Culinary

Our culinary classes use only the freshest of ingredients.  Please note registration cutoff times. These allow our instructors to 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

Foodie Cinema: The Holiday

Friday, January 17 | 7 – 9 p.m.

Start the new year right with this fun British romantic comedy! Watch two women troubled with guy-problems swap homes and fall in love. Enjoy a four-course tasting and beverage menu that will give you all the feel of falling in love again. Menu includes swiss chard and artichoke dip with sun-dried tomato pinwheels, pork ragu over creamy polenta, and chocolate chip cookies and milk. Ages 21+
Fee: $45 ($40.50 member); registration deadline is 30 hours prior to event

Instructors: Botanical Garden Culinary Team

SOLD OUT!

Date Night: Everything’s Betta with a Little Feta

Friday, January 24 | 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Everybody say, “OPA!” Come and learn the cooking secrets of Greek cuisine from our in-house Chef Katrina Flores, with easy instructions and plenty of hands-on cooking. You will prepare an authentic four-course meal with your partner and taste some of the best Greek wines that the region has to offer. Menu includes dolmas, chicken souvlaki with tzatziki sauce, rice with parsley, almonds and apricots, and date and walnut phyllo rolls with green yogurt and honey.
Ages 21+
Fee: $140 per couple ($126.00 per member couple); registration deadline is 30 hours prior to event

Instructor: Chef Katrina Flores of the San Antonio Botanical Garden

Register for January 24

Winter Harvest Night

Thursday, January 30 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Get your hands dirty at the Botanical Garden’s harvest night! Participants will learn about and harvest winter produce in the culinary garden alongside a senior horticulturist, then cook and enjoy delicious, seasonal recipes with the Botanical Garden’s chef. Participants will leave with an abundance of gardening knowledge, unique recipes, as well as fresh produce from the garden.
Fee: $45 ($40.50 member)

Instructors: Botanical Garden Culinary Team

Register for January 30

Tiki Cocktail Party

Friday, January 31 | 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Escape to the tropics with these fun, island-inspired drinks! Participants will learn to craft tiki drinks from scratch and learn the history behind these fun cocktails in a trivia showdown. A make-your-own lei station and light snacks will be available. So, put on your bartending aprons and start shaking.! Ages 21+.
Fee: $45 ($40.50 member); registration deadline is 30 hours prior to event

Instructors: Botanical Garden Culinary Team

Register for January 31

Valentine’s Day Baking with Chef Sofia

Thursday, February 6| 7 – 9 p.m.

Come join Chef Sofia Tejeda in a fun Valentine’s day baking class! You will learn how to make chocolate covered rice crispy hearts, mini cupcakes, and sweetheart cookies. We’ll take you step-by-step through everything, so you walk out of the class baking like a pro. Ages 16+
Fee: $60 ($54 member); registration deadline is 30 hours prior to event

Instructors: Chef Sofia Tejeda, Eilan Hotel & Spa

Register for February 6

All You Need is Wine

Thursday, February 13| 7 – 9 p.m.

What better way to say “I love you” than a box of chocolates and red wine? Join us for a decadent wine tasting paired with white, milk, and dark chocolates. Participants will assemble their own chocolate truffle and take home their sweet creations for a special Valentine’s Day gift. Ages 21+
Fee: $55 ($49.50 per member); registration deadline is 30 hours prior to event

Instructor: Chef Katrina Flores, San Antonio Botanical Garden

Register for February 13

Teen CHEF - But First We Brunch!

Saturday, February 15 | 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Saturdays are for brunching! This teen cooking class focuses on kitchen safety, cooking basics, and using healthy ingredients. Based on the CHEF (Culinary Health Education for Families) curriculum, recipes are inspired by classic brunch plates. Teens will work in groups to harvest ingredients from the Culinary Garden and create broccoli and cheese frittatas, berry baked oatmeal, and fluffy banana pancakes. Ages 13-17.
Fee: $35 ($31.50 member); registration deadline is 32 hours prior to event

Instructors: CHEF and Wellness Programs Specialist

Register for February 15

Family Cooking Class - Make Your Own Pizza Night!

Wednesday, February 19 | 6 – 8 p.m.

Join us for a family pizza party in the Botanical Garden! This interactive class combines nutrition education and cooking basics using the CHEF (Culinary Health Education for Families) curriculum. Families will learn to make pizzas, a salad using ingredients fresh from the Garden, and a dessert. When the night is over, everyone will enjoy their work and leave with delicious, healthy recipes. A snack will be provided upon arrival. Recommended for families with children ages 5+.
Fee: $20 per adult ($18 member); $10 per child ($8 member); registration deadline is 30 hours prior to event

CHEF and Wellness Programs Specialist

Register for February 19

You’re all that and “Dim Sum”

Thursday, February 20 | 7 – 9 p.m.

Travel back in time to the Silk Road with Chef Katrina Flores and explore the history and art of dim sum. Create pork egg rolls, shrimp dumplings, lettuce wraps, pork dumplings and egg tarts. This hands-on dim sum cooking party will be paired with cocktails and tea. Ages 18+
Fee: $60 ($54 members); registration deadline is 30 hours prior to event

Instructors: Chef Katrina Flores, San Antonio Botanical Garden

Register for February 20

Mardi Gras Ya’ll!

Tuesday, February 25 | 7 – 9 p.m.

Celebrate Mardi Gras with a New Orleans cooking experience. Work alongside resident Chef Katrina Flores, learn to make crawfish po’boy sliders, jambalaya, bread pudding, and a hurricane cocktail. Sharpen your cooking skills and enjoy the fruit of your labor with this delicious menu. Ages 21+
Fee: $60 ($54 member); registration deadline is 30 hours prior to event

Instructors: Chef Katrina Flores of the San Antonio Botanical Garden

Register for February 25

Junior CHEF - DeLITEful Desserts!

Saturday, March 21 | 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Desserts with wholesome ingredients? Don’t mind if I do! This kids-only cooking class focuses on kitchen safety, cooking basics, and healthy ingredients. Recipes are based on the CHEF (Culinary Health Education for Families) curriculum and feature sweet treats. Kids will work in groups to harvest their own ingredients from the Culinary Garden and create mini fruit tartlets, dark chocolate clusters, and dark chocolate banana brownies. Ages 8-12.
Fee: $35 ($31.50 member); registration deadline is 24 hours prior to event

Instructor: Lexi Phelps, CHEF and Wellness Programs Specialist

Register for March 21

Family Cooking Class - Breakfast for Dinner!

Tuesday, March 24 | 6 - 8 p.m

Who says you can’t have breakfast foods for dinner? This interactive class combines nutrition education and cooking basics using the CHEF (Culinary Health Education for Families) curriculum. Families will learn to make a broccoli and cheese frittata, berry baked oatmeal, and fun fruit pizzas using fresh ingredients from the Culinary Garden. When the night is over, everyone will enjoy their work and leave with delicious, healthy recipes. A snack will be provided upon arrival. Recommended for families with children ages 5+.
Fee: $20 per adult ($18 member); $10 per child ($8 member); registration deadline is 30 hours prior to event

Instructor: Lexi Phelps, CHEF and Wellness Programs Specialist

Register for March 24