Cooking Demos & Tastings - A Tasteful Place

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Cooking Demos at A Tasteful Place will demonstrate how the pros do it and serve you with a taste.

Daily and Weekly Activities for A Tasteful Place:

Chef-Tastic! Tasting Series

See how the pros do it and sample a small bite of the fruits of their labor as well! Renowned chefs, such as P. Allen Smith, take center stage in the demo kitchen at A Tasteful Place, creating special dishes featuring seasonal vegetables from the garden. Registration is required for these free events.

Chef-Tastic Sonny Pache, Ocean Prime

Wednesday, October 3, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Donald and Charlotte Test Pavilion, A Tasteful Place

Registration Link Coming Soon

Enjoy a demonstration from Sonny Pache, of Ocean Prime. He will demonstrate how to make delicious recipes using seasonal vegatables growing in the garden.

Tasting Demos with Chef Isabel

Every Wednesday through August 29, 1:00 - 1:30 p.m., Charlotte and Donald Test Cooking Pavilion

Register Free Here

Chef Isabel will demonstrate how to make the delicious daily tastings served every week.


El Centro College Cooking Connection

Presented by the Food & Hospitality Institute at El Centro College

Mondays, 11am-12pm, Donald and Charlotte Test Pavilion, A Tasteful Place

Participate in a demonstration cooking class, taught by Chef instructors with assistance from students who attend El Centro College’s nationally–recognized culinary institute. This session is designed to refine your kitchen skills and showcasing seasonal produce found in A Tasteful Place. Free to garden guests, thanks to El Centro College, a part of Dallas County Community College District. Check the website regularly for weekly topics.

August Menu: Roasted Eggplant with Romesco Sauce and Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

Find El Centro Recipes on the A Tasteful Place Recipes Page.

Free Preregistration Here (required)

The MIND Diet- Foods to Feed Your Brain

September 7, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Donald and Charlotte Test Pavilion, A Tasteful Place

Free with paid general admission

We’ve known for some time that what you eat can affect your health. Now there’s a growing body of evidence that the same is true for your brain! The MIND Diet has the potential of reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. MIND is short for the Mediterranean-Dash Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay. A hybrid between two well-known diets: the Mediterranean and DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension). In honor of healthy aging month, join Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Cindy Kleckner and explore the “brain-healthy” food groups and how to incorporate them into your daily eating plan for a satisfying way to live the rest of your life!

Cooking Demo and Book Signing with Rose Levy Beranbaum

September 30, 2018, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m., Donald and Charlotte Test Pavilion, A Tasteful Place

Rose Levy Beranbaum will be promoting her Cookbook, she will also be Signing and doing a cooking demonstration.

Thyme with Friends
October 10, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Donald and Charlotte Test Pavilion, A Tasteful Place

Spend some thyme with Kay Goodman as she shares recipes from her cookbook “Thyme with Friends.” Created from a desire to preserve her friends’ favorite recipes. This demonstration is free with admission into the garden. Don’t miss Kay’s entertaining stories about cooking experiences and biggest fiascos. Pick up a cookbook while visiting the demonstration.

Seasonal, Daily Tastings

10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Ruthie Pack’s Tasting Plaza

Guests can try a sample of something fresh that's currently growing in in the garden such as pak choi, cilantro, onion, garlic, brussel sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, celery and lettuce.

Visit our recipes page to make these and all our tastings at home.

Week of August 6 - Pears

Amaretto Poached Pears, Pear Butter and Pear-mint Sorbet


A Tasteful Place Events in 2018 are supported by Dallas Tourism Public Improvement District.

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