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Dallas Arboretum Unveils Activity Calendar for A Tasteful Place

Partnerships with chefs, foodies, and nutritional resources provide program backbone at arboretum's newest garden.

Dallas Arboretum Unveils Activity Calendar for A Tasteful Place | News | Dallas, Texas, USA

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Source: Dallas Arboretum | 9/21/17 | Dallas

Partnerships with popular chefs and foodies, leading medical and nutritional resources provide the backbone to programming at the Dallas Arboretum's newest garden A Tasteful Place. Featuring 3.5 acres of vegetables, herbs and fruits along with spectacular views of White Rock Lake and Downtown Dallas, guests to the new garden will enjoy not only the beautiful display of produce, but also discover how to grow, harvest, and cook the produce in a healthy way via demonstrations, classes and personal interactions with experts.


Some of these expert chefs that are doing cooking demonstrations include John Tesar, Knife; Robert Lyford, Patina Green Home & Market; and Eric Dreyer, Fearing's. In addition, P. Allen Smith, television host, lifestyle expert and program consultant for A Tasteful Place, will be onsite on October 15 to give a public demonstration.


UT Southwestern Medical School kicks off the slate of garden experiential events with a five-week Healthy Eating series, led by members of the UT Southwestern School of Health Professions in connection with the Center for Human Nutrition. Topics such as Fighting Cancer from Your Kitchen and Maximizing Flavor Using Mediterranean Herbs are geared to entertain and educate garden guests, capped off with a sampling of most of the presentation.


Presentations relying more heavily on the culinary experience are led each Monday by instructors from nationally-recognized culinary school, the Food and Hospitality Institute at El Centro College, a part of Dallas County Community College District. Demonstrations designed to refine kitchen skills and showcasing the seasonal produce grown in A Tasteful Place are the cornerstone of these classes.


Other featured partners are Texas Woman's University, also presenting nutrition-focused programs, and TasteBuds, a local Southlake, franchise of a New York-based company teaching hands-on classes for kids and their caregiver.


The experiential activities planned for A Tasteful Place are rounded out with one-on-one horticultural presentations in the garden, daily tastings featuring seasonal harvest, recipe swaps, and even weekly cooking contests.


Mark Wolf, Dallas Arboretum board chairman, said, Inspired by the movement toward growing and eating sustainable, fresh, locally-grown food, A Tasteful Place is not only a beautifully designed and arranged outdoor space in an amazing setting, it's also a venue that allows our guests to discover how vegetables grow, what's in season, how to harvest, clean, cook and eat produce, all presented in a fun and engaging way--appealing to individuals as well as families.


For a complete list of activities in A Tasteful Place, and information about the garden itself, view www.dallasarboretum.org/named-gardens-features/a-tasteful-place. New events and classes are added regularly; be sure to check online frequently and watch for special announcements on social media.


Daily and Weekly Activities at A Tasteful Place:
All events/activities are free to garden guests with paid garden admission, unless otherwise noted.

Daily Tastings, beginning October 3
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Ruthie Pack's Tasting Plaza

Sample recipes featuring seasonal vegetables.

Heritage Recipe Swap
Every Thursday, beginning October 5
10 a.m.-Noon

Information Booth
Discover new recipes. Guests are encouraged to drop off a recipe featuring the weekly topic by 10 a.m., and return at noon to pick-up copies of all recipes shared that day:

October 5 - Tomato
October 12 - Squash
October 19 - Root Vegetable
October 26 - Carrot
November 2 - Veggie Soup
November 9 - Brussel Sprouts
November 16 - Okra
November 30 - Candy as Gifts

El Centro College Cooking Connection
Presented by the Food & Hospitality Institute at El Centro College
Beginning Monday, October 9, 10 -11 a.m.
The Test Pavilion
Free to Garden Guests

Participate in a cooking demonstration designed to refine kitchen skills showcasing seasonal produce found in A Tasteful Place taught by instructors from a nationally-recognized culinary school. Free to garden guests, thanks to El Centro College, a part of Dallas County Community College District. Check the website regularly for weekly topics.

Healthy Eating Series
Presented by UTSW Medical School
Saturdays, 10 a.m.-11 a.m., Beginning October 7
The Test Pavilion

Members of UT Southwestern's School of Health Professions, in connection with the Center for Human Nutrition, offer complimentary nutrition presentations on a variety of topics, including:

Oct. 7 - Cultivating an Antioxidant-Rich Palate: How to Enjoy Nature's Healthiest Foods
Jo Ann Carson, Ph.D., RDN, LD, Professor, Clinical Nutrition

Oct. 14 - Fighting Cancer from Your Kitchen
Alicia Gilmore, RD, CSO, LD, CNSC, Faculty Associate, Clinical Nutrition

Oct. 21 - Maximizing Flavor Using Mediterranean Herbs
Susan Rodder, RDN, LD, Assistant Professor, Clinical Nutrition

Oct. 28 - The Gluten-Free Diet Craze: Friend or Foe?
Michelle Pearlman, M.D. Fellow, Internal Medicine

Nov. 4 - Eating Your Way to a Healthy Home for Your Microbiome
Lona Sandon, Ph.D., RDN, LD, Assistant Professor, Clinical Nutrition

Chef-Tastic Demonstrations
Tuesday, October 3, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
John Tesar, Knife
The Test Pavilion

Join nationally-acclaimed, James Beard nominated and Bravo's Top Chef Contestant John Tesar for a cooking demo featuring seasonal produce from the garden.

Sunday, October 15, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.,
P. Allen Smith, TV host, writer, and professional gardener
The Test Pavilion

Join renowned chef P. Allen Smith, in the demonstration kitchen at A Tasteful Place, creating special dishes featuring seasonal vegetables from the garden.

Wednesday, October 18, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Robert Lyford, Chef/Owner, Patina Green Home and Market
The Test Pavilion

Chef Lyford likes to create meals from the very freshest, most seasonal ingredients, the menu will not be set until the week of the event. Check the website regularly for updates.

Tuesday, November 7, 11 a.m. to Noon
Eric Dreyer, Chef de Cuisine, Fearing's
The Test Pavilion

Join Chef Eric Dryer for a cooking demonstration of Roasted Pheasant with Corn/Sage Pan Stuffing.

Savor the Flavor Series
Presented by Texas Woman's University (TWU)
Select Dates
10 a.m.-11 a.m.
The Test Pavilion

Join TWU's instructors and students as they share easy, impactful food tips. Discover proven ways to incorporate seasonal vegetables and herbs into recipes. Free of charge to garden guests thanks to the generosity of Texas Woman's University.

November 8 - Happy, Healthy Greens
November 11 - Eat Lean, Save Green
November 18 - Fueling for Fitness
November 29 - Savor the Flavor of Fall Spices and Herbs

Cooking Competition
Saturdays, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
The Test Pavilion

Bragging rights are up for grabs at a friendly competition aimed at amateur chefs ages 15+ visiting the garden that day. Full details are available at: www.dallasarboretum.org/named-gardens-features/a-tasteful-place

October 7 - Pumpkin Dish
October 14 - Vegetable Tart
October 21 - Eggplant Side Dish
October 28 - Chili
November 4 - Squash Dish
November 11 - Sweet Potato Dish
November 18 - Herb and Spice Dressing/Stuffing
November 25 - Christmas Cookies

Family Fun in the Kitchen
Presented by TasteBuds Kitchen, Southlake
The Test Pavilion

This endowed quarterly series encourages parents (or grandparents) to spend coveted non-screen time with the younger generation. Hands-on classes are geared to children ages 5 to 12 and an accompanying adult. Class size is limited. Adults $15, Youth $10 (does not include garden admission; lower price due to series endowment). Check the website for how to register.

Sunday, October 8
Ages 5-8
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Cupcakes Galore

Monday, November 20
Ages 9-12
1-3 p.m.
Viva Italia Pasta Party

Arrangements Take Center Stage
October 4, 10-11 a.m.
October 17, 2-3 p.m.
Presented by Central Market Preston Road & Royal Lane
The Test Pavilion

Join Central Market floral experts Ed Malinoski and Andy Barlow as they teach participants how to create a centerpiece using vegetables, fruits and flowers worthy of any high-design magazine.


See additional information below or visit:

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

MORE ABOUT A TASTEFUL PLACE

A Tasteful Place has many beautiful features:


  • Potager Display Gardens: Four individual quadrants comprise the ornamental kitchen garden, or “potager,” pronounced, pot?a?ger or 'p?tij?(r) as it is called by the French, which is a productive working garden that is also visually beautiful, drawing on European gardening principals and artful arrangement. The Potager Gardens are a signature element of the development with in-season vegetables, herbs and flowers, planted ornamentally and interspersed with flowers to attract pollinators and beneficial insects. Of the four potagers, one is named for Marilyn R. Corrigan and the other for her daughter, Catherine A. Corrigan.

  • The Charlotte and Donald Test Pavilion, a 3,600-square-foot building with 180 degree views of the garden, lagoon and walkways, features event space and teaching kitchen to showcase chefs who will demonstrate preparation of garden-to-table cuisine. It’s also a site for cooking classes, educational programs and special events.

  • The Barbara and Bob Bigham Scenic Overlook, a perfect location for weddings, wine tastings, seated dinners and picnics, overlooking downtown Dallas and White Rock Lake.

  • Ruthie Pack’s Tasting Plaza, a site of daily tastings featuring seasonal produce.

  • Central Stairway and Promenade, a beautiful stairway that descends from the entry plaza and Gisela Rodriguez Gazebo to welcome visitors to the garden, along with panoramic views of the new additions.

  • The Strolling Trail, a U-shaped paved ADA accessible walkway to take visitors circuitously to see the garden.

  • The Three Sisters Outlook, the trellis covered patio provides a shaded spot to view A Tasteful Place, the lagoon and meandering walkways and downtown Dallas; it’s also a site for intimate celebrations.

  • The Margaret and Jay Simmons Lagoon, a signature feature of A Tasteful Place and more than an acre, it sits just below the main garden and provides a large, natural body of water. The center will feature a beautiful, lighted fountain that changes shape and pattern. The edges of the lagoon are surrounded by large boulders and lush lawns. A bridge crosses a cascading stream that pours into the lagoon. Meandering paths allow visitors to enjoy the ambience and beauty of this new garden.

  • The Carol M. Kelley Orchard and Patio, a variety of fruit-bearing trees suitable to the Texas climate surround a shaded patio.

  • The Tory and Dick Agnich and Dodie Trescher Shaded Patio, on the southern end of the Pavilion, this adjoining patio provides seating for guests.

  • The Ann Stuart Veranda at the Garden Pavilion, a covered front patio of the Garden Pavilion that looks directly over the four potager gardens.

  • Kathy Messina and Gary Goodwin Garden Entrance provides a special entrance to A Tasteful Place for use during special events.

  • The Tim Wallace Garden to Table Walkway, a wide center walkway from the Pavilion to the overlook, suitable for garden-to-table dinners.

See additional information below or visit:

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden | A Tasteful Place

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