Most Arboretum Adult Classes & Programs Postponed or Canceled through August 31

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Programs that remain on this page are still open for registration!

Dine with a Chef
Classes & Workshops

Meet Twin Cities critically acclaimed chefs and fellow enthusiasts of seasonal, local dining during a delicious dinner or lunch! In addition to getting cooking tips from top professional chefs, you'll receive recipes, notes and recommendations. You can just sit back, watch the meal unfold, make new friends and dine.

Dinner with the Big Cheese: Creative Cheese Boards for Fall Celebrations

Thursday, September 3
6:30-8:30 p.m.

Judy Thompson, Cheese Manager, Lakewinds Co-op

Cheese boards, or a platter of high quality cheese with complimentary breads, spreads, and accouterments, are a simple and elegant way to serve your guests. These hearty boards can serve as a complete meal, resplendent with cheeses, nuts, fruits and more, but how do you choose ingredients with complementary flavors, and how do you know how much to buy? Nosh as you learn in this creative class! Join Judy as she introduces you to: 
  • The basic types of cheese and how to choose the right kinds to start out your cheese board
  • Local products that enhance the cheese, and the story of their business
  • The concept behind a well-made cheese board, whether sweet, savory or charcuterie- and how to calculate the volume of each ingredient to buy.
  • New and classic local creameries and their delicious products
  • A simple cheese appetizer or two that can accompany the cheese board
This class includes demonstration, multiple cheeseboards to enjoy throughout the class, and a comprehensive handout to take home. You'll be ready to stop by the co-op and get started on your own cheese board!

Limit 30, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Harvest Kitchen

$49 member/$65 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and multiple course watch-learn-dine experience - plus recipes!


Apple & Honey Dinner: From the Tree, From the Hive

Thursday, September 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Joan Donatelle, Chef and Cooking Instructor, author of "Astonishing Apples" cookbook
David Donatelle, Chef, Beekeeper and Nutrition Coach

Celebrate apple harvest season with a centuries-old classic combination. Joan, an experienced cooking instructor and author of "Astonishing Apples" cookbook, and David, a beekeeper and chef, will demonstrate and serve an innovative multi-course meal you can make with Minnesota honey and apples.
  • Learn about apple history, Minnesota varieties, and nutrition
  • David will regale you with stories about beekeeping, cooking and nutrition
  • Chat and learn with your table friends as you dine together on each course
You will leave with a greater appreciation for apples and honey, a full belly, and handouts with recipes! Joan's beautiful cookbooks will be available for sale and signing after class.
  • This dinner does not include alcohol.
  • 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

$45 member/$60 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and multiple course watch-learn-dine experience - plus recipes!


Farm-to-Table from The Campus Club: Dinner with Chef Beth Jones

Thursday, September 17, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Beth Jones, Executive Chef, Campus Club at the University of Minnesota

The Campus Club of the University of Minnesota is the University's premier restaurant and event venue, located on the fourth floor of Coffman Memorial Union. Beth and her experienced staff of chefs are committed to preparing from scratch, an ever changing variety of locally sourced, fresh, and healthy foods. In this dinner:
  • Enjoy a multi-course dinner prepared by Beth, paired with Minnesota wine tastes
  • Learn how Beth works closely with area farmers, including the staff of Cornercopia Student Organic farm on the St. Paul campus
  • Discover how Beth and her chefs draw inspiration from the diverse cultures, changing seasons, and bountiful ingredients found in our region
Limit 30, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Harvest Kitchen

$65 member/$80 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and multiple course watch-learn-dine experience - plus recipes!

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