Cookbook, Vegas & Contest

May 2, 2011 § 1 Comment


chef Tal Ronnen and Kathy Freston making creamy asparagus soup

The reason why I went to the Los Angeles book festival yesterday was to meet vegan chef Tal Ronnen. I was so excited to hear him speak and buy his book because he graduated from my future school (The Natural Gourmet Institute). He cooked for Oprah during her vegan cleanse and for Ellen & Portia’s wedding. I love his new book (the conscious cook) and am excited to try some recipes!

meeting chef Ronnen @ book signing


If you’re in Vegas or plan on going this weekend, check this out! Amazing chefs and delicious food. Need I say more?

May 7th 12 PM Viva Las Vegan! event



Saturday, May 7th, 2011

Botero – Chef Mark LoRusso

  • “Pasta and Clams’” – Eggless Garganelle pasta, Combu broth, broccoli rabe, sweet peppers, oyster mushrooms
  • Cous Cous & spring vegetable fricassee

Society Café  –  Chef Kim Canteenwalla

  • Society Vegan Tomato Tasting…..Roast tomato bisque & heirloom tomato, cashew cheese salad
  • Vegan Market Chop Salad…..White balsamic & tarragon vinaigrette

Stratta  –  Chef Alex Stratta

  • Sweet roasted corn and cashew cream agnolotti with wild mushrooms
  • Crispy ‘Gardein’ Milanese with arugula, fennel and marinated tomatoes

Lakeside – Chef David Walzog

  • Old Bay Cakes….Toasted Pasta, blistered tomatoes, ancho-garlic aioli
  • Vegan “Clam” Chowder…..Cashew cream base, smoked oyster mushrooms

Wazuzu – Chef Jet Tila

  • Dim Sum
    • Palm Pocket…..Hearts of palm, corn, ginger, garlic and shiitake mushroom
    • White Lotus…..Pea shoots, shiitake, and water chestnuts
    • Jade Dumplings…..Spinach & Shiitake mushrooms
    • Sushi…”Eel Avocado Roll”
    • Faux-nagi Maki

Pastry Station

Chef Jenifer Fournier

  • “Peaches & Cream”…..Crunchy peach cylinder with citrus-soy rice cream and Sangria compressed peaches

Chef Kimberly Valdez

  • Traditional style Carrot Cake with pineapple marmalade and walnut tuile

Yum! I’m so jealous. I want to be there!


Good and UC Berkeley are sponsoring a project to redesign the food label. The goal is to make it easier to read.

It’s a good project and I support any movement towards nutrition education. I just question its effectiveness.

If people don’t care about what they eat, a different color or label probably won’t make them. Unless someone creates an equivalent to the cigarette warnings, it’s hard to imagine that people will limit their intake just by looking at some numbers.


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