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DINNER WITH A CHEF

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.


coalition 

Coalition Restaurant: Pollination-Themed Dinner With a Chef (800-08-11-16)
Thursday, August 11, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Eli Wollenzein, Executive Chef and co-owner, Coalition Restaurant

In honor of the new Tashjian Bee and Pollination Discovery Center, Eli will create an exquisite, seasonal, pollination-inspired menu before your very eyes. Enjoy multiple courses with paired wine tastings while learning insider cooking tips and the importance of pollinators in our food system.
Limit 30, Learning Center Harvest Kitchen

register 6 spots left
$65 member/$77 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission and multiple-course watch-learn-dine-sip experience - plus recipes!
 

 Dooley

Beth Dooley: Sweet and Savory Honey-Inspired Dinner with a Chef (800-09-08-16)
Thursday, September 8, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Beth Dooley, Food Writer and Author
Join Beth on a journey through traditional, non traditional, sweet and savory ways to incorporate honey into beautiful dishes. As you savor course after course with paired wine tastings, you will learn insider cooking tips, wine notes, using different types of honey in recipes, and local sources for this incredible ingredient.
Limit 30, Learning Center Harvest Kitchen

register $65 member/$77 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and multiple-course watch-learn-dine-sip experience - plus recipes!

 cast and cru

Cast and Cru: Dinner with Chef Matt Elles (800-10-20-16)
Thursday, October 20, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Matt Elles, Executive Chef, Cast and Cru Restaurant
After a recent renovation to the building and total reconstruction of the menu, Cast and Cru Restaurant, part of the Old Log Theater in Excelsior, has been impressing theater goers and diners alike. Chef Matt focuses on a modern American menu, with a diversity of exquisite ingredients simply prepared. Take an edible journey through a delicious multi-course meal, with paired wine tastings of course, and enjoy learning the secrets of Chef Matt's success.
Limit 30, Learning Center Harvest Kitchen

register $65 member/$77 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and multiple-course watch-learn-dine-sip experience - plus recipes!
 

Dinner with a Chef PLUS Bruce Munro Light Exhibit Admission!
Beginning this November, we have the great pleasure of hosting an international light exhibit by British artist, Bruce Munro. For Dinner with a Chef evenings held during this exhibit, you will be able to make a complete night of it: begin with a multi-course masterpiece prepared before your eyes by a talented local chef, and complete your evening with a stroll through the spectacular light display set throughout the gardens. Admission to the exhibit will be included in these dinners.

 Oceanaire

Oceanaire: Dinner with Chef Robert Wohlfeil PLUS Bruce Munro Light Exhibit Admission (800-01-26-17)
Thursday, January 26, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Robert Wohlfeil, Executive Chef, Oceanaire Seafood Room
You won't want to miss this exclusive dining experience with Oceanaire's Executive Chef! Committed to connecting their guests to the health of oceans and land, Oceanaire's offerings are seasonal, regionally inspired, and change daily. Savor a mouthwatering feast designed around the moment of the season, paired wine tastings, and great tips, tricks and banter with Chef Wohlfeil. Afterward, become immersed in an indescribable light exhibit by British artist, Bruce Munro. You won't find an evening like this anywhere else!
Limit 30, Learning Center Harvest Kitchen

register $80 member/$95 non-member, includes Arboretum and multiple-course watch-learn-dine-sip experience - plus recipes, AND Bruce Munro Light Exhibit admission!!
 

scenic cafe

New Scenic Cafe: Dinner with Chef Scott Graden PLUS Bruce Munro Light Exhibit Admission (800-02-23-17)
Thursday, February 23, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Scott Graden, Executive Chef and Owner, New Scenic Cafe
The North Shore is coming to you! Chef Scott's creation has won accolades as one of Duluth's very best restaurants, and is well known for a lively, imaginative menu that changes seasonally and borrows globally. Enjoy a delectable meal with paired wine tastings while learning tips and watching Chef Scott in action. Afterward, become immersed in an indescribable light exhibit by British artist, Bruce Munro. You won't find an evening like this anywhere else!
Limit 30, Learning Center Harvest Kitchen

register $80 member/$95 non-member, includes Arboretum and multiple-course watch-learn-dine-sip experience - plus recipes, AND Bruce Munro Light Exhibit admission!!
 

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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.


 Fresh Herbs and Summer Fruits
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Fresh Herbs and Summer Fruits - The Perfect Pair (800-07-23-16)
Saturday, July 23, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Kris James, chef, certified culinary herbalist, author, and co-owner of Unearthed Arts

Enhance your summer culinary prowess with unexpectedly delightful fruit and herb combinations! When used together in complimentary couplings, these delicious plants provide nutrients and flavor without much need for added artificial sugars or calories. There are so many delightful combinations where herbs perfectly compliment fruits, and these pairings provide a perfect opportunity to make the most out of your trips to the local farmer's market. In class, hands-on time in small groups will be spent making and tasting recipes that highlight the best flavors of the ingredients. Make new recipes and new friends...take home knowledge and extras! Limit 20, Learning Center Harvest Kitchen
In-Class menu (subject to change)
Tomato Crostada with Honey-Thyme Glaze
Basil, Grape, Plum and Goat Cheese Flatbread with Basil Syrup
...Plus bonus recipes for trying at home!

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

 Bee Healthy

"Bee" Healthy...with Honey! (800-08-13-16)
Saturday, August 13, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Kris James, chef, certified culinary herbalist, author, and co-owner of Unearthed Arts

We've been singing the praises of honey for over 4,000 years, but you might be surprised to learn how many health benefits you may receive from this kitchen staple today. This golden nectar may help calm an annoying cough and even help our skin become bright beautiful! Research suggests that raw honey's active phytonutrients - along with its antibacterial and antifungal properties - contribute to its many benefits. But don't forget that honey is also delicious! Join other fun food lovers in small groups create some wonderful honey-based recipes and spa products to take home! Make new recipes and new friends...take home knowledge and extras! Limit 20, Learning Center Harvest Kitchen
In-Class menu (subject to change)
Mushroom Cappuccino Bisque with Honey Crème
Honey Vinaigrette
Honey-Spirolina Youthful Glow Mask
...Plus additional recipes!

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

 Apples
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Apples: Savory Secrets! (800-09-10-16)
Saturday, September 10, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Kris James, chef, certified culinary herbalist, author, and co-owner of Unearthed Arts

We love our apples in Minnesota! In fact, the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is the birthplace for popular varieties such as the Honeycrisp, SweeTango and Zestar! apples. Now think outside the bushel...the use of apples in culinary applications can go far beyond a basic pie or an apple crisp. Learn and explore the brilliant ways apples can add dimension, flavor, and nutrition to savory recipes. So grab an apron, make new friends at your kitchen workstation, and get ready to stir your creative juices as we create some unique recipes! As always, aprons, recipes and all ingredients are provided. Make new recipes and new friends...take home knowledge and extras! Limit 20, Learning Center Harvest Kitchen
In-Class menu (subject to change)
Fennel Apple Slaw with Tarragon and Walnuts
Spring rolls with chicken, apple and mint
Apple cider vinegar
...Plus additional recipes like Apple and Herb Biscuits

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

beauty

Passport to Beauty (800-10-01-16)
Saturday, October 1, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Kris James, Certified Culinary Herbalist, culinary instructor/chef, owner of Artful Brew Tea Co.
Travel to India, Sweden, Japan, Bulgaria and other exotic destinations without ever leaving the Arboretum kitchen, as we explore plant-based beauty secrets/recipes- both modern and ancient. These rejuvenating recipes are just the thing to pamper your skin in preparation for winter, and can easily be prepared at home. Ingredients: Rose water, turmeric, seaweed, honey, red grapes, yogurt, rice water, fresh ginger and more... Recipes including Yogurt, Turmeric and Rosewater Face and Body Paste, China Rice Water Facial Rinse, Sake Bath Body Glow, Ginger-Honey Wake Up and more. Small groups work together to prepare a variety of recipes. Take home a variety of beauty products and comprehensive handouts on global beauty secrets, including detailed recipes.
Limit 20, Learning Center

register

$39 member/$49 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

 

 kimchi ingredients

Fermenting Foods - Kraut & Kimchi (800-11-05-16)
Saturday, November 5, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Iman Mefleh, Co-Owner of You Betcha Kimchi
Learn two delicious, healthy and historical ways to preserve vegetables. Sauerkraut is comprised of cabbage and salt, but can have unique flavors and surprising vegetables added. Its sour and salty flavor complements Northern European dishes with potato and meats. Kimchi is known as Korea's national dish, and has been coming into popularity in the US both in Asian fare and in Korean-mex fusion. It is most often made with napa cabbage, red chillis, garlic and ginger, and has a spicy flavor that goes well with many dishes. Iman will start with a basic lesson in fermentation science to lay the groundwork for this hands-on workshop. Then you will move to work in small groups to chop, mix, and pack jars of both sauerkraut and kimchi. Afterward, Iman will answer questions and discuss how you can create living, pro-biotic vegetable ferments at home, even changing traditionally pickled recipes into ferment recipes, drastically increasing the health benefits of these foods. You will leave with recipes, and containers of sauerkraut and kimchi to sample with family and friends. 

register $45 member/$55 non-member, includes Arboretum admission 

 salt varieties

Salt of the Earth (800-11-12-16)
Saturday, November 12, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Kris James, Certified Culinary Herbalist, culinary instructor/chef, owner of Artful Brew Tea Co.
Do you cook day after day using the same boring table salt? Break out of that pattern and discover a plethora of salts from around the world, each with their own health benefits, properties, textures, colors and complex flavor profiles. From the workhorse- Kosher salt- to the crème de la crème that is sacred red Hawaiian Alaea, salt can turn an ordinary dish into an extraordinary magical culinary creation! Ingredients: Green bamboo salt, aged merlot salt, sel de gris, black diamond Hawaiian salt, sacred red Alaea and more. Included recipes for blends are perfect to perk up any dish, and great to give over the holidays as a unique gift: Chili Lime Salt, Wild Porcini Salt, Bacon Salt, Vanilla Salt and more. Small groups work together to prepare a variety of recipes. Take home several custom salt blends in decorative containers suitable for gift giving, comprehensive handouts including detailed recipes and a chart showing how to use a variety of exotic salts. Limit 20, Learning Center 

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

super foods

Super Foods! (800-12-10-16)
Saturday, December 10, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Kris James, Certified Culinary Herbalist, culinary instructor/chef, owner of Artful Brew Tea Co.
As the season of rich holiday eating descends upon us, balance your diet and keep up your energy with some SUPER FOODS! These foods are some of the most nutrient-dense ingredients around, giving you the biggest impact for the least amount of calories. You'll feel healthy and energetic throughout the winter season with the help of these delicious ingredients and recipes. Recipes including Black Garlic & Mushroom Pate, Jicama Citrus Salad, Rainbow Kelp Noodle Salad with Lemon-Ginger Dressing, Customized Hard Kefir Cheese with Herbs. Small groups working together to prepare a variety of recipes. Take home several dishes to share with family/friends and comprehensive handouts including specific health benefits and research on a variety of super foods, and detailed recipes. Limit 20, Learning Center

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

herbs and soap

Winter Aromatherapy for Wellbeing (800-02-18-17)
Saturday, February 18, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Kris James, Certified Culinary Herbalist, culinary instructor/chef, owner of Artful Brew Tea Co.
Winter is a time of dormancy, darkness and rest in the plant world, which can make it a season of depression and lethargy for us! To alleviate the sometimes emotionally debilitating effects of winter, we can harness the energy of plants through the aromatic energy of aromatherapy and essential oils. Incorporating essential oils into your daily routine can uplift your spirits when the winter blues strike, helping to energize and motivate during the cold and dark winter months. Ingredients: pure essential oils such as juniper berry, cypress, coffee, clary sage and cedarwood and more. Recipes may include: Flu, cold and sinus congestion support blend, digestive support blend, silky skin blend, botanical facial steams and so much more. Small groups work together to prepare a variety of recipes. Take home several aromatherapy blends, comprehensive handouts including detailed recipes, aromatherapy strategies to get through winter and the most effective ways to use oils/blends in winter including inhalation, shower, bath, facial steam and more.
Limit 20, Learning Center

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

matcha flavored foods

Matcha - A Trendy Steep (800-03-18-17)
Saturday, March 18, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Kris James, Certified Culinary Herbalist, culinary instructor/chef, owner of Artful Brew Tea Co.
Buddhist monks began drinking it thousands of years ago to remain alert and calm during long hours of meditation. Matcha is made from Japanese tea leaves grown in the shade to increase chlorophyll content. These chlorophyll-rich leaves are then handpicked, steamed, dried and ground into a fine green powder. Research suggests that Matcha may help to build muscle, helping reduce cholesterol, assisting in weight loss...in fact, one cup of Matcha has as many antioxidants as 10 cups of regular green tea! Ingredients: Matcha with a variety of sweet and savory ingredients.
Recipes may include Matcha Coconut Latte, Matcha Truffles, Matcha and Goat Cheese Crostini and more. Small groups will work together to prepare a variety of recipes. Take home delicious treats made from Matcha to share with family and friends, comprehensive handouts explaining how and where it is grown, the health benefits, the difference between ceremonial and cooking grade matcha, as well as many delicious recipes. Limit 20, Learning Center 

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

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 2016 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.