GLPA Banquet

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The GLPA Banquet, hosted by the GLPA president and highlighted by the Spitz Lecture, is a more formal part of the conference when we gather to reflect on our profession. The program also includes the presentation of awards.

The annual Spitz Lecture is named after planetarium pioneer Armand N. Spitz. Criteria for selecting the Spitz Lecturer include individuals who, in the words of Armand N. Spitz, "...have creative imaginations in this field and the courage to visualize the achievement of ideals in a practical way by the use of the planetarium instrument" and "...who are not afraid to acknowledge that they have a dream." Past lecturers include astronomers, educators, the widow of Armand N. Spitz, and many pillars of the planetarium community. This year, the Spitz Lecture will be presented by Karrie Berglund.

The Banquet is often attended by delegates' spouses and/or guests. There is no mandated dress code, although traditionally men wear a coat and tie and women wear dresses or suits.

Banquet food choices:

  • Pork Loin
    Sliced Pork Loin, Smoked Tomato Bacon Compote, Cheddar Whipped Potatoes, Charred Cauliflower with Roasted Garlic
  • Coq au vin
    Seared Chicken Breast with Red Wine Gastrique, Caramelized Shallot Whipped Yukon Gold Potatoes, Peppercorn and Honey Glazed Baby Carrots
  • Mediterranean Jackfruit
    Tomato stuffed with Herbed Jackfruit, Quinoa, Wilted Greens, Yellow Pepper Gastrique, Green Beans Sautéed in Shallot Oil
The conference hotel's menu is not yet finalized, and while every effort will be made to keep these choices as substantially similar as possible, some changes may occur. Any changes will be posted here when they are available.