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Dorsey Levens served as the starting running back during the Packers victory against the Patriots during Super Bowl XXXI. He was on the cover of the Madden 2000 video game. And he’s had the honor of being inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame.
These days, Levens lives in Atlanta. He does a little acting. He teaches leadership development and he says he’s currently completing training so that he can begin teaching spin classes.
"I’m an old football player," he says. "And riding a bike is one of the things that my body allows me to to do. So I’m pretty excited about it."
But on Sunday, Nov. 17, he’ll be doing something a little bit different. Levens will be cooking breakfast for an intimate group of guests during the inaugural Legends Getaway, a three-day celebration at Lodge Kohler in Green Bay featuring intimate gatherings with former players including Levens, James Jones and Pro Football Hall of Famer Dave Robinson.
"I cook on a fairly regular basis," Levens notes. "I’m a little bit of a finicky eater, so I like more basic things … fish, chicken, rice and vegetables. On days that I work out, I don’t usually eat breakfast; but I definitely eat breakfast on weekends. I like things like pancakes, French toast and bacon. And I can make an omelette, that’s for sure."
Fans will have the pleasure of watching as Levens whips up one of his favorites, the Green & Gold Omelette, featuring turkey, American cheese and green tomatoes. They’ll also have the benefit of hearing him share personal stories and life lessons learned during and after his football career.
And you never know what kind of wisdom you’ll glean.
"There are so many things I’ve learned over the years," says Levens. "Maybe the biggest is that the only person you can ultimately control and change is yourself … Once you realize that, there are a lot of things that you don’t need to concern yourself with. Be authentic. Be yourself. It’s too much work to be someone else."
The Legends Getaway weekend
The Legends Getaway takes place Nov. 15-17 and will kick off with an in-person Halftime Chalk Talk with NFL Network Analyst and 2011 Super Bowl Champion James Jones. The talk will be held at Lodge Kohler’s Taverne in the Sky, a fifth floor bar and restaurant featuring panoramic views of Lambeau Field.
On Friday, guests are invited to join Pro Football Hall of Famer and Packers linebacker Dave Robinson for lunch and an intimate fireside chat at Leaps and Bounds. The afternoon event will include the opportunity to visit one-on-one with Robinson while enjoying lunch prepared by the Lodge Kohler culinary team.
Friday evening, guests are invited to the weekend’s marquee event, a happy hour with all three generations of champions. The experience will include autograph sessions and photo opportunities with a replica Super Bowl XLV trophy. Afterwards, the legends will participate in a moderated conversation at Taverne in the Sky during which guests can ask questions and enjoy stories from each of the players.
And the weekend wraps up with Saturday morning when Dorsey Levens dons his apron and hosts a breakfast chat at the Taverne in the Sky’s open kitchen.
Legends Getaway packages, which include admission to all three special events plus two nights of at Lodge Kohler. To keep the event intimate, packages are limited to 34 guests. Packages start at $856 per room, based on double occupancy. For more information, visit lodgekohler.com/legends-getaway or call (855) 395-7638
Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club.
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