Culinary

Our culinary classes use only the freshest of ingredients. Registration cutoff for culinary classes ends 48 hours before class start so our instructors can obtain materials and avoid waste. Classes with insufficient enrollment at that time will be cancelled. Registered students will be notified by e-mail or phone and will receive a full refund.

Cancellations more than five business days prior to the start of class will be issued a credit for another Culinary program if space is available. Refunds are not issued for missed classes.

While our Outdoor Teaching Kitchen is spectacular in warm weather, culinary programs will be held indoors during cold or wet weather

Culinary Health Education for Families (CHEF) Series

Five part series! Starting January 23. 6-8 pm

Bring the whole family to the Garden and learn how to cook! Join Chef Dave for a family-friendly culinary class that combines nutrition and cooking basics. Enjoy a savory appetizer when you arrive, then roll up your sleeves to prepare (and taste!) several delicious and healthy recipes. This class is recommended for families with children ages 5 and up. Families will leave with recipes developed by the Culinary Health Education for Families (CHEF) program. Sign up for all five classes!
Fee: $25.00 per adult ($23.50), $5.00 ($4.50) per child

It is not necessary to have taken previous modules to sign up for the others!

February 13 (Module 2 – Discovering Delicious Ways to Cook Vegetables)
March 6 (Module 3 – Cooking with the Best Dietary Fats)
March 27 (Module 4 – Power of Proteins)
April 17 (Module 5 – Baking with Whole Grains)



Instructor: Chef Dave Terrazas, MA, Culinary and Wellness Program Specialist, SABOT

Register for April 17

Plant-Based Cooking: Fiesta at the Garden

Thursday | 6:30pm-8:00pm

Join CHEF and Green Vegetarian Cuisine at the San Antonio Botanical Garden for a special plant-based cooking class featuring the Veg King, Mike Behrend, Executive Chef of Green, himself! We will be whipping up some Fiesta-inspired dishes and discussing the benefits of leading a plant-based lifestyle. Guests will receive generous samples of all five recipes, will take home swag bags and $5 Green gift cards, and will receive a booklet containing all the recipes. Thanks to the generosity of CHEF and Green, the cost for this special event is only $12 per person. Seats will fill up quickly so sign up today to reserve a spot!
Fee: $12.00 ($10.80 member)

Instructor: Mike Behrend, Executive Chef of Green

Register for April 25

Cocktail Scavenger Hunt

Select Sundays 12:30pm to 3:30pm

Cocktails – the ultimate botanical elixir! Join our fun, self-guided photo hunt where we give you a list of ingredients growing in the garden, and you find, capture and present the images to our bartender, who will make you the cocktail! Cheers!
Fee: $20.00 ticket ($18.00 members)


Self - Guided event. 21 and over. Maps provided at kiosk

Register for April 28

Register for May 26

Farm Fresh Flavors Series

Select Thursdays 6:30p-8:30p

See and taste what we are harvesting in the Garden and locally this season. Chefs, growers, producers and purveyors will showcase locally grown produce and artisanal gourmet foods, and combine them into amazing seasonal culinary delights!
Fee per class: $25.00 ($22.50)
April 11 - Pecans and Olives

Instructor: Local chefs, growers, producers and purveyors

Check back for upcoming dates!

Cocina Botanica

Second Sundays, 11am-1pm

Advancing San Antonio’s designation as ‘Creative City of Gastronomy’ by UNESCO (only the second city in the U.S. to earn this distinction and first in Texas), the Garden’s culinary programming encourages guests to discover delicious fruits, fresh garden vegetables, and savory herbs that thrive in South Texas. Join us for seasonal classes that showcase San Antonio’s thriving culinary scene and local talent.
Fee: $25.00 per class ($22.50 members)
Feb 10 Asian Lunar New Year - Celebrating San Antonio’s Asian cultures.
Mar 10 Food of the Alamo - Exploration of Tejano, Texian, and Mexican Army foods in 1836.
April 14 Viva Botanica! Showcase of native Texas edibles, along with Agrilife “Superstar” cultivars.
May 12 Cinco de Mayo Celebration - The Flags of Texas (adding indigenous, Italian, and Chinese
to the “six flags”).

Register for May 12

Foodie Cinema

Select Fridays Monthly, 6pm-9pm

Join us at the Garden as we screen films with great food scenes while enjoying samples of dishes from, or inspired by, the movie. Paired wines and amazing sunsets, included! Learn about seasonal and geographic-based foods during a short culinary talk with the Garden’s own Chef Dave Terrazas and special guests.
Fee: $35.00 (members $31.50)

Mar 8 The Alamo (Colonial Texan)
Apr 5 Woman on Top (Brazilian)
May 3 Tortilla Soup (Mexican)

Register for May 3

The Blue Zone: Long Life Cuisine

Last Saturday of the Month 6:30p-8:30pm

People in some areas of the world are known for living a long and healthy life, to a large degree from their local diets. We explore these places’ cuisines, and celebrate delicious, healthy recipes through multi-course demonstration and tasting. And we’ll harvest from our own garden, as well!
Fee: $25.00 per class ($22.50 members).

• Feb 23 – Sardinia, Italy: explore the sweet and savory foods of this unique mountainous AND coastal Mediterranean region, where people are known to live the longest on earth.
• Mar 30 – Okinawa, Japan: enjoy the earthy root vegetable and pork-driven cuisine, along with exotic umami-rich delicacies of Japan’s tropical island.
• Apr 27 – Nicoya, Costa Rica: savor the heart healthy vibrant, complex tropical flavors and seafood of the Nicoyan Peninsula.
• June: Loma Linda, California: Celebrate the bounty of grains, fruits, nuts, legumes, and fresh veggies, in a uniquely Californian culinary tradition. Vegan cuisine at its best!
• July: Ikaria, Greece: A jewel in the Aegean Sea, navigate the splendor of the Mediterranean Diet rich in vegetables, healthy fats, and just a bit of dairy and meat proteins.



Instructor: Dave Terrazas, and guests

Register for April 27

Register for June 29

Register for July27