By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published Jun 05, 2017 at 8:02 PM

Are you looking for a one-of-a-kind dinner experience this summer?

Bookworm Gardens, at 1415 Campus Dr. in Sheboygan, has been capturing the hearts of young booklovers since 2010. And this year, it has launched a very special Secret Garden Dinner Series, featuring chef-selected themes that incorporate edible foods and plants.

Featured chefs will include Ulrich Koberstein of Sargento Foods, Black Pig’s Rob Hurrie, Diane Trester of Wild Carrot Cuisine and Marc Ehler of BoMallies Food Truck and Restaurant.

A number of the dinners have already sold out. However, tickets are still available for the final installment on Sept. 13. Each will be held on the gardens’ patio terrace and will feature a reception, three-course dinner including wine and beer, a mystery bag raffle, live music, a garden treasure creation and intimate conversation with the featured chef.

The first (sold-out) installment on June 21 will be hosted by Koberstein, former director of culinary arts at Destination Kohler and author of "Connor the Caddie," a children’s book that also has a corresponding exhibit at Bookworm Gardens. The theme of the dinner will focus on Morocco, with inspiration from Ulrich’s hometown in South Africa.

Secret Garden Dinners are $75 per person (or $300 for a reserved table of four). Tickets can be purchased by phone at (920) 287-7895. On each dinner date the reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. with dinner to follow at 6:30 p.m. For more information about the dinner series or other events at Bookworm Gardens, visit the website.

Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.