Dine with a Chef
Classes & Workshops

Meet Twin Cities critically acclaimed chefs and fellow enthusiasts of seasonal, local dining during a delicious dinner or lunch! In addition to getting cooking tips from top professional chefs, you'll receive recipes, notes and recommendations. You can just sit back, watch the meal unfold, make new friends and dine.

 


 

The Great Big Paella Party

802-08-15-19
Thursday, August 15
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Joan Donatelle, Chef and Cooking Instructor
David Donatelle, Chef, Beekeeper and Nutrition Coach


Bring a friend or date as you dive into the history and flavors of paella! Considered the, "national dish of Spain," paella is a beautiful dish with Calaspara rice, saffron, seafood and meat. Joan and David will prepare the paella in a traditional pan outside as you watch, and then it's back to the kitchen for some tapas demonstration and sampling, along with sangria! This experiential class will leave you with a full belly, and a great appreciation for the traditional food and flavors of spain- as well as the plants that make them possible.
MENU
  • Assorted Tapas
    Marcona almonds, membrillo and manchego banderillas, assorted olives
  • Romaine and Orange Salad with sherry vinaigrette
  • Paella- Valencia Style
    The national one pot meal of Spain, featuring assorted meats, seafood, rice, saffron and smoked paprika
  • Bananas with Honey and Pine Nuts served over ice cream
NOTE
  • The Chef will be creating a customized seasonal menu for this program. We regret that we are unable to accommodate individualized changes to the menu.
  • Per University of Minnesota Policy, alcoholic beverages sampled is for educational tasting/pairing purposes and will be limited to small 2-oz pours per course. The maximum wine that can be served is 8 oz total throughout dinner service.
Limit 30, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Harvest Kitchen

Sold out. Add your name to the waitlist, we will contact you if a spot opens!
$65 member/$80 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission

 

Apple & Honey Dinner: From the Tree, From the Hive

802-09-05-19
Thursday, September 5
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Joan Donatelle, Chef and Cooking Instructor
David Donatelle, Chef, Beekeeper and Nutrition Coach


Celebrate apple harvest season with a centuries-old classic combination. Joan, an experienced cooking instructor and author of "Astonishing Apples", and David, a beekeeper and chef, will demonstrate and serve an innovative multi-course meal you can make with Minnesota honey and apples, featuring a honey spiced chicken tagine! Learn about apple history, Minnesota varieties, and nutrition as Joan takes you way beyond apple crisp! And David will regale you with stories about beekeeping, cooking and nutrition. You will leave with a greater appreciation for apples and honey, a full belly, and handouts with recipes! Joan's beautiful cookbooks will be available for sale and signing after class.
NOTE:
  • This dinner does not include alcohol. 
  • The Chefs will be creating a customized seasonal menu for this program; We regret that we are unable to accommodate individualized changes to the menu. 
Limit 30, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Harvest Kitchen

Sold out. Add your name to the waitlist
$45 member/$60 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission

 

New Scenic Cafe: Dinner with Chef Scott Graden

802-10-03-19
Thursday, October 3, 2019
6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Scott Graden, Executive Chef, The New Scenic Cafe

The North Shore is coming to you! Chef Scott's creation has won accolades as one of Duluth's very best restaurants. You will experience:
  • A lively, seasonal menu with global influences
  • Chef Scott's engaging storytelling and demonstrations
  • Samples of Minnesota wine pairings
NOTE
  • The Chef will be creating a customized seasonal menu for this program. We regret that we are unable to accommodate individualized changes to the menu.
  • Per University of Minnesota Policy, alcoholic beverages sampled is for educational tasting/pairing purposes and will be limited to small 2-oz pours per course. The maximum wine that can be served is 8 oz total throughout dinner service.

Limit 30, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Harvest Kitchen

register

$65 member/$80 non-member
includes Arboretum admission

 

Dinner with a Chef: Celebrating the Tuscan Region of Italy

802-11-14-19
Thursday, November 14, 2019
6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Joan Donatelle, Chef and Cooking Instructor
David Donatelle, Chef, Beekeeper and Nutrition Coach
Nikki Erpelding, Wine Professional Instructor

Taste and savor Tuscany! Go on a culinary journey to Italy:
  • Learn why Tuscan geography and climate gives food and wine its unique characteristics
  • Experience one of the newer DOCG (Denomination of Controlled and Guaranteed Origin, the highest designation of quality in Italian wines) wine areas of Tuscany: the Mentecucco appellation
  • Savor a four-course Tuscan meal prepared and served before your eyes
  • Enjoy paired wine tastings from the Castello ColleMassari winery, famous for its particularly favorable micro-climate and organic practices
Leave with a greater appreciation for regional cuisine and a hankering to book a flight to Italy!

Limit 30, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Harvest Kitchen

register

$65 member/$80 non-member
includes Arboretum admission



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