Garden Chef Series

Saturdays and Sundays, May 23 – October 4, 2020
1:30 and 2:30 p.m.

Garden Chef Series

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


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.

2019 Schedule

Date Restaurant Chef
Saturday, May 25 Granor Farm Abra Berens
Sunday, May 26 Publican Quality Bread Greg Wade
Saturday, June 1 The Lakefront Restaurant Cleetus Friedman
Sunday, June 2 Tre Rivali Heather Terhune
Saturday, June 8 Garden View Café Michael Hiller
Sunday, June 9 Eataly Will Serafini
Saturday, June 15 One North Kitchen and Bar Erica Fischer
Sunday, June 16 Dirk's Fish and Gourmet Shop Dirk & Terry Fucik
Saturday, June 22 Floriole Sandra Holl
Sunday, June 23 Majani Catering Tsadakeeyah Emmanuel
Saturday, June 29 Happy Eats Healthy Monique Costello
Sunday, June 30 Hoosier Mama Pie Company Paula Haney
Saturday, July 6 Guildhall Fernando Angelina
Sunday, July 7 Hearth Michael Elliott
Saturday, July 13 What's Cookin', Chicago Joelen Kenny
Sunday, July 14 Cafe Luci/Bobby's Deerfield/Bobby's Lincoln Park Augie Arifi
Saturday, July 20 La Sirena Clandestina / El Che Bar John Manion
Sunday, July 21 The Peninsula Hotel Stefano Galindo
Saturday, July 27 Hilton Chicago Mario Garcia
Sunday, July 28 College of Lake County Culinary Program William Vena
Saturday, August 3 Stock and Ledger Kitchen & Spirits Laura Piper
Sunday, August 4 The Chocolate Sanctuary Hailey Turso-Marciniak
Saturday, August 10 The Chopping Block Shelley Young
Sunday, August 11 Dave's Specialty Foods Dave Esau
Saturday, August 17 Happy Eats Healthy Monique Costello
Sunday, August 18 Celebrity Chef and Cookbook Author Gale Gand
Saturday, August 24 Hewn Bakery Ellen King
Sunday, August 25 Campagnola/Union Pizzeria/Union Squared/Union Full Board Vince DiBattista
Saturday, August 31 Celebrity Chef Tommy Walton
Sunday, September 1 Osteria Bigolaro Tony Gargano
Saturday, September 7 312 Chicago Luca Corazzina
Sunday, September 8 Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits Michael Ciapciak
Saturday, September 14 Culinary Landscape Michael Schulte
Sunday, September 15 My Private Chef Chris Tong
Saturday, September 21 Guanajuato Margarita Challenger & Jovanny Diaz
Sunday, September 22 Hotel Arista Austin Fausett
Saturday, September 28 Farmhouse Tavern Eric Mansavage
Sunday, September 29 Diva Chocolates & Confections, Inc. Karianne Soulsby
Saturday, October 5 3 Squares Diner Ian Voakes
Sunday, October 6 Tapas Gitana Andy Novak

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. The kitchen amphitheater area can be very sunny (especially early in the season as the leaves are emerging on the sycamore trees). Visitors will need to use sun protection and wear caps. No umbrellas, please.

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