Food and Wine Classes
Saturday Cooking in the KitchenSaturday Cooking in the Kitchen
Dinner with a ChefDinner with a Chef
4x4 Culinary MN Wine Series4x4 Culinary MN Wine Series

SATURDAY COOKING IN THE KITCHEN

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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'Downton Abbey' Tea: History, Lore &Titanic Treats (800-01-17-15)
Saturday, January 17, 2015, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. 
Kris James, Culinary instructor and chef and London traveler

'Downton Abbey' Tea including Titanic's First Class Recipes - Learn how to host a 'Downton Abbey' Tea sure to satisfy both upstairs and downstairs tastes. We will learn about historical origins, lore and Victorian tea etiquette, but no stiff upper lip necessary! Our menu pays tribute to the tastes of the Patrician class and includes such fare as a tea bread and soup, mini Yorkshires with roast beef and tea sandwiches, finish with a sweet.  Learning Center

Register Sold out. Add your name to the waitlist! All waitlisted registrants will be contacted when a new session is added. $39 member/$51 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all ingredients 
NOTE: The above listing is a culinary educational program designed for ages 16+. If you are seeking an all-ages traditional tea, we suggest Arboretum Teatime!

 Chocolate

Chocolate: Creative and Luscious Recipes (800-02-07-15)
Saturday, February 7, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Kris James, Culinary instructor and chef, certified in Culinary Herbalism

Chocolate, our favorite mood-lifting, endorphin-releasing super food combines with ingredients like basil, bacon and goat cheese to create intriguing, unusual recipes sure to have your family and guests talking about how ingenious you are! When your sweet tooth demands chocolate, these treats will answer the call. You'll work together with your tablemates to create brilliant recipes such as White Chocolate and Basil Mousse; Black Pepper, Chocolate and Goat Cheese Truffles; and Dessert "Salami". Limit 20, Learning Center

Register $39 member/$51 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all ingredients 

 Grain

Cooking with Whole Grains (Going with the Grain) (800-03-14-15) 
Saturday, March 14, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. 
Kris James, Culinary instructor and chef, certified in Culinary Herbalism

Whole grains are getting their day in the sun, they work their nutritional and culinary magic in a variety of recipes. They are packed with vitamins, minerals, proteins, amino acids and fiber. Many whole grains are actually grasses or seeds and happen to also be gluten free, what a bonus! We will work together in small groups and use ancient grains/grasses/seeds like quinoa, amaranth, ivory teff and Black Japonica rice, to create fresh and unique flavors such as a Crunchy Thai Red Quinoa Salad with Ginger-Cashew Vinaigrette. Recipes in this class can easily be customized to serve as main dishes or side dishes - they could become your new favorites! Limit 20, Learning Center

Register $39 member/$51 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all ingredients 

Spring/Summer 2015 classes will be available for registration in mid- January. Please check back!

DINNER WITH A CHEF

Twin Cities top chefs love cooking for guests 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.


 New Scenic

New Scenic Café Dinner and Cookbook Signing (800-01-22-15)
Thursday, January 22, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Chef Scott Graden, Chef and Proprietor, New Scenic Café

The creative force behind the New Scenic Café in Duluth, chef Scott Graden enjoys sharing his cooking artistry with others. Spend a special evening experiencing the New Scenic Café right here at the Arboretum! Chef Scott knows the value of local, rural food source connections and his loyal foodie community has enjoyed his culinary adventures for over 15 years. His teaching style is innovative and graspable and his goal is to capture the essence of each ingredient. You'll learn what inspires him and you may even hear tales of the north woods and the lake that is the backdrop of the Café. His recently published, beautiful cookbook will be available for purchase and signing. For a sample viewing of the book: http://www.sceniccafe.com/cookbook/NewScenicCookbookSample.pdf  Paired wine tastings included. Limit 30, Learning Center

Waitlist Sold out. Add your name to the waitlist! $58 member/$72 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and multiple course watch-learn-dine experience. 
VIP Seating, includes reserved seating at front $68 member/$82 non-member

 Valentines

Valentines Love Dinner 2015 (800-02-12-15)
Thursday, February 12, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Joan and David Donatelle, Chefs and former restaurateurs Rossini's Trattoria & Vinnie's Restaurant

Italian & Mediterranean cuisine is lovingly paired in this delectable dinner perfectly suited for Valentines Day. Joan and David have enjoyed cooking together for 30 years, both as former owners of two restaurants and as a couple. Their food is luscious and satisfying without pretension. They are also beekeepers (aka nurturers) and we love them extra for that! Joan is the Cooking School Director at Byerly's and loves to teach healthful scratch cooking based upon the principles of the Mediterranean Lifestyle. As far as David is concerned, Joan says, "David is just the best Chef I've ever met!"

Menu: Double Hearts Bruschetta for an Appetizer; Roman style semolina Gnocchi with lobster sauce; Insalata with Butter Lettuce and Champagne Vinaigrette; David's Towering Chocolate Cake. Paired wine tastings included. Limit 30, Learning Center

Register (General Seating: seated with others at friendly, banquet-style tables)
6 seats left $65 member/$77 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and multiple course watch-learn-dine experience.
waitlist Lovebird sold out. Register for general seating, aboveLovebird Seating, per-person price includes reserved seating at a table for 2 and gourmet Valentine gift per pair (limit 3 pairs), $79 member/$92 non-member

 Umbrian Broders

Umbrian Cuisine a la Broders (800-03-05-15)
Thursday, March 5, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Chef Michael Rostance, Executive Chef (former, over 20 years), Broders' Pasta Bar

Chef Michael specializes in authentic Italian regional cuisine, particularly of Umbria, the "green heart" of Italy. His culinary expertise extends into other cultures as well - I hear his paella is perfectly decadent! Chef Michael enjoys sharing his cooking and cuisine expertise at local cooking schools, Victors 1959 restaurant, UMN and during his many trips to Italy, through his tour company, The Umbrian Table. Chef believes in simplicity and allowing the fresh ingredients' flavors to shine through. Visit www.arboretum.umn.edu/cookingclasses.aspx for fresh menu updates. Paired wine tastings included. Limit 30, Learning Center

Register $58 member/$72 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and multiple course watch-learn-dine experience. 
VIP Seating, includes reserved seating at front $68 member/$82 non-member 

Spring/Summer 2015 classes will be available for registration in mid- January. Please check back!

4x4 CULINARY MINNESOTA WINE SERIES

The Fourth Annual 4x4 Culinary Series showcases some of the best Minnesota wines paired with global culinary creations sure to delight and dazzle. The series takes the local food movement to a whole new level. Leading Minnesota chefs and wine experts will take you on a wine and food journey unlike any other. This year, each chef was presented with four different wines made with passion and care by a Minnesota winery. Among the wineries included are Parley Lake, Sovereign Estate, Chankaska, Morgan Creek, Hinterland, St. Croix Vineyards, Four Daughters, Millner Heritage, Winehaven, Carlos Creek Winery, Indian Island, Whitewater, Cannon River, Wild Mounta, Schram Vineyards, and Garvin Heights. Chefs worked during the summer to create four distinctive courses that complement their wines. You'll savor the worldly flavors of the evening with other food- and wine-lovers while hearing from wine makers and experts about Minnesota's growing wine industry, in which varieties developed at the University of Minnesota are major players.


 Scandinavian

4x4: Scandinavian Dinner & Minnesota Wines (800-10-16-14)
Thursday, October 16, 2014, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Beatrice Ojakangas, acclaimed cookbook author and chef

A toast to Minnesota's Scandinavian heritage! Beatrice Ojakangas is the author of more than twenty cookbooks, including The Great Scandinavian Baking Book, Scandinavian Feasts, The Great Holiday Baking Book, and Quick Breads. Her articles have been published in Bon Appetit, Cooking Light, Cuisine, and Redbook. She has appeared on television's Baking with Julia Child and Martha Stewart's Living, and lives in Duluth, Minnesota.

You will be delighted by her deep understanding of Scandinavian culinary traditions and how to bring new appreciation to them through Minnesota wines. Books will be available for sale and signing. Limit 30, Learning Center

Featured Minnesota Wines (subject to change)
Indian Island Marquette
Garvin Heights Vineyard La Crescent 2011
Cannon River Winery St. Pepin
Parley Lake Winery Lake View White 2012 

Menu (Subject to change)
Dilled Gravlax with Three Mustard Sauces (uses Verjus)
Finnish Wild Mushroom Soup with Kale Pesto
Finnish Three Meat Ragout with Roasted Sunflower Nuts & Wild Rice
Creamy Lettuce Salad
Baked Seckel Pears with Minted Cream & Avlette Cookies 

Register Sold out. Add your name to the waitlist! $58 member/$70 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and multiple course watch-learn-dine experience
 Register for the Bundle Button Bundles sold out. 4x4 4-dinner bundle $220 member/$260 non-member, includes reserved seating at front

 Northern Heartland

4x4: Northern Heartland Harvest Dinner & Minnesota Wines (800-11-20-14)
A Holiday-Harvest Celebration
Thursday, November 20, 2014, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Beth Dooley, award-winning Minnesota food writer and chef

Beth Dooley has covered the local food scene in the Northern Heartland for twenty-five years: she is a restaurant critic for Mpls-StPaul Magazine, writes for the Taste section of the Minneapolis and St. Paul Star Tribune, and appears regularly on KARE-11 (NBC) television in the Twin Cities area. She is author of The Northern Heartland Kitchen and coauthor with Lucia Watson of Savoring the Seasons of the Northern Heartland. Beth is one of our most popular chefs, and the local foods she will use for this special evening will create new memories made even more impressive with Minnesota wines. Books will be available for sale and signing. Limit 30, Learning Center

Featured Minnesota Wines (subject to change)
Schram Vineyards Marquette 2013
St. Croix Vineyard La Crescent 2013
Sovereign Estate La Crescent 2013
Chankaska Wines Marquette 2012

Menu (Subject to change)
Crostini with cannelloni spread and wild mushroom pate
Roasted Winter Vegetable Strudel with Red Pepper Coulis
Buckwheat Galettes with Smoked White Fish Mousse and Horseradish Creme Fraiche
Wild Rice Pilaf with Pork Lardons, Cranberries and Walnuts 
Trio of meatballs with classic sauces
Honey Roasted Pear & Hazelnut Salad with Verjus Dressing
Selection of Big Woods Blue, a mild chèvre w/ honey & walnuts, and chef selection
Almond Macaroons with chocolate drizzle 

Register individual seats are sold out. Add your name to the waitlist! $58 member/$70 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and multiple course watch-learn-dine experience 
 Register for the Bundle Button Bundles sold out. Individual tickets still available. 4x4 4-dinner bundle $220 member/$260 non-member, includes reserved seating at front

 Italian

4x4: Italian Dinner & Minnesota Wines (800-12-18-14)
Thursday, December 18, 204, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Lukas Leaf, Executive Chef of the acclaimed al Vento Restaurant in Minneapolis

Highly respected since its opening several years ago, al Vento earned Best Italian Restaurant accolades from City Pages and has a well earned reputation for being the place to go for surprising and amazing fresh approaches to pasta and seasonal ingredients. Lukas is driven to bring the best of local, seasonal ingredients into his recipes and strives to create simple dishes that taste like heaven. http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/taste/256584091.html Limit 30, Learning Center

Featured Minnesota Wines (subject to change)
Morgan Creek Zeitgeist
Hinterland Vineyards La Crescent
Millner Heritage Vineyard and Winery Draga (an accent on that first "a")
Wild Mountain Wintery La Crescent

Register

individual seats sold out. Add your name to the waitlist!
$58 member/$70 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and multiple course watch-learn-dine experience

 Register for the Bundle Button Bundles sold out.  4x4 4-dinner bundle $220 member/$260 non-member, includes reserved seating at front

 Francophile

4x4: Francophile Dinner & Minnesota Wines (800-01-15-15)
Thursday, January 15, 2015, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Madeline Rivard, Chef and General Manager of The French Hen

When The French Hen in St. Paul opened a few years ago, the fresh French flavors of its menu took the neighborhood by storm. Raves reviews continue, and today folks stand to wait for a sunny table to taste Madeline's wonderful creations, from a bright take on poutine to a perfectly prepared salmon. She'll bring her energy and savvy to the kitchen for a perfect evening at the start of the new year filled with fabulous food and amazing Minnesota wines. Books will be available for sale and signing. Limit 30, Learning Center

Featured Minnesota Wines (subject to change)
Four Daughters Sparkling La Crescent
Winehaven Frontenac Gris 2012
Carlos Creek Vintner's Blend 2012
Whitewater La Crescent 2011  

Register individual seats sold out. Add your name to the waitlist! $58 member/$70 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and multiple course watch-learn-dine experience 
 Register for the Bundle Button Bundles sold out. 4x4 4-dinner bundle $220 member/$260 non-member, includes reserved seating at front

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 download the Fall/Winter 2014-2015 Classes Catalog to see the full class offerings and use the registration form.

Questions?
Call 612-301-1210
or email: ArbEdu@umn.edu

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