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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.

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Sweet and Savory: The Secrets to Making Elegant Meals at Home (800-12-12-15)
Saturday, December 12, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Rachel Sherwood, chef, food stylist, and author of The Pretty Plate: Making Everyday Meals Magnificent

People eat first with their eyes, but food presentation is often the most commonly ignored aspect of home cooking. Learn the "five elements of the pretty plate" to elevate your experience of making everyday meals magnificent - quickly, easily and inexpensively. Join us in making a savory appetizer that is easy to have on hand and customize for any taste or occasion, play with plating design, and indulge in molten lava cakes with fresh raspberry sauce. Create your own wow-worthy presentations to impress friends and family...for the holidays or any occasion! Rachel's book, The 5 Elements of the Pretty Plate, will be for sale in the Arboretum Gift Store. Limit 20, Learning Center

Menu will include:
- Walnut Crusted Canapés with variety garnishes
- Molten Lava Cakes
- Fresh Raspberry Sauce
- Demonstration on how to incorporate The 5 Elements of The Pretty Plate into any recipe.


$39 member/$49 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all ingredients 

photo: Ruth Black / Shutterstock


watch Chef Terry on Kare 11 making Chocolate Pumpkin Cake

Make-and-Take: Traditional Gingerbread House Workshop (800-12-19-15)
Saturday, December 19, 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Terry John Zila, owner of JohnJeanJuan Cakes, professional culinary instructor, Certified Garden Specialist, regular food & entertaining contributor on KARE 11.

Gingerbread houses are a timeless way to celebrate the holiday season. Using delicious pre-baked gingerbread pieces (no cardboard-y boxed kits!) by JohnJeanJuan Cakes, you'll be encouraged to play with your food as you design and decorate your very own traditional gingerbread house. Professional chef-instructor Terry John will guide you through the steps from assembly to finishing flourishes, sharing his wit and wisdom along the way. You'll also receive a delicious gingerbread recipe, sample gingerbread (so you don't feel tempted to eat your house!) and learn about ginger and the other plant-based ingredients that go into making gingerbread. The best part is that we clean the mess so your home kitchen stays clean! Enjoy quality time with family or friends and go home with your own marvelous gingerbread well as memories that will last a lifetime. All supplies included in fee, bring your own box so your house gets home safely. Limit 20 (individuals or duos), Learning Center

This workshop is suitable for ages 8 and up. All children MUST be accompanied by an adult and must register with the adult at the duo price. Adult-only individuals or duos also welcome. No more than (2) people per house, regardless of age. Registered participants only, no non-participating guests/non-participating children.

register INDIVIDUAL: $84 individual member/$99 individual non-member, fee includes registration for one adult working on one house, all decorating supplies and Arboretum admission

DUO: $114 duo member/$129 duo non-member, fee includes registration for 2 people (regardless of age) working on one house, all decorating supplies and Arboretum admission

 Winter SquashPhoto credit: David Tinjum/Mill City Times


Winter Squash: Still Local in Mid-Winter! (800-01-30-16)
Saturday, January 30, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Amanda Paa, chef and author of Smitten with Squash and Heartbeet Kitchen Blog

At this time of year, in this climate, it's almost impossible to "eat locally." Fortunately for us, one local vegetable is still plentiful, fresh, and eminently flavorful: winter squash. Technically a fruit, this bountiful plant comes in an amazing variety of shapes, textures and flavors. Amanda is passionate about its nutrient density and versatility and is excited to introduce you to some varieties you've never cooked with, as well as give you new ideas for old standbys like butternut and acorn. Be prepared to become "smitten" with squash just as Amanda has, and enjoy the deliciousness it brings to your winter table. Limit 20, Learning Center

In-Class Menu
Minnesota Wild Rice & Butternut Squash Salad
Spaghetti Squash Saute with Fresh Herbs & Gruyere
Roasted Root Vegetables & Kabocha Squash with Creamy Horseradish Sauce

register $39 member/$49 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all ingredients 


Sweets for Your Sweetie: Valentine Treats Sweetened by Nature (800-02-06-16)
Saturday, February 6, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Kris James, chef, certified culinary herbalist, author, and co-owner of Unearthed Arts

Make some tasteful and tasty treats sweetened with honey and maple syrup and learn more about two of nature's most healthful and readily available sweeteners. They really are different from sugar - better for you, better for the environment - and more flavorful. Bring your Valentine and cook up something sweet together! Limit 20, Learning Center Harvest Kitchen

register $39 member/$49 non-member, includes Arboretum admission, recipes and ingredients 

Gluten Free BakingPhoto credit: Amanda Paa HeartbeetKitchenBlog


Gluten-Free Baking: Cookies (800-02-27-16)
Saturday, February 27, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Amanda Paa, chef and author of Smitten with Squash and Heartbeet Kitchen

Baking demands accuracy, and gluten-free baking has its own specific requirements. Amanda herself is allergic to gluten, so she has had to learn all the tricks of the trade, from which flours are the best, to which fats-sugars-liquids work best with gluten-free flours, how to adapt recipes, and more. If you've felt frustrated because you haven't had success with gluten-free baking, or felt left out because only gluten-ful treats were being served, this class is for you! Limit 20, Learning Center Harvest Kitchen

This class is postponed. New date coming soon!
$39 member/$49 non-member, includes Arboretum admission, recipes and ingredients 

 Celtic CuppaPhoto credit: Ania Mendrek/Flikr


A Wee Celtic Cuppa (800-03-12-16) 
Saturday, March 12, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Kris James, chef, certified culinary herbalist, author, and co-owner of Unearthed Arts

In Ireland, Scotland, Wales and on the Isle of Man, it was considered unlucky to turn anyone away, neighbor or stranger - anyone who broke bread at your table was considered kin and her/his life protected. Kris will teach you the warm Celtic way to welcome visitors: with a "wee cuppa tea" and a slice of homemade soda bread, barmbrock slathered with butter, a piece of Edinburgh Fog, or a bite of Dundee cake - or perhaps a bowl of cock-a-leekie soup. Kris will introduce you to some of the differences in the Celtic tea customs - some of which date from Druid times, when people worshipped nature and imbued plants, water, rocks, with supernatural attributes - and show you how to make 2-3 of her favorite Celtic treats. Limit 20, Harvest Kitchen

register $39 member/$49 non-member, includes Arboretum mission, recipes and ingredients 

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Twin Cities critically acclaimed chefs love sharing their passion for cooking with Arboretum dinner guests! Meet the chefs and fellow enthusiasts of seasonal, local dining during a delicious dinner with three wine tastings that complement the seasonal menu. In addition to getting insider cooking tips from top professional chefs, you'll receive recipes, wine notes and recommendations on where to find the best ingredients. You can just sit back, watch the meal unfold, sip some wine and dine. Scroll down to learn more and to register or call us in the education office at 612-301-1210.

 El SalvadorPhoto credit: Amalia Moreno Domgaard


Cooking El Salvador - Dinner With the Author (800-01-21-16)
Thursday, January 21, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Amalia Moreno-Damgaard, award-winning chef, author of Amalia's Guatemalan Kitchen

Discover a cuisine that is as delicious as it is easy to make with award-winning, bestselling author and chef Amalia Moreno-Damgaard. Amalia will describe the background and characteristics of the food and culture of El Salvador and share anecdotes from her recent trip throughout the country. Amalia will sign cookbooks after the dinner tastings. 

     Menu will include tastings of scrumptious dishes like
  • pupusas, corn masa cakes filled with cheese and loroco flower buds
  • curtido, pickled cabbage slaw
  • yuca con chicharron, yuca with pork cracklings and spicy slaw
  • casamiento, rice and beans with bell peppers
  • coctel de camaron en salsa rosada, shrimp cocktail in pink sauce
  • ponche tecleño, hot milk-based drink spiked with sugar cane liquor

Dinner with the Author varies from a traditional Dinner With a Chef program in that it is heavier on presentation-style educational content related to cuisine and customs. While listening to the author speak about the topic, participants will be served a multi-course tastings and paired wine (2oz) tastings while you learn. Limit 30, Learning Center Harvest Kitchen

register $65 member/$77 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and a watch-learn-dine experience with several small plates - plus wine tastings and recipes. 

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Save time and money! Pre-purchase a copy of Chef Amalia's beautiful cookbook, Amalia's Guatemalan Kitchen. All pre-purchase orders will be waiting for you in the Learning Center when you arrive for your class. 
$35.96 Arboretum Members (includes 10% discount)/$39.95 non-members.


Oceanaire Mardi Gras Feast (800-02-04-16)
Thursday, February 4, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Robert Wohlfeil, Executive Chef, Oceanaire Seafood Room

February 9 is Mardi Gras, and the New Orleans-style menu is full of fun and flavor. Back by popular request, Chef Robert will serve you some traditional recipes flavored with Robert's own distinctive touch. Join us for this uniquely tasty and festive holiday the flavor of Mardi Gras!! Dinner with a Chef is a social, educational program that serves up a multi-course meal and paired wine tastings while you learn. Note: This menu will contain shellfish. Limit 30, Learning Center Harvest Kitchen


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$65 member/$77 non-member
, includes Arboretum admission and multiple-course watch-learn-dine experience - plus wine tastings and recipes.

To Register for Class

To register online, click on the "Register" button listed with the class. Or call 612-301-1210 to register by phone. You can also view the Spring/Summer 2015 Classes Catalog to see the full class offerings and use the registration form.

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Cancellation Policy: Registration cancellations must be made two weeks prior to class date in order to receive refund. A $5 processing fee will apply.