Arboretum & grape growers collaborate on culinary courses

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CHANHASSEN, Minn. -- Food and wine belong together. One enhances the other. It's as simple as that. And as the use of locally grown and produced food has gained in popularity and traction with many  Twin Cities' area chefs, it has become clear to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and  the Minnesota Grape Growers Association (MGGA), that local wine needs to be highlighted in this  natural pairing.

Grounded in the belief that Minnesota winemakers are producing an increasing number of wonderful wines from Minnesota-grown, cold-hardy grapes, the Arboretum and the MGGA have collaborated to create the upcoming 4x4 Culinary Series.

Leading chefs have come together to taste an array of wines submitted by several Minnesota winemakers (many using grape varietals developed at the University of Minnesota). The result was clear: Minnesota wine is entering a flavorful and exciting phase of commercial production, and a number of the chefs were excited to pair some of their new favorites with specially created menus - specifically for the 4x4 Culinary Series.

Now food- and wine-lovers will have the opportunity to experience some of these wines and menus when they enroll in one or more of four Thursday evening classes to be held each month during the autumn and winter. At the dinner, a leading chef will demonstrate how to create the four-course dinners served, and U of M Enologist Katie Cook will guide participants through the four Minnesota wine pairings.  Some of the winemakers will also be at hand to talk about their journey from the vine to wine.

For more information or to register for this event, visit


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