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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!


cooking butternut squash, photo AndreaDeLaParra/shutterstock

Winter Squash Wonders: Cook-Along Live (Online)

Saturday, October 23, 9:00-10:30 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 winter squash! Cook along in real time from your own kitchen as you watch and follow live with Ann from the Harvest Kitchen at the Arboretum, or choose to simply watch and enjoy the fun program. Learn about preparation techniques for winter squash varieties such as the traditional butternut, and also more unique varieties like kabocha, delicata, and hubbard in several different recipes as you explore:
  • How to select the right squash
  • How to prepare squash and creative ways to use in salads, soups and sandwiches
  • Flavor enhancers and ingredient additions
Class Menu
  • Squash Rolls
  • Butternut Squash and Spinach Lasagna
  • Pumpkin-Poblano Hot Dish
  • Pumpkin Cheesecake

Knowledge and experience gained will increase your confidence in choosing and preparing winter squash in unique ways. Recipes will be included with your class purchase confirmation email, and again a few days prior to class.

Live online format: 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 kitchen. Or choose not to cook and simply watch, relax and enjoy the fun program!

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 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, shopping list and nutritional guidelines. 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 36, Live online via Zoom

WAITLIST SOLD OUT! Add your name to the waitlist. We will contact you if a spot become available.
$20 member household/$25 non-member household
("household" may include multiple people cooking together in the same household at the same computer). Includes recipes, shopping list, and a live virtual class experience

grains for cooking and baking, photo symbiot/shutterstock

Minnesota Grains, from Sweet to Savory: Hands-on Cooking Class

Saturday, November 20, 9:00-10:30 a.m.
Ann Bercher, Culinary Education Specialist, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Join Ann in person in the Arboretum's Harvest Kitchen to explore the wonderful world of Minnesota-grown grains: oats, wheat, wild rice, buckwheat and a new arrival, kernza! Participants will expand their knowledge of these different grains and discover new ways to use them at home. Gather in small groups to prep, cook, taste, and take home samples as you explore topics such as:
  • Nutritional benefits of grains
  • Cooking techniques for success
  • Flavor and texture enhancers for grain dishes
  • innovative ways to use grains
Class Menu
  • Sauteed Wild Rice Bowl
  • No-Bake Oats, Pistachio & White Chocolate Cookies
  • Spelt Salad with Leeks and Mushrooms
  • Buckwheat Granola
  • Kernza Graham Crackers
  • Kernza Pancakes

How to register: Register using the email address you want to use for communications about this class. Registered attendees will receive the confirmation by email, including recipes. The Arboretum will also send a reminder email 2 days prior to the start date. Review these Covid-19 safety protocols for attending in-person classes at the Arboretum.

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

Limit 20, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Harvest Kitchen

WAITLIST SOLD OUT! Add your name to the waitlist. We will contact you if a spot become available.
$42 member/$57 non-member
, includes Arboretum admission, recipes & all supplies

 chef holding party platter, photo Fortyforks/shutterstock

Festive Quick Pickles & Cheese Boards: Hands-on Cooking Class

Saturday, December 11, 9:00-10:30 a.m.
Ann Bercher, Culinary Education Specialist, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum; and Freya Richman, Cheese Department Lead, Lakewinds Food Co-op

Join us in person in the Arboretum’s Harvest Kitchen to explore the delightful flavor profiles of quick pickles and cheeses. The right pairings of these elements can elevate your festive occasions, from cocktails and hors d'oeuvres to crowd-pleasing cheese boards! Gather in small groups to prep, cook, taste, and take home samples as you learn secrets to the perfect quick pickle by experimenting with custom combinations of vinegars, salts, herbs and spices. You’ll also sample a variety of unique cheeses to complement the pickles you are creating in class. Explore topics such as:
  • Selecting and preparing fruits and vegetable for pickling
  • Flavor combinations of vegetables, fruits, and vinegars
  • Storage and use of quick pickles
  • Assembling a beautiful cheese board, perfect for holiday gatherings!
Class Menu
  • Quick Pickled Vegetables
  • Quick Pickled Fruits
  • Super Quick Pickled Onions
  • Cheeses & board accompaniments from Lakewinds

Participants will leave with sample pickles, festive recipes to use the pickles in, knowledge in the artistry of party boards and cheese pairings, and the expertise to make quick pickles.

How to register: Register using the email address you want to use for communications about this class. Registered attendees will receive the confirmation by email, including recipes. The Arboretum will also send a reminder email 2 days prior to the start date. Review these Covid-19 safety protocols for attending in-person classes at the Arboretum.

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

Limit 20, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Harvest Kitchen

Register $42 member/$57 non-member, includes Arboretum admission, recipes & all supplies

soup stocks and fresh garden ingredients, photo bluebirdprovisions/pixabay

Stock to Soup: Cook-Along Live (Online)

Saturday, January 15, 2022, 9:00-10:30 a.m.
Ann Bercher, Culinary Education Specialist, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Learn how to make your own homemade stock or broth, then explore flavor and texture combinations to transform them into amazing and satisfying soups! Cook along in real time from your own kitchen as you watch and follow live with Ann from the Harvest Kitchen at the Arboretum, or choose to simply watch and enjoy the fun program as you explore:
  • The difference between stock and broth
  • How to make homemade stocks and broths
  • Selection of ingredients for texture and flavor
Class Menu
  • Basic Chicken Stock, Beef Stock & Vegetable Broth
  • The Best Potato Soup
  • Butternut Squash Soup
  • Beef Bourguignon

You will gain knowledge and expertise to create your own signature soups from your own homemade stock or broth. Recipes will be included with your class purchase confirmation email, and again a few days prior to class.

Live online format: 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 kitchen. Or choose not to cook and simply watch, relax and enjoy the fun program!

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 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, shopping list and nutritional guidelines. The Arboretum will also send a reminder email with the link 2 days prior to the start date.

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

Limit 30, Live online via 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 recipes, shopping list, and a live virtual class experience

bowls of pretty beans for cooking, photo museundo/pixabay

The Versatile Bean, from Dried to Canned: Cook-Along Live (Online)

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

Dried and canned beans are a healthy, versatile food that can be used in so many different ways! Learn cooking techniques and flavor combinations using a variety of delicious beans. Cook along in real time from your own kitchen as you watch and follow live with Ann from the Harvest Kitchen at the Arboretum, or choose to simply watch and enjoy the fun program as you explore:
  • How to prepare dried beans for use
  • Nutritional benefits of beans
  • Differences between bean varieties and best uses
Class Menu
  • Black Bean & Sweet Potato Burrito
  • Red Beans & Rice with Veggies
  • The Best Vegetarian Chili

You can cook along or sit back and enjoy the show- either way you'll leave with a hankering to go out and purchase dried and canned beans and great ideas for using them. Knowledge and experience gained will increase your confidence in using beans in new ways.

Live online format: 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 kitchen. Or choose not to cook and simply watch, relax and enjoy the fun program!

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, 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 class start date.

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

Limit 30, Live online via Zoom

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

maple syrup, photo Maridav/shutterstock

Maple Syrup Magic, from Classic to Unexpected: Hands-on Cooking Class

Saturday, March 12, 2022, 9:00-10:30 a.m.
Ann Bercher, Culinary Education Specialist, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

The days are getting warmer, and the sap has started to flow... It's maple syrup time! Gain a greater appreciation for this natural sweetener and learn to use maple syrup in deliciously unique ways beyond pancakes. Join Ann in person in the Arboretum's Harvest Kitchen to explore:
  • The sugar bush and virtual exploration of the syrup-making process at the Arb
  • The botanical background of maple syrup
  • How and where to find real maple syrup
Class menu
  • Onion Maple Jam
  • Pizza with Caramelized Onions, Maple & Brie
  • Maple Glaze for Vegetables & Meats

You'll leave with a hankering for local syrup and great ideas for using it! Knowledge and experience gained will increase your confidence in using maple syrup in new ways.

How to register: Register using the email address you want to use for communications about this class. Registered attendees will receive confirmation by email, including recipes. The Arboretum will also send a reminder email with the recipes 2 days prior to the class start date. Review these Covid-19 safety protocols for attending in-person classes at the Arboretum.

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

Limit 20, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Harvest Kitchen

Register $42 member/$57 non-member, includes Arboretum admission, recipes & all supplies

 
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