This series is a collaboration of the Arboretum and the Minnesota Grape Growers Association, showcases this season's best Minnesota wines! An exclusive panel of leading Twin Cities chefs and wine experts have sampled local wine submissions and will present their favorites to you in this popular series. Top chefs are given the honor of selecting their favorite four Minnesota wines and creating a four course meal to pair with their choices. Savor the flavors of the evening with other food and wine lovers while hearing from wine makers and experts on hand to discuss Minnesota's growing wine industry, built upon University of Minnesota grape varieties.
4x4 Culinary Minnesota Wine Series: Winter Magic (800-12-12-13)Thursday, December 12, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. • Learning CenterJoan Donatelle, accomplished chef and Byerly's culinary instructor
4 Chef-Featured Wines (Subject to Change):Sovereign Estate LaCrescentSovereign Estate MarquetteCannon River Honey WineChankaska Marquette Reserve
Menu(Subject to Change):Passato di ceci Puree of chick pea soup with mushroom and bacon garnishLa Pasta al Pergamena Pasta in parchmentArrosto di Manzo con salsa di riduzione di vino Roast Beef with wine reduction pan sauce served w/ Brussels Sprouts and Sweet potatoesInsalata Verde Simple mixed green saladMiele e Mela Creme Brulee Honey Apple Creme Brulee
$55 member/$65 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
4x4 Culinary Minnesota Wine Series: Ringing In the New Year (800-01-09-14)Thursday, January 9, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. • Learning CenterAmalia Moreno-Damgaard, chef, entrepreneur, and Award-winning author of "Amalia’s Guatemalan Kitchen-Gourmet Cuisine With A Cultural Flair"
4 Chef-Featured Wines (Subject to Change): Parley Lake Winery MarquetteChankaska Minnesota MarquetteWinehaven Frontenac GrisCannon River St. Pepin
Menu(Subject to Change):Tostones with Chilito green plantain chips with chile-cilantro-lime sauceAguacates Rellenos de Ceviche de Cangrejo spicy crab ceviche-stuffed avocadoesSalmon con Sofrito Envuelto en Hoja de Banano salmon with saffron sofrito in banana leavesBistec minute steaks with tomatoes and onionsPapas Asadas al Horno con Chile Cobanero hasselback roasted potatoes with chile cobaneroFruta con Maracuyá seasonal fruit with passion fruit sauce
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.
Chocolate: Journey From Bean to Bar (800-02-08-14)Saturday, February 8, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. • Learning CenterAnna Bonavita, Ph.D., scientist with a passion for chocolate, quality and the environment
Valentine's Day is around the corner - what better time for chocolate, the "food of the gods". Through a guided chocolate tasting with the expert from Chocolate Bonavita, you will taste chocolate that most others have never experienced. Learn the history of the fruit of the cocoa plant and how we began and continue our love affair with chocolate. You will taste cacao and chocolate in its various states, forms, and qualities. Discover how the genetics of cacao and the location of where it is grown contribute to the flavor of the chocolate produced. Visit the Arboretum's cocoa plant and discuss conditions essential to producing fine chocolate. Early registration is suggested as this class is expected to sell out.
$39 member/$49 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
Twin Cities top chefs love guest-cooking at the Arboretum! Meet other good food fans during a delicious dinner with three wine tastings that complement the menu. In addition to getting insider cooking tips from the chefs, you'll receive recipes, sommelier 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.
Valentines Love Dinner 2014: Chef Jenny Breen (800-02-13-14)Thursday, February 13, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. • Learning CenterJenny Breen, Chef, locavore, nutritionist, teacher, and cookbook co-author of “Cooking Up the Good Life”
Indulge in delicious love themed cupid-cuisine. Food is sensuous, appealing to our senses with its enticing appearance, scent, taste, feel, and even how it sounds simmering in the pan! Wine tastes are paired with dinner courses. Limited VIP registration (available for Arboretum members only) includes reserved seating at a table for 2 and a box of gourmet local chocolates. Check back for menu updates.
$55 member/$65 non-member, includes Arboretum admissionRegister VIP: $75 member/$90 non-member, includes seating at table for 2 and box of local gourmet chocolates VIP Sold Out.
Whether you're a winemaking enthusiast or professional, the Arboretum's new winemaking classes draw from current and proven research to bring to you common-sense techniques for the improvement of your wine. Delve into advances made by the University's wine-grape breeding program and how to use Minnesota grape varietals to their best advantages in your wine. Learn how to bring the science and art of making wine together with University of Minnesota's enologist Katie Cook.
Savoring Wine (200-11-23-13)Saturdays, Nov. 23, Dec. 7 and 14, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. • Learning Center
Take a fascinating journey into the world of wine and learn to taste wine like an expert! Master the fundamentals of wine tasting to inform your own appreciation of the fruit of the vine or to enhance your winemaking abilities! In the first session, break down the sight, smell and taste in the wine in your glass and learn about wine sensory analysis. In the second session, clear away confusion about terms used in the wine industry and discover why some use words like bacon, tobacco and cut grass when smelling a glass of wine. Finally learn to identify whether or not a wine is "bad." Explore causes of wine faults and how winemakers fix and prevent these faults from occurring. 3 Saturday sessions.
$125 member/$150 non-member, includes Arboretum admission, tasting guides and handouts; taste of wines in each session
To register online, click on the "Register" button listed with the class. Or call 952-443-1422 to register by phone. You can also download the Autumn/Winter 2013-2014 Learn Catalog to see the full class offerings and use the registration form.
Questions? Call 952-443-1422 or email: ArbEdu@umn.edu