Find Garden-to-table Recipes to Impress Any Guest!
Impress guests, family, and your stomach by serving something healthy and delicious, made from locally sourced produce or even something from your own garden using these tried-and-true recipes, tested and served right here in A Tasteful Place at the Dallas Arboretum.
The Dallas Arboretum offers several opportunities to learn more about how to create garden-to-table food, ranging from a weekly session with our horticulture staff while they are harvesting from the vegetable and herb gardens in A Tasteful Place, to free, healthy-cooking demos using seasonal produce, to professional cooking classes designed to help you change the way you shop, cook and eat. Two specific classes offer the best chance to sample recipes and take home not just a recipe card, but tips on sourcing ingredients and preparation techniques:
Free, Weekly Tastings
Our three, free weekly tastings are designed by Chef Isabel based on the week’s “hero” plant, and always pull from what is available in the garden. From 10am-4pm, guests are invited to come to the Tasting Pavilion in A Tasteful Place and sample any or all of these dishes, and a new menu of three dishes is offered every Monday for that week.
Volunteers are there to explain them, and they have recipe cards for guests to take home. If you’re looking for inspiration and a free snack, this is a great place to start your meal planning.
El Centro College Cooking Connection
Presented by the Food & Hospitality Institute at El Centro College, this recurring, Monday morning cooking demonstration invites garden guests to a free, chef-lead instruction on preparing healthy food using vegetables from the garden. Menus change every month, and the demo starts with a short demonstration of some basic food preparation steps, ranging from developing knife skills to seasoning basics to what temperature and style of cooking to use for different veggies and outcomes. Then, guests can sample the exact dish the chef prepared, learn more about the featured produce, and take home recipe cards.
The season of prepared delicious meals for large family gatherings has arrived in North Texas, and it’s a great time to harvest your own garden veggies or head out to a farmers’ market for some locally grown beauties that you can whip up into your own healthy, delicious treats. If you’re looking for inspiring menu items or just a few tips to improve your cooking, we’ve got you covered.