Food and Drink

Enjoy delicious food provided by the Garden’s caterer, Meriwether-Godsey, while participating in demonstrations on cooking, mixology, healthy eating, and more.  Lunchtime Lectures include a light lunch.  Garden to Glass Evening Demonstrations include beverage samples and food pairings.

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Class Schedule
August-December 2019

Garden to Glass Demonstrations

Virginia-Based Route 151 | August 20

Scenic Route 151 in Nelson County, Virginia boasts 4 breweries, 6 wineries, 2 cideries and a distillery. Learn about and enjoy the delights of this region of Virginia, including how to create craft cocktails highlighting these beverages while you enjoy some delicious light fare.

Artisan Vodka | September 10

Delve into the process of artisanal vodka distilling with a representative from local craft distillery Cirrus Vodka. Learn how to create unique, delicious and inspired craft cocktails highlighting this potato-based spirit.

Flavors of Fall | October 22

Discover how to create inspired fall-flavored craft cocktails perfect for cozy evenings at home when the weather turns crisp. Take your cocktail-making skills to the next level as you learn to create your own seasonal infusions and shrubs, incorporating warm spices and seasonal flavors.

Holiday Wine Pairings | November 12

Learn about wine, wine regions and which wines pair best with traditional Thanksgiving dishes, all while enjoying the warm ambience of a cozy evening in historic Bloemendaal House. Sample several varietals, paired with delicious Thanksgiving-themed nibbles.

Lunchtime Lectures: Tips from Chef Anne

More Hors d’ Oeuvres for a Crowd | September 18

Learn to impress your friends at the next party or potluck! Join Executive Chef Anne Maury Haapala as she demonstrates how to create delicious hors d’oeuvres that are easy to prepare in advance and produce in bulk for a crowd.

More Holiday Entertaining | November 6

Anne demonstrates more easy, elegant and delicious holiday dishes using seasonal ingredients to impress your friends and family. As a bonus, Meriwether-Godsey’s General Manager Susan Hicklin provides some brief commercial breaks, showing you some simple yet stylish decorating touches for the big day.

Culinary Evenings with Chef Anne

Bites Around the World: Mexico | August 27

Learn about the delights of the cuisine of Mexico with Executive Chef Anne Maury Haapala as she demonstrates how home chefs can create regional favorites at home using tried and true techniques and fresh ingredients.

Bites Around the World: Taste of Virginia | October 8

Explore Virginia’s unique regions through dishes celebrating the Northern Neck, Tidewater, Shenandoah Valley and River City with Executive Chef Anne Maury Haapala. More than just ham biscuits and pimento cheese, Virginia cuisine incorporates rich cultural and regional influences. Learn how to impress your friends with dishes inspired by the food-rich Commonwealth.

Make and Partake

Tea and Blooms | September 15

Bring a pretty teapot or two tea cups from home and work with Laura Flournoy of Flowernoy Farm to create a gorgeous vintage-inspired, English Garden style arrangement in your container. Once you’ve created your arrangement, enjoy a delicious authentic English afternoon tea complete with tea sandwiches, scones and clotted cream.

Paint Nights 

Spend an evening at the Garden enjoying wine and nibbles while creating your own work of botanical art under the step-by-step guidance of local artist Laura Flournoy. Perfect for an evening out with friends! Fee includes 2 glasses of wine, light hors d’ oeuvres and all materials.

Wine & Design | November 5

Enjoy wine and nibbles while creating a natural, fall-inspired, fresh from the garden floral arrangement with Laura Flournoy of Flowernoy Farm. Sign up with your friends and pick up tips for putting together an arrangement perfect for your seasonal decor. 2 glasses of wine, snacks and all floral materials provided.


The winter/spring 2020 season of classes will publish on December 4, 2019.

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