Pasta, Poets and Wine at the Pines!

January 13, 2018 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Whispering Pines Bed and Breakfast
2018 6th Ave
Nebraska City, NE 68410

Food and the Arts at the Pines kicks off with Pasta, Poets and Wine!

Join us for a leisurely dinner and feast on delectable pasta dishes paired with wines from Kimmel Orchard and Vineyard and throughout the evening, we’ll sprinkle in poetry readings from Mary Hickman and Matt Mason, Nebraska poets and recent residents at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts.

The menu:

Minestrone Soup

Seafood Ravioli in white wine and butter sauce

Butternut Squash and Sausage cannelloni

Pappardelle in a Creamy Mushroom sauce

Sweet ending…we’re heading into the test kitchen this weekend to play on this one, but we are sure not to disappoint!


Mary Hickman is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the author of two books of poetry, This Is the Homeland (Ahsahta Press, 2015) and Rayfish (Omnidawn Publications, 2017), which won the 2016 James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets, and two chapbooks, Ecce Animot (Projective Industries, 2012) and How to Be Healthy and Heal (Cosa Nostra Editions, 2011). Her work has been featured as a Boston Review Poet’s Sampler and in the PEN America Poetry Series. Her poems and essays have also appeared in numerous journals, including Colorado Review, Fourteen Hills, jubilat, and Sonora Review. She recently read in Turkey and Armenia with the US Department of State’s American Writers on Tour program. She currently serves as Artist-in-Residence at Nebraska Wesleyan University and teaches in the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program’s summer program Between the Lines.


Matt Mason has a Pushcart Prize and two Nebraska Book Awards; was a Finalist for the position of Nebraska State Poet; and organizes and runs poetry programming for the State Department, working in Nepal, Romania, Botswana and Belarus. He has over 200 publications in magazines and anthologies, including Ted Kooser’s American Life in Poetry and on Garrison Keillor’s Writer’ Almanac. His most recent book, The Baby That Ate Cincinnati, was released in 2013. Matt lives in Omaha with his wife, the poet Sarah McKinstry-Brown, and daughters Sophia and Lucia.


The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts is a residency program that supports established and emerging writers, visual artists and composers from across the country and around the world by providing environments that allow uninterrupted time for work, reflection and creative growth.

The Details

  • The meal includes four dishes plus dessert.  Five wine pairings. Ice Tea, Lemonade, and Water are also included.
  • Doors open at 6 PM.  Pasta and wine pairings from 6:30 – 9:00 PM.
  • $35 per person, ages 21 and up ($30 for meal w/no wine tasting)
  • Additional glasses or bottles of tasted wines and some Kimmel products used in recipes will be available for purchase