Saturday Cooking in the Kitchen
Classes & Workshops


Savor Saturday mornings in the inspiring Arboretum setting, where you will prepare and taste exciting new recipes in a fun, casual atmosphere. Meet fun people and try something new...a great way to start the day! Watch the video to get a taste of what these classes are all about.

Meatless 

Saturday in the Kitchen: Beyond Meatless Mondays (800-08-26-17)
Saturday, August 26, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Kris James, Certified Culinary Herbalist, Culinary Instructor/Chef

Expand your vegetable horizon with globally inspired dishes that satisfy your palate and appetite, such as Roasted Beet Salad with Watercress and Dukkah Crusted Goat Cheese; Parsnip Tabbouleh; Butternut Squash Tagine with Buttered Chile Couscous; Halloumi-Raita Napoleons with Crispy Papadums. Join other vegetable enthusiasts as Kris walks you through the culture and history of some of the dishes, as well as the health benefits of individual ingredients. You will taste a variety of dishes and then work together in small groups to prepare recipes in a fun, relaxed kitchen setting. You will take home samples to share with family/friends, comprehensive handouts, and detailed recipes.
Limit 20, Learning Center

register $39 member/$52 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
 

 

Fermenting Foods - Kraut & Kimchi (800-09-09-17)
Saturday, September 9, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Iman Mefleh, Co-Owner of You Betcha Kimchi

Start with a basic lesson in fermentation science, then work in small groups to create, chop, mix and pack jars of sauerkraut and kimchi. Learn how you can create living, pro-biotic vegetable ferments at home, even changing traditionally pickled recipes into ferment recipes, increasing the health benefits of these foods. Leave with recipes and containers of sauerkraut and kimchi to sample with family and friends.
Limit 20, Marion Andrus Learning Center

register

$49 member/$59 non-memberincludes Arboretum admission



preserving
photo Veronica Malone

Preserving the Summer Herbal Bounty: Making Culinary Herbs a Part of your Everyday Life (801-09-23-17)
Saturday, September 23, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Veronica Malone, Long time Herbal Enthusiast and Gardener

In summer you may be swimming in fresh basil, but what about the coming cold months? Join Veronica to learn how to have a flavorful winter, too! You will begin with an introduction to the harvest and use of fresh herbs, and of course sampling a host of herbs. Veronica will also cover best practices for preserving each kind of herb for the winter. The class will finish with making and tasting delicious recipes such as herb butter blends, herb mustard, and herb cream cheese stuffed nasturtiums, and tomato basil tidbits. You will leave with recipes, herbal snacks to share at home, and an excitement to use culinary herbs in your everyday cooking.
Limit 20, Learning Center Kitchen

register $44 members/$54 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies 

Beeswax 

Saturday in the Kitchen: Beeswax Beauty (800-09-30-17)
Saturday, September 30, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Kris James, Certified Culinary Herbalist, Culinary Instructor/Chef, owner of Magpies Aromatherapy

Beeswax has long been used in beauty products and is a natural, toxin-free way to add protective, emolliating, and softening elements to skincare. Come with your friends to try a variety of beeswax-based beauty treatments, and create your own spa products in a fun, relaxed kitchen setting! You will leave with samples to share with family/friends and comprehensive handouts, including recipes. You won't have to book an appointment at a spa to enjoy luxurious products such as: Sweet Orange and Honey Body Wash, Anti-Wrinkle Green Tea Eye Cream and Happy Heel Lemon Foot Salve.
Limit 20, Learning Center

register $39 member/$52 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
 

herbal spa
Syda productions/Shutterstock

Make-Your-Own Herbal Spa: A Fun and Relaxing Day at the Arboretum (200-10-21-17)
Saturday, October 21, 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Your team of spa experts
Theresa Mieseler, Shady Acres Herb Farm
Kris James, Owner of Magpies Aromatherapy 
Karrie Hannon, The Healing Table
Elissa Crown, Balance Life Wellness
Marcy Beix, be yoga
Raulla Michell, Red Note Botanica
Tea Source
Wyndmere Naturals

Pamper yourself! Are you ready to experience an infusion of sights and smells to relax your mind and soothe your soul? Join others for a relaxing retreat at Arb! What a great way to spend a day - bring a friend and share it together for a restorative experience. Come away with products you've made along with the recipes and the know-how to do it again! Items to bring to the spa: one large vessel for your feet, a small towel and washcloth. Dress comfortably for a relaxing day. 

Herbal Spa Experience (agenda subject to change)

MORNING
· Presentation- Essential oils, Wyndmere Naturals, New Hope
· Tea sampling, and expert advice on tastes and qualities from Tea Source, Eden Prairie
· Make and take a bath salt, Wyndmere Naturals
· Make a take a spray bottle of bitters for health, Karrie Hannon, Chaska
· Enjoy a chair massage with Elissa Crown, Balance Life Wellness, Waconia
· Self-acupressure, Marcy Beix, be yoga, Cambridge
· Theresa will show you how to make the tasty herb vinaigrette, herb butter and dessert that are served with today's lunch, Theresa Mieseler

LUNCH
Entree salad served with herb vinaigrette demonstrated in class, bread and herb butter, and dessert

AFTERNOON
· Lavender essential oil bath melt; enjoy a relaxing foot soak, Raulla Michell, Red Note Botanica, Eden Prairie
· Dead sea salt body scrub, Kris James, Magpies Aromatherapy, Waconia
· Make and take an air freshening mist, Wyndmere Naturals
· Meditation discussion, March Beix, be yoga, Cambridge
· Closing with a 15-minute meditation practice

Limit 50, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center

Bring a friend and save! 
Register for 2 or more people and save $15 on your order! Use coupon code 15OFF at checkout or call 612-301-1210. Classes must be purchased at the same time in the same order, not valid on previous purchases or with other discounts. No cash value.
register $85 member/$97 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
 

SPECIAL CLASS! This class does not involve cooking, and it's not on a Saturday...but we think local-food-lovers will enjoy this class that will teach them how to grow and use herbs all winter!
herbs
photo: Oliver Hoffmann/Shutterstock

Indoor Herbs: Pot up Your Own to Grow Over the Winter (150-10-26-17)
Thursday, October 26, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Theresa Mieseler, Shady Acres Herb Farm and herb expert

It can be so tempting to pick up herb plants at the grocery over the winter, but what herbs grow best indoors and how do you take care of them? Learn from the very best: Theresa of Shady Acres Herb Farm will discuss everything you need to know to grow herbs over the winter, from varieties and plant selection to soil, light, fertilizer and containers. The class will conclude with time to pot up a handful of fragrant and delicious herb plants for you to take home. You will leave with five herbs, a comprehensive handout, and the confidence to grow these flavorful plants through the cold season to be able to cook with them year-round! Bring pruning shears and gardening gloves. 
Limit 20, Marion Andrus Learning Center

register $45 member/$57 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
 

oodles
photo The Food Photographer/shutterstock 

Oodles of Noodles...and Zoodles! (801-10-28-17)
Saturday, October 28, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Kris James, Certified Culinary Herbalist, Chef/Culinary Educator, Aromatherapist, Owner of Magpies Aromatherapy, Waconia

Swap "gluten" for "glorious" and infuse more fruits and vegetables into your diet in a new, fun way: as noodles! The spiralizer, a new tool that allows you to cut many kinds of produce into spirals and ribbons, is a trending new kitchen tool and Kris will give you an overview of its use. You'll delight in the change from traditional bland pasta noodles to zesty flavor- and nutrient-packed noodles as you taste a variety of dishes that have raw, cooked or roasted vegetable "noodles!" Then work together in small groups to create recipes in a fun, relaxed kitchen setting. You will prepare such recipes as: Tuscan Zucchini Pasta Salad, Zoodle and Carrot Lo Mein with Fresh Ginger and Peanuts, and Ruby Beet Salad with Lemon and Pickled Shallots. Take home samples to share with family and friends, comprehensive handouts, and the knowledge you need to create delicious, healthy meals for your family.
Limit 20, Marion Andrus Learning Center

register $39 member/$52 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies 

aromatherapy
photo Mary Taylor 

Aromatherapy: Healing from the Harvest (100-11-04-17)
Saturday, November 4, 9:30 a.m. - noon
Mary Taylor, Herb and Aromatherapy Shiatsu Practitioner, Marshall, MN

As winter silently descends, our garden work has come to a close for the season. This class will provide techniques from Complementary Medicine to relieve stress and heal the body. Learn how to apply aromatherapy not only to revitalize your sore gardening muscles, but also to bring the peace of the garden into your home over the cold season. Join us to de-stress and bring our focus into well-being and mindfulness for the coming winter months. You will leave with a sense of relaxation, muscle-soothing bath soak, relaxing home fragrances, and more aromatherapy products to try at home.
Limit 20, Marion Andrus Learning Center

register $65 members/$77 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
 

art tart 

The Art of the Savory Tart (801-11-11-17)
Saturday, November 11, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Kris James, Certified Culinary Herbalist, Chef/Culinary Educator

Pastry like a tart shell can be challenging, but with the right guidance and a few fun variations in your pocket, you can impress your friends and family with beautiful, delicious, savory meals! Kris will guide you through the basics of making a tart, and you'll learn how to combine seasonal ingredients with a variety of crust options to create beautiful, delicious herbed tarts that can be served as appetizers, for brunch, lunch, or dinner. After listening to Kris while enjoying a variety of tart examples, you will work together in small groups to create recipes in a fun, relaxed kitchen setting. You will prepare such dishes as Autumn Vegetable Tart with Bacon Marmalade, Melange of Mushroom Tartlets with Walnuts and Leeks, and Fragrant Louisiana Bayou Tarts with Spicy Buttermilk Dipping Sauce. You'll make enough in-class to take home samples to share with family and friends!
Limit 20, Marion Andrus Learning Center

register $39 member/$52 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies 

soap

Herbal Soap Making (100-11-11-17)
Saturday, November 11, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Raulla Mitchell, Founder Red Note Botanica, Holistic Healthcare Practitioner and Certified Aromatherapist

Learn how to make your own beautiful, moisturizing soaps with nutrient rich natural oils and butters! Raulla will discuss each of the soaps' ingredients, and demonstrate how to blend a variety of 100% pure essential oils to make signature scents. Then roll up your sleeves and create soaps through a melt-and-pour technique in a variety of fragrances and shapes. You will leave with a collection of gently moisturizing and fragranced soaps, and the skills to make more! 
Limit 20, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center

register $60 members/$72 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
 

natural beauty
photo MilanMarkovic78/shutterstock 

Natural Beauty from the Garden (100-11-18-17)
Saturday, November 18, 10 a.m. - noon 
Janice Cox, Book and Magazine Author, Radio and Television Personality

Plants have been used for centuries to treat our skin and hair. Join Janice, a leading DIY natural beauty expert, to learn how to pamper yourself naturally from head to toe. Janice will start with an introduction to plants as beauty products, and a brief history. She will talk about new uses for some of your favorite garden plants, and how to create your own natural beauty products with easy to use recipes and treatments. You will finish out the class with a discussion of how to incorporate beauty plants into your own landscape, from a large area of your yard to a simple container on your patio. Leave with a comprehensive handout, list of resources, and facial mask to try at home. 
Limit 24, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center

register $55 members/$67 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
 

souping

photo Dani Vincek/shutterstock

"Souping" is the New Juicing (100-12-02-17)
Saturday, December 2, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Kris James, Certified Culinary Herbalist, Chef/Culinary Educator

In the midst of holiday busy-ness, self care is important! One way to feel better is to maximize your vegetable and nutrient intake. From New York City to Philadelphia and Los Angeles, people are turning from juicing to "souping" as a new way to do just that. Join fellow foodies to explore new concepts and watch demonstrations, and taste a variety of delicious soups. Then work together in small groups to prepare recipes in a fun, relaxed kitchen setting. You will leave with samples to share with family/friends, and comprehensive handouts including detailed recipes and health benefits of individual ingredients. You will taste and prepare such seasonal soups as: Green English Pea, Asparagus and Parsley, Italian Roasted Tomato and Chickpea, and Chilled Carrot and Dill.
Limit 20, Learning Center

register $39 member/$52 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
 

Med Diet
photo Rostislav Glinsky/shutterstock

Mediterranean Diet for a Happy Healthy New Year (801-01-06-18)
Saturday, January 6, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Joan Donatelle, Chef, Author, Educator & David Donatelle, Chef

The New Year is a perfect time to reflect on lifestyle changes you want or need to make. Chefs Joan and David Donatelle will inspire you with tips, strategies and information from the exceptionally healthy (and uber-delicious) Mediterranean diet. You will learn how to create delicious menus where fruits, vegetables and lean proteins are the focus. While you listen, you will sample dishes such as Zuppa alla Frantoiana, (Tuscan Olive Mill Soup), Insalata Misto, (fresh mixed greens with vinaigrette), La Pasta al Pergamena, (Pasta in Parchment) and Macerated Mixed Fruit. You will leave with a comprehensive handout plus recipes, and the motivation to incorporate the Mediterranean diet into your lifestyle!
Limit 30, Marion Andrus Learning Center

register $39 member/$52 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
 

Tea
pohoto Mirek Nowaczyk/shutterstock 

Making Tea with Skill- An Exploration of Chinese Gongfu (801-01-13-18)
Saturday, January 13, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Kris James, Certified Culinary Herbalist, Chef/Culinary Educator

Gongfu is a Chinese tea ceremony that involves the ritualized preparation and presentation of tea. Gongfu literally means, "making tea with skill." You will take part in a Chinese Gongfu tea ceremony in a relaxed kitchen setting. You will learn how to create your own beautiful, mindful tea experience to bring about relaxation, comfort and enjoyment. Exquisite teas from a variety of Chinese Provinces will be served, as well as some delicious traditional tea treats! Take home samples to share with family and friends, comprehensive handouts, and detailed recipes including folklore, historical information and health benefits of individual teas and ingredients.
Limit 20, Marion Andrus Learning Center

register $39 member/$52 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
 

brunch
photo SimonLee/Flikr 

Bodacious Herbaceous Brunch (801-02-17-18)
Saturday, February 17, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Kris James, Certified Culinary Herbalist, Chef/Culinary Educator

Do you need some new ideas for your brunch menu? Impress your family and friends with bright, fresh flavors and recipes from Kris! While Kris discusses the basics of a brunch menu and shares pointers, you will taste a variety of brunch dishes. Then work together in small groups to create recipes in a fun, relaxed kitchen setting. You'll prepare such dishes as Blackberry-Basil Baked French Toast, Skillet Radishes with Crispy Prosciutto-Chive Reduction, Cotija-Chorizo Eggs Benedict with Honey-Lime Chipotle Sauce and Mango-Pineapple Fresh Fruit Salsa. You'll make enough in-class to take home samples to share with family and friends!
Limit 20, Marion Andrus Learning Center

register $39 member/$52 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
 

SPECIAL CLASS! This class does not involve cooking, and it's not on a Saturday...but we think local-food-lovers will enjoy this class that will teach them how to grow and use herbs for year-round delicious cooking!
herbs
photo Oakley Originals/Flickr

Edible Garden Year: 10 Easy-to-Grow Herbs for the Kitchen Herb Garden (150-03-01-18)
Thursday, March 1, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 
Theresa Mieseler, Shady Acres Herb Farm; and
Laura Vogel, Arboretum Adult Education Programs Manager


Herbs are a must for your edible garden, and who is better qualified to help you know what and how to grow than Theresa from the renowned Shady Acres Herb Farm? She will take you on a fascinating global journey discussing the history of herbs, then discuss what implications this has for what herbs grow well in our northern region. You will learn buying tips receive fascinating information on organic, non-gmo, and/or heirloom seeds and plants. Discover how to grow, store, dry and preserve the harvest. You will even do some sampling! By the end of the program, you'll be equipped with the knowledge you need to grow delicious herbs all season long. 
Limit 20, Marion Andrus Learning Center

Bundle and save! 
Six-class Edible Garden Year Bundle$20 off your entire order when you purchase all six classes by using coupon code AllEdibleEat at checkout.

By taking the full season of the Edible Garden Year, you will also gain access to an online cohort and discussion board to ask questions and share ideas, plants and produce with your fellow growers!

register $35 member/$47 non-member, includes Arboretum admission 

emotion potion 

Emotion Potions - The Power of Aromatherapy (100-03-24-18)
Saturday, March 24, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Kris James, Certified Culinary Herbalist, Chef/Culinary Educator, Aromatherapist, Owner of Magpies Aromatherapy, Waconia

Are you looking for different ways to cope with fatigue, stress, and anger? Consider smelling your way to a happier or more contented mood! Kris will begin by discussing how fragrances have a measureable impact on our mood and how you can use aromatherapy in your day-to-day life to positively impact your emotions. You will experience a variety of aromatherapy blends and then work together in small groups to make your own essential oil creations in a fun, relaxed kitchen setting. Take home samples to share with family/friends, comprehensive handouts, and detailed recipes including folklore, historical information and health benefits of individual ingredients.
Limit 20, Marion Andrus Learning Center

register $39 member/$52 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
 

 


SPECIAL CLASS! This class does not involve "cooking," and it's not on a Saturday...but we think local-food-lovers will enjoy learning how to harvest and preserve product from your garden or the local farmer's market for delicious year-round cooking!
harvest

Edible Garden Year: Harvest and Preservation (150-08-23-18)
Thursday, August 23, 2018; 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Laura Vogel, Arboretum Adult Education Programs Manager, and
Christy Marsden, Extension Master Gardener Education Manager


Successfully grown vegetable plants can often mean you now have bushels of beautiful produce on your hands- what to do with them? Christy and Laura will talk you through the basics of proper harvesting: when to pick, what to refrigerate, how to cure, and more. Then we'll be joined by University of Minnesota Extension experts to learn more about safe preservation techniques, from canning to drying. There will be samples, of course, and students are encouraged to bring surplus produce to share with one another at the end of class! 
Limit 20, Marion Andrus Learning Center

Bundle and save! 
Six-class Edible Garden Year Bundle$20 off your entire order when you purchase all six classes by using coupon code AllEdibleEat at checkout.

By taking the full season of the Edible Garden Year, you will also gain access to an online cohort and discussion board to ask questions and share ideas, plants and produce with your fellow growers!

register $35 member/$47 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
 

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