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.

Med Diet
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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
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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

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

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