Farm-to-table cooking demonstrations at the Food and Garden Festival

Tuesday, April 16, 2013






Coral Gables, FL, April 5, 2013 – Who says eating well has to be boring? Come to the Food & Garden Festival at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden on Saturday, April 20 and Sunday, April 21 from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. to learn how to make delicious meals that the whole family will love. Local chefs will teach you how to make everything from seared scallops to vegan cashew cheese. Cooking isn’t just for the grownups – special demonstrations by the Short Chef will teach kids how to make pasta with vegetables. Preparing meals will never be boring again.


This year, we’ve added an interactive component to the chef demos. Vote each day for the chef you think best uses summer vegetables in their dishes. Winners will be posted on Monday, April 22 on the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden Facebook page.


Saturday, April 20 Chef Demonstrations

11:00 a.m.       Veggie Stacks with Cashew Cheese

                          Chef Loren Pulitzer, Meals that Heal


12:00 p.m.       Savory Tomato and Pesto Goat Cheese Tart

                          Chef Derek Hernandez, Whole Foods Market Coral Gables


1:00 p.m.         Seared Scallops on Corn Johnny Cakes with Smoked Bacon Marmalade and Tangerines

                          Chef Phillip Bryant, Swine Southern Table & Bar


Chef Demonstrations for Kids

12:00 p.m.       Pool of Pasta

                          Chef Ray Newlands, Short Chef



Sunday, April 21 Chef Demonstrations

11:00 a.m.       Mimosa Sorbet

                          Chef Tessa Mencia, Real Sorbet


12:00 p.m.       Quinoa with Balsamic Roasted Mushrooms

                           Healthy Eating and Green Mission Specialist Camille Lamb, Whole Foods Market Coral Gables


1:00 p.m.         Floribbean Style Bay Scallop Stuffed Eggplant with Mango Chutney, Roasted Red Pepper Coulis and Plantain Crisps

                          Chef Eric Schlossberg, Inspired Creations Catering


Chef Demonstrations for Kids

12:00 p.m.       Pool of Pasta

                          Chef Ray Newlands, Short Chef



About Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is dedicated to exploring, explaining and conserving the world of tropical plants. It is one of the premier conservation and education-based gardens in the world and a recognized international leader in both Florida and international conservation. Fairchild has field programs in over 20 countries throughout the tropical world including the Indonesia, South America, the Caribbean, Africa and Southeast Asia. Fairchild’s palm and cycad collections are considered the greatest collections in the world and are nationally recognized by the American Public Gardens Association. Fairchild has the largest education program in a metropolitan area reaching more than 100,000 schoolchildren in 2011. Fairchild hosts popular events like the Chocolate, Mango, Orchid, Food and Garden, Ramble and Edible Garden Festivals, as well as an annual art exhibition, concerts, plant shows and sales, evening events and more. Fairchild is a not-for-profit organization with 45,000 members and is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, FL 33156. Admission is $25 for adults, $18 for seniors, $12 for children 6-17 and free to children 5 and under and Fairchild members. For more information, please visit and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest