• Farm to Table guests at the 2018 event raise their glasses high for a cheers!
  • Farm to Table table of guests during the 2018 event.

Farm to Table

CANCELLED: 3rd Annual Farm to Table - AUGUST 13, 2020

Join the University of Minnesota Crookston community for a celebration of Northern Minnesota grown and raised foods.  Enjoy an evening dinner prepared by local chefs, featuring foods grown by UMC students, alumni and friends. 

2019 Featured Partners

2019 Featured Partners

Protein Alliance string of photos - Turkey and table full of fresh meats and vegetables

About Protein Alliance, Inc.

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Protein Alliance, Inc. is a fully integrated, global meat brokerage and trading company located in central Minnesota providing a diverse product line of proteins from all the major processors in the United States. Services include turkey genetics, farm production, processing plant management and domestic and international sales.

Protein Alliance, Inc. was created in 1999 when Jeff Stauffenecker & Carl Wittenburg took their extensive experience in the agricultural industry and pursued their dreams on becoming entrepreneurs. U of M Crookston alumni, both have enjoyed building relationships with their customers, suppliers and are currently serving as board members, Jeff on the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association & Carl on the National Turkey Federation.

Additional Partners

Minnesota Agri-Women Logo          Half Brothers Brewing Company in Grand Forks, ND                   Rhombus Guys Brewery in Grand Forks, ND          Ag Country Farm Credit Services Logo

Drafts Sports Bar & Grill in Crookston, MN         Polk County Sheriff's Posse Logo      Leon and Levi's - Fresh and Local logo        Chickadee Coffee Roasters in Crookston, MN

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2019 Menu

2019 Menu

Farm to Table 2019 Menu


Traditional Walley Ceviche


Midwestern Shepard's Salad


Cider Brined Turkey Breast
Slow roasted over a bed of vegetable ragout served with crispy mashed potatoes

Smoked Apple Pork Loin
Lemon roasted brussel spouts and a parsnip puree


Pumpkin Style Bread Pudding
Pumpkin bread pudding with an ale sweet cream sauce

2019 Chef Information

2019 Chef Information

Chef Shane Halvorson, Executive Chef University of Minnesota Crookston Dining Services, Sodexo


Chef Shane is currently the Executive Chef at University of Minnesota Crookston in Crookston, Minnesota, where he has worked since 2018.  He resides on a few acres just 10 miles north of Grand Forks, North Dakota.  Before accepting the position at UMC he was the Head Chef for Hyvee in Atlantic, IA.  Previous to that he was the Executive Chef for the Grand Forks Air Force Base where he spent many years serving the armed forces their local favorites from whole hog roasts to Asian inspired delicacies.  Chef Shane considers himself a "food junkie" and loves learning as much as he can about any cuisine.  He says he doesn't have a specialty per say which has helped him stay creative and open minded in the dishes he creates.

2019 Program/Speakers

2019 Program/Speakers

Additional details will be announced soon. 

5:00 p.m. – 5:40 p.m. - Social and Polk County Mounted Posse

University Teaching & Outreach Center 

Enjoy local spirit samplings from Far North Spirits of Hallock, Minnesota, while watching the Polk County Mounted Posse. The Farm to Table Dinner Social is sponsored by the Minnesota AgriWomen and Ag Country Farm Credit Services.

The Polk County Sheriff's Mounted Posse is a group of volunteers who assist the Sheriff's Office in Search and Rescue missions. The Posse promotes community relations by working at city and county functions and are available to speak at schools and other organizations. The Posse operates under the Sheriff's Office, but is self funded and use their own personal horses, ATV's and equipment to provide services to the county. 

Organization of the Posse first started in 1997, with membership opening up in 1999. The Posse is comprised of horse mounted members, ATV members and ground support.  Throughout the year the Posse trains in different skills that help to fulfill their mission, such as 1st Aid and CPR, Incident Command Systems, Self Defense Tactics, 800 Radio operations, missing person behaviors, search patterns and methods, and more. Mounted members must certify on their horses through the obstacle sensory course to prepare for public events and search and rescue calls. Each spring, summer and fall, they conduct a full blown mock search and rescue training scenario utilizing all they've learned practicing what they would do on a real missing person call from the Sheriff's Office. The Posse will demonstrate a few of these tactics during the Social. 

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Ag Country Farm Credit Services Logo                            Minnesota Agri-Women Logo


5:40 p.m. - 5:55 p.m.

Depart the University Teaching & Outreach Center for Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center

6:00p.m. – 8:00p.m. - Welcome & Farm to Table Dinner and Program

Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center

Enjoy local craft brews and a few select wines produced regionally while feasting on pork and poultry grown in Central Minnesota by Protein Alliance.

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Campus Maps - Parking & Event Location

Campus Maps - Parking & Event Location

Farm to Table Campus Map - Social & Parking beginning at 5:00 pm at UTOC (north end of campus) and Meal/Program at 6:00 pm in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. Parking in Lot A.

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Social: University Teaching & Outreach Center, Parking Lot J

Meal & Program: Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center, Parking Lot A