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Grow and Eat: Food-related events all summer long at the Chicago Botanic Garden

Garden Chef Series

Two great ways to take in the warm, sunny weather ushering in summer are tending to your garden and enjoying meals outdoors. Whether growing or eating, there are many ways to celebrate food at the Garden this summer. Food-related evets are held in the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden, unless noted otherwise.

Summer food at the Garden highlights include the following:

Garden Chef Series (1:30 and 2:30 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays, May 28 to October 9)

Introducing Change of Saisons

GLENCOE, IL (July 31, 2015)Amid the thriving craft brew scene in Chicago, the Chicago Botanic Garden, Chef Cleetus Friedman and Begyle Brewing have teamed up to create a series of unique seasonal ales that capture the change of seasons at the 385-acre garden. Friedman, executive chef of Fountainhead, the Bar on Buena, and soon-to-open the Northman in Chicago, is a leader in local, seasonal food and drink and has created signature beers for other Chicago cultural institutions.

Celebrating Locally Grown Food

Event Date: 
Saturday, May 23, 2015 to Sunday, October 18, 2015

GLENCOE, IL (June 30, 2015) — The Chicago Botanic Garden offers a menu of summer activities designed to whet the appetite for growing and eating healthy, fresh foods. Weekend festivals and events highlight cooking techniques, herbs, heirloom tomatoes and other seasonal produce, while providing a wealth of information on practical, sustainable ways to grow fruits and vegetables in the home garden.

Learn to Grow and Use a Variety of Kitchen Herbs at Herb Garden Weekend

Event Date: 
Saturday, July 25, 2015 to Sunday, July 26, 2015

GLENCOE, IL (May 19, 2015)Herb Garden Weekend presents ways to grow and use a variety of fragrant, flavorful and nutritious herbs through a series of displays, demonstrations, tours and family-friendly activities taking place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, July 25 and 26, 2015, at the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden.

Garden Chef Series Returns for the 2015 Season

Event Date: 
Saturday, May 23, 2015 to Sunday, October 4, 2015

GLENCOE, IL (May 5, 2014)—The extremely popular Garden Chef Series returns to the Chicago Botanic Garden on Saturday, May 23, for another growing season full of cooking demonstrations by noted area chefs, using the freshest fruits, herbs and vegetables. The free events take place at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday through October 4 in the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden. Amphitheater seating, surrounded by lush garden beds, affords a pleasant view of the open-air kitchen.

Newly Renovated Garden View Café Offers Best of Local, Fresh Seasonal Food Now Open at the Chicago Botanic Garden

GLENCOE, IL. (May 8, 2014) The newly renovated and named Garden View Café recently opened at the Chicago Botanic Garden. It offers an enhanced menu of the best of local, fresh seasonal foods, restaurant-style seating, a barista and pastry station and flatbreads cooked in a brick pizza oven.

The Chicago Botanic Garden, Levy Restaurants and Midwest Foods Partner to Provide Fresh Produce for U.S. Cellular Field

Event Date: 
Friday, July 20, 2012 to Monday, August 20, 2012
Fresh produce

GLENCOE, Ill. (July 18, 2012) –  The Chicago Botanic Garden’s Windy City Harvest urban agriculture program has partnered with Levy Restaurants and Midwest Foods to provide fresh produce and tilapia for the Levy Restaurant’s Stadium Club at U.S. Cellular Field.

Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education Continues

Event Date: 
Saturday, May 19, 2012 to Sunday, October 21, 2012
Farmer's Market Demonstration

GLENCOE, Ill. (May 7, 2012) – The Chicago Botanic Garden has done groundbreaking work as a result of a two-year grant from the North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) program, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture – National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The grant reaches both casual passersby and committed gardeners with ideas for how to integrate sustainable agriculture techniques into their own backyards.