Madrigal Dinner tickets still available for Dec. 1

Tickets for the annual Madrigal Christmas Dinner for 2006 at Western Carolina University are still available for Friday, Dec. 1, although the dinner on Saturday, Dec. 2, is sold out.

The annual dinner extravaganza, a tradition for Western and the surrounding community since 1970, will be in the Grandroom of Western’s A.K. Hinds University Center.

The dinner will be a re-creation of the pageantry, music and food of 16th-century England, with authentic madrigal entertainment and costumes. This year, the dinner menu will feature a choice of three entrees: pork loin seasoned with Dijon mustard and herbs and topped with caramelized onion gravy, honey citrus glazed Cornish game hen, or a vegetarian plate featuring a stuffed portabella mushroom. Accompaniments include traditional wassail, hearts of Romaine salad with sugared pecans and raspberry and red currant vinaigrette, roasted garlic mashed new potatoes, honey cinnamon glazed carrots, white chocolate bread pudding with brandy caramel sauce, rolls, tea and coffee.

The program begins at 6:30 p.m., and all patrons must be seated by 6:25 p.m. Tables will seat eight patrons each.

Tickets are $18 for Western students and $30 for the general public.

Tickets may be purchased on the second floor of the Hinds University Center, or by calling (828) 227-7206. Ticket hours are 9 a.m. until noon and 1 until 4 p.m. weekdays.

Telephone reservations must be paid by credit card (MasterCard or Visa). Reservations are made on a first-come, first-served basis. All sales are final.