As a festive conclusion to this year's Reformation Commemoration activities, Luther College is hosting a St. Martin's Day Dinner from 5:30-7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, in Peace Dining Room in Dahl Centennial Union on the Luther campus.
The meal is in honor of Martinmas, an ancient holiday commemorating the life of St. Martin of Tours, a fourth-century Roman soldier and bishop. During the Middle Ages, Martinmas fell on November 11, and was celebrated as a harvest festival similar to Thanksgiving. It provided medieval families with an excuse to gather at the close of fall and beginning of winter.
The feast also has ties to Luther College's namesake Martin Luther, who was born Nov. 10, 1483, and baptized on Nov. 11, 1484. According to tradition, children were named after the saint on whose feast they were baptized. Following the Reformation, the day became a way for Protestants to celebrate Luther's birthday.
The event's family-style service is inspired by the medieval version of Martinmas, and the evening will include music by guitarist Peter Lingen and members of the Collegium Musicum. The main entrée is ale-marinated grilled, local chicken quarters with a wild mushroom and caramelized onion cream. The vegan entrée is stuffed butternut squash with stewed lentils and braised greens. The menu also includes wine-braised root vegetables with cabbage, roasted apples and thyme, boiled and smashed baby red parsley potatoes, pumpernickel bread, rustic herb rolls and whipped butter. Dessert is rustic pear tart with date jam, roasted cherries, toasted pecans and fresh rosemary. Coffee, water and lemonade will be available.
The event concludes Luther College's commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. For more information on the college's Reformation commemoration activities, go to https://www.luther.edu/reformation-2017/.
A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,050, Luther offers an academic curriculum that leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree in more than 60 majors and pre-professional programs. For more information about Luther visit the college's website: http://www.luther.edu.