Sunday, December 27, 2020

Delicious Vegan Mediterranean Christmas Dinner Menu & Foods Pictures!

Appetizer
Beetroot Pate, Watermelon Radish, Oil Cured 
Black Olives & Artisan Crackers


Salad

Fennel, Blood Orange & Pistachio 



Salad Dressing
Citrus Cardamom  



Entrée
Cremini Mushroom Chestnut Bourguignon   


Entrée
Creamy Cheesy Polenta with Caramelized 
Shallot, Garlic & Thyme



Dessert
Chocolate, Hazelnut, Orange, Grand Mariner & 
Lavender Tart



Wine
Domaine Faiveley Mercurey 2018
Burgundy, France
Paired with Menu



Festive Flowers Bouquet for 
Christmas Dinner Table
By Localife Flowers in Bonny Doon, CA



Menu
Exclusively Designed for my Personal Chef & 
Catering Clients Christmas Dinner


Happy Holidays Foodies & Wine Lovers!

Excited to share my Delicious Vegan Mediterranean Christmas Dinner Menu infused with ton of love and paired with a delicious red wine made with Pinot Noir grapes, the Domaine Faiveley Mercurey 2018 from Burgundy, France.

This beautiful, delicious, organic, seasonal produce, farm-to-table-fresh and locally sourced ingredients Vegan Mediterranean Christmas Dinner Menu was created exclusively for my amazing personal chef and catering clients, my own joyful commitment as a vegan chef to promote sustainability of our glorious planet and my continued support for the Santa Cruz Farmers' Market, local-small-family owned grocery stores such as Shopper’s Corner (excellent wines, including the amazing French wine paired with my menu) in Santa Cruz, Wildroots Market in Felton and local Bonny Doon Florist of Localife Flowers. 

Creating beautiful, delicious and nutritious vegan Mediterranean recipes/menu/foods are the greatest joy of my life and bringing delicious joy to my clients, simply divine happiness!

Recipes for the Christmas dinner menu are in my first cookbook: The Art of Vegan Mediterranean Cooking and to be published in 2021!

Chef Ellie Lavender
Vegan Mediterranean Personal Chef
Culinary & Wine Pairing Instructor
Lavender Design + Cuisine
 

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Monday, December 7, 2020

Simple & Practical Living Room Feng Shui Tips!

 


Finding a sanctuary in our modern world isn't always easy. Many of us work at home, or take work home from the office. Lots of us share spaces with significant others or family members, so turning down the volume of life at home isn't always easy.

To create a place to unwind, you must eliminate the stuck energyotherwise known as clutter! So your mind and body can feel at ease and fully release the stresses of the day.

Living rooms are considered a common space to relax and rejuvenate. Therefore, it should be clutter-free, organized, pleasant and inviting.

You can easily create a place of joy, comfort, relaxation, and rejuvenation by applying these very simple and practical Feng Shui enhancements to your living room:

  1. Declutter - Remove, recycle, donate, trash, sell, do whatever is needed to remove items you don't need, use or even like. Clutter generates negative energy and has a direct impact on your physical and emotional well-being. Start decluttering now!
  2. Find a good view - If you have a great view of nature or the city, leave your blinds or curtains open to bring that expansive view inside. If you don't have a view, you can create one with a great piece of art.
  3. Appeal to your senses - Explore aromatherapy such as essential oil diffusers and even pure incense to flood the air with layers of sensory goodness.
  4. Add more nature - Nature is the ultimate relaxation nirvana. Add plants, fresh flowers and bring more nature into your living room.
  5. Rearrange your furniture – Furniture are not permanent fixtures and can be easily rearranged. Move them around to increase energy flow and remove furniture that have no use or purpose in your living room. While you are at it, get rid of cracked and broken furniture, lamps, smelly rugs, etc.

Lastly, have fun with the process and make a habit of reinventing your living room at least once a year! 

Ellie Lavender
Certified Feng Shui Practitioner
Interior Designer
Lavender Design + Cuisine

 

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Notes of Gratitude!


2020 marks Lavender Design + Cuisine’s 9th year anniversary! My wonderful and rewarding journey began in 2011 with my decision 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 amazing students. They are the center of my work and a great inspiration.

 

Like previous years, 2020 has been a delicious year in addition to new beginnings, inspirations, joy, growth and triumphs for you and Lavender Design + Cuisine!

 

I want to express my deepest gratitude to my wonderful Interior Design & Feng Shui Clients, enthusiastic Declutter Your Life workshop attendees, amazing Personal Chef and Catering Clients, fabulous Students of my Chocolate, Culinary and Wine Pairing Classes (hands-on & virtual) and all the loving and inspiring people in my life. You make my work, hence my life so much fun, exciting and rewarding!

 

Your focus and determination towards the positive transformation of your home and workspace, and ultimately the cultivation of Happiness and Prosperity in your life, are simply Amazing! In addition, your unmatched desire for Vegan Mediterranean Cooking & Wine Pairing and your gourmet taste for experimenting with Culinary Lavender in sweet and savory dishes is such a gift to me!

 

You Inspire Me. Thank You!

Wishing you a Magical Holiday Season and a Fantastic New Year!

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

 

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Sunday, December 6, 2020

Lavender Design + Cuisine Testimonials


Welcome to Lavender Design + Cuisine, your source of inspiration for Living Joyously & Deliciously!

Every company has a story and mine is rather inspirational and worth telling. My wonderful 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.

Click on links below to view what my wonderful clients, enthusiastic workshop attendees and amazing students are saying.

Feng Shui & Interior Design Testimonials

Declutter Your Life Workshop Testimonials

Personal Chef & Catering Clients Testimonials

Vegan Mediterranean Cooking, Baking, Chocolate & Wine Pairing Classes Testimonials

Aspiring Young Chefs Beautiful Testimonials

Corporate Team-Building Activity Testimonials

I'm immeasurably grateful to do what I love thanks to my wonderful clients, enthusiastic workshop attendees and amazing students. They are the center of my work and a great inspiration. 

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

 

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Corporate Team-Building Activity Testimonials

 


What my happy corporate clients are saying …..

Corporate Team-Building Activity: Chocolate & Wine Pairing Class

'Chef Ellie brightened up our day with her chocolate-making offsite as she shared her love of food and life with my engineering team. She created a light-hearted and enjoyable environment where we all relaxed and had fun creating unique chocolates, flavored with organic culinary lavender, homemade candied orange, and other crave-worthy toppings. We had fun as a team working together to make chocolate mini-cups, medallions, and bark...plus taste-testing along the way!  I really appreciated that Ellie made it so easy logistically. We didn't have access to a stove-top, so she used the microwave to temper the chocolate, and had all the ingredients ready to go. I can't thank her enough for keeping dietary restrictions in mind (allergies to gluten, dairy, nuts, carrots!).  Another nice touch was Ellie brought a fantastic wine for us to enjoy as we got creative, plus sent us all home with a carefully selected bottle to pair with our chocolates, which we wrapped up into nice boxes.  I highly recommend Ellie's chocolate class as an offsite for any team in any organization!  I promise you'll have a fantastic and memorable time.Kat, San Francisco 

Corporate Team-Building Activity: Declutter Your Life Hands-On Workshop

‘Ellie brought her amazing energy and contagious enthusiasm to a corporate team building activity that generally would have had reluctant participations. However, not in her wonderfully organized and delicious Declutter Your Life hands-on and interactive workshop. Her workshop was one of the best team building activities that I had organized for my team and perfectly within my budget. It was fun and yet a very effective way to create employee bonding experiences. It encouraged teamwork and collaboration, further enhanced team communications, and fostered camaraderie all in a delightful and delicious ways. We loved the gourmet vegan refreshments and artisan lavender chocolates she had prepared for us. I highly recommend Ellie's Delcutter Your Life workshop as a team building activity for any organization!’  Susan, Santa Clara



I'm immeasurably grateful to do what I love thanks to my amazing corporate clients. They are the center of my work and a great inspiration.  

Thank you!

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

 

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Saturday, December 5, 2020

Vegan Mediterranean Cooking, Baking, Chocolate & Wine Pairing Classes Testimonials

 


What my happy culinary students are saying …..

‘Chef Ellie’s chocolate making class with lavender is simply amazing! Once I experienced the exotic taste and wonderful aroma of lavender in chocolate, it became my daily treat! Thank you, Ellie, for introducing me to culinary lavender and for the delicious and fun class!’ ~ Lisa, Saratoga

‘Anyone who likes chocolate will love this class. Chef Ellie makes chocolate making fun and enjoyable as eating it.’ ~ Jason, Watsonville

'So fun! Chef Ellie is warm & sweet and includes everyone so we all learn, make & taste lovely chocolates, artisanal style. Thank you.' ~ Jean, Santa Cruz

'Love the energy Chef Ellie brings to her class! This is my third and most favorite, love chocolates. Thank you Chef Ellie.' Ernie, Walnut Creek

‘I loved the chocolate and wine pairing class! Chef Ellie’s positive and exuberant spirit guides you along as you make beautiful chocolate arts together in a small and fun group. The beautiful included packaging inspires you to create lovely homemade gifts you can take to share with friends and family. That is if you can keep from eating the yummy chocolates yourself!’ ~ Chris, Los Gatos

‘We loved Chef Ellie’s vegan artisan chocolate and wine pairing class! It was a beautiful Valentine’s Day present for myself and my husband. We highly recommend it!’ ~ Rebecca & John, Palo Alto

'I learned so much today. It was the first time for me to make confections~ I enjoyed the people and wonderful food. Thanks for a lovely day.' Linda, Santa Cruz 

'Today's vegan Moroccan cooking & wine pairing class was so fun, educational & so full of love for food. Thank you Chef Ellie for your positive goodness & heartfelt joy in teaching!' ~ Teri, Brookdale 

'Chef Ellie's classes are the best! What better way to spend the Saturday than learning to cook nutritious, Mediterranean vegan food. She is such a pleasure to spend the day with. Thank you!' ~ Vikki, Aptos 

'Ellie is the hostess with the mostest. She creates the most artistic, flavorful, healthy food I've ever experienced. Her classes are uniquely orchestrated and everyone participates. So fun, great people/foodies.' ~ Amy, Ben Lomond 

Chef Ellie's class was so wonderful. So creative and fun. She was warm and welcoming, the venue was rustic and perfect, and the lesson was engaging. Look forward to taking another class. Thank you.' ~ Lisa & John, San Jose 

 ‘Chef Ellie’s vegan cooking and wine pairing classA Taste of Spain on Your Plate was lots of fun and delicious. I always thought vegan foods were boring until I took this class! Not only did I enjoy the class thoroughly, I also learned how to cook delicious vegan foods and pair them with the right wine, too!’ ~ Jennifer, Santa Clara

 ‘We absolutely loved Chef Ellie’s vegan cooking and wine pairing class, A Taste of Morocco on Your Plate! She made the class so much fun by engaging students in all aspects of cooking, attending to each person, and encouraging them to be adventurous when cooking!  Now, my husband and I take turns cooking vegan foods for each other on our date nights. We love experimenting with recipes and making them vegan.’ ~ Cathy & Joe, Sunnyvale

Chef Ellie instantly makes you feel at ease, as if you are with your family cooking. She radiates joy and infuses everyone with her creativity. And food is delicious.’ ~ Kendra, Seaside 

‘What I love the most about taking Chef Ellie’s class is that I take time to enjoy cooking something new & taking time to enjoy the experience. Also, to meet new people & connect with other foodies. Thanks Chef Ellie! ~ Ernie, Walnut Creek 

‘Coming to this class was such a wonderful escape from the non-stop hustle and bustle of downtown Santa Cruz. The tarts were phenomenal and the techniques that I learned are applicable to many different dishes, even if you’re not vegan. The collaborative environment between everyone allowed us to form a group mentality tasked with making a fabulous meal that included a small bit of everyone’s personality. I would happily take another one of these classes as it is not just a cooking class but a gathering of people who will from now on be connected to this particular experience.’ ~ Amanda, Santa Cruz 

Awesome day meeting + cooking w/ new friends in the redwoods! ~ Kerrie, Watsonville 

'Surprised and amazed at finding a vegan French baking class. It was wonderful, fun and everyone worked together as a team. All the foods we made were beautiful, colorful and delicious!' ~ Tawny, Watsonville 

‘What a great experience with amazing people, cooking and then enjoying yummy meal together. True communities! ~ Kristy, San Jose

'I loved how simple the food was to make. It was nice that people from all levels of cooking could enjoy the class. I'm not vegan, but the food was delicious! Thank you Chef Ellie.' ~ Heidi, Santa Cruz 

'The recipes and preparation techniques were great! Other people in the class were very pleasant. The appetizer and drink were great. The vegan Moroccan cooking & wine pairing class was very well organized and nice. Thank you.' ~ Boris, Aptos 

'Great experience, foods & people. Enjoyed being involved in cooking experience, meeting new people. Learned some great tips. It was lovely to have food & drink as we communicated with each other. Thank you.' ~ Carol, Aptos 

‘Today, was a very joyful experience for me, cooking with everyone & loved the healthy vibe. I love FlipJack Ranch! It is a perfect place for learning, growing and loving all things food. ~ Teri, Brookdale 



I'm immeasurably grateful to do what I love thanks to my amazing culinary students. They are the center of my work and a great inspiration.

Thank you!

Chef Ellie Lavender

Vegan Mediterranean Personal Chef
Culinary & Wine Pairing Instructor
Lavender Design + Cuisine

 

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