Keynote Dinner

Join us for the signature PaleoFest evening event!

This special event features a keynote talk, music and cocktail hour, and a wonderful dinner with other science enthusiasts and museum supporters!

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Lindsay Zanno, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, North Carolina State University

Location: Hoffman House Supper Club located in Holiday Inn, 7550 E State St, Rockford, IL 61108

Schedule of Events

5:00 pm-6:30 pm Mixer

6:30 pm Dinner Starts

7:30 pm Keynote Speaker Presentation


A traditional dinner buffet includes a choice of entrees, bakery-fresh rolls with butter, and a choice of side dishes.


  • Roasted Chicken | Bone-in chicken roasted with fresh herbs and butter
  • Vegetarian Lasagna | With red or white sauce
  • Fresh Garden Salad | With a choice of French, Ranch, or Italian dressing
  • Traditional Mashed Potatoes with Gravy
  • Wisconsin Wild Rice Blend
  • Steamed Green Beans | With a choice of brown butter & almonds or bacon & caramelized shallots
  • Warm Cornbread with Honey Butter

There will also be a coffee, dessert, and cash bar station.


Preregistration may be done online through Eventbrite or by calling Burpee’s visitor services department (815-965-3433). Preregistration is recommended as spots fill up fast.

Purchase Tickets
  • Nonmember Adults: $75
  • Nonmember Youth: $50
  • Member Adults: $65
  • Member Youth: $40

A Hothouse for Cool Critters: how Cretaceous climate change redefined North American dinosaur evolution”

Dr. Lindsay Zanno is the Head of Paleontology at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and an Associate Research Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at North Carolina State University.

Dr. Zanno’s research is very broad in scope, using methods and data from extinct and living vertebrates to answer questions about evolutionary patterns through time. She is a leading authority on the evolution of theropod dinosaurs, from the bizarre Therozinosaurs to raptors, to Tyrannosaurus rex, as well as modern birds. Dr. Zanno maintains an active paleontology field program, traveling the U.S. West and Asia in search of new dinosaurs to help us understand life during the Cretaceous, discovering over a dozen new species.

Dr. Zanno joined us for PaleoFest in 2009, and we are very excited to welcome her back as our 25th Keynote Dinner Speaker!

Read Dr. Zanno’s full abstract.

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