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Tuesday, June 17, 2014
in Lakeside Cafe

6 p.m. Exhibits and cash bar
7:15 p.m. Dinner
8:30 p.m. Speaker Dr. Gary Nabhan

In celebration of National Pollinator Week, join us for a special monarch butterfly-inspired dinner at Lakeside Cafe where you can sample the many foods pollinators help provide and dishes from cultures along the monarch butterflies' migration from Mexico to Canada and back. Sip mead, honey beer and cider at the cash bar, enjoy a honey tasting and peruse booths with information and activities related to pollinators.

After dinner, hear a presentation titled "Food Chain Restoration for Monarchs, Bees and People" by Dr. Gary Nabhan, an internationally-celebrated nature writer, food and farming activist and proponent of conserving the links between biodiversity and cultural diversity.

Meal

Salads

  • Spring mix with strawberries, blueberries, cranberries and almonds with honey lime and ginger dressing

  • Apple, grape, cashew and broccoli salad with poppy seed dressing

Main courses

  • Tourtiere with mango chutney-ground pork meat pie seasoned with garlic, celery, carrot, cinnamon, nutmeg, mustard, parsley and savory (Montreal, Canada)
  • Macadamia nut crusted chicken with melon relish (Midwest)
  • Cheese enchiladas with coriander queso fresco sauce and pico de gallo; vegetarian (Austin Texas)

Sides

  • Maple roasted butternut squash, zucchini and yellow squash with shaved Parmesan and sage (Grand Rapids, Michigan)
  • Thyme and rosemary roasted sweet potatoes (North Carolina)
  • Specialty bread: apple cinnamon and buckwheat Johnny cake corn bread (Rhode Island)

Desserts

  • Honey caramel flan with kiwi and watermelon compote
  • Vanilla horchata milk shake (Mexico)
  • Fruit platter with honey yogurt dipping sauce

Beverages

  • Coffee, tea
  • Mead

Reservations

Reservations are $31.50 for adults and $20 for children 12-and-under. Call (314) 646-4897 for reservations by June 11. Proceeds benefit the Zoo.

Parking

Free parking is provided on the North Lot on Government Drive. See Hours, Prices & Directions for driving directions.

Gary Nabhan Bio

Gary Paul Nabhan is an internationally celebrated nature writer, food and farming activist, and proponent of conserving the links between biodiversity and cultural diversity. He has been honored as a pioneer and creative force in the "local food movement" and seed saving community by Utne Reader, Mother Earth News, New York Times, Bioneers and Time magazine.

As the W.K. Kellogg Endowed Chair in Sustainable Food Systems at the University of Arizona Southwest Center, he works with students, faculty and non-profits to build a more just, nutritious, sustainable and climate-resilient foodshed spanning the U.S./Mexico border. He was among the earliest researchers to promote the use of native foods in preventing diabetes, especially in his role as a co-founder and researcher with Native Seeds/SEARCH. Gary is also personally engaged as an orchard keeper, wild foods forager and pollinator habitat restorationist. He has helped forge "the radical center" for collaborative conservation among farmers, ranchers, indigenous peoples and environmentalists in the West.

He played key roles in establishing the Ironwood Forest National Monument, community-based seed banks, land reserves for conserving wild crop relatives, and restored habitats for migratory pollinators throughout the West.

Agricultural historian Peter Hatch of Monticello has called Nabhan "the lyrical scholar of genetic diversity." Gary is author or editor of twenty-four books, many of which have been translated into multiple languages. For his creative writing and its influence on community-based conservation, he has been honored with a MacArthur "genius" award, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, a Southwest Book Award, the John Burroughs Medal for nature writing, the Vavilov Medal, and several honorary degrees and lifetime achievement awards.

He works most of the year as a research scientist at Tumamoc Hill and the Southwest Center of the University of Arizona, but he is also engaged with several food justice and farming alliances, including Sabores Sin Fronteras, Santa Cruz Valley Heritage Alliance, Wild Farm Alliance, Renewing America's Food Traditions, and the Borderlands Habitat Restoration Initiative. Nabhan is humbled and honored to serve as a professed Ecumenical Franciscan brother, helping the Franciscan Action Network in shaping ethical responses to environmental injustice, immigration issues and climate change.