Tuesday, June 21, 2016
in The Living World

6 p.m. Exhibits and cash bar
7:15 p.m. Dinner
8:30 p.m. Speaker Laura Jackson

In celebration of National Pollinator Week, sit down to a special farm-to-table dinner where you can sample the many foods pollinators help provide. The menu will focus on locally sourced produce from Earthdance Farms in Ferguson, MO and the UN’s declaration of 2016 as the International Year of Pulses (plant species members of the pea family, including kidney beans, navy beans, chickpeas, black-eyed peas, other lentils). Sip mead and honey wine, enjoy a honey tasting, and peruse booths with information and activities related to pollinators. 

After a buffet dinner, hear a presentation on Crossing the Corn-Bean Desert: Prospects for restoring pollinator habitat on a meaningful scale, by Laura Jackson, Director of the Tallgrass Prairie Center and Professor of Biology at the University of Northern Iowa.  

Menu 

Salads

Fruit Platter with an Anko Cream Dip (Chinese Sweet Adzuki Bean)
Spring Mix Salad with Roasted Cauliflower, Lentils, Dates, Almonds and Red Onion with a      Mediterranean Dressing
Broccoli Rabe, Carrot, Radicchio and Bean Sprout Salad

Entrée

Red Lentil and Panko crusted Chicken with a Honey Chimichurri
Cavatappi Pasta with Bacon, Peas and Fresh Herbs

Vegetarian

Potato, Cauliflower and Chickpea Curry served with Basmati Rice and Peas

Vegetable

Grilled Rainbow Chard with Fava Beans and Oregano

Starch

Calypso Beans with Fire Roasted Tomatoes and Poblanos

Specialty Bread

Banana Lentil Muffins

Dessert Trio

Oatmeal, White Bean and Raisin Cookies
Black Bean Brownies
Sweet Chickpea Flour Croquettes with Cashews and Almonds

Reservations

Reservations are $31.50 for adults and $20 for children ages 12 and under. Reservations can be made by calling (314) 646-4897 by noon on June 9.

Parking

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

Laura Jackson Bio

Laura Jackson is Director of the Tallgrass Prairie Center and Professor of Biology at the University of Northern Iowa.  She received her bachelor's degree in Biology from Grinnell College, and a Ph.D. in Ecology (minor in Agronomy) from Cornell University. She teaches courses in ecology and environmental studies. Her research has focused on the restoration of biological diversity in agriculture landscapes, and the process of seedling establishment in tallgrass prairie restoration.   She currently serves on the steering committee for Monarch Joint Venture and the board of Wild Farm Alliance. In 2002 she and co-editor Dana Jackson published The Farm as Natural Habitat: Reconnecting Food Systems with Ecosystems (2002).

Exhibitors

Native Landscape Solutions
DJM Ecological Services/ Pure Air Natives
Missouri Prairie Foundation
Greenscape Gardens
Eastern Missouri Beekeepers Association
Earthdance Farms
Camilo Lab SLU
The Center for Agroforestry – Mizzou
Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
Gateway Greening
Wild Ones
Missouri Dept of Agriculture