Please Note: ALL three Dining Events on this page require reservations. Tickets are NOT available at the door. Events will sell out. Reservations are due by October 6th at midnight.
“A Taste of Finland” with Beatrice Ojakangas*
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at Forage
5:30 p.m. Cash Bar/Social, browse books and chat with the author
6:15 p.m. Buffet Finnish Dinner
7:30 p.m. Author Program
*Prior reservation required, deadline October 6.
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Bea has authored more than 30 cookbooks and articles for magazines like Bon Appetit, Gourmet, Ladies Home Journal and Redbook. She’s appeared on TV with Julia Child and Martha Stewart. This program will be based upon her new memoir, “Homemade: Finnish Rye, Feed Sack Fashion, and Other Simple Ingredients from My Life In Food.”
With her trademark enthusiasm, James Beard Hall of Fame honoree Beatrice Ojakangas will tell stories of growing up, her life as a food writer, and the passion for food that propelled her to author 29 cookbooks and a memoir. Enjoy sampling some of her favorite recipes in a family style dinner at Forage.
Chef Michelle Thiede and the Forage staff offer an authentic Finnish menu served buffet style. Dinner will include Karelian Ragout, Finnish rye bread, sweet-sour cucumber salad and cardamom cake with vanilla sugar whipped cream. A vegetarian option of mashed rutabaga/potato casserole is available if it is requested when ordering ticket.
If you have trouble ordering, see our page on how to order tickets here.
The First Annual John and Elizabeth Morris Memorial
Discussion and Reading
Building A World Class Book City:
A Conversation & Reading with Nickolas Butler
Friday, October 20, 2017 at The Lismore
5:30 p.m. Cash bar
6:15 p.m. Dinner
8:00 p.m. Conversation and Reading
*Reservations required, deadline Oct. 6
The Lismore Hotel, Civic Center Wing, the Wilson Room, Eau Claire
Internationally best-selling and award-winning writer Nickolas Butler will join Barstow & Grand editor Eric Rasmussen and former UW-Eau Claire professor Brady Foust in a free-flowing conversation on the present state and future aspirations of Eau Claire as a literary destination, an arts incubator, and a book-loving city.
This conversation will be followed by a reading from Butler’s latest, critically acclaimed novel, The Hearts of Men. His novel was short-listed for France’s Prix Femina and Prix Medicis, two of France’s highest honors for foreign literature. The book is presently in its third printing, and at the time of the festival, will have just been published in Spain.
In a review in the New York Times, the critic Darin Strauss said, “The Hearts of Men has much to say about goodness and its opposite; about honor; and about manhood, its difficulties and precise texture. How it equivocates, how it can protect or maim. It’s not news that we’re shaped by events. But the dealt cards make for only half the game; the other half is how we play them.” He concludes at the end of the review, “I keep coming back to Nelson, Butler’s great creation. He is a character of such vivid goodness, such moving and precise sorrow, I don’t think I’ll ever forget him. And in the end, isn’t that what we ask of a novel, that it be unforgettable”?
Join us for an unforgettable evening with Nick Butler.
Butler’s appearance at the festival is sponsored by Jim Carter & Victoria Miller,
Brady & Jeanne Foust, and Steve & Eileen Immerman
A Settler’s Year: Lunch with Kathleen Ernst
Wednesday, Oct. 25 at the Chippewa Valley Museum
$15 for lunch, reservations required
12:00 p.m. Lunch
12:30 p.m. Public Author Program
Enjoy sandwiches, veggies, dessert and a beverage while learning about pioneer life in Wisconsin during the 19th and 20th centuries. Ms. Ernst, award-winning author and former curator at Old World Wisconsin, will discuss the challenges and triumphs found in rural life during the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Using excerpts from original letters, diaries, and newspapers, she describes the back-straining chores, cherished folk traditions, and annual celebrations of the state’s European and Yankee pioneers, who are described in her book A Settler’s Year: Pioneer Life Through the Seasons.