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Junior Board presents: From the Garden to the Grill 2013

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Junior Board presents: From the Garden to the Grill 2013

Angela Schmidt of Chef U shared grilling concepts and drinks with students in the Arrington Plant Adventure Zone on Thursday, August 15. The students prepared Vitello Tonato, chilled veal with a tuna sauce. They also grilled veal burgers and shared cocktails. To learn more about Angela, Chef U and the entire menu, check out this recent feature at

PHOTOS: Salsa de Mayo

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Junior Board presents: Salsa de Mayo

On Thursday, May 2, Junior Board of Birmingham Botanical Gardens welcomed Lori Sours, the Salsa Senorita. Sours shared recipes for creating unique salsa dishes as the Junior Board welcomed the Cinco de Mayo weekend.

Junior Board presents Spring Mixology

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Junior Board hosts Spring Mixology

On Thursday, April 18, Junior Board of Birmingham Botanical Gardens hosted Spring Mixology in the Arrington Plant Adventure Zone. Sheena Whitaker led a large group which complemented hors d’oeuvres with their own cocktail creations.

Junior Board Presents From the Garden to the Grill

Monday, August 13th, 2012

Junior Board presents From the Garden to the Grill

On August 11, Junior Board of Birmingham Botanical Gardens welcomed Chef Angela Schmidt, owner of Chef U, to the Arrington Plant Adventure Zone for a cooking and mixology demonstration. Angela Schmidt works private dinner parties that are also an interactive educational experience. Learn more about her work here.

Schmidt led the group in the preparation of a skirt steak marinade, heirloom tomato relish and a Delta wedding punch.

- Skirt Steak Marinade -

1/2 C EVO

1/3 C Soy Sauce

2 Tablespoons Dark Brown Sugar

Juice from 2 Limes

Zest from 1 Lime

2 Tablespoons Garlic, Minced

1 Teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes

1/2 Teaspoon Cumin Powder

Combine in a non-reactive container. Marinate skirt for at least one hour and no more than 2 hours.

(NOTE: during this demonstration, Schmidt prepared the marinated steak directly on the coals, cooking each side for 1-2 minutes)

- Heirloom Tomato Relish -

5 Lbs. Heirloom Tomatoes, assorted sized and types

2 Shallots, Fine Dice

2 Tablespoons Sherry Vinegar

1 1/2 Tablespoon EVOO

Salt and Fresh Ground Pepper

2 Tablespoons Basil, Chopped

If using medium to large heirloom tomatoes, dice into chunks. Alternately, if using heirloom cherry tomatoes, cut in half crosswise.

Transfer tomatoes to a mixing bowl and toss gently with shallots, vinegar and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Taste and adjust if necessary. Fold in fresh basil just before serving.

- Delta Wedding Punch -

6 oz good quality vodka or gin

2 C Mint Infused Simple Syrup (recipe below)

1-1 1/2 C Grapefruit Juice

Juice from 1 Lime

Soda Water or Champagne

Combine all ingredients and mix well. Taste and adjust to personal preference. Chill before serving.

- Mint Infused Simple Syrup -

2 C Water

1 C Granulated Water

8 Mint Leaves, Crushed

Combine ingredients in a small saucepan and heat until the sugar is dissolved. Add mint leaves and allow to steep for 30 minutes. Chill before mixing.


Garden Mixology with Junior Board of Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

On Thursday, June 7, Junior Board of Birmingham Botanical presented Garden Mixology. Students learned the secrets of Dram master bartender Michael’s famous Mojito in “The Zone!” Michael Connors has been tending bar for five years and is currently serving delicious beverages at nearby Dram in Mountain Brook Village. Dram features Birmingham’s most extensive collection of bourbon, Scotch, and various whiskeys.

Photos: Mint Mixology

Friday, August 19th, 2011