Seed to Plate Series

Savor the tastes of spring with us in the first of our Seed to Plate culinary art classes!  Join local food advocate and chef Willa Essie to learn how to prepare a selection of dishes grown and harvested fresh from the Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum’s Center for Urban Agriculture.  We will meet at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 9 in the Historic Mule Barn located at 2649 Boyds Bridge Pike.

All participants will learn how to prepare a variety of seasonal dishes and enjoy a modest brunch in our Historic Mule Barn, attend a tour of the Center for Urban Agriculture, receive a goody bag that includes an edible plant for their home garden and recipe cards.

Registration for this class is $20 for non-members, $15 for Garden members and $5 for 37914/5 neighbors.


Guests may register at the door, but gift bags and some dishes may be in limited supply

About our Chef

Willa resides in her beloved hometown of Knoxville, having return stateside from Europe in 1994. She has resided in Rio de Janerio, Tokyo, Milan, Seville, and London.

After the dreaded disaster of September 11, 2001, she took a year off from flying and returned to school at Pellissippi State Community College, flew only a few trips after and retired from the airlines in 2004. She worked for the City of Knoxville, attended the culinary course at the University of Tennessee graduating with a certificate of completion in 2006. She has owned several businesses: Lifestyle, Globalifestyle Inc., and The Birdhouse Café.

In April 2015 So.Kno Food Co-op Neighborhood Market, Inc. was opened on Chapman Highway in South Knoxville. The Co-op closed its retail location at the end of August and moved its CSA (Consumer Supported Agriculture) “Your Choice CSA” to “O Grits” Farm. So.Kno Food Co-op was dissolved at the end of March 2016.

Willa was appointed by Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett to the Knoxville-Knox County Food Policy Council for a second term ending December 2019.



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