News Release

Inaugural Farm to Table Dinner

By Elizabeth Tollefson on
Thursday, September 20, 2018

Celebrate northern Minnesota grown foods in the inaugural Farm to Table dinner, Friday, November 2, 2018, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the University of Minnesota Crookston.  Start the evening with a demonstration by the hunt seat equestrian team in the University farm to tableTeaching and Outreach Center followed by dinner in at 6  Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. The meal, served family style, will be prepared by local chefs and feature foods grown by U of M Crookston students, alumni, and friends. 

Seating is limited. Tickets, which must be purchased in advance, are available along with details at or by calling Michelle Christopherson at 218.281.8369.  

One of the highlights of the dinner will be vintage and select wines from Fantesca Estate and Winery located in Napa Valley, Calif., along with choice meats raised by Protein Alliance in Alexandria, Minn. U of M Crookston senior Caleb Rempel and Rick Abrahamson, lecturer in horticulture have been growing vegetables and sunflowers especially for this Farm to Table event and homegrown, grain-fed Angus beef raised locally by U of M Crookston, students, faculty and staff  will be included on the menu.

“Our event will highlight the University of Minnesota Crookston students, expose friends and partners to our beautiful campus while experiencing locally grown and prepared food,” says Chancellor Mary Holz-Clause.

“Our Farm to Table celebration will create a memorable farm-centric experience and bolster a mutual understanding among our guests, alumni, students and our Crookston community. The menu will include great ingredients grown by our students using sustainable practices while incorporating unique processes in northern Minnesota,” says Chancellor Holz-Clause.

Featured at Farm to Table

Fantesca Estate & Winery, a California wine company owned by University of Minnesota alumni Duane and Susan Hoff. Duane is the son of longtime Crookston residents and U of M Crookston faculty member Dave and Irene Hoff.

Protein Alliance is a global meat brokerage and trading company located in central Minnesota owned by U of M Crookston alumni Jeff Stauffenecker 1990 and Carl Wittenburg 1985.

Local spirits and craft beer sampling from Revelation Ale Works and Far North Spirits both of Hallock, Minn.

The University of Minnesota Crookston now delivers 35 bachelor's degree programs, 25 minors, and 40 areas of emphasis on campus as well as 16 degree programs entirely online.  These degrees are offered in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from more than 20 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit


Elizabeth Tollefson

University Relations