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 Vendors and Venues  

Big Ed's BBQ GR is a family-owned catering business. It was founded by Eddie "Big Ed" Riley. While the business itself is fairly new, Big Ed has been mastering his barbecuin' skills  for years. You can often get a taste of his mouthwaterin' meats at festivals and large community events. And if you're not willin' to share with the crowd, Big Ed's  also does private events. Go ahead and take a peek at our menu.

Contact: bigedsbbqgr(at)

 Sweet Encounter

Sweet Encounter is a gourmet bakery & café specializing in scrumptious, made from scratch gluten free and peanut free desserts.  We also offer vegan desserts.  Our products range from cakes, cupcakes, pies, dessert bars to cookies.  We offer fresh coffee, lattes and hot chocolate bombs.  Also, check out our culinary cooking classes for kids, teens and adults.  We also offer corporate team building culinary classes and private classes. 

 Alice B. Cowles House

If the Cowles House walls could talk, they would certainly have some Spartan sagas to share. Constructed in 1857, Alice B. Cowles House is considered the oldest standing building on campus. It was one of several homes built for MSU’s earliest administrators and faculty in an area that became known as Faculty Row.

The building served a number of residential and other uses through the years until John A. Hannah occupied it upon assuming the college’s presidency in 1941. Its 1949-50 renovation occurred during his tenure when Alice B. Cowles House took on its current name in honor of the project benefactor’s mother.


We are always happy to hear from you! 
RegardingGathering program, registration, Volunteers, Accommodation, General Inquiries 
Halla Jones, Ubuntu Dialogues Project Coordinator || jonesha6(at)
RegardingInstitute for Ubuntu Thought and Practice Inquiries, past participant records 
Upenyu Majee, Inaugural Director of the Institute of Ubuntu Thought and Practice || majeeupe(at)
RegardingStellenbosch Delegation Inquiries
Marietjie Oleofson, Project Manager: Ubuntu Dialogues Project || hmoelofsen(at)