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Lunch and Lecture

3rd Thursday of every month
Botanic Hall / Potter Meeting Room
12:00 – 1:00 pm
$18 members / $30 non-members (includes lunch)

Cobb Salad:
Grilled chicken, sliced avocado, grape tomatoes, crispy bacon, hard cooked eggs, English cucumbers and crumbled gorgonzola served on a bed of mixed greens with Buttermilk Ranch or Balsamic Herb dressing.

Cold Salad Trio
: A delectable pairing of our famous Cheekwood chicken salad, Albacore tuna salad and fresh fruit salad served on leaf lettuce with cranberry cream cheese finger sandwiches and artisan crackers.

Chicken Salad Sandwich
: The Pineapple Room’s famous chicken salad with Granny Smith apples, celery, pecans and mayonnaise served with lettuce and sliced local tomatoes on wheatberry bread.

Southwest Veggie Wrap
: A seared chipotle tortilla filled with grilled vegetables, fire roasted corn and black beans, Pico de Gallo, shredded Romaine lettuce and cheddar jack cheese, accompanied by buttermilk ranch dressing.

Turkey Brie Panini
Hickory smoked turkey, roasted peppers, grilled onions, baby spinach, sliced avocado, melted Brie and basil pesto aioli on Panini pressed Cuban bread.

Drink Options include Fruit Tea or Water

*Lunches prepared as described above; no substitutions allowed.

After lunch, stay for an interesting, interactive, and educational program on exhibit-related or seasonal topics.  What a great way to spend your lunch hour! 

Charles Brindley: Exploring Creative Process through Quality of Emotion Experience
Thursday, March 19
Join us as Charles Brindley discusses his current exhibition, Trees of Myth & Legend. Charles Brindley is best known for exquisite rendering of his best loved subject: trees. With approximately 100 drawings and paintings, Trees of Myth and Legend is a fitting tribute to an artist who has dedicated much of his painting career to bringing viewers into communion with the trees and landscape of Tennessee. The artist will address the broader creative process of personal journey through quality of emotion experience and the value of being alone with a subject. We will learn to incorporate these processes into daily life to develop an appreciation for the inspiration waiting just beyond our own doors.

Wicked Lunch and Lecture*
April 11, 12:00 pm
$40 Cheekwood Members /$50 Non-Members
Join us for a box lunch and lecture on Wicked Plants: The Plant that Killed Lincoln’s Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities, Amy’s book of bloodcurdling botany that will entertain, alarm, and enlighten even the most intrepid gardeners and nature lovers. Meet with the author for a book signing and shop “Art from the Earth”, a select group of garden design dealers.

Bountiful Blooms & Dogwoods at Cheekwood
Thursday, April 16
Cheekwood’s Garden Staff planted more than 100,000 tulips last fall to create a stunning springtime display in our gardens. Among these tulips are 105 new cultivars, which we are experimenting with in our new Tulip Trial Garden. In addition to these bountiful blooms, Cheekwood is home to dogwood species from around the world which are putting on their own magnificent display this spring. Join us as we take a deeper look at all of our tulips, discuss some of the best dogwood choices for middle Tennessee, and learn how we create this stunning springtime show.

Caress the Art: Jaume Plensa’s Dialogue through Sculpture*
Thursday, May 21
The Spanish artist Jaume Plensa is internationally famous for sculptural works that incorporate the body in new and exciting ways. Using letters from different alphabets the artist creates transparent steel sculptures that entice viewers to walk around, pause, and even touch the art. Drawing on examples of Plensa’s work, as well as that of other contemporary artists, this talk will explore the current trends in public sculpture, the use of the body, and the dialogue with the environment.

Wits’ End: A Collector’s Garden*
Thursday, June 18
Garden designer and author Troy Marden will share the story of his personal garden, covering its creation and evolution over the past seven years. Get a rare glimpse into this one of a kind garden from its reclamation, design, and planting to the plants that define it.

Starting with the MARCH Lunch & Lecture, Cheekwood will be transitioning to a new ticketing system which will take you to a new secure page. In order to receive the Member discount, you must Sign In or Register at the top right corner of the new page. Thank you for your patience during the transition.

Call the Education & Public Programs Department at 615-353-9827 with any questions

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