Wonder of Words Festival

Saturday, June 18, 10:30 a.m. Main Stage

Summer will read from “New Prairie Kitchen,” and share how food can be used to create the cultural fabric of our communities.  This is a journey of connecting with her community through the stories of farmers and chefs who helped to cultivate her desire to to follow her heart, her creativity, and to inspire others through food and storytelling.

The Wonder of Words Festival is a celebration of the written word. The free outdoor festival will feature presentations and book signings by authors of both national and local acclaim, as well as workshops, conversation panels, literary exhibitors, books sales, children’s entertainment & activities, and food trucks.


 

Women in Media and Marketing

Wednesday, May 11; 11:30 a.m.

Anthony’s Steakhouse
7220 F St.,
Omaha, Ne 68127
 
Summer Miller will share her experience of writing, finding a publisher  and marketing “New Prairie Kitchen.”  This is a journey of connecting with her community through the stories of farmers and chefs who cultivated her desire to overcome serious physical obstacles to follow her heart, her creativity, and to inspire others through food and storytelling. Price is $25 at the door.

 

Omaha Home Show: Cooking Demonstration

Saturday, April 2; 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Sunday, April 3; 1 p.m.

Century Link Center Omaha
455 N 10th St
Omaha, Ne 68102

Summer Miller will host three cooking demonstrations at the Omaha Home Show in Omaha, NE. Miller will host two demonstrations on Saturday, April 2 and one demonstration Sunday, April 3.

Admission to the Omaha Home Show will be $9 for adults and $6 for seniors and children ages 7 through 12. Children ages 6 and under may enter for free.


 

Presentation: The Purpose of Our Plates: Why Local Food Matters

Alternative Growers Group Conference
Saturday, Jan. 16; 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Summer’s keynote 1-1:45 p.m.

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Schwertley Hall
215 N. 13th Street
Fort Calhoun, Ne

Summer Miller will read from her book, New Prairie Kitchen, discuss her own journey through the world of local food, and how food creates social value in our communities. To register for the conference email wildflower@abbnebraska.com or call 402.468.5598.


New Prairie Kitchen Cookbook inspired Chef Collaboration Dinner

Monday, Jan. 18

Dante
16901 Wright Plaza 
Omaha, Ne 68130

This extraordinary dinner will feature recipes prepared by Chefs Nick Strawhecker – Dante Pizzeria, Clayton Chapman – The Grey Plume, Bryce Coulton – The French Bulldog, and Paul Kulik – The Boiler Room Restaurant & Le Bouillon. Autographed copies of the cookbook will be available for $26, plus you can meet cookbook author Summer Miller and photographer Dana Damewood!

4 Courses with wine pairings. $100 per person (tax and gratuity not included) Choose a reservation time between 6pm and 9pm. Spaces are limited- Call Adam Weber 402-932-3078 to make your reservation today or email aweber@dantepizzeria.com.

 


 

Presentation: The Purpose of Food in Building Community

Read it and Eat Conference
Saturday, Nov. 7; 11-3 p.m.

Downtown Branch Omaha Public Library
Omaha, Nebraska.

Summer Miller will read from her book, New Prairie Kitchen, and discuss why food creates value in our communities. Chef Bryce Coulton will present a cooking demonstration, Brian OMalley will discuss the recent history of Midwestern Food and J. Ryan Stradal, will read from his novel, Kitchens of the Great Midwest.


 

Panel Discussion: Blogs to Books

Eating Words Conference
Sunday, Oct. 4; 1-3:30 p.m.
Iowa City, Iowa.

Summer Miller will join Sherri Vinton, Barry Estabrook and Terry Walters and Elissa Altman to discuss the relationship between print and digital media platforms.


 

Panel Discussion: Role of Food Writing

Iowa City Book Festival
Saturday, Oct. 3; 4 p.m. 
Public Library, Meeting Room A, Iowa City, Iowa.

Summer Miller will join Elissa Altman, author of A Poor Man’s Feast, Barry Estabrook, author of Tomatoland and Pig Tails, and Gary Nabhan, author, co-author and of 26 books, to discuss the role, function and value food writing as a genre.

 

 


 

Reading and Discussion

Iowa City Book Festival
Saturday, Oct. 3; 10 a.m. 
Former Wedge Space, 126 S. Dubuque Street, Iowa City, Iowa.

Summer will read from New Prairie Kitchen and share her journey from magazine writer to author.


 

4 Course Cookbook Dinner

Alba
Sunday, Sept. 27; Seating begin at 5:30pm
524 E. 6th St

515-244-0261

A special four-course dinner will be prepared inspired by dishes featured in New Prairie Kitchen, and using the produce of featured farmer, Larry Cleverley. To purchase tickets for the special dinner and author event, please call Alba at the number listed above.


 

Book Signing, Reading and Panel Discussion

Beaverdale Books
Sunday, Sept. 27; 3-5:00pm
2629 Beaver Ave #1

Please join Summer, Chef Sean Wilson from Proof and local farmer Larry Cleverley to discuss the power of local food and its role in building strong local communities. Summer will read excerpts from New Prairie Kitchen and sign books.


Des Moines Farmer’s Market

Gateway Market Café
Saturday, Sept. 26, 7 a.m. – Noon
Near the SW corner of 2nd Street and Court Avenue

 


 

Book Signing with George Formaro

Gateway Market Café
Friday, Sept. 25, 5-6:30pm
2002 Woodland Ave., 515-243-1754


 

 

Book Signing

Kitchen Collage
430 E Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309

Friday, Sept. 25; Noon.

(515) 270-8202

 


 

Barn Festival Book Signing and Cooking Demonstration

Barn Festival
3045 S Marian Rd, Hastings, NE 68901
Saturday, Sept. 19; Cooking Demo: Noon. Book signings before and after the demo.

(402) 469-7507

Join Summer for a cooking demonstration and book signing at The Barn Festival, a fun event for the whole family. Shopping is endless and holiday gift ideas abound. Summer is going to roast up a granola recipe from her book, New Prairie Kitchen, which is rich with the flavors of the season — pumpkin seeds, cinnamon, honey and maple syrup using oats from Grain Place Foods and talking about one of her favorite places in Hastings, Back Alley Bakery. Join her for free samples and a ton of fun. She will be available to sign books before and after the cooking demonstration.


 

Williams-Sonoma Book Signing and Cooking Demonstration

Williams-Sonoma
120 Regency Pkwy, Omaha, Nebraska
Wednesday, July 29; 4 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

(402) 391-3824

Join Summer and Chef Bryce Coulton from The French Bulldog at Williams-Sonoma.  They will cook up Tesa, a type of homemade bacon, and herb cornbread with plenty of samples to go around. Both recipes are featured in New Prairie Kitchen, and are sure to become staples in your home kitchen.

 


Book Signing

Nebraska First Fridays for Tourism Book Signing

301 Centennial Mall, Lincoln, Nebraska
Friday, Aug. 7; 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.


 

Book Signing at the Old Cheney Road Farmer’s Market

5500 Old Cheney Road, Lincoln, Nebraska
Sunday, Aug. 23; 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Come celebrate the season, pick up some fresh veggies and a signed copy of New Prairie Kitchen at the Old Cheney Road Farmer’s Market.

 


Book Signing

Barnes and Noble

3333 Oak View Drive
Omaha, Nebraska
Saturday, July 25; 1 p.m. -3 p.m.

(402) 691-4557

Summer will be available to sign copies of New Prairie Kitchen and answer questions about seasonal eating and local food.

 


 

Book Signing

The Whistle Stop Country Store
Elkhorn, Nebraska
Saturday, Saturday, July 11; 11 a.m. -1 p.m.

This is the only signing in Elkhorn, Neb. Come visit one of my favorite country stores. The owner, Laurie, loaned me many of the dishes and food styling props found in the book. Bring a friend, discover a new shop to love, pick up a book, and have a cupcake!


 

 Book Signing at the Omaha Farmers Market at Aksarben

2285 S 67th St, Omaha, NE 68106, Omaha, Nebraska
Sunday, July 12; 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Come celebrate the season, pick up some fresh veggies and a signed copy of New Prairie Kitchen at the Omaha Farmer’s Market. I will have treats!


 Printers Row Lit Fest
Chicago, Ill.
Saturday, June 6 at 10:30 a.m.

Join Summer at one of the largest literary festivals in the country for a cooking demonstration of Sweet Corn Chowder from New Prairie Kitchen at the Good Eating Stage. After the demonstration she will sign books at the Good Eating Tent and at the Agate Publishing Tent.


 

Special Dinner Event and Book Signing

Big Grove Brewery
Solon, Iowa
Monday, June 8

The event kicks off with a social hour featuring appetizers inspired by the dishes that Executive Chef Benjamin Smart contributed to New Prairie Kitchen. Also included will be a panel discussion featuring the author, Chef Benjamin, Matt Kroul of Kroul Farms, Kate Edwards of Wild Woods Farm and Kurt Michael Friese of Devotay. Tickets for the event are $15 per person. Call Big Grove Brewery during regular business hours (closed Mondays) at 319-624-2337 to reserve a spot.


 

Creative Women’s Retreat

Carol Joy Holling’s Swanson Retreat Center
Ashland, Nebraska
Saturday, Sunday, June 14

I will share my own journey toward living a creative life among the demands of family, career and community. The morning will also include a writing workshop. Hopefully, my story will inspire you to define, foster and nurture your own creative existence. Books will be available for this event!

REGISTER »



 


 

Williams-Sonoma

Williams-Sonoma Book Signing and Cooking Demonstration
120 Regency Pkwy, Omaha, Nebraska
Saturday, June 20; 12:30-2:30

(402) 391-3824


 

Healthy Farms Conference

Friday, February 6

TICKETS »


 

Producers Choice Chef Awards

A fundraiser for the Nebraska Sustainable Agricultural Society
Sunday, January 25 at 5:30 pm

TICKETS »


 

The Writing Center’s Creative Writing Reading Series

Midland University
Fremont, Nebraska
Tuesday, March 10 @ 11:30

A reading and discussion about New Prairie Kitchen.

 


 

Book Signing and Panel Discussion

The Bookworm Bookstore
Omaha, Nebraska
Saturday, May 9; 1 p.m.

Summer will be joined by Terra Hall from Rhizosphere Farm and Chef Bryce Coulton from The French Bulldog for a panel discussion and reading from her book New Prairie Kitchen: Stories and Seasonal Recipes from Chefs, Farmers and Artisans of the Great Plains.


Book Signing

Jackson Street Booksellers

1119 Jackson St, Omaha, NE 68102
(402) 341-2664
Omaha, Nebraska
Saturday, May 16; 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Swing by the Farmers Market then head over to Jackson street where Summer will be available to sign her Farm-to-Table book New Prairie Kitchen: Stories and Seasonal Recipes from Chefs, Farmers and Artisans of the Great Plains.

 


Book Signing

Provisions
Omaha, Nebraska
Saturday, May 16; 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

Summer and Chef Clayton Chapman will be available to sign her Farm-to-Table book New Prairie Kitchen: Stories and Seasonal Recipes from Chefs, Farmers and Artisans of the Great Plains. There will be snacks!


Special Dinner Event and Book Signing

Bread and Cup
Lincoln, Nebraska
Sunday, May 17; 4 p.m.- 6 p.m.

Order tickets via Eventbrite:

Please join Summer Miller along with Chef Kevin Shinn of Bread and Cup to celebrate the publication of New Prairie Kitchen and enjoy an array of food from local vendors featured in the book.

$5 from each book sold will go to Pat Clinch’s Cancer fund.

 TICKETS »


 

Special Dinner Event

Dante
Omaha, Nebraska
Monday, May 18; 5 p.m.- 9 p.m.

Four prominent Omaha chefs Nick Strawhecker of Dante; Clayton Chapman of The Grey Plume; Paul Kulik of The Boiler Room and Le Bouillon; and Bryce Coulton of The French Bulldog will come together for one night only to serve a four course meal with wine pairings at Dante, 16901 Wright Plaza. Each course will feature a recipe from Summer Miller’s book New Prairie Kitchen: Stories and Seasonal Recipes from Chefs, Farmers and Artisans of The Great Plains. Tickets will be required and books autographed by the author, photographer and the chefs will be available. To purchase tickets for the special dinner and author event, call Dante at 402.932.3078.


 

 Special Dinner Event and Book Signing

M.B. Haskett
Sioux Falls, SD
Sunday, May 31; 5 p.m.-8 p.m.

Summer will join Chef Michael Haskett at this dinner event to sign copies of her book New Prairie Kitchen.

The dinner will include a copy of the book signed by both Chef Haskett and Summer Miller, three food courses, a wine pairing and a few fun extras as well. Dinner service will begin promptly at 5pm and will end by 8pm. This event we will be limited to 50 seats. 

The total cost for this dinner is $125 and include tax, gratuity and a book. This event is PRE-SALE ONLY. Please stop in to pre-purchase tickets today as seating is limited.

(605)367-1100


 

Book Signing and Panel Discussion

Queen City Bakery
Sioux Falls, SD
Sunday, May 31; 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Summer will be joined by Kristine Moberg and Mitch Jackson from Queen City Bakery and John Wesselius from Cornucopia Farm for a panel discussion and reading from her book New Prairie Kitchen: Stories and Seasonal Recipes from Chefs, Farmers and Artisans of the Great Plains.