Saturday, July 15, 2017

Sushi, noodles, local wine, curry and more at the Arboretum

Phyllis Louise Harris
July/August 2017

Beautiful trees, colorful flowers, melodious song birds – all things that come to mind about the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chanhassen. But now you can add sushi, noodles, Minnesota wine, and curry as well.

The Arboretum offers a multitude of classes and events throughout the year but right now there are a few you should not miss. Start with PinKU Japanese Food Dinner with Sushi Chef John Sigimura on August 17 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.  A graduate of the Sushi Institute of America Sigimura offers a tempting array of dishes. What a great way to learn more about this classic cuisine. Cost is $65 for Arboretum members: $77 for non-members including Arboretum admission.

Indian food from a food truck? Janene Holig, executive chef of Hot Indian Foods does just that and was named one of the top eight Indian food trucks in America in 2016. She will be at the Arboretum September 21 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm with her truck and a special dinner of her Indian cuisine. Cost is $45 for members and $57 for non-members. She will even give you a few recipes to try at home.

Dinner with winemaker and Chef Ben Banks of Sovereign Estate Winery will offer four of his Waconia based wines along with appropriate dishes to savor. October 5, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at $65 for members or $77 non-members.

Oodles of Noodles on Saturday, October 28 from 9 to 11 am shows you how to turn a variety of vegetables into noodles. Hands on learning, tasting and take-home samples for your family are all created by Kris James, certified culinary herbalist, and chef/culinary educator. Cost is $39 for members and $52 for non-members.

Making Tea with Skill – An Exploration of Chinese Gongfu, Saturday, January 13, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. The Chinese tea ceremony designed for beauty, relaxation, comfort and enjoyment is an art in itself. Kris James shows you how Saturday, January 13, 9 – 11 a.m. Cost is $39 members and $52 non-members.

There are also classes and events featuring bees, soup, tarts, apples and so much more at the Arboretum. For a complete list and registration information go to . Space is limited so do register early. If you are not already a member, consider joining to support this amazing endeavor with its 1200 acres of beautiful landscape where you can hike, stroll, ride, picnic, or just enjoy its natural beauty. The Arboretum is just one more reason to enjoy living in Minnesota.


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