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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