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.

Culinary programs will be held indoors during cold or wet weather

Cocktail Scavenger Hunt

Select Sundays 12:30pm to 3:00pm

Hunt, snap, sip! Challenge yourself and your companions to a Cocktail Scavenger Hunt. Find and photograph ingredients growing in the Garden with an educational map and then present them to the culinary team in exchange for a refreshing spritzer-based cocktail, and paired tasting menu.

• Sunday, July 14 | 12:30pm-3pm Taste the Tropics!
• Sunday, July 28 | 12:30pm-3pm Incredible Edible Flowers
This event is open to ages 21+.
Fee: $25 ($22.50 member)

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

Register for July 28

Vinyasa and Vino

Saturday, July 20 | 7:00pm-8:30pm

This class invites the yogi and wino alike for a night of blissful indulgence. This interactive fifty-minute yoga flow includes wine sampling and a culinary experience prepared by our in-house Chef Dave Terrazas. It is sure to be a unique and memorable evening. Open to all levels. For ages 21+.
Fee: $35 ($31.50 member)

Instructor: Morelia Cepeda, AC Power Yoga, and Dave Terrazas, Botanical Garden Culinary and Wellness Programs Manager

Register for July 20

Garden Tea Party: Sprouts and Spritzers

Sunday, July 21 | 12pm-2pm

Join us for a delightfully refined indoor program in our Garden! It will include a backyard horticulture and culinary presentation during a splendid multi-course sweet and savory tea menu, including a refreshing tea-based spritzer (alcohol and non-alcohol versions available), and featuring our own seasonal produce; as well as hydroponically grown microgreens from Freshwater farms. For ages 9+.
Fee: $35 ($31.50 member)

Instructors: Dave Terrazas, Botanical Garden Culinary and Wellness Programs Manager, and guests

Register for July 21

Plant-Forward Cooking: Grapes, Figs, and Rosemary Sprigs

Thursday, July 25 | 6:30pm-8:30pm

The ubiquitous and delectable herbs and fruits of antiquity, still feature prominently in Mediterranean cuisine to this day! We’ve put together an educational talk on how to grow this evergreen in the home garden, and offer a chef demo featuring rosemary and our own garden-grown figs in a delicious multi-course tasting. Vegan and Vegetarian cuisine continues to grow quickly in popularity in San Antonio, and with such tasty garden treats, it’s easy to see why! Come to the Garden for a green culinary experience, focusing on localism and seasonality, and well as exotic colors, textures, and amazing flavors.
Fee: $25 ($22.50 member)

Instructor: Dave Terrazas, Botanical Garden Culinary and Wellness Programs Manager

Register for July 25

Date Night in the Garden: Charc in the Dark!

Friday, July 26 | 7pm-9pm

We’re creating another romantic culinary evening at the garden, showcasing the art of accoutrements, all the wonderful garnishes like jams, pickles, and sauces that pair with the savory cured meats that go on the charcuterie board. Guests will build their own boards together. For ages 21+.
Fee: $60 per person ($54 per member)

Instructor: Dave Terrazas, Botanical Garden Culinary and Wellness Programs Manager

Register for July 26

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).

• 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 July 27

Foodie Cinema: Fried Green Tomatoes

Friday, August 2 | 6pm-9pm

Ever wonder how delicious those food movie scenes really are? Find out at our sensory-driven movie night. We screen movies with great food scenes, and prepare a movie-inspired tasting menu for you to experience the silver screen in a whole new way. A short horticultural presentation will commence the evening in the culinary garden, featuring honey, Southern style cuisine, and fried green tomatoes. This event is open to ages 21+.
Fee: $35 ($31.50 member)

Instructors: Botanical Garden Culinary Team

Register for August 2