Cooking Classes to Bring Back the FUN in Your Life
Imagine being able to connect with friends and family on a deeper level… and feel the joy of being a kid again
You’re a responsible adult and show up to all the places you’re supposed to. Pay the bills and all. But, maybe you’re missing that wonder of something new and exciting in your life. You can buy a ticket to Europe to escape, but there’s an easier, better (and cheaper) way to feel that wonder. Your fear is to be the boring adult you sometimes see in your parents.
That’s exactly what I offer with my cooking classes. The joy of learning something new with friends, your partner, or team. With a little health focus, too.
After 10 years of working in the restaurant industry, I’m more a food counselor than a chef. Unlike the Chopped contestants you’ll find on the Food Network, I’m about enjoying the process of cooking and making a home- not rushing it. I care about wellness. I help you create healthy habits in the kitchen that will benefit you and all those you feed.
I’m a Los Angeles native and like many 30-something women I went through struggles about weight and dieting. In high school, although I wasn’t an extreme case, I may have been borderline anorexic. For many years, I felt confusion on what to eat. Gluten-free or Paleo, Atkins, or Grapefruit diet? While many of my friends and I jumped on and off the diet boat, eventually I got the real knowledge. I turned to getting a nutrition degree in college, and soon after a culinary degree in France.
After working with dieticians and developing recipes for over 10 years, I figured out what the right diet was for me. It was NO diet at all! It was about a lifestyle. It wasn’t about restriction or counting calories, it was about just eating more vegetables and whole, unprocessed foods.
My time in Europe further convinced me that lifestyle factors like walking, eating with friends, spending time in nature were what made you healthy (and kept things romantic too 😉
Now I’m dedicating my time to making you feel confident in the kitchen, bringing people together, and add the ‘je ne sais quoi’ back into your life. The kitchen is my haven and it can be yours too. Learn to dance and laugh again as we prepare meals in the kitchen together. Nothing serious here.
Keep on cooking,
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The three tenets we live and work by. . .
Our idea of community is one in which each guest accepts each other for the whole and incomplete person they are. We hope to strengthen communities by sharing a love for food. We know that some of the best bonding happens over the dining table and we want to support those times. (We love doing Couples Classes to bond them closer together) We aim to give light to the farmers, chefs, home cooks, and diners for all they do in supporting our community. We want to facilitate new discussions about the ever evolving role of food and cooking in society so ultimately people can feel empowered about their food choices politically, socially, economically.
Health is a major issue in today’s world. While we are not into dieting, we focus on living a conscious life. We want to support our community by offering healthy tips for eating a balanced diet. We also want to empower our guests to choose the most healthful, responsible foods that align with their mission. Sometimes this may mean growing your own food, or shopping at the local farmer’s market to get the most nutritious foods, or making a political stance on the monopolized food industries. That’s why we give the option to start our private cooking classes with a trip to the farmer’s market with the chef.
We promote exploration. We believe that exploring other cultures allows us to more deeply know ourselves. Exposing ourselves to new customs, traditions, and foods teaches us that however different we may seem, we all share a desire for connection and belonging.
We also promote living an active lifestyle to stay healthy, energized, and young at heart. When we take time to care for our body each day, and move it in ways that please us, we can do more things and live the life we want. We must take time to do some sort of exercise and some sort of mental clearing to live the healthiest life possible. We believe in Einstein’s words:
“Do not grow old, no matter how long you live. Never cease to stand like curious children before the Great Mystery into which we were born”.
View the Vegan eCookbook that Joanna wrote, as well as others that she has assisted with.
If you’re interested in the first cookbook of my year-long trip, it is finally out! Order “Month in Marrakech: a food and travel memoir” by clicking on the link.