Cooking Classes
Classes & Workshops

Savor culinary delights inspired by nature 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.

Seafood assortment, credit SkylerCreative, Sitka Salmon Shares


Sustainable Seafood: Creative Recipes & More

Saturday, September 28
12:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Richie Mann, Minnesota Community Outreach Manager, Sitka Salmon Shares
Amanda Paa, Home Chef, Heartbeet Kitchen Food Blogger

The fish that sound the most familiar in the grocery store- tilapia, tuna, and more- aren't always caught or raised in a sustainable way. What is sustainable fish, and how can you prepare some lesser known but more sustainable seafood at home? This informative and edible lesson will teach you about:

  • Sustainable fishing practices
  • The difference between farm raised and wild caught fish
  • What kinds of fish and labeling to look for as you source sustainable seafood
  • Stories from Amanda's trip to Sitka, Alaska as she learned more about sustainable fishing practices and seafood
  • Basics of fish prep and cooking skills
  • How to prepare incredible but simple fish recipes at home

You'll leave with the confidence to source your own sustainable seafood, and new ideas of how to prepare it!

  • You'll taste a variety of appetizer-sized samples, but this experience is not intended as a full meal. 
  • Demonstration-only; there is no hands-on portion to this class.

Limit 20,  Marion Andrus Learning Center - Harvest Kitchen

Sold out. Add your name to the waitlist, we will contact you if a spot opens!
$50 member/$65 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

Mediterranean Diet: Eating Seasonally & Healthily

Saturday, October 12, 2019
12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, January 4, 2020
9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

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

The Mediterranean diet is a great way to eat healthily and seasonally. Get inspired as you sample delicious dishes while learning valuable tips, strategies and information during this class:

  • Learn how to create delicious menus that feature whole grains, vegetables, fruits, beans, heart healthy oil and fish

  • Enjoy a soup, salad and entree prepared before your eyes and featuring seasonal ingredients typical of the Mediterranean diet

You will leave with a comprehensive handout plus recipes, and the motivation to incorporate the Mediterranean diet into your lifestyle! 


  • This class is demonstration-only; there is no hands-on portion to this class. 

  • 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


Saturday, October 12, 2019
12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
$42 member/$57 non-member, includes Arboretum admission


Saturday, January 4, 2020
9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
$42 member/$57 non-member, includes Arboretum admission


Saturday in the Kitchen: Fermenting Foods - Kraut & Kimchi

Saturday, October 12, 2019
9 a.m.-11 a.m.
Iman Mefleh, Owner, You Betcha Kimchi

Fermented vegetables are popular, healthy and delicious! Learn how to prepare two classic cabbage recipes- European sauerkraut and Korean kimchi. In this class, you will:
  • Receive a basic lesson in fermentation science
  • Work together in small social groups
  • Create, chop, mix and pack jars of sauerkraut and kimchi to take home
  • Learn how you can create living, pro-biotic vegetable ferments at home
  • Explore how to change traditionally pickled recipes into ferment recipes, increasing the health benefits
You'll leave with recipes and containers of sauerkraut and kimchi to sample with family and friends!

Limit 20, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Harvest Kitchen


$49 member/$64 non-member
includes Arboretum admission


Local Wine and Cheese Pairing

Thursday, October 24, 2019
6 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Drew Horton, University of Minnesota Enology Specialist at the Horticulture Research Center
Judy Thompson, Cheese SPecialist, Lakewinds Co-op

As the weather cools, wine and cheese pairings are a great way to enjoy time with friends and family. This class will impart new ideas for elegantly simple cheese and wine pairings for the season, in addition to fascinating insights to share with your guests: 
  • Learn about the cold climate wine grape research that occurs at the University of Minnesota
  • Understand how a Mediterranean climate plant can be bred for Minnesota winters
  • Discover why the upper Midwest excels in cheese production
  • Learn about some of Judy's favorite cheese makers
  • Savor cheese and wine pairings selected for you by Judy and Drew as they share the basics of how to choose pairings, from texture to tasting notes
  • Take-home your own Riedel wine glass!
Ages 21 and up. 

Limit 30, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Harvest Kitchen

$49 member/$64 non-member
includes Arboretum admission, Reidel glass, tastes, recipes

Tasty Tarts

Saturday, November 16
Select a session
9 a.m.-11 a.m. MORNING 
12:30- 2:30 p.m. AFTERNOON 801-11-16-19-02

Kris James, Certified Culinary Herbalist, Chef/Culinary Educator

The secrets to a great tart are really quite simple…don’t be intimidated!  Kris will show you how to create a variety of both savory and dessert tarts with delicious crusts and divine fillings for your next cocktail party, holiday  gathering, or family dinner. Work together in small groups to create recipes in a fun, relaxed kitchen setting:

  • Discover the basics of making a tart, with many tips and tricks to make it easier than ever!
  • Learn how to combine seasonal ingredients, including herbs and spices, to create a variety of unique recipes 
  • Taste and enjoy a variety of tart examples 
  • Prepare such dishes as:
    • Autumn Vegetable Tart with Bacon Marmalade
    • Fig Mascarpone Tart with Pistachio Black Pepper Crust
    • Upside Down Pear Tartlets with Golden Cinnamon Syrup

You’ll make enough in-class to take home samples to share with family and friends!

Limit 20, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Harvest Kitchen

Sold out. Add your name to the waitlist, we will contact you if a spot opens, or if we add a new session!
9 a.m.-11 a.m. MORNING 
$42 member/$57 non-member
includes Arboretum admission


JUST ADDED due to demand!
12:30- 2:30 p.m. AFTERNOON 801-11-16-19-02
$42 member/$57 non-member
includes Arboretum admission

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