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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.

The Wonders of Turmeric
Regular Price: $62.00
Member Price: $52.00
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This class has been CANCELED. Please contact adulteduc@dbg.org for more information.

Saturday | June 23 | 1 - 3 p.m.


Join Chef Terri Milligan as she demonstrates flavorful dishes including mango almond lasse (a mango turmeric beverage), jeweled turmeric couscous with dried cherries, apricots, figs and fresh mint and bite-sized spice-rubbed lamb "sickles" with a Moroccan mint barbeque sauce. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2018: Sat, Jun 23, 2018 1:00PM - 3:00PM   CLOSED

Homemade: Cheese
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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New session added: Saturday | June 23 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Saturday | June 30 | 1 - 3 p.m.


With a little guidance, you can master the traditional art of cheesemaking, starting with ricotta, mascarpone and fresh mozzarella. Watch and taste as Chef Terri Milligan makes herb ricotta crostini with roasted wild mushrooms and arugula, fresh berries with honey mascarpone and classic mozzarella Caprese salad with heirloom tomatoes. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.

Summer Entertaining
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday | July 7 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Chef Terri Milligan shares some of her al fresco entertaining recipes including summer fruit and vegetable ceviche salad with edible petals, zucchini linguini salad with kale pistachio pesto, and chilled mango gazpacho and key lime margarita mousse parfaits. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2018: Sat, Jul 7, 2018 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (9 AVAIL)

Sugar Detox
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Tuesday | July 10 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Learn how to break free of a reliance on sugar and other empty calories and nourish your body with wholesome, guilt-free, gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, nutrient-dense recipes. We will cover recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and desserts. Instructed by Sara Korezeniewski. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2018: Tue, Jul 10, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   WAIT LIST

Best of Brazil
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday | July 14 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Brazil's melting pot of diverse cultures translates directly to cooking pots full of unparalleled flavor combinations. Chef Terri Milligan shares a number of deliciously complex recipes from South America's largest country, including Brazilian moqueca-a fish stew made with white fish, onions, bell peppers, tomatoes, cilantro and coconut milk. Then try xuxu (chayote) and shrimp with chile and lime, and a cassava cake. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2018: Sat, Jul 14, 2018 1:00PM - 3:00PM   OPEN

Summertime Tapas
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Tuesday | July 17 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Tapa means lid. In old Spain, innkeepers would place a crust of bread on top of beverage glasses to keep out the flies. Creative Andalusians added toppings of tasty morsels to those lids of bread, and tapas were born. These small plates of cold appetizers with bold flavors are easy to make and share. Join us at the Garden as Chef Teresa Hansen demonstrates several tasty offerings that will inspire you to lay out a smorgasbord and invite your friends. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2018: Tue, Jul 17, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (3 AVAIL)

Global Street Foods
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday | July 21 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Popular street foods are like savory snapshots of a country's tastes, cultures and history. Take an international street food tour by learning about several favorites from around the world. Chef Terri Milligan will cook and share Mediterranean lamb kofta kabobs with curry lime mint yogurt, Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches, Chinese dim sum with fresh ginger and soy dipping sauce, and Mexican alfajores a dulce de leche filled cookies. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2018: Sat, Jul 21, 2018 1:00PM - 3:00PM   WAIT LIST

Street Tacos
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Sunday | Aug. 12 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Take your next Taco Tuesday to new heights by learning the subtle art of street taco construction. Chef Monica O'Brien uses her street smarts to guide you through a foolproof method for marrying meat and tortilla. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2018: Sun, Aug 12, 2018 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (5 AVAIL)

Handcrafted Soaps
Regular Price: $88.00
Member Price: $70.00
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Saturday | July 21 | 9 a.m. - Noon

Learn how to use the melt and pour process to make handcrafted soaps infused with scents from natural flowers and herbs. Handcrafted soaps contain moisturizing glycerin, butters or oils and are free of harsh preservatives and other chemicals that can be irritating to skin. A variety of fresh and dried herbs, clays and essential oils will be provided to customize your soaps. All materials included.​ Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2018: Sat, Jul 21, 2018 9:00AM - 12:00PM   (2 AVAIL)

Milk Baths
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Saturday | Aug. 18 | 10 a.m. - Noon

Milk baths are an ancient technique for exfoliating the skin. With the right touches, they can also present a blissfully indulgent evening of relaxing self-care. Explore different ingredients to soothe dry, itchy skin, or simply start a new habit of stress-reducing "me time." All materials included. This class is demonstration only. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2018: Sat, Aug 18, 2018 10:00AM - 12:00PM   (9 AVAIL)

Paella
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Sunday | July 29 | 1 - 3 p.m.

A pan of paella is the perfect dish to gather around and enjoy with family or friends. Learn how to prepare the rice, veggies, and seafood favorite in traditional Spanish fashion to create this crowd-pleaser. Instructed by Monica O'Brien. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2018: Sun, Jul 29, 2018 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (3 AVAIL)

Cooking 101: Fish
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Sunday | Aug. 5 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Dive into dishes swimming with fishes from around the world! Chef Monica O'Brien will share an array of gourmet fish preparations, including two Mediterranean types of salmon, the Vietnamese catfish called swai prepared in French and Asian styles, a Japanese seared ahi salad and mahi-mahi Mexican tacos. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12
Session Summer 2018: Sun, Aug 5, 2018 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (2 AVAIL)

Cold Soups
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Sunday | Aug. 19 | 1 - 3 p.m.

On a hot summer day, cold soups are a refreshing way to turn seasonal fruits and vegetables into a cool, delicious meal. Chef Monica O'Brien demonstrates sweet and savory cold soups to add to your repertoire, including vichyssoise, watermelon gazpacho, cucumber avocado, curried carrot ginger and cauliflower. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2018: Sun, Aug 19, 2018 1:00PM - 3:00AM   (8 AVAIL)

Freezer-Friendly Meals
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday | Aug. 25 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Ride your next wave of meal-making momentum through a whole week's worth of prep with a new set of recipes fit for the freezer. Chef Maggie Norris discusses ingredients that you didn't know you can freeze and how long you can really keep them frozen. Learn to make gazpacho, salmon chopped salad, meatloaf cups and mashed potatoes. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2018: Sat, Aug 25, 2018 1:00PM - 3:00PM   OPEN

Refreshing Summer Drinks
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Sunday | Aug. 26 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Beat the summer sun with a flavorful array of cool, flavorful drinks perfect for poolside sipping. Alcohol-free for maximum hydration, these beverages will keep you going with gusto all summer long. This class is demonstration only. Instructed Monica O'Brien. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2018: Sun, Aug 26, 2018 1:00PM - 3:00PM   OPEN

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. We reserve the right to substitute any instructors in the event of unforeseen circumstances. Please contact registrar@dbg.org or call 480 481.8146 (Option 2) for cancellations and refunds.