There are great benefits to being this sort of friends. (Mind out of the gutter. Not that kind.) These are the Friends of the Library, a nonprofit established to assist San Miguel County Public Library District and specifically Telluride’s five-star Wilkinson Public Library by promoting public awareness and supporting improvement of the wide array of library services including online and cultural and educational programs for young people of all ages and adults.

To that end, Sunday, December 4, 6 p.m., Wilkinson Public Library, the Friends are hosting “Dinner with Friends.” The evening centers around Chef Bud, who plans to showcase the “Best of Books & Cooks,” outstanding dishes from the Library’s 2 1/2-year-old popular “Books & Cooks” program, including:

Tom Yum Gai Soup – Spicy Thai broth with chicken
Vietnamese Summer Roll with sweet chilli sauce
Kale Salad – almonds, sesame seeds & soy-ginger dressing
Chipotle Shrimp & Corn Cakes with pico de salsa
Greek Potato Leek & Olive Phyllo Pie
Vanilla Crème Brulee
Danish Ebelskiver with fruit compote

The dinner is accompanied by wines from Leroux Creek and Woody Creek vineyards.

The special guest for the evening is Dr. Susanna Hoffman, anthropologist/chef/cook book author. (The Greek Potato Leek & Olive Phyllo Pie course is excerpted from her book, “The Olive and The Caper,” Workman Press.) Susanna is scheduled to give a short presentation on the history of cookbooks. She is also scheduled to appear at the next Books & Cooks program, Tuesday, December 6, noon- 1 p.m., Program Room., showing ways to prepare elk and buffalo.

The ticket price for the evening, which includes cocktails and the seated dinner, is just $40. For further information, contact FOL board president Nancy Landau. 970-369-4355, AND click the “play” button to hear what she has to say about “Friends”  and the evening.

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