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Savor culinary delights inspired by nature, 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!

NEW! LIVE ONLINE format for Winter/Spring 2021

Prepare delicious recipes as you chop, prep, bake and roast along with us...all from the comfort and convenience of your home kitchen. Cook along in real time as you learn live via Zoom from the instructor's home kitchen. Or choose not to cook and simply watch, relax and enjoy the fun program!



farmer chef holding spring radishes, photo Jukov Studio/Shutterstock

Spring Arrivals to Sample, Sauté & Stir Fry: Cook-Along Live (Online)

Saturday, May 15 9:00-10:30 a.m.
Ann Bercher, Culinary Education Specialist, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum



Local, Seasonal Cooking Series

This series of classes will help you make the most of your MN bounty this year, whether from your own yard, a local farmer's market, or your CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) box! You will:
  • Virtually explore the seasonal crops growing at the Farm at the Arb and Arboretum gardens
  • Learn preparation, storage and cooking techniques that are suitable for different fruits, herbs and vegetables
  • Increase your repertoire of cooking techniques, recipes and food pairing ideas
Whether you attend one or all four of these classes, you will leave with a greater confidence and skillset to prepare seasonal, local produce.

Things are coming up green in the garden- radishes, lettuce, spinach, and more! But there are only so many lettuce salads you can eat in a week... how can you get creative with these beautiful spring arrivals? Cook along* with Ann in this live virtual program (or sit back and enjoy the show!) as she shares:
  • How Minnesota spring vegetables are grown at our Farm at the Arb
  • How to harvest and clean these spring veggies
  • How to choose and use the best greens and early shoots
  • Proper techniques for sauteing and stir frying that can be applied to any number of Minnesota grown vegetables.
Class Menu (specific veggies will depend on what's ready for harvest... just like in your garden or CSA box!)
  • Sautéed Spring Greens
  • Spring Vegetable Stir-fry with Sauces
  • Dipping Sauces for raw or cooked cooked veggies
  • Spring Veggie Fries

Knowledge and experience gained will increase your confidence in choosing and using spring vegetables in sweet and savory applications. Recipes will be sent along one week before class- once we know what is ready for harvest!

Zoom: Participation in this live online interactive class requires that you use the free Zoom video conferencing service. You may watch and participate through any smart device, such as a smart phone, pad, computer or laptop. To get the best experience, we recommend you install Zoom on the device you plan to use.

*How to Cook Along: If you plan to cook along, be sure to read the recipes thoroughly, and have the ingredients prepped as described, as well as any needed equipment out and ready!

How to register: Registration is per household using the same computer. One registration can cover multiple people cooking together in your household using the same computer. Register using the email address you want to use for communications about this class. If you would like to register multiple different households on different computers, please register them each separately with separate emails. Registered attendees will receive the link needed to join in their initial purchase confirmation by email. The Arboretum will also send a reminder email with the link and recipes one week prior to the class date.

Questions? Send class-related questions to the Arboretum virtual host, Ann Bercher, berc0010@umn.edu

Limit 30, Live on Zoom

Register $20 member household/$25 non-member household ("household" may include multiple people cooking together in the same household at the same computer). Includes a live virtual class experience, recipes, and recording.

chef preparing meat in the kitchen, photo Anton27/Shutterstock

A Delicious Approach to Cooking Sustainable Meat: Live Cooking Demo (Online)

Thursday June 3, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Beth Jones, Executive Chef, Campus Club at the University of Minnesota
Andy Peterson, farmer, Peterson Craftsman Meats

How can meat eaters choose to eat more sustainably, and what does "sustainable" even mean? Take a culinary journey with Beth and Andy to explore unique cuts, delicious global preparations, and sustainable choices that can benefit your bodies and the planet. This class will "beef up" your knowledge and confidence in selecting, preparing, and cooking meat:
  • Chef Beth Jones will use global flavors to create delicious, efficient recipes with sustainable meats.
  • Farmer Andy Peterson will discuss grass-fed, pasture raised meats, and local, sustainable agriculture.
The class menu will include:
  • Cevapcici-Balkan Kebabs (meaty fingerling sausages from southeast Europe - the Balkans)
  • Cumin Spiced Flatiron, Skirt, or Bavette Steaks with Chimichurri
  • Ajvar (Roasted Pepper and Eggplant "Caviar")

Note that this class is online demonstration-style, and is not intended for participants to cook along in real time. A recording of the class will be sent to participants, who may watch and follow along to prepare the recipes at a later time.

About
Beth Jones is the Executive Chef of the Campus Club, the UofMN's premier restaurant and event venue located on the fourth floor of Coffman Memorial Union, and is a long-time proponent of local, sustainable foods in the Twin Cities. Beth and her experienced staff of chefs are committed to preparing from scratch, an ever changing variety of locally sourced, fresh, and healthy foods.Beth has shared her knowledge of the local food scene as a Mill City Market Chef, cooking instructor at The Good Acre, and now as a partner with Second Harvest Heartland's Minnesota Central Kitchen program. Beth's thoughts and techniques on food and home cooking have evolved and expanded to a new online cooking school business in partnership with her sister, Amy Hoey.

Andy Peterson, and the Peterson family, own a 5 generation, St. Croix River Valley farm, with the goal of farming together as they pass down the heritage and knowledge base to the next generation. They raise and market heritage-bred livestock with a focus on quality, animal care, and environmental stewardship. Peterson Craftsman Meats

Zoom: Participation in this live online interactive class requires that you use the free Zoom video conferencing service. You may watch and participate through any smart device, such as a smartphone, pad, desktop or laptop. To get the best experience, we recommend you install Zoom on the device you plan to use.

How to register: Registration is per household using the same computer. One registration can cover multiple people cooking together in your household using the same computer. Register using the email address you want to use for communications about this class. If you would like to register multiple different households on different computers, please register them each separately with separate emails. Registered attendees will receive the link needed to join in their email confirmation, including a link to the recipes. The Arboretum will also send a reminder email with the link and recipes 2 days prior to the start date.

Questions? Send class-related questions to the Arboretum virtual host, Ann Bercher, berc0010@umn.edu

Limit 30, Live on Zoom

Register $25 member household/$30 non-member household ("household" may include multiple people cooking together in the same household at the same computer), includes recipes

farmer chef holding cauliflower, photo Jukov Studio/Shutterstock

Late Spring Vegetables to Boil, Braise & Steam: Cook-Along Live (Online)

Saturday, June 19, 9:00-10:30 a.m.
Ann Bercher, Culinary Education Specialist, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum



Local, Seasonal Cooking Series

This series of classes will help you make the most of your MN bounty this year, whether from your own yard, a local farmer's market, or your CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) box! You will:
  • Virtually explore the seasonal crops growing at the Farm at the Arb and Arboretum gardens
  • Learn preparation, storage and cooking techniques that are suitable for different fruits, herbs and vegetables
  • Increase your repertoire of cooking techniques, recipes and food pairing ideas
Whether you attend one or all four of these classes, you will leave with a greater confidence and skillset to prepare seasonal, local produce.

The gardens are starting to really produce now- you may be seeing snap peas, cauliflower and cilantro! Cook along* with Ann in this live virtual program (or sit back and enjoy the show!) as she shares:
  • How Minnesota spring vegetables are grown at the Farm at the Arb
  • How to harvest and clean these sturdier veggies
  • How to choose and use the best method of harvest
  • Proper techniques for boiling, braising and steaming that can be applied to any number of Minnesota grown vegetables.
Class Menu (specific veggies will depend on what's ready for harvest... just like in your garden or CSA box!)
  • Summer Vegetable stew
  • Braised Cauliflower with Capers
  • Snap Pea Salad with Herb Vinaigrette

Knowledge and experience gained will increase your confidence in choosing and using vegetables in sweet and savory applications. Recipes will be sent along one week before class- once we know what is ready for harvest!

Zoom: Participation in this live online interactive class requires that you use the free Zoom video conferencing service. You may watch and participate through any smart device, such as a smart phone, pad, computer or laptop. To get the best experience, we recommend you install Zoom on the device you plan to use.

*How to Cook Along: If you plan to cook along, be sure to read the recipes thoroughly, and have the ingredients prepped as described, as well as any needed equipment out and ready!

How to register: Registration is per household using the same computer. One registration can cover multiple people cooking together in your household using the same computer. Register using the email address you want to use for communications about this class. If you would like to register multiple different households on different computers, please register them each separately with separate emails. Registered attendees will receive the link needed to join in their initial purchase confirmation by email. The Arboretum will also send a reminder email with the link and recipes one week prior to the class date.

Questions? Send class-related questions to the Arboretum virtual host, Ann Bercher, berc0010@umn.edu

Limit 30, Live on Zoom

Register $20 member household/$25 non-member household ("household" may include multiple people cooking together in the same household at the same computer). Includes a live virtual class experience, recipes, and recording.

farmer chef holding tomatoes, photo Jukov Studio/Shutterstock

Summer Vegetables to Grill & Broil: Cook-Along Live (Online)

Saturday, July 10, 9:00-10:30 a.m.
Ann Bercher, Culinary Education Specialist, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum



Local, Seasonal Cooking Series

This series of classes will help you make the most of your MN bounty this year, whether from your own yard, a local farmer's market, or your CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) box! You will:
  • Virtually explore the seasonal crops growing at the Farm at the Arb and Arboretum gardens
  • Learn preparation, storage and cooking techniques that are suitable for different fruits, herbs and vegetables
  • Increase your repertoire of cooking techniques, recipes and food pairing ideas
Whether you attend one or all four of these classes, you will leave with a greater confidence and skillset to prepare seasonal, local produce.

July is the month that begs us to get outdoors, as gardens begin to spill over with delicious produce- green beans, tomatoes, corn and more. Move the cooking outdoors, or at least get it cooked fast so the picnic can be served! Cook along* with Ann in this live virtual program (or sit back and enjoy the show!) as she introduces:
  • How Minnesota summer vegetables are grown at the Farm at the Arb
  • How to harvest and clean these sturdier veggies
  • How to choose and use the best of the harvest
  • Grilling and broiling techniques for Minnesota grown veggies
  • Marinades and sauces
Class Menu (specific veggies will depend on what's ready for harvest... just like in your garden or CSA box!)
  • Grilled Corn with Chipotle Aioli
  • Broiled Vegetable Frittata
  • Grilled Leafy Greens

Knowledge and experience gained will increase your confidence in choosing and using vegetables to grill or boil in sweet and savory applications. Recipes will be sent along one week before class- once we know what is ready for harvest!

Zoom: Participation in this live online interactive class requires that you use the free Zoom video conferencing service. You may watch and participate through any smart device, such as a smart phone, pad, computer or laptop. To get the best experience, we recommend you install Zoom on the device you plan to use.

*How to Cook Along: If you plan to cook along, be sure to read the recipes thoroughly, and have the ingredients prepped as described, as well as any needed equipment out and ready!

How to register: Registration is per household using the same computer. One registration can cover multiple people cooking together in your household using the same computer. Register using the email address you want to use for communications about this class. If you would like to register multiple different households on different computers, please register them each separately with separate emails. Registered attendees will receive the link needed to join in their initial purchase confirmation by email. The Arboretum will also send a reminder email with the link and recipes one week prior to the class date.

Questions? Send class-related questions to the Arboretum virtual host, Ann Bercher, berc0010@umn.edu

Limit 30, Live on Zoom

Register $20 member household/$25 non-member household ("household" may include multiple people cooking together in the same household at the same computer). Includes a live virtual class experience, recipes, and recording.

farmer chef holding potatoes, photo Jukov Studio/Shutterstock

Baking & Roasting Late Summer Bounty: Cook-Along Live (Online)

Saturday, August 14, 9:00-10:30 a.m.
Ann Bercher, Culinary Education Specialist, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum



Local, Seasonal Cooking Series

This series of classes will help you make the most of your MN bounty this year, whether from your own yard, a local farmer's market, or your CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) box! You will:
  • Virtually explore the seasonal crops growing at the Farm at the Arb and Arboretum gardens
  • Learn preparation, storage and cooking techniques that are suitable for different fruits, herbs and vegetables
  • Increase your repertoire of cooking techniques, recipes and food pairing ideas
Whether you attend one or all four of these classes, you will leave with a greater confidence and skillset to prepare seasonal, local produce.

The gardens and Farmer's Markets are filled with fruits and vegetables! Use this bounty with more robust cooking methods. Cook along* with Ann in this live virtual program (or sit back and enjoy the show!) as she introduces:
  • How Minnesota summer vegetables are grown at the Farm at the Arb
  • How to harvest and clean these sturdier veggies
  • How to choose and use the best method of the harvest
  • Baking and roasting techniques for Minnesota grown veggies
  • Exploration of oils and sauces
Class Menu (specific veggies will depend on what's ready for harvest... just like in your garden or CSA box!)
  • Roasted Fall Vegetables with Feta
  • Baked Vegetable Samosas
  • The Perfect Baked Potato

Knowledge and experience gained will increase your confidence in choosing and using the early fall arrivals in sweet and savory applications. Recipes will be sent along one week before class- once we know what is ready for harvest!

Zoom: Participation in this live online interactive class requires that you use the free Zoom video conferencing service. You may watch and participate through any smart device, such as a smart phone, pad, computer or laptop. To get the best experience, we recommend you install Zoom on the device you plan to use.

*How to Cook Along: If you plan to cook along, be sure to read the recipes thoroughly, and have the ingredients prepped as described, as well as any needed equipment out and ready!

How to register: Registration is per household using the same computer. One registration can cover multiple people cooking together in your household using the same computer. Register using the email address you want to use for communications about this class. If you would like to register multiple different households on different computers, please register them each separately with separate emails. Registered attendees will receive the link needed to join in their initial purchase confirmation by email. The Arboretum will also send a reminder email with the link and recipes one week prior to the class date.

Questions? Send class-related questions to the Arboretum virtual host, Ann Bercher, berc0010@umn.edu

Limit 30, Live on Zoom

Register $20 member household/$25 non-member household ("household" may include multiple people cooking together in the same household at the same computer). Includes a live virtual class experience, recipes, and recording.

rustic bowl of apples in the kitchen, photo Vlada Tikhonova/shutterstock

All About Apples: Cook-Along Live (Online)

Saturday, September 18, 9:00-10:30 a.m.
Ann Bercher, Culinary Education Specialist, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Minnesota is known for its apples- from Harlson to Honeycrisp... but it hasn't always been that way! Cook along* with Ann to learn more about:
  • The horticultural history of apples in Minnesota
  • How apples are grown at the Arb
  • What kinds of apples grow in Minnesota
  • How to choose the perfect apple for each recipe
  • How to store apples for future use
Ann will demonstrate sweet and savory apple recipes such as:
  • Seared Sausage with Apples & Cabbage
  • Winter Fruit & Apple Salad
  • My Favorite Apple Pie

Knowledge and experience gained will increase your confidence in Minnesota apples in new ways.

Zoom: Participation in this live online interactive class requires that you use the free Zoom video conferencing service. You may watch and participate through any smart device, such as a smart phone, pad, computer or laptop. To get the best experience, we recommend you install Zoom on the device you plan to use.

*How to Cook Along: If you plan to cook along, be sure to read the recipes thoroughly, and have the ingredients prepped as described, as well as any needed equipment out and ready!

How to register: Registration is per household using the same computer. One registration can cover multiple people cooking together in your household using the same computer. Register using the email address you want to use for communications about this class. If you would like to register multiple different households on different computers, please register them each separately with separate emails. Registered attendees will receive the link needed to join in their initial purchase confirmation by email, including recipes. The Arboretum will also send a reminder email with the link and recipes 2 days prior to the start date.

Questions? Send class-related questions to the Arboretum virtual host, Ann Bercher, berc0010@umn.edu

Limit 30, Live on Zoom

Register $20 member household/$25 non-member household ("household" may include multiple people cooking together in the same household at the same computer). Includes a live virtual class experience, recipes, and recording.

Arboretum-grown apples are available at the Arboreum's Apple House, typically starting in late August through October. 


 
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