Food, Health, and Wellness

Food, Health, and Wellness

Feed your mind, body, and soul.

Feed your mind, body, and soul and learn something new by attending one of our Food, Health, and Wellness classes at BRIT. Come discover the connections between the botanical and culinary worlds, come learn new ways to achieve and maintain a balanced lifestyle, and best of all, come spend some quality time on our beautiful garden campus located in the heart of the Fort Worth Cultural District!

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Program Information

Location: Most classes will take place at BRIT or at the FW Botanic Garden. Some classes and workshops will be taught off campus and/or may include field trips to other locations around North Central Texas.

Cost: Class tuition varies depending on the length of the class and materials needed. Please see the individual class listings for exact prices.

Who should attend: GROW Adult Education workshops are open to and suitable for all interested members of the general public. 

Nice to Know: Since you never know where GROW Adult Ed might take you, we recommend that participants dress comfortably in clothes that are appropriate for both indoor and outdoor adventures. A sweater or light jacket is a good idea in case the A/C is working too well and closed toe shoes are always a good idea. Please check individual class listings for any specific requirements and, as always, don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you at a GROW Adult Ed class soon! 

Point of Contact

Laura Northern Venhaus

Director of the Libraries and Research Public Engagement

Feed your mind, body, and soul and learn something new by attending one of our Food, Health, and Wellness classes at BRIT. Come discover the connections between the botanical and culinary worlds, come learn new ways to achieve and maintain a balanced lifestyle, and best of all, come spend some quality time on our beautiful garden campus located in the heart of the Fort Worth Cultural District!

Upcoming Events

Make your own Jams and Jellies

Demonstration Cooking

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Join Master Gardener Pat Higgins as she demonstrates how to preserve our wonderful local, seasonal fruit by making strawberry jelly. In this demonstration class, Pat will share her recipes as she cooks, mashes and fills the jars with delicious homemade jelly. She will also cover the basics of water-bath canning. You can help stir if you want! 

Instructor Pat Higgins has been a Master Gardener since 2005 after retiring from Bass Enterprises Production Co.  Besides gardening she enjoys painting and cross stitch.  She is active in the Education program with Tarrant County Master Gardeners and Lead Propagator at the TCMGA Community/Demonstration Garden greenhouse.

Please note: This class will take place in the Fort Worth Botanic Garden Kitchen.

$20 members/$25 non-members

Cooking with Herbs

Demonstration Cooking

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Join Chef Charles Youts as he inspires you to use fresh herbs in your cooking to make meals more delicious as well as more healthful. Recipes for Healthy Ranch Dip with fresh vegetables, Cream of Herb Soup, Seared Chicken with Citrus Herb Compound Butter, and Creamy Herb Polenta will be shared as he demonstrates the techniques used to make these delicious concoctions. Stirring will be encouraged!

Instructor Charles Youts is Executive Chef at the Classic Café in Roanoake and also teaches classes to help others develop their culinary skills, whether they want to improve their own skills or go into the professional culinary world. He mentors students at Byron Nelson High School's Academy of Culinary Arts and Hospitality and teaches at Colleyville's Market Street and Southlake's William-Sonoma. While eating at Classic Cafe you may enjoy perusing the Chef's Pantry Garden where many of the vegetables are grown that make their way to your plate!

This class will be held in the Fort Worth Botanic Garden's Kitchen

$20 members/$25 non-members

Homemade Salsa

Demonstration Cooking

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Join Steve Chaney as he demonstrates making salsa in your own kitchen.  As he cooks, Steve will provide recipes and describe the different types and flavors of salsa found in the various regions of the Southwest. He will share how these flavors are achieved by using fresh and local herbs, vegetables and seasonings. 

Instructor Steve Chaney is originally from a small town in Southern Oklahoma where he learned to love the garden from a very young age.  After receiving two BS degrees from Oklahoma State University in Landscape Architecture and Marketing, he owned and operated a design/building firm for over ten years before joining the Extension family and acquiring his Master’s Degree in Agricultural Education.  He first served as a CEA in Wichita County and, after four years, continued his service to the community as a CEA in Tarrant County, where he still continues to make a significant impact. His experience and expertise have helped to make the Tarrant County Home Horticulture programs recognized as “tops in the state”.  

This class will be held in the FWBG Kitchen.

$20 members/$25 non-members