Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Recipe of the month: Savory Beetroot Walnut Spread!




Savory Beetroot Walnut Spread Recipe!

This beautiful and colorful spread is super yummy, highly nutritious and very easy to make. It's wonderful with seeded baguette, wholegrain crackers, pita chips and veggies, too. It's even more delightful with a glass of red wine. You can also enjoy it as a spread on sandwiches, pizza or flatbread and more! Please click here for the recipe.   

Enjoy!


Chef Ellie Lavender 
Vegan Mediterranean Personal Chef
Culinary Instructor
Lavender Design + Cuisine
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Meet Ellie Lavender!


Greetings!

I’m an interior designer, vegan Mediterranean personal chef, culinary instructor and artisan chocolatier. 

My journey to the creation of 
Lavender Design + Cuisine began in 2011 when I decided to leave a highly successful career in high tech sales spanning 20 years. It was time to pursue my lifelong dream. Since then, it has been an amazing and rewarding experience. I'm immeasurably grateful to do what I love thanks to my wonderful clients and students. They are the center of my work and a great inspiration.

I offer the following services throughout Santa Cruz County and the South Bay:

1) Interior Design with a focus on Feng Shui Principles

2) Staging a Home for Sale

3) Declutter Your Life Hands-on Workshops 

4) Personal Chef Services featuring the preparation of organic, seasonal, local and sustainable Vegan/ Vegetarian Mediterranean gourmet cuisine. I create healthy and delicious meals tailored to your personal taste right in your kitchen. 

5) Private In-Home Vegan/Vegetarian Mediterranean Cooking and Wine Pairing Class for individuals, Couples and Groups (minimum 5 people, maximum 10), conducted in your very own kitchen consists of a 4-course meal: appetizer, entrée, salad and dessert, plus wine to pair with foods you made. I'll come to your home to guide you and your group, through a delightful afternoon or evening of cooking right in your very own kitchen. 
The 4-hour class fee is $150.00 p/p and includes all organic ingredients plus a bottle of wine for each student. However, if you assemble a group of 6 or more, your cost as the host will be waived. And, you also get a lovely bottle of wine!

6) Chocolate Making Event for birthday parties for children 10 years and up (minimum 5 children, maximum 10). In this very hands-on event at your venue, children will make chocolate arts, which are organic, vegan and sugar free. They’ll get to try their chocolate arts and even gift wrap some of their lovely handmade creations in exquisite packaging provided by me. Parties start at just $175.00 for 5 children (each additional child is $35), which includes everything necessary to have a super fun time that is ideal for photo and video memories.

7) Culinary Team Building-Corporate Cooking Classes: Hands-on interactive culinary team building classes are a fun and effective way to create employee bonding experiences. The classes encourage teamwork, enhance communication, and foster camaraderie all in a delightful and delicious environment. I will custom design a menu to accommodate your goals and budget. 

8) Chocolate and Wine Pairing Events at local wineries open to the public in addition to exclusive cooking and wine pairing classes for wine club members eager for new experiences. These are fabulous occasions for chocolate enthusiasts, foodies and wine lovers to experience a delightful afternoon or evening sipping great wine while enjoying delicious gourmet cuisine.

9) Vegan/Vegetarian Mediterranean Catering for all occasions (up to 50 people).

Please contact me to learn more about any of these featured services and to take the first step. 

Ellie Lavender 
Certified Feng Shui Practitioner
Interior Designer
Vegan Mediterranean Personal Chef
Culinary Instructor
Lavender Design + Cuisine


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What my happy clients are saying......


What my happy clients are saying......

”Initially we felt insecure about changes in our home and home office, but Ellie inspired us to rise above small worries and approach change with practical solutions and optimism. Thank you, Ellie, for helping us to make our home and home office clutter-free, organized and harmonious! We love it!” Maggie and Steve, Los Gatos

"We hired Chef Ellie as our personal chef six years ago and can't imagine our lives without her gourmet, nourishing amazingly beautiful and delicious foods. She is a pleasure to work with and is always willing to cater our events even on short notice. We absolutely love her and highly recommend her." Sue & Michael, Saratoga

“Ellie helped me to declutter and organize my office. It was a total mess. The result has been very rewarding. I am now more focused on my job and actually enjoy working in my home office, instead of wasting time and getting frustrated.” Steve, Santa Cruz

“Thank you Ellie for the inspiring workshop. It was beyond my expectations!!! Not only did we learn some great tools for tackling the clutter, but also the core blocks of letting go. I appreciate all the special touches, delicious gourmet treats, sachets, and 1:1 personal connection. Ellie, you’re a true gem. Thank you!” Kim, Santa Cruz

Ellie Lavender 
Certified Feng Shui Practitioner
Interior Designer
Vegan Mediterranean Personal Chef
Culinary Instructor
Lavender Design + Cuisine
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Copyright © 2018 Lavender Design + Cuisine, All rights reserved.

Vegan/Vegetarian Mediterranean Culinary Services


Greetings!

I’m a vegan Mediterranean personal chef, culinary instructor and artisan chocolatier. 
My journey to the creation of Lavender Design + Cuisine began in 2011 when I decided to leave a highly successful career in high tech sales spanning 20 years. It was time to pursue my lifelong dream. Since then, it has been an amazing and rewarding experience. I'm immeasurably grateful to do what I love thanks to my wonderful clients and students. They are the center of my work and a great inspiration.

I offer the following services throughout Santa Cruz County and the South Bay:

1) Personal Chef Services featuring the preparation of organic, seasonal, local and sustainable Vegan/ Vegetarian Mediterranean gourmet cuisine. I create healthy and delicious meals tailored to your personal taste right in your kitchen. 

2) Private In-Home Vegan/Vegetarian Mediterranean Cooking and Wine Pairing Class for individuals, Couples and Groups (minimum 5 people, maximum 10), conducted in your very own kitchen consists of a 4-course meal: appetizer, entrée, salad and dessert, plus wine to pair with foods you made. I'll come to your home to guide you and your group, through a delightful afternoon or evening of cooking right in your very own kitchen. 
The 4-hour class fee is $150.00 p/p and includes all organic ingredients plus a bottle of wine for each student. However, if you assemble a group of 6 or more, your cost as the host will be waived. And, you also get a lovely bottle of wine!

3) Chocolate Making Event for birthday parties for children 10 years and up (minimum 5 children, maximum 10). In this very hands-on event at your venue, children will make chocolate arts, which are organic, vegan and sugar free. They’ll get to try their chocolate arts and even gift wrap some of their lovely handmade creations in exquisite packaging provided by me. Parties start at just $175.00 for 5 children (each additional child is $35), which includes everything necessary to have a super fun time that is ideal for photo and video memories.

4) Culinary Team Building-Corporate Cooking Classes: Hands-on interactive culinary team building classes are a fun and effective way to create employee bonding experiences. The classes encourage teamwork, enhance communication, and foster camaraderie all in a delightful and delicious environment. I will custom design a menu to accommodate your goals and budget. 

5) Chocolate and Wine Pairing Events at local wineries open to the public in addition to exclusive cooking and wine pairing classes for wine club members eager for new experiences. These are fabulous occasions for chocolate enthusiasts, foodies and wine lovers to experience a delightful afternoon or evening sipping great wine while enjoying delicious gourmet cuisine.

6) Vegan/Vegetarian Mediterranean Catering for all occasions (up to 50 people).

Please contact me to learn more about any of these featured services and to take the first step. 

Ellie Lavender 
Vegan Mediterranean Personal Chef
Culinary Instructor
Lavender Design + Cuisine

Copyright ©2018 Lavender Design + Cuisine, All rights reserved.

Feng Shui and Interior Design Services!



Greetings!

Your home is your sanctuary. It represents you and your inner-self. When you mindfully design inspiring living and working environments based on the principles of Feng Shui, you'll cultivate and enhance love, health, happiness and prosperity in your life!

Doesn’t that sound wonderful? You’ll take this idea from a dream to reality with me by your side.

Your Personalized 3-Steps Plan will include:

Step 1 Home, office and goals assessment
Step 2 Decluttering and organization plans
Step 3 Feng Shui and interior design enhancements

What is Feng Shui and why is it important?

Feng Shui is the art of arranging your home and work environments to enhance the flow of positive energy (chi), love, health, happiness and prosperity in your life.  When energy flow is stagnant or obstructed (i.e. clutter), it can have a direct negative impact on your life! If you have found that your environment doesn’t make you feel good or bring forth happiness, productivity and prosperity, there’s likely an obstruction of energy flow that needs to be addressed.   

Decluttering is the all important first step in the Feng Shui process! If energy (chi) can't flow freely, nothing else can begin to improve! The next step is the organization, which will bring clarity and empowerment. Lastly, the application of Feng Shui principles will cultivate and enhance balance, harmony, love, happiness and prosperity. 

Inspired Kitchen Transformation Story! 

“Ellie helped us to transform our cluttered and disorganized kitchen into a wonderful gathering and entertaining space! We started by decluttering our fridge, pantry, cabinets and counters. We discarded all the stained and chipped dishes and glasses and got rid of broken appliances and expired food items. We brought in a container of herbs, fresh flowers and a basket of lemons from our garden, which added life and color to the kitchen. These simple steps have completely transformed our kitchen. Not only do we love the good feeling and energy in there, but we now cook more often. We truly enjoy spending time together in our beautiful kitchen over meals and especially for coffee in the morning! Thank you so much, Ellie, for your practical and creative solutions." Sofia and Marco, Capitola

Contact me to arrange for a 30-minute phone consultation to take the first step. 

Ellie Lavender
Certified Feng Shui Practitioner
Interior Designer
Lavender Design + Cuisine* 
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*Services Offered throughout Santa Cruz County and the South Bay.

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Friday, March 9, 2018

Declutter Your Relationships & Social Network!


Declutter Your Relationships & Social Network!

One of the hardest things in life is letting go and that’s never easy, but it’s a vital step toward living a happy and prosperous life!

Relationships are like bank accounts. If you allow people in your life to make more emotional withdrawals than deposits, you will soon find yourself with negative equity. You need to know when it’s time to close the account!

The fact is there are certain people in our lives that just aren’t good for us. This includes family members, friends, neighbors, co-workers and so on. We all know the types: people who drain our energy; people who make us feel bad when we hang out with them; people who criticize us simply because we think and operate outside of their comfort zone; people who quietly (but clearly) judge us simply for who we are or what we do; or the people who just plain turn any situation to their advantage by taking the victim role.

Love Yourself and Let Go of anyone holding you back from living a happy and prosperous life! No explanation nor justification necessary. Just let go!  

Ellie Lavender
Certified FengShui Practitioner
Interior Designer
Lavender Design + Cuisine


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