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

Please check the COVID-19 Arb Classes Updates Webpage for the latest updates.

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

Cooking Classes
Classes & Workshops

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!
 

A Tasty Love Story: Plant Sex and Our Food at the Farm

Saturday, September 5
5-7 p.m
Instructor: Reba Luiken, Arboretum Staff

(Ages 21+) 

As you bite into a Honeycrisp apple, you might wonder "Where do apples come from?" Just like babies, apples come from sex-wierd and wacky plant sex. Join us for a tour of the new Farm at the Arb where you'll:
  • Learn about birds, bees, and other ways plants make babies
  • Explore the sexy history of new varieties of apples, wheat and more
  • Taste the fruit of these sexual efforts in the form of food and alcohol
Wear comfortable footwear for a 1/2 mile stroll and dress for the weather. Tastings are small light nibbles, not a full portion or meal.

Limit 20, Farm at the Arb - Summer Kitchen

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$25 member/$40 non-member,includes Arboretum admiss

 

Recipes for a Plant-Based Diet

Saturday, September 19, 2020
9-11 a.m.

Ann Bercher, Culinary Education Specialist, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

This workshop will introduce you to the key ingredients that provide complete nutritional benefits using plants as the dietary focus. Hands-on participation and tastings will involve ingredient selection, preparation and cooking techniques. Topics will include:
  • Nutrition values of fruits, vegetables, nuts and grains
  • How to create complete proteins using plants
  • Making plant-based eating enjoyable
  • Recipes may include: Curried Lentils & Carrots, Beans & Rice with Veggies Explosion, and The Perfect Veggie Burger Formula
Knowledge and experience gained will increase your confidence to provide delicious and nutritionally complete meals using mostly plants. Take home recipes and nutritional guidelines.

Limit 20, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Harvest Kitchen

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$42 member/$57 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies, plus recipes!



 

Minnesota Apple Pie Making

Saturday, October 17, 2020
9-11 a.m.

Ann Bercher, Culinary Education Specialist, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Minnesota is home to many varieties of apples that make for a luscious classic dessert, the Apple Pie. In this workshop, participants will sample apple varieties, discover best uses for each type, and make several perfectly delicious hand-held apple pies You will discover:
  • Flavor and texture differences between Minnesota grown apple varieties
  • How to store apples
  • Tips and tricks for cooking with apples
  • Recipe for the perfect pie crust
  • Hands-on preparation and tasting of handheld apple pies
  • Recipes may include: Canadian Apple Pie, Apple Pie with Oats & Cinnamon, Caramel Apple Pie, and Apple Pie with Cheddar Cheese.
You will go home with some delicious samples and recipes to cook at home!

Limit 20, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Harvest Kitchen

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$42 member/$57 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies, plus recipes!



 

Winter Squash Magic

Saturday, October 31, 2020
9-11 a.m.

Ann Bercher, Culinary Education Specialist, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Winter Squash season is upon us, let the Arboretum help you expand your repertoire for delicious ways to use squash! Hands-on class participation and tastings will include preparation techniques for using winter squash and sampling of different squash varieties in several different recipes. Topics will include
  • How to select the right squash
  • How to prepare squash for use in salad, soup and pies
  • The best techniques for a simple, yet elegant stuffed squash
  • How to roast squash and creative ways to use in salads, soups and sandwiches
  • Flavor enhancers and ingredient additions
  • Recipes may include: Squash Risotto, Moroccan Stuffed Squash, Roasted Squash with Spinach, onions & Craisins, and Pumpkin Pancakes
You will leave with recipes, and more confidence in choosing and preparing winter squash in unique ways.

Limit 20, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Harvest Kitchen

Register

$42 member/$57 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies, plus recipes!



 

Easy, Ethnic Sweets for the Holidays

Saturday, December 5, 2020
9-11 a.m.

Ann Bercher, Culinary Education Specialist, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

So many ethnic traditions! So many celebrations in December! So little time! Join us for a baking day to explore and create some sweets for your holiday celebrations. No matter your ethnic background, we will explore, prepare and sample many traditional and not so traditional holiday sweets from around the world. Examples may include:
  • Santa Lucia Day (Sweden) - Hot Cross Buns
  • Hanukkah - (Jewish) Doughnuts in Cardamom Syrup
  • Kwanza (African American) - Sweet Potato Pie
  • Festival of our Lady Guadalupe (Mexico) - Bunelos
  • Hmong New Year - (Laos) Nam Vam
  • Christmas Day - (USA/Britain) Fruitcake! Seriously, there is a way to make it tasty!!
You will leave with recipes and a collection of holiday treat samples from around the world!

Limit 20, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Harvest Kitchen

Register

$42 member/$57 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies, plus recipes!



 

Discovering Your Root... Vegetables!

Saturday, January 16, 2021
9-11 a.m.

Ann Bercher, Culinary Education Specialist, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Historically, throughout the winter months, people survived on the root vegetables that they were able to store in their root cellars. Today, root vegetables are readily available at grocery stores, but have we overlooked the opportunity to use them in new ways? In this workshop, we will explore easily stored root vegetables such as carrots, rutabaga, beets, potatoes, turnips, onions, and parsnips. Hands-on participation, tastings and topics will include:
  • Knife skills for preparation of the roots
  • Cooking techniques including roasting, sautéing, and boiling
  • Flavor combinations and enhancements for root veggies
  • Ways to use roots in soup, salad, side and main dishes
  • Recipes may include: Carrot & Ginger Soup, Rutabaga Stew, Roasted Roots with Maple Glaze, and Root Vegetable Chips
You will leave with recipes, samples and knowledge of creative ways to look at that bag of carrots and potatoes!

Limit 20, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Harvest Kitchen
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$42 member/$57 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies, plus recipes!



 

Soup du Jour

Saturday, February 20, 2021
9-11 a.m.

Ann Bercher, Culinary Education Specialist, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

It is so cold out...a great time to make soup! Learn how to make your own homemade stock or broth and then add vegetables, meats, and/or beans. Explore flavor and texture combinations to create amazing and satisfying soups! Hands-on participation, tastings and topics will include:
  • The difference between and stock and broth
  • How to make homemade stock and broth
  • Selection of ingredients for texture and flavor
  • Fun embellishments for your finished product
  • Recipes may include: Cream of Mushroom Soup, Your Favorite Vegetable Soup - Minestrone, and the Best Chicken Noodle Soup
Leave with samples (bring containers) recipes, and knowledge to create your own signature soup!

Limit 20, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Harvest Kitchen
Register

$42 member/$57 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies, plus recipes!



Artisan Bread for Your Inner Artist

Saturday, March 27, 2021
9-11 a.m.

Ann Bercher, Culinary Education Specialist, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Make your own artisan bread! Explore bread-making techniques, textures and flavors. From sourdough to baguettes to whole wheat, there is a bread that is easy to make and delightful to use! Hands-on participation and tastings will explore:
  • Starters including sponges, sourdough starters, and yeast
  • Quick breads versus raised breads
  • Flavor and texture additions
  • Bread machines
  • Ethnic influences
  • Recipes may include: Focaccia, English Muffin Bread, Whole Wheat Beer Bread, and the Best Quick Breads Formula
Leave with knowledge, samples and recipes to make bread at home for your favorite sandwich!

Limit 20, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Harvest Kitchen
Register

$42 member/$57 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies, plus recipes!



 
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