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Source: Dallas Arboretum | 8/16/16 | Dallas
Continuing its popular Chefs in Nature series, the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden will welcome Chef Janice Provost, owner of Parigi, on August 17, and Chef Nikky Phinyawatana, owner of Asian Mint and The Mint, on September 21. The popular Wednesday classes welcome local culinary stars into the garden from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. for intimate kitchen conversations, cocktails and fresh seasonal bites created specifically for the Arboretum’s guests. The series will culminate with a six-course Harvest Feast served in long-table format by six chefs on Sunday, October 16.
Working on the Chefs in Nature series is a fun way to share my excitement about fresh, local food with garden guests, said Chef Provost. “I have created a menu where you will barely have to turn on your oven, which is complemented by refreshing cocktails that will be a hit for summer entertaining.”
The Dallas Arboretum offers acres of beautiful landscaping, educational programs, seasonal concerts and seated tea service, as well as year-round events.
The series began in July with Chef Sharon Van Meter, president of the Greater Dallas Restaurant Association and 3015 Trinity Groves, West Dallas’ landmark culinary event venue. A graduate and former professor of Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, as well as former executive chef of The Ritz-Carlton International, she shared recipes for three cocktails and four simple summer recipes for outdoor entertaining. She then enjoyed them with guests while discussing her experiences working for Stanley Marcus and producing for the Food Network.
“We’ve seen an eager response to our programming when it integrates enjoying food and drinks into the garden experience,” said Joy Matthews, Dallas Arboretum’s Adult Programs and Special Projects Manager. “People are eager to discover what can be grown and to see ways it can be used in our kitchens. These classes offer that with the easy expertise of our guest chefs who share tips, ideas and a delectable evening with the groups amid the beauty of the garden.”
Chef Janice Provost of Parigi was recently named Culinary Superhero of Dallas by Zagat. Her restaurant on Oak Lawn is modeled after the bistros of Paris with a New York feel. Sourcing ingredients from more than 20 local farmers and vendors, Provost has been catering to discriminating patrons for more than 30 years, and will bring her experience crafting seasonal menus to her Chefs in Nature appearance. Guests at her August 17 session event will enjoy refreshing summer cocktails and a light menu of fresh, seasonal ingredients from local growers.
Chef Nikky Phinyawatana landed on the Dallas food scene in 2005 with the opening of Asian Mint, serving New Bangkok-style cuisine combined with an Asian-fused menu. Between Asian Mint in North Dallas and The Mint in Highland Park, Nikky and her restaurants have earned several national and local awards for food quality excellence, as well as a devoted following.
Chefs in Nature is among many Adult Programs being offered at the Arboretum over the next several months as the garden, recently named one of the 15 most beautiful in the world by Architectural Digest, prepares to welcome Autumn at the Arboretum. A full schedule as well as registration for both Chefs in Nature and the October Harvest Feast can be found online at:
Attendance for Chefs in Nature is $70 for non-members, and $63 for members of the Dallas Arboretum.