I love to cook. It is an honour to create with nature's abundance, to bring to the table the beauty and life energy of all the raw ingredients, celebrated in many delicious forms. I see the ingredients and myself as partners in the process, as I bring forward their essence as any artist works with their materials to allow something wonderful to emerge. I love working from this inspired place!
Whether you are vegetarian, meat-lover, omnivore, paleo, or quite restricted health-wise with your diet (or if your group is all of the above!) I'm happy to meet your needs.
Generally, my rates are:
$18-20/person/dinner (depending on if you want dessert!)
I use high quality organic, local and ethically-sourced ingredients whenever possible, with the emphasis being on dense well-balanced nutrition, good variety with lots of colour and flavour.
Every retreat and gathering is unique; so too are the needs of the people! I'm very happy to work with your vision and budgetary needs.
It is most organizers' preference (as well as my own) that I stay on site to hold the hearth space. Of course I am sensitive to the needs of the gathering, and am energetically aware; you won't find me blaring loud music or waltzing into meditation circles. I am happy to connect with people in the kitchen, in conversation and song. Please consider that my accommodations may be an additional cost, depending on your location and arrangements. I'm also happy to bring a tent (three seasons of the year!) or find other accommodations nearby if space is limited.
Also, as I am usually on my own, help with post-meal clean-up is much appreciated. (i.e., peoples' personal dishes and serving dishes. I try to complete all prep dishes ahead of the meal). This often shows up as participants putting their name on a sign-up sheet to help with a meal or two throughout their stay.
Here's an idea of what you might expect on the menu:
Lemon Poppyseed Muffins OR Apple Cinnamon Cake OR Carrot Spice Cake (can be paleo and/or gluten-free)
Hard Boiled Eggs
Toast & Spreads
Tea & Coffee
Collard green or Tortilla wraps with warm Baba-ganouj , Hummus and assorted toppings
Veggies & Dip
Seasonal Soup of the Day (e.g., Tomato Red Lentil & Basil, Hearty Chicken, Cucumber Mint)
Apple Carrot Coleslaw with Walnuts & Cranberry
Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms over Zucchini Noodles and Tomato Sauce
Tangy Kale Caesar Salad with Hemp Hearts & Sun-dried Tomatoes
Cauliflower & Chick Pea Curry with Rice (or Butter Chicken for those who eat meat)
Fresh Naan Bread
Mixed Green Salad with Yogurt Tahini Dressing
Baked Salmon with Garlic and Lemon
Oven-roasted Potato & Sweet Potato Salad with Dill
Coconut Date Balls
Quinoa & Beet Chocolate Cayenne Brownies
Tart Lemon Squares
I'm happy to plan a menu with you, or surprise you with delicious creations each day (according to dietary needs).
I'm not limited to working within a workshop/retreat format, so please contact me for other events if you have something else in mind.
See you in the kitchen!
"Kate, Your meals were delicious. And really helped facilitate our practice. It provided a great comfort to me. Thank you!" - Danielle
"Thank you for another week of amazing meals. You have inspired me to have more fun with my meals." - Diana
"Kate, Thank you so much once again for your nourishment- on all levels. Your food and your presence is such a delight." - Kristina
"Gratitude for the beautiful food, and your peaceful divine feminine presence. I am able to fully immerse in the teachings knowing that the food is in good hands." - Les
"Your energy and spirit come through the food, and we learn a lot from you." - Agnes