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Enjoy a full range of educational classes and programs for learners of all ages!
Cooking and Wellness
Join our entertaining demonstration classes to explore new cuisines, cooking techniques or how to sharpen your culinary skills in a relaxed environment. No matter your culinary passion, we offer a wide variety of classes that will suit your lifestyle. From beginner cooking 101 classes, baking or international cuisines, experience a truly unique culinary event with family and friends. The Garden also offers wellness programs including yoga and tai chi held outdoors in stunning Garden settings. Classes are kept small and suitable for all levels of experience.

Vegan Thailand
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Wednesday / May 31 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Join Chef Jason Wyrick on a culinary journey to Thailand with all new recipes! Learn you how to prepare classic drinks and foods from this flavorful cuisine, including many gluten-free dishes. Discover how to prepare classic curries, stir-fries and coconut custards.Recipes demonstrated will be vegan.This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2017: Wed, May 31, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Peaches
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Wednesday / May 24 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Peaches are the quintessential summer fruit. Learn how to use and prepare peaches in salads, healthy sandwiches and desserts. Chef Clyde Gaston will also share tips on how to select perfectly ripe peaches, peel and store them. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2017: Wed, May 24, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   CLOSED

A Southwest Picnic
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday / June 3 / 1 - 3 p.m.

Learn the basics of cooking fish-a skill that can be used year-round-and making steelhead fish tacos with pickled onions and Baja cream. We will also prepare black beans with goat cheese and jalapenos, Southwest creamed corn and tres leches cupcakes that can be served at all your summer outdoor parties. Instructed by Maggie Norris. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2017: Sat, Jun 3, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (10 AVAIL)

Cooking Seafood
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday / June 24 / 1 - 3 p.m.

Dive into learning how to cook with seafood. Learn the various techniques of working with seafood. Discover how to perfectly sear scallops, and how to precisely cook fish and shrimp so you do not overcook them. Chef Clyde Gaston will demonstrate simple recipes and share techniques on how to enhance flavors of your seafood. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2017: Sat, Jun 24, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (9 AVAIL)

Melon Mania
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday / July 8 / 1 - 3 p.m.

Melons are nutritional powerhouses rich in vitamins A and C, potassium and magnesium, and a refreshing and hydrating summer fruit. Chef Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz will prepare cool summer dishes and beverages such as melon and jicama salsa and watermelon agua fresca with chia just in time to beat the heat! This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2017: Sat, Jul 8, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (8 AVAIL)

No-Cook Cuisine
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Sunday / July 16 / 1 - 3 p.m.

Cooking in the hot Arizona summer can be a daunting task. Chef Jason Wyrick demonstrates a variety of hearty and filling recipes that don't require an oven or stove and are perfect for surviving hot desert summers. Learn to create simple, elegant recipes without heating up your home. Recipes demonstrated will be vegan. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2017: Sun, Jul 16, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (9 AVAIL)

Fig Obsession
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Wednesday / July 26 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Figs have been with us since ancient times. They are delicious, have lots of dietary fiber and provide many health benefits. Watch fig delicacies being prepared, sample them and take home recipes to try in your kitchen. This class is demonstration only. Instructed by Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2017: Wed, Jul 26, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Squash Blossoms
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday / July 29 / 1 - 3 p.m.

Hispanic markets are brimming with delicate and brightly colored flores de calabaza - squash blossoms - in the summer. Vegetarian chef Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz will prepare a delicious squash blossom soup with roasted poblano chiles and an easy squash blossom quesadilla with huitlacoche and other favorite squash blossom recipes inspired by visits to Mexico City. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2017: Sat, Jul 29, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00AM   (10 AVAIL)

Cooking with Mesquite Flour
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday / August 5 / 1 - 3 p.m.

Indigenous to the Southwest, mesquite trees are loaded with nutritious pods that have a natural, caramel-like sweetness. Used for generations by native peoples, mesquite flour is gluten-free, high in protein and nutrient dense. Chef Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz will demonstrate how to prepare her four-seed mesquite crackers, Pima wheat mesquite tortillas and how to easily incorporate mesquite into your daily diet. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2017: Sat, Aug 5, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (6 AVAIL)

Gazpacho
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday / August 12 / 1 - 3 p.m.

Gazpachos are cold soups that turn seasonal fruits and vegetables into a refreshing, delicious meal. Whether sweet or savory, Chef Maria Cano will demonstrate a variety of amazing soups to add to your repertoire, including a seasonal tomato gazpacho, watermelon gazpacho and a lime chicken gazpacho. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2017: Sat, Aug 12, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (8 AVAIL)

Whole Grains
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Sunday / August 13 / 1 - 3 p.m.

Full of flavor, texture and history, ancient grains and seeds such as quinoa, spelt, and amaranth are at the forefront of everyday cooking in this class. Learn more about their health value and versatility with indigenous foods chef Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz as she prepares some of her favorite breads, salads and dessert. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2017: Sun, Aug 13, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (8 AVAIL)

Harvesting and Cooking with Prickly Pear
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Saturday / August 26 / 7:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Prickly pear fruits are beautiful and nutritious. Learn traditional and modern ways of harvesting these delicious purple fruits, removing their spines and turning them into tasty treats. Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz shares her knowledge and experience as she turns the desert's bounty into beverages, syrups and even prickly-pear fruit leather. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2017: Sat, Aug 26, 2017 7:30AM - 10:30AM   (9 AVAIL)

CANCELLATION POLICY

Program registration may be canceled up to two weeks prior to the start date for a $20 processing fee. If you are unable to attend a class/workshop, you may transfer your registration to an alternate participant with your confirmation. Desert Botanical Garden reserves the right to cancel programs at its discretion. Programs will run as scheduled, regardless of weather, unless participants are contacted directly by Garden staff either by phone or email. Please contact registrar@dbg.org or call 480 481.8146 (Option 2) for cancellations and refunds.