Dario Torres: Cooking From His Heart

We have learned so much from Chef Dario Torres, Lead Cook at The Culinary Vegetables Institute at The Chef’s Garden, who has been involved in virtually every event and happening at the CVI since his arrival nearly two years ago. Dario grew up in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico...

Dream Fulfilled: Chef for a Day

Gretchen Losey loves to cook and, for her birthday, she received her dream gift: a Chef for a Day experience at the Culinary Vegetable Institute at The Chef’s Garden. And, what made it even better is that her sister, Kristine Neate, received this as a Christmas...

Farm Stock: From Ugly Vegetables To Extraordinary Flavor Enhancer

At The Culinary Vegetable Institute at The Chef’s Garden, trying to find ways to eliminate food waste is a way of life. Products from the farm that are not quite perfect are transformed and given new life through vinegars, pickles, syrups, misos and countless...

Dessert: Sweet Potato Cake

from: Chef de Cuisine Matt Ward This dish was served at our Potato Vegetable Showcase dinner and featured The Chef’s Garden Sweet Potatoes. Ingredients 4 eggs 2 cups sugar 2 cups grapeseed oil 2 teaspoons vanilla paste 2 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking...

Celebrate President’s Day Weekend with Us: Special White House Dinner

If we had a time machine and traveled back to a late 19th-century kitchen, you might be surprised at how differently people cooked and ate. And, in a conversation with Christie Weininger, the director of Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library and Museums, she shares...