING BREAKFAST: 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 breakfast with happiness and indulgence in every bite. Register Now!

SE-24, Sat., April 29, 1:00 p.m., $75
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 luncheons complete with Hummingbird Cake. Register Now!

SE-25, Sun., April 30, 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 2017. 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 Stokes. Register Now!

SE-26, Wed., May 3, 6:30 p.m., $75 NEW!
HIGH WIRE GARDEN ART & AUSTRIAN DINNER: Intricate wire sculpturing!

Wire is an extraordinary capable sculptural material. It can at once represent the airy weightlessness of a strand of hair or the taunt power of a rigid muscle of rope. Using recycled cargo straps, the wire twists and weaves until it forms a human-like sculpture. Inspired by both high Renaissance Figurative Art and several garden designs in Vienna, we really found a gem in this playful sculpture. This 30-inch twisted wire person holding a birdbath is perfect for year round display both in landscape, interior design, or containers. Chef Elsie will prepare an Austrian Dinner with recipes she collected on her S.E. riverboat trip to Vienna. Register Now!

SE-27, Thurs., May 4, 6:30 p.m., $75 NEW!

S. E. takes great delight in using ordinary things in unintended and unexpected ways. We enjoy the puzzled looks on the faces of clerks at Consumers Concrete when they ask about our current projects. Used for reinforcing concrete, rebar can be heated and formed into stand-alone art. Inspired by the rebar people from a Budapest park, we have recreated these wonderful five foot rebar sculptures. The mount of the hands allow for a hanging basket, bird feeder, or wreath for year-round enjoyment. Our favorite use is holding a lantern to illuminate a porch or entry. Whatever your preference, you will find this project interesting and charming. Chef Elsie will prepare a Hungarian Dinner for you to enjoy before creating these unique rebar people. Register Now!

SE-28, Fri., May 5, 6:30 p.m., $75 (Must be 21 to sign up for this event.)
EPIC BEER TASTING EVENT: 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 reMarchable beers and great foods to complement any special spring or summer event. This is a Beer tasting event so beer will be served at all three courses. Register Now!

SE-29, Sun., May 7, 1:00 p.m., $70

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. Touring 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 luncheon 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 obelisk will measure six-foot; please drive a vehicle to accommodate your creation. Register Now!

SE-30, Wed., May 10, 6:30 p.m., $80
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-31, Thurs., May 11, 6:30 p.m., $75
March 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-32, Fri., May 12, 6:30 p.m., $75 (Must be 21 to sign up for this event.)
GARDEN TO GLASS MIXOLOGY: Take a trip back in time!

Join us this evening as Southern Exposure’s bar manager, Angie Frederick, takes center stage and invites you to enter the world of cocktail mixing. We will demonstrate the techniques that are used to create tantalizing cocktails using springtime herbs from our gardens, 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 dinner. Come ready to eat, drink, and toast the spring and summer months ahead. This workshop is a great for a ladies night out. Register Now!

SE-33, Sat., May 13, 9:00 a.m., $75
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 the morning 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, roseMarch, and thyme. As Chef Elsie prepares a luscious Italian breakfast, Curtis will be making his legendary strawberry mimosas to keep you refreshed and cheery. Register Now!

SE-34, Sat., May 13, 1:00 p.m., $80
FLOWER FOUNTAIN with LUNCHEON 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 new their function and charm would be a great addition to your garden or patio. You will plant and design your charming flower fountain to enjoy for the entire summer. Chef Elsie will mesmerize you with a delectable Austrian luncheon and a favorite dessert which Scott enjoyed while dining in a quaint, old-world Vienna Café. Register Now!

SE-35, Wed., May 17, 6:30 p.m., $80
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! As long as 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-inch by 22-inch 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-36, Sun., May 21, 1:00 p.m., $70 NEW!

A beautiful combination of black and white plants inspires this workshop. We experienced this planting tradition when we visited the Giverny Musee’ des Impressionisms in France. The Jardins were planted with large areas of black foliage with contrasting white plants, and the mix was stunning. We have found that planting black and white vintage plants amongst our landscapes and containers at S.E. produces a calm and harmonious space. Let us share the annuals, shade dwellers, perennials, and bi-annuals that follow this rich tradition. Each guest will take home four black and white plants to enjoy. Chef Elsie will prepare an all-white French luncheon with Chocolate Crème Brule for dessert. Register Now!

SE-37, Wed., May 24, 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. Marche 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-38, Thurs., May 25, 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 easy way to upcycle 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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