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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 26 – October 7, 2018
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.

2017 Schedule

Saturday, May 27312 ChicagoLuca Corazzina
Sunday, May 28Real Urban BarbecueDean Eliacostas
Saturday, June 3Hewn BakeryEllen King
Sunday, June 4The ShantyDimitri Kallianis
Saturday, June 10Garden View CaféSamuel Lee
Sunday, June 11Shedd AquariumMichael Hiller
Saturday, June 17SinháJorgina Pereira
Sunday, June 18Dirk's Fish and Gourmet ShopTerry & Dirk Fucik
Saturday, June 24One North Kitchen & BarErica Fischer
Sunday, June 25GuildhallFernando Angelina
Saturday, July 1Taste of BrasilCristiane Pereira
Sunday, July 2ArborLeonard Hollander
Saturday, July 8Hilton ChicagoMario Garcia
Sunday, July 9Pierrot Gourmet at The Peninsula ChicagoNathan Zarach
Saturday, July 15Bobby's Deerfield/Cafe LucciAugie Arifi
Sunday, July 16Tapas GitanaAndy Novak
Saturday, July 22Honey Butter Fried Chicken and
Sunday Dinner Club
Christine Cikowski & Josh Kulp
Sunday, July 23Nieto'sDebbie Nieto, Sonya Soto,
Juan Carlos Osorio
Saturday, July 29Ad-Lib GeocafeRick Starr
Sunday, July 30, 11 a.m.Whole Foods MarketViviana Proano
Sunday, July 30La Sirena Clandestina/El Che BarJohn Manion
Saturday, August 5HearthMichael Elliott
Sunday, August 6Publican Quality BreadGreg Wade
Saturday, August 12Museum of Science and IndustryBrad Bussen
Sunday, August 13Culinary LandscapeMike Schulte
Saturday, August 19Whole Foods MarketViviana Proano   
Sunday, August 20Dave's Specialty FoodsDave Esau
Saturday, August 26The LunchroomLaura Piper
Sunday, August 27Found Kitchen and Social House/The BarnNicole Pederson
Saturday, September 2Farmhouse RestaurantEric Mansavage
Sunday, September 3Campagnola/Union Pizzeria/Union SquaredVince Di Battista
Saturday, September 9The Chopping BlockShelley Young
Sunday, September 10, 11 a.m.
(additional demonstration)
Celebrate Bulgaria DayDaniela Valkanova
Sunday, September 10Longitud315Tony Castillo
Saturday, September 16Culinary Landscape, Chicago Botanic GardenMichael Schulte
Sunday, September 17My Private Chef, Inc.Christopher Tong
Saturday, September 23Hoosier Mama Pie CompanyPaula Haney
Sunday, September 24The Hearty BoysSteve McDonagh & Dan Smith
Saturday, September 30Diva Chocolates & Confections, Inc.Karianne Soulsby
Sunday, October 1Cafe CentralJuan Carlos Medina Vasquez
Saturday, October 7Culinary LandscapeSteven Hipp
Sunday, October 8Toyota ParkRafael Aguiniga

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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