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Garden Chef Series

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

Garden Chef Series

Saturdays and Sundays, May 25 – October 6, 2019
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 Harvest 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.

2018 Schedule

Saturday, May 26312 ChicagoLuca Corazzina
Sunday, May 27Cafe Lucci/Bobby's Deerfield/Bobby's Lincoln ParkAugie Arifi
Saturday, June 2ArborLeonard Hollander
Sunday, June 3Dave's Specialty FoodsDave Esau
Saturday, June 9Garden View CaféMichael Hiller
Sunday, June 10The Children's Museum of IndianapolisChristopher Benge
Saturday, June 16Terzo PianoCarolina Diaz
Sunday, June 17Dirk's Fish and Gourmet ShopTerry & Dirk Fucik
Saturday, June 23Beyond Events CateringCesar Reyes
Sunday, June 24Hewn BakeryEllen King
Saturday, June 30Honey Butter Fried Chicken/Sunday Dinner Club/TriBecca's CubanoChristine Cikowski & Josh Kulp
Sunday, July 1HearthMichael Elliot
Saturday, July 7Hilton ChicagoMario Garcia
Sunday, July 8Rock 'N RavioliRon Onesti
Saturday, July 14Museum of Science and IndustryBrad Bussen
Sunday, July 15Garden View CaféMichael Hiller
Saturday, July 21Pierrot Gourmet at The Peninsula ChicagoNorman Hargrove
Sunday, July 22The Chocolate SanctuaryTino Almaraz and Hailey Turso
Saturday, July 28Stock and Ledger Kitchen & Spirits/The LunchroomLaura Piper/Matt Reidy
Sunday, July 29Hoosier Mama Pie CompanyPaula Haney
Saturday, August 4One North Kitchen & BarErica Fischer
Sunday, August 5La Sirena Clandestina/El Che BarJohn Manion
Saturday, August 11Museum of Science & IndustryRafael Aguiniga
Sunday, August 12Tapas GitanaAndy Novak
Saturday, August 18Phyter — Healthful Habits LLCDavid Choi, Jr.
Sunday, August 19Found Kitchen and Social HouseBradford Phillips
Saturday, August 25Tre RivaliHeather Terhune
Sunday, August 26GuildhallFernando Angelina
Saturday, September 1Pete Miller's Steak & Seafood EvanstonMarcus Mooney
Sunday, September 2Campagnola/Union Pizzeria/Union SquaredVince DiBattista
Saturday, September 8Diva Chocolates & Confections, Inc.Karianne Soulsby
Sunday, September 9Fisk & Co.Austin Fausett
Saturday, September 15The Chopping BlockShelley Young
Sunday, September 16My Private Chef, Inc.Christopher Tong
Saturday, September 22Bang Bang Pie & BiscuitsMichael Ciapciak
Sunday, September 23The Hearty BoysSteve McDonagh & Dan Smith
Saturday, September 29Farmhouse RestaurantEric Mansavage
Sunday, September 30Spoken, a caféAngela Torres-Kutkuhn
Saturday, October 6Culinary LandscapeMichael Schulte
Sunday, October 7Shedd AquariumSteven Hipp

Note: The Chef Series schedule is subject to change. The online schedule is 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.

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