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, culinary programs will be held indoors during cold or wet weather

CanSurvive Cuisine© Fad Diets: Role of Plant Foods in Popular Diets

Sunday, Oct. 21 6pm TO 8:30pm

Meet us in the kitchen where science and the culinary arts intersect deliciously. Discover the medical benefits of select herbs and spices with world renowned anti-inflammatory researcher, Dr. Michael Wargovich. Learn how to incorporate these flavorful ingredients in your own cooking with lively demonstrations from celebrity chef Iverson Brownell and the Garden’s own chef, Dave Terrazas.

Fad Diets: Role of Plant Foods in Popular Diets' This workshop will focus on all the things that good science tells about popular diets: Vegan, Piscatarian, Vegetarian, Paleo, Atkins, etc. While Chef Iverson demonstrates menus with roots, tubers and wild harvested plants and herbs

Fee: $35.00 ($31.50 members)

Instructors: Michael Wargovich, MD; Chef Iverson Brownell; Chef Dave Terrazas

Register here BY OCTOBER 19 for October 21st

Click here to learn more about CanSurvive Cuisine© and the Instructors

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)

October 28, 2018 – Hauntingly Good Black and Orange Party
November 25, 2018 – Roastin’ and Toastin’ Holiday Treats
December 30, 2018 – Bubbly Bliss - Ideas for the New Year’s Eve Party

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

Click here for October 28th

Click here for November 25

The Blue Zone: Long Life Cuisine

Last Saturday of the month: 6:30pm to 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 per adult, $5.00 per child ($23.50 adult, $4.50 child for members)

• October 27, 2018 (Okinawa, Japan)
• December 15, 2018 (Holiday foods from the Blue Zones)

Instructor: Christen Butterfield, Dave Terrazas, and guests

Register here by OCTOBER 25 for October 27th: Okinawa, Japan

Foodie Cinema

Select Friday Evenings 6PM TO 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 ($31.50 members)

• October 19, 2018 – Pixar’s ‘Coco’. Aspiring musician Miguel, confronted with his family's ancestral ban on music, enters the Land of the Dead to find his great-great-grandfather, a legendary singer.

Click here BY OCTOBER 17th for October 19th viewing of Pixar's 'Coco'

The Green Plate: Vegan and Vegetarian Culinary Series

Select Thursdays 6:30pm-8:30pm

Vegan and Vegetarian cuisine continues to grow quickly in popularity in San Antonio, and there’s a good reason why – it’s delicious! Join Chef Joshua Schwenke and nutrition educator Taylor Phelps and friends for the garden’s own “green” culinary experience, focusing on localism and seasonality, and well as exotic colors, textures, and amazing flavors!
Fee: $25.00 per class ($22.50 members)

October 18- Flavors of Morocco. MENU: Apricot and Mint Couscous with fresh herbs, dried apricots, almonds and lemon. Vegetable Tagine: Stewed vegetables with a roasted vegetable stock in a rich curry sauce. Cauliflower and chickpea salad with warm tahini, lemon, and almonds. M'hanncha (snake cake), a traditional Moroccan Pastry with phyllo dough and pistachios. *Class will be indoors in inclement weather*


Instructors: Chef Joshua Schwenke and nutrition educator Taylor Phelps

Register here for October 18th

Farm Fresh Flavors Series

November 8th, 2018 6:30pm-8:30pm

Are you amazed and inspired, but not sure what to buy at farmers markets; or how to use it?
The garden’s nutrition educator Taylor Phelps, along with special guest chefs, growers, producers and purveyors will showcase locally grown produce and artisanal gourmet foods, and combine them into amazing seasonal culinary delights!
Fee: $25.00 per class ($22.50 members)
November 8 - Giardino Osteria (Italian Garden Tavern)

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

Register BY NOVEMBER 6th for November 8th Giardino Osteria

CHEF Cooking Demonstrations

Select Saturdays, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

From Garden to Plate, learn about the fresh fruits and veggies which make delicious, nutritious meals. Watch a CHEF recipe demonstration and taste a bite of the day’s recipe. No pre-registration necessary. Included in cost of admission

Culinary Health Education for Families (CHEF) Series

Five part series!

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

Register separately or register for SERIES
Class #1 - September 27, 2018 (Module 1 - Cook Well, Eat Well, Live Well)
Class #2 - October 11, 2018 (Module 2 – Discovering Delicious Ways to Cook Vegetables)
Class #3 - November 1, 2018 (Module 3 – Cooking with the Best Dietary Fats)
Class #4 - November 29, 2018 (Module 4 – Power of Proteins)
Class #5 – December 20, 2018 (Module 5 – Baking with Whole Grains)

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

Register here BY OCTOBER 30TH for November 1st Module 3 – Cooking with the Best Dietary Fats

Register here BY NOVEMBER 27th for November 29th Module 4 – Power of Proteins

Register here BY DECEMBER 18th for December 20th Module 5 – Baking with Whole Grains

Incredible Edible Insect Event

Saturday, October 20, 2018 Ticketed events at 10am and 12 pm. ALL DAY FAMILY FUN!

Join the San Antonio Botanical Garden and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service for an expedition into entomophagy, the eating of insects as food. Small bite insect-based food samples and family activities—including Cricket Races, Painting with Cochineal, and Face Painting—are available free with admission. For those who want to sink their teeth into four chef demonstrated recipes featuring creepy crawlers, tickets for the 10:30 am and 12:00 pm programs are available for purchase ($25 per adult, $10 per child). Ticketed program features insect eating evangelist Robert Nathan Allen, founder of the nonprofit Little Herds, which promotes consumption of insects as food and feed, and local chefs, who will serve a memorable tasting while enlightening visitors about the sustainability and high protein power of insects. Menu forthcoming, but trust it will be memorable and healthy. Bring the kids!
Entomophagy talk, Chef demonstrations, Four-course tasting |10:30 am & 12:00 pm | $25 per adult, $10 per child
Family activities and small bite tastings | 10:00 am to 2:00 pm | Free with admission
Planting for Pollinators Talk* | 1:30 to 2:00 pm | Free with admission
Guest Speakers
Robert Nathan Allen, Little Herds Founder
Molly Keck, Integrated Pest Management Program Specialist, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
David Rodriguez, Horticulturist, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service*

This San Antonio Botanical Garden and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service event is part of the Monarch Butterfly and Pollinator Festival and is generously supported by a grant from Andeavor.

Register here for 10:30am ticketed session

Register here for 12pm ticketed session

Thanksgiving Week CHEF Cooking Camp | Ages 9-13 yrs

Monday-Wednesday, November 19-21 | 9:00am-3:00pm on Monday & Tuesday, 9:00am-12:00pm on Wednesday

Chef Dave and team are offering a challenging half-week of Thanksgiving recipes sure to impress everyone at the dinner table. Campers will work on projects to take home and recipe ideas to contribute to the Thanksgiving meal!
$135 members/$150 non-members

Space is limited!

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