A Very Viking Valentine’s Dinner
Live Music, Cooking Class, and Dinner: Join us for Valentine's Day as Terry Kelzer works her magic!
February 14 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Farm Table’s Valentine’s Day is always a special night. Terry Kelzer works her magic, weavings stories into her cooking demonstrations. Then Farm Table staff serve a delicious meal. This year is extra special: we will feature entertainment by Kari Tauring, a modern-day Viking Völva. An old Norse term, a völva is a wise woman who carries the staff (stav). She reads runes, tells ancient tales, and sings songs—all while keeping time with her stav.
This is an authentic Viking menu from the Ribe Viking Center in Denmark, a working Viking re-enactment camp built alongside an ancient Viking village in southern most Denmark: starters of smoked salmon, freshly-made herbed cream cheese, assorted grilled flatbreads of the period; a main course of pork, chicken, apple, and onion skewers, broad bean salad with sage and pears, crispy root vegetable patties, and steamed barley pilaf; and, for dessert, berries marinated in mead, and semlor buns filled with whipped cream and almond paste.
In preparation for a Viking Valentine’s, here are two short pieces from The Havamal, a collection of Old Norse poems:
With a good woman
If you wish to enjoy
Her words and
Her good will,
Pledge to her fairly and
Be faithful to it:
Enjoy the good you are given.
Cut wood on windy days
Row to sea in fine weather,
Murmur to friends in the darkness:
Many are the eyes of the day;
Ask swiftness of a ship,
Protection of a shield,
Sharpness from a sword,
Kisses from a maiden.
The Havamal, 82
Terry Kelzer, local culinary and cultural expert, brings more than 50 years of cooking and baking experience, as well as a delightful sense of humor, to all her classes. After 12 years working in restaurants and bakeries in the Twin Cities, she and her husband and young family moved to a small farm near Amery where they raised dairy goats, chickens, fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Terry says that is when her education in the basics of real food began, along with a deep appreciation for her ancestors as she had to learn to prepare, process, and preserve everything produced on the farm on an old wood cookstove. During this time, she also cooked and baked ‘from scratch’ for Head Start for 26 years. Terry’s great joy is sharing with others all the things she has learned along the way. Join us and experience both her knowledge and her joy.