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.


Hot Indian Foods

Alcoholic beverages will not be available at this program 

Hot Indian Foods: Dinner with Executive Chef Janene Holig
NEW DATE! Thursday, October 19 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Janene Holig, Executive Chef, Hot Indian Foods

Add a little spice to your evening. Janene and the Hot Indian Foods team started with a bright orange food truck in 2013, and have succeeded in creating genuine yet approachable Indian cuisine for a broad audience- both on the road and in their restaurant. They were named one of the top 8 Indian food trucks in America in 2016! Start your evening by peeking into their food truck and learning more about how these restaurants on wheels are able to create such amazing food in a tiny space. Then sit back and be immersed in the fragrance of a multi-course Indian feast as Janene shares anecdotes, lets you in on the secrets of curry, and maybe even teaches you a few Bollywood dance moves... You will leave with recipes and a new appreciation for both Indian cuisine and food trucks. 
NOTE: alcoholic beverages will not be served at this meal.
Limit 30, Marion Andrus Learning Center

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


Alcoholic beverages will not be available at this program 

Manny's Tortas: Day of the Dead Dinner with Executive Chef Manuel Gonzalez (802-11-02-17)
Thursday, November 2, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Just in time for Mexico's unique and festive Day of the Dead- or Dia de los Muertos, take a gastronomical vacation with Executive Chef Manuel Gonzalez of Manny's Tortas! The Day of the Dead honors and celebrates those that have passed away through decorating graves, leaving offerings of food, and of course feasting. A Mexican native, Manny will guide you through many of the well known dishes of the holiday, as well as some of his signature creations, in this multi-course meal. You and other foodies will see demonstrations of techniques, hear more about Manny's experience as a Mexican Chef in Minnesota, and learn about this unique holiday. You will leave with recipes and an excitement to celebrate the Day of the Dead with your friends and family.
NOTE: alcoholic beverages will not be served at this meal.
Limit 30, Marion Andrus Learning Center

register 1 spot left
$45 member/$57 non-member
includes Arboretum admission and multiple-course-watch-learn-dine experience - plus recipes!


 This program features beer tastes! 

Winter Dinner with Coalition Restaurant and Enki Brewing (802-12-14-17)
Thursday, December 14, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Eli Wollenzein, Executive Chef and co-owner, Coalition Restaurant

Cold weather is settling in and we are in the midst of a season of celebration- a perfect season to spend a little more time in the kitchen with friends! Join Eli of Coalition and Enki Brewing for a festive paired menu of winter dishes featuring locally grown ingredients and brewed beer. You will enjoy a multi-course meal while learning cooking tips and tricks from Eli and information about Enki's brewing process. At the end of the evening, you will leave with a full belly, handout with recipes, and a new appreciation for our local cuisine!
Limit 30, Learning Center Harvest Kitchen

register 1 spot left $65 member/$77 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and multiple-course watch-learn-dine experience - plus beer tastings and recipes

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