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.

 


  Coalition: Dinner with Executive Chef Eli Wollenzien (802-05-31-18)
Thursday, May 24, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
DATE CHANGE! NEW DATE Thursday, May 31, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Eli Wollenzien, Executive Chef and co-owner, Coalition Restaurant

Spring is a time for growth, and boy has Coalition been growing- from a second Coalition location in Edina to a new Italian project still in the works! Join Eli of Coalition for a beautiful seasonal menu, as he shares more about the new restaurants he is working on. You will enjoy a multi-course meal while learning cooking tips and tricks from Eli. Wine pairing samples will be served with a helping of science and wine grape research, compliments of Drew Horton- enology (wine) specialist with the Horticulture Research Center. At the end of the evening, you will leave with a full belly, handout with recipes, and a new appreciation for our local cuisine! 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.

Limit 30, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Harvest Kitchen

register 

1 spot left
$65 member/$80 non-member
, includes Arboretum admission and multiple course watch-learn-dine experience - plus recipes!


  Oceanaire: Dinner with Executive Chef Andrew Wilson (802-06-28-18)
Thursday, June 28, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Andrew Wilson, Executive Chef, Oceanaire

You won't want to miss this exclusive dining experience with Oceanaire's Executive Chef! Committed to connecting their guests to the health of oceans and land, Oceanaire's offerings are seasonal, regionally inspired, and change daily. Savor a mouthwatering feast designed around the moment of the season, paired wine tastings, and great tips, tricks and banter with Chef Wilson. Wine pairing samples will be served with a helping of science and wine grape research, compliments of Drew Horton- enology (wine) specialist with the Horticulture Research Center. At the end of the evening, you will leave with a full belly, handout with recipes, and a new appreciation for the fruit of the sea... and the vine! 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.

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Limit 30, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Harvest Kitchen

register  $65 member/$80 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and multiple course watch-learn-dine experience - plus recipes!


  The Great Big Paella Party (802-08-09-18)
Thursday, August 9, 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. 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.

Limit 30, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Harvest Kitchen

register 

$65 member/$80 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and multiple course watch-learn-dine experience - plus recipes!


 

Cast and Cru: Dinner with Executive Chef Matt Elles & Pastry Chef Melinda Norman

802-09-20-18
Thursday, September 20, 2018
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Matt Elles, Executive Chef, Cast and Cru Restaurant

Since their building renovation and total reconstruction of the menu, Cast and Cru Restaurant, part of the Old Log Theater in Excelsior, has been growing in fame and impressing theater goers and diners alike. Chef Matt and Chef Melinda focus on a modern American menu, with a diversity of exquisite ingredients simply prepared. Take an edible journey through a delicious multi-course meal, with paired wine tastings of course, and enjoy learning cooking tips and behind the scenes stories from Matt and Melinda. Wine pairing samples will be served with a helping of science and wine grape research, compliments of the University's Horticulture Research Center. At the end of the evening, you will leave with a full belly, a handout with recipes, and a new appreciation for our local cuisine! 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.

Limit 30, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Harvest Kitchen

$65 member/$80 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and multiple course watch-learn-dine experience - plus recipes!
register


 
 

FireLake: Dinner with Executive Chef Dinesh Jayawardena

802-10-04-18
Thursday, October 4, 2018
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Dinesh Jayawardena, Executive Chef, FireLake Grillhouse

Located on the skyway level of Radisson Blu Mall of America, FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar serves regional, farm-to-table fare that gives visitors a true taste of what our region has to offer. Dinesh has trained and worked as a chef from Sri Lanka to the United Kingdom to Minnesota, and has plenty of cooking experiences and stories to share. Be inspired as you watch Dinesh prepare the menu below, and enjoy wine pairing samples that will be served with a helping of science and wine grape research, compliments of the University's Horticulture Research Center. At the end of the evening, you will leave with a full belly, a handout with recipes, and a new appreciation for our local cuisine!
Menu
Walleye Cake: Red Lake Nation Minnesota Walleye, Lemon-Tarragon Remoulade
Pumpkin Soup served in Individual Pumpkins: Crème Fraiche, Toasted Pumpkin Seed Cornbread on a Skillet, Honey Butter
Root Vegetable Salad with Goat Cheese
Cabernet Braised Short Rib; Cauliflower Risotto
Apple Tarte Tatin; Caramel Ice Cream
We regret that we are unable to accommodate individualized changes to the menu.

Limit 30,  Marion Andrus Learning Center - Harvest Kitchen

$65 member/$80 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and multiple course watch-learn-dine experience - plus recipes!
register


 
 

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

802-10-11-18
Thursday, October 11, 2018
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. 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 Chef 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

$45 member/$60 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and multiple course watch-learn-dine experience - plus recipes! 

register 

 
 

Winter Dinner with Coalition Restaurant and Enki Brewing

802-12-13-18
Thursday, December 13, 2018
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Eli Wollenzien, Executive Chef and co-owner, Coalition Restaurant

Cold weather is settling in and we are in the midst of a season of celebration- perfect for spending a little more time in the kitchen with friends! Join Eli of Coalition and Enki Brewing for a festive paired menu of winter dishes featuring locally grown ingredients and brewed beer. You will enjoy a multi-course meal while learning cooking tips and tricks from Eli and information about Enki's brewing process. At the end of the evening, you will leave with a full belly, a handout with recipes, and a new appreciation for our local cuisine! 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.

Limit 30, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Harvest Kitchen

$65 member/$80 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and multiple course watch-learn-dine experience - plus recipes!
register 


 
 

Alma: Cafe Inspired Dinner with Chef Roberts & Executive Pastry Chef Carrie Riggs

802-02-21-19
Thursday, February 21, 2019
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Alex Roberts, Executive Chef and Owner and Carrie Riggs, Executive Pastry Chef, Alma
Restaurant

Alma is coming! A name synonymous with award-winning food, Executive Chef Alex Robert's restaurant was just revamped and is better than ever. You'll hear more about the new expansion as Alex and Carrie demonstrate their culinary skill and provide an exquisite meal you won't soon forget. Wine pairing samples will be served with a helping of science and wine grape research, compliments of the University's Horticulture Research Center. You won't want this evening to end, and may find yourself rushing home to make a reservation so you can have another taste!

Limit 30, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Harvest Kitchen

$65 member/$80 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and multiple course watch-learn-dine experience - plus recipes!
register


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