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.



New Scenic Cafe: Dinner with Chef Scott Graden

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
MENU (subject to change)
    Kaddo bourani / labneh / sweet harissa / fried leeks / mint & dill
    Caramelized carrot / bearnaise / sour & bitter greens
    Pork shank / chocolate mole / duck fat onion rings / beets / smoked marrow / seeds / pickled mustard
    Gjetost creme brulee / lingonberries / pepparkakor


  • 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


Dinner with a Chef: Celebrating the Tuscan Region of Italy

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

Sold out. Add your name to the waitlist, we will contact you if a spot opens!

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

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