Local MN Food & Wine Events at Landscape Arboretum

Fun, local-food, educational programs are coming up for Spring/Summer 2017! All programs take place at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chanhassen. Follow links below and/or call 612-301-1210 for more information or registration.

See something you like? Use coupon code 10OFF to receive $10 off any educational program purchase of $22 or more! Can be used online or via phone at 612-301-1210. Expires 12/31/17, not valid with other offers, not valid on previous purchases. Limit 1 use per customer, no cash value.

Thursday, May 18, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Minnesota Wine Dinner: Coalition Restaurant

Eli Wollenzein, Executive Chef and co-owner, Coalition Restaurant

These dinners, designed especially to pair with a selected Minnesota winery, will increase your appreciation of our growing wine industry and give you ideas for wineries to visit throughout the state. This year, members of the Minnesota Farm Winery Association will submit wine selections that chefs will use to inspire their menus. Chefs will then work to create four distinctive courses that complement the wines.

Limit 30, Learning Center

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

http://www.arboretum.umn.edu/cookingclasses.aspx

 

 

Saturday, May 20, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Saturday in the Kitchen: Living in Tune with Nature through Ayurveda

Kris James, Certified Culinary Herbalist, Culinary Instructor/Chef, owner of Magpies Aromatherapy

Ayurveda is an ancient and traditional Hindu system of medicine that is meant to help people stay vibrant, healthy, and in balance. It is a personalized approach based on knowing your body type (or “dosha”) to help you make optimal choices about all aspects of your lifestyle. This class will help you determine your particular dosha by completing a questionnaire, and then focusing on beneficial foods and cooking techniques to stay in balance. You will taste a variety of dishes based on Ayurvedic principles, and then work together in small groups to create recipes in a fun, relaxed kitchen setting. Take home samples, comprehensive handouts and detailed recipes.

Limit 20, Learning Center

$39 member/$52 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

http://www.arboretum.umn.edu/cookingclasses.aspx

Saturday, June 10, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Kombucha Brewing Workshop

Jake Haneman, Owner and Brewer at Bootlegger Brewing Kombucha

Kombucha is a sweet, carbonated, fermented tea with a deep cultural history and immense current popularity. Join Jake, experienced kombucha brewer and owner of Bootlegger Brewing Kombucha, to learn how you can easily make this beverage at home. You and your fellow beginner brewers will start with a detailed overview of the kombucha making process and personal anecdotes from Jake’s brewing experience. He will then walk you through a demonstration of kombucha brewing and offer tips on successful brewing and bottling. You will leave with the knowledge and excitement to begin brewing your own kombucha at home, as well as a SCOBY, tea blend and starter liquid for your first batch.

Limit 20, Marion Andrus Learning Center

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

http://www.arboretum.umn.edu/cookingclasses.aspx

 

 

Saturday, June 17, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Saturday in the Kitchen: Quickles! Pickles in a Hurry

Kris James, Certified Culinary Herbalist, Culinary Instructor/Chef

Pickling vegetables can be a laborious and sometimes worrisome project, but there’s another way! “Quickles” are fast and easy to make, and often contain more nutrients than their store bought counterparts. Kris will walk you through the process of pickle-making, including folklore, historical information and the health benefits of various ingredients. You will taste a variety of unique, flavorful pickles and then work together with other foodies to prepare recipes in a fun, relaxed kitchen setting. Take home jars of pickled products to share with family/friends, comprehensive handouts, and the knowledge to make colorful, full-flavored pickles ready to eat in 2 days or less. Recipes covered may include: Pickled Jicama with Fresh Ginger and Coriander, Malaysian Acar (a mustard-flavored mixed vegetable pickle), El Salvadoran Pineapple Pickled Cabbage, Crunchy Orange-Tequila Pickled Red Onions.

Limit 20, Learning Center

$39 member/$52 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

http://www.arboretum.umn.edu/cookingclasses.aspx

 

 

Saturday, July 8, 9 a.m. – noon AND Saturday, July 15, 9 a.m. – noon

Introduction to Home Winemaking

Drew Horton, University of Minnesota Enology Specialist at the Horticulture Research Center

Are you interested in making your own wine, but not sure how to start? Join Drew Horton, the University of Minnesota’s enology (wine research) specialist for this two-part workshop. Designed for beginners, you and other winemaking hobbyists will begin with a solid, research-based framework of knowledge as you learn what equipment and supplies are needed, where to source grapes or other fruit, the steps of winemaking, and much more. This workshop is located at the Horticulture Research Center (across from the Arboretum, adjacent to the seasonal apple house!) so you can see the winemaking process used to test the University’s wine grapes. You will leave with the knowledge and confidence to make wine in your own home.

Limit 24, University of Minnesota Horticulture Research Center

Member $80/Non-member $95, includes handouts, exclusive access to the Horticulture Research Center, and hands-on demonstrations with wine making equipment

http://www.arboretum.umn.edu/cookingclasses.aspx

 

 

Thursday, July 20, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Gardens of Salonica: Dinner with Chef Anna Christoforides

Anna Christoforides, Chef and Manager of Gardens of Salonica

Celebrate the heat and bounty of summer as you are transported to Greece by an exquisite and authentic Mediterranean feast, complete with paired wine tastings. Gardens of Salonica has served the best traditional and modern Greek cuisine using the finest ingredients–local, all-natural and organic–to the Twin Cities area for 16 years, and their menu continues to be honed by Anna’s travels to Greece.

Limit 30, Learning Center

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

http://www.arboretum.umn.edu/cookingclasses.aspx

 

 

Saturday, July 22, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Saturday in the Kitchen: “From Scratch” for Beginners

Kris James, Certified Culinary Herbalist, Culinary Instructor/Chef

Ban the grocery store processed cans and jars (with multi-syllabic mystery ingredients) from your pantry! Let Kris provide you with the building blocks to prepare a basic meal from scratch, including how to choose the best ingredients for each recipe, knife skills demonstration and troubleshooting. You will work together with other “from scratch newbies” to prepare recipes for a complete meal in a fun, relaxed kitchen setting. The menu will include such items as: Mixed Greens Salad with Homemade Vinaigrette, Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes with Homemade Gravy, Sautéed Vegetables, and Herbed Biscuits. You’ll leave with food to share with family and friends, and comprehensive handouts including detailed recipes.

Limit 20, Learning Center

$39 member/$52 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

http://www.arboretum.umn.edu/cookingclasses.aspx

 

 

Saturday, August 12, noon – 2 p.m.

*Lunch* with a Chef: The Whole Hive!

David Donatelle, Chef, Bee Keeper, and Nutrition Coach

Join the Arboretum, local chefs, and fellow food lovers for our newest addition: LUNCH! These select meals still boast a generous multi-course menu, but offer a lower price point because no alcohol will be served. Gain a greater appreciation for that singularly delicious ingredient we derive from a hive! David will bring you his unique expertise as both a chef and beekeeper as he creates a beautiful four-course meal featuring local ingredients and honey. In the fun company of other foodies, enjoy the meal as David regales you with stories of beekeeping, cooking, and nutrition. You will leave with a full belly, handout plus recipes, and a better appreciation for the diverse dishes that honey can complement! Limit 30, Learning Center
Menu (subject to change)
Honey Goat Cheese Toasts
Honey Glazed Salmon
Fresh From the Garden Salad with Honey Vinaigrette
Honey Sweet Corn Cake

$45 member/$57 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and a multiple-course watch-learn-dine experience – plus recipes!

http://www.arboretum.umn.edu/cookingclasses.aspx

 

Thursday, August 17, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

PinKU Japanese Street Food: Dinner with Sushi Chef John Sigimura

John Sigimura, Co-manager, Partner and Sushi Chef, PinKU Japanese Street Food

John and his partner, Xiaoteng, are Minnesotans out to transform the sushi dining experience and recapture authentic Japanese cuisine through the new PinKU Japanese Street Food. A graduate of the Sushi Institute of America, protégé of Master Sushi Chef Katsuya and veteran culinary instructor, John will create a dining experience you are not soon to forget. Through the finest fish and ethnic ingredients, you will be presented with a delicious selection of Japanese cuisine such as spicy tuna on crispy rice, Japanese fried chicken, seared salmon and more! …and immersed in a unique, cultural educational experience.

Limit 30, Learning Center

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

http://www.arboretum.umn.edu/cookingclasses.aspx

 

 

Saturday, August 26, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Saturday in the Kitchen: Beyond Meatless Mondays

Kris James, Certified Culinary Herbalist, Culinary Instructor/Chef

Expand your vegetable horizon with globally inspired dishes that satisfy your palate and appetite, such as Roasted Beet Salad with Watercress and Dukkah Crusted Goat Cheese; Parsnip Tabbouleh; Butternut Squash Tagine with Buttered Chile Couscous; Halloumi-Raita Napoleons with Crispy Papadums. Join other vegetable enthusiasts as Kris walks you through the culture and history of some of the dishes, as well as the health benefits of individual ingredients. You will taste a variety of dishes and then work together in small groups to prepare recipes in a fun, relaxed kitchen setting. You will take home samples to share with family/friends, comprehensive handouts, and detailed recipes.

Limit 20, Learning Center

$39 member/$52 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

http://www.arboretum.umn.edu/cookingclasses.aspx

 

 

Saturday, September 9, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Fermenting Foods – Kraut & Kimchi

Iman Mefleh, Co-Owner of You Betcha Kimchi

Start with a basic lesson in fermentation science, then work in small groups to create, chop, mix and pack jars of sauerkraut and kimchi. Learn how you can create living, pro-biotic vegetable ferments at home, even changing traditionally pickled recipes into ferment recipes, increasing the health benefits of these foods. Leave with recipes and containers of sauerkraut and kimchi to sample with family and friends.

Limit 20, Marion Andrus Learning Center

$49 member/$59 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

http://www.arboretum.umn.edu/cookingclasses.aspx

 

Saturday, September 16, noon – 2 p.m.

*Lunch* with a Chef: Astonishing Apples!

Joan Donatelle, Chef, Author, Educator

Join the Arboretum, local chefs, and fellow food lovers for our newest addition: LUNCH! These select meals still boast a generous multi-course menu, but offer a lower price point because no alcohol will be served. Celebrate apple harvest season at this delightful lunch! Joan, an experienced cooking instructor and author of “Astonishing Apples”, a cookbook published just last year, will demonstrate and serve some of the exquisite dishes you can make with this crisp, crunchy, healthy, and delicious local fruit. Learn about apple history, Minnesota varieties, and nutrition as Joan takes you way beyond apple crisp! You will leave with a greater appreciation for this humble fruit, a full belly, and handouts with recipes! Joan’s beautiful cookbooks will be available for sale and signing after class.

Menu (subject to change)

Apple Rumaki

SweeTango Arugula & Fennel Salad

Porchetta with Roasted Apples and Roots

Apple-licious sweet finish

Limit 30, Learning Center

$45 member/$57 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and a multiple-course watch-learn-dine experience – plus recipes!

http://www.arboretum.umn.edu/cookingclasses.aspx

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