Rockford’s Anderson Japanese Gardens will host its second Guest Chef Dinner Saturday, April 20. The dinner will feature a four-course meal prepared by Rockford chef Al Castrogiovanni of Alchemy and Giovanni’s. Each course will be paired with a cocktail created with Death’s Door Spirits by master mixologist Grant Hurless.
This is a family-style dinner where guests will seat themselves at long tables. Cocktail social hour begins at 5:30 p.m. with seating for dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $85 per person (does not include tax and gratuity). Space is limited and guests must make reservations by Tuesday, April 9. Guests must be at least 21 years old to attend.
Anderson Japanese Gardens, 318 Spring Creek Road, has been named the highest-quality Japanese garden in North America by Sukiya Living magazine since 2004. Inspired by calm and tranquility, this 12-acre, award-winning landscape is composed of koi-filled ponds, winding pathways, gentle streams, plunging waterfalls, raked gravel gardens, beautifully trained pines and more. Master craftsmanship and 16th-century traditional architecture are found throughout. Visit andersongardens.org or call (815) 229-9390 for more details.
From the April 3-9, 2013, issue