Door County Pesto Festo Seeks Pesto Recipes

Door County Master Gardener Volunteers are looking for chefs willing to share their most inventive and tastiest pesto recipes. During a “Pesto Festo” as part of “The Taste of the Garden Door” on September 10, entries will be taste-tested by a panel of judges including Susan Guthrie of Bluefront Café in Sturgeon Bay, Jan Coulson of The White Gull Inn in Fish Creek, and Adrian Murre, a cooking instructor at NWTC in Sturgeon Bay. The judges will award first, second, and third places, as well as a “Most Creative” award. After the judges have finished with their deliberations, all attending the event can vote for their favorite pesto. All the winning recipes will be available online at as well as in an information box at The Garden Door by the end of September.

There are no rules governing recipe ingredients and chefs may enter more than one pesto creation. Pesto entries of at least three cups are to be delivered to the educational classroom at the UW Peninsular Experiment Station between 10:30 and 11:30 am on September 10. Each submission must come with a recipe and contact information. For additional information call Barbara & Doug Henderson at 920.743.9026.

“Pesto Festo” activities will take place between 1 – 3:30 pm as part of the “Taste of the Garden Door,” which will take place from 1 – 4 pm. Included in the day’s activities are DCMGA volunteer Mary Gehm demonstrating leaf pressing and Jane Knaapen Cole speaking about herbs. A sautéed vegetable demonstration will be conducted by Curt Campbell of The Oilerie.

The Research Station is located at 4312 Highway 42 just north of Sturgeon Bay. The Garden Door is free and open daily, year-round from dawn to dusk.