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Noted chefs prepare recipes in the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden’s open-air amphitheater.

Garden Chef Series

Garden Chef Series

Saturdays and Sundays, May 28 – October 9, 2016
1:30 and 2:30 p.m.


Learn to cook with garden-fresh ingredients all summer long at the Garden Chef Series. Noted chefs prepare recipes in the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden’s open-air amphitheater.

Seating is first-come, first-served for these free demonstrations. Visitors will need to use sun protection and wear caps in this sunny location. No umbrellas, please.

The Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden is the Midwest's headquarters for fruit and vegetable gardening information. It exhibits the best edible plants to grow in the Chicago area. Interpretive signs explain the organic growing techniques used throughout the Garden. Through the Garden's Windy City Youth Farm program, seasonal produce from the Fruit & Vegetable Garden is used in the food in the Garden View Café.

We'll feature recipes from the Garden's participating chefs, past and present.

Chef Series Lineup 2016

Note: The Chef Series schedule is subject to change; the online schedule will be updated as needed but may not be able to reflect all last-minute changes. As there are newly planted trees in the kitchen amphitheater area and it is very sunny, visitors will need to use sun protection and wear caps. No umbrellas, please.

Saturday, May 28

Luca Corazzina

312 Chicago

Sunday, May 29

Josh Lynn


Saturday, June 4

Cleetus Friedman

Baci Catering & Events / Caffè Baci

Sunday, June 5

John Manion

La Sirena Clandestina

Saturday, June 11

Andy Novak

Tapas Gitana

Sunday, June 12

Roger Waysok

South Water Kitchen

Saturday, June 18

Gale Gand

Tru / Sit Down, Shut Up and Eat 

Sunday, June 19

Terry & Dirk Fucik

Dirk’s Fish and Gourmet Shop

Saturday, June 25

Laura Piper

One North Kitchen & Bar

Sunday, June 26

Marcos Ascencio


Saturday, July 2

Dean Eliacostas

Real Urban Barbecue

Sunday, July 3

Joey Beato

Community Tavern

Saturday, July 9

Mario Garcia

Hilton Chicago

Sunday, July 10

Dave Esau

Dave’s Specialty Foods

Saturday, July 16

Chris Teixeira

Homestead on the Roof

Sunday, July 17

Nicole Pederson

Found Kitchen and Social House

Saturday, July 23

Michael Hiller

Shedd Aquarium

Sunday, July 24

Christopher Tong

My Private Chef, Inc.

Saturday, July 30

Norman Hargrove

Pierrot Gourmet at the Peninsula Chicago

Sunday, July 31

Sonya Soto


Saturday, August 6

Paula Haney

Hoosier Mama Pie Company

Sunday, August 7

David DiGregorio

Osteria Via Stato

Saturday, August 13

Rick Starr

Ad-Lib Geocafe

Sunday, August 14

Greg Wade

Publican Quality Bread

Saturday, August 20

Brad Bussen

Museum of Science and Industry

Sunday, August 21

Mario Rizzotti

Italian Culinary Expert

Saturday, August 27

Eric Mansavage

Farmhouse Tavern

Sunday, August 28

Steve McDonagh & Dan Smith

The Hearty Boys

Saturday, September 3

David Choi Jr.

Healthful Habits, Inc.

Sunday, September 4

Vince DiBattista

Campagnola / Union Pizzeria

Saturday, September 10

Stephanie Kowalyk

Illinois Mycological Association

Sunday, September 11

Juan Carlos Medina Vasquez

Cafe Central

Saturday, September 17

Shelley Young

The Chopping Block

Sunday, September 18

Margarita Challenger & Jovanny Diaz


Saturday, September 24

Steven Hipp

Garden View Cafe

Sunday, September 25

Steven Hipp

Garden View Cafe

Saturday, October 1

Mary Kay Gill

Regenstein School of the Chicago Botanic Garden

Sunday, October 2

Karianne Soulsby

Diva Chocolates & Confections, Inc.

Saturday, October 8

Rafael Aguiniga

Toyota Park

Sunday, October 9

Mike Schulte

Culinary Landscape

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