Twilight Dinners 2018


Saturday, April 28 • 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
“The Essence of Chinese Cooking”
Ron & Sue Smith, with Chefs Sharon Shen & Kevin Houser • Lemont
The essence of Chinese cuisine is best captured by its home cooking, thanks to the ability of ordinary Chinese home cooks to transform humble and largely vegetarian ingredients into wonderful delicacies. Southern Chinese, in particular, are blessed with diverse fresh produce available to them all year round, and are known to have the most varied and exciting ways with vegetables. This dinner, while serving a few heavenly meat dishes, will showcase an array of magnificent flavors created with largely vegetarian ingredients. Healthy and delicious, second to none.

Saturday, April 28 • 6:30 pm
“Windswept Farm to Table” 
Sara & Tom Songer, Monica & Chef Duke Gastiger • State College
Our menu will highlight Windswept Farm to Table as well as fresh, local ingredients from surrounding farms (a preview of RE Farm Cafe!).

Sunday, April 29 • 12:00 pm
“Springtime in Provence”
Rhonda Johannesen & Kevin Hagopian • State College
The food of Provence, a picturesque region near the Mediterranean Sea in southeast France, resembles the sumptuous cuisine of Italy. With emphasis on sun-ripened vegetables, fresh herbs and a liberal helping of olive oil in every dish, traditional Provencal cuisine blends intense flavors and simple ingredients. No wonder it is called “cuisine du soleil”!


Sunday, May 20 • 6:30 pm
“An Evening with Bettye Lavette”
Esther & Tom Cali, Maddi & Bob Radzwich, Michelle & Ford McNutt, Tracy & CJ Wagner, McKenzie Millward & Jake Holderman, Mike & Lynda Sullivan • State College
Join us for an evening with good friends and good music at the State Theatre. We’ll begin with hors d’oeurves in The Attic then move down to listen to the amazing vocal stylings of Bettye Lavette. Bettye LaVette is no mere singer. She is not a song writer, nor is she a “cover” artist. She is an interpreter of the highest order. Now, in her 55th year in show business, she has been signed to Verve Records, and has recorded an album of all Bob Dylan songs. Things Have Changed is a masterpiece of interpretation of the songs of one of the greatest songwriters alive, by one of the greatest soul singers alive. Concert tickets are included.

Saturday, May 26 • 11:00 am
“Women’s Brunch in the Garden” 
Casey Hovick & Laura Reidy • State College
We will offer brunch in the garden (weather permitting) to celebrate the coming summer and the joys of friendship. Come with a friend or come alone and be prepared for laughter and good food.


Saturday, June 2 • 6:00 pm
“Argentine Asado Dinner Party” Dinner Filled
Michael & Carmella Degenhart • State College
Join us as we re-experience summertime in Argentina, where the skies are blue, the sun is hot and the traditional asado is a mix of good friends and good food! From Buenos Aires to Patagonia, the Argentine food and wine will delight your palate!

Sunday, June 3 • 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm 
“Aphrodite meets Bacchus: A Celebration of Love”  Dinner Filled
Amy & Mary Seaton • Rebersburg
In the words of Kenny Chesney, “It’s a smile, it’s a kiss, it’s a sip of wine … it’s summertime!” Join us as we celebrate summer and a love that caused a king to abandon his throne! On June 3rd, the 81st anniversary of the Wedding of Wallis Simpson and the Duke of Windsor, we will host a decadent 6 course French dinner reminiscent of their intimate wedding at Château de Candé, in Monts, Indre-et-Loire. Each course will feature an aphrodisiac paired with wine. Remember, Cooking is like Love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all!

Thursday, June 7 • 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
“Be your own chef at a Cooking with Wine workshop”
Susan Ferinde McWhirter, Taste Buds Kitchen • State College
Join us as we cook some of our favorite dishes in this delicious menu that includes wine. Learn to make perfectly baked Salmon En Papillote with seasonal vegetables, Bacon & Leek Risotto, and Red Wine Poached Pears with hand whipped cream. You will receive demonstrations of each recipe, prepare the food with help from your table mates and savor your creations. Wine pairing and entertainment will be added ingredients in the evening. Gluten-free

Saturday, June 16 • 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
“An International Food and Wine Feast”
Joy Vincent-Killian & Richard Killian • State College
Join us for a celebration of wines from around the world. Enjoy a savory and formal five-course dinner with complementing wines (red and white) served with each selection. Vegetarian friendly.

Saturday, June 16 • 7:00 pm
“Tastes of Pittsburgh”
Anne Ard & Tom Poole Ard, Michael & Jackie Edmondson • Bellefonte
Join us for a culinary exploration of Pittsburgh! Michael Edmondson began his culinary career in Pittsburgh 27 years ago, and he recently moved back to the city. Dinner will feature a mixture of Pittsburgh’s traditional ethnic and contemporary cuisines from various neighborhoods and districts in the city and surrounding region. Dessert will feature the sunset over Spring Creek Canyon!