retreat catering

my thoughts on retreat catering

I see retreats as a place to connect, expand, and nourish, whether their intention is yoga, personal development, meditation, dance, or entrepreneurial. The food is vital to this, and I am committed to matching the retreat’s energy with intentional food preparation.

Retreats have been my primary culinary focus since 2014, and I’ve pioneered the yoga retreat catering industry and mentored many connected and aspiring chefs through my online platform More Pleaze.

I am trained in holistic nutrition, classic culinary arts, Ayurvedic cooking, raw food cuisine, Hawaiian medicinal food, and more. I also am a part-time yoga teacher myself.

I bring not only food to retreats but also aligned assistants (most of them are also yoga teachers!), intentional beverages (my Kangen machine comes with me!), and overall energetic ambiance (I bring altars, oracle cards, sage, and more).

This menu guide reflects the most popular styles of retreat-style catering, but customization is always available. It’s very important to me to be an asset to the retreat, and for the food to help empower both the hardworking leaders as well as the participants in their journey.

I am a full-time Maui resident, and am very familiar with the island’s local produce, vendors, products, and retreat centers, and am proud to be a recommended chef at many venues. I also travel for select work and am frequently in California, where I grew up and lived in San Francisco for my 20s, up and down the coast to prepare my food.

Retreat catering is a fully immersive experience, and although the work is labor-intensive physically and mentally, it is a true honor to support sacred space. Thank you for your consideration In bringing me into your intentional event.

chef bio

My food is my art, the truest way I’ve found to combine my loves of travel, hospitality, and wellness into one place.

My menus are as influenced by my California roots as they are by years of backpacking through Southeast Asia and Central America. I love the rustic elegance of wine country-esque meals, as well as the explosions of flavor and texture characterized by Panasian and traditional Mexican cuisine. In short: I am happy to keep it classic – or offer a unique contemporary experience, always featuring the culinary bounty of Maui’s farms and seas.

My training began with a classic Le Cordon Bleu degree, but I also have studied many healing styles of cooking including Holistic Nutrition with Hawthorn University, Ayurvedic Chef Training with Hale Pule, Raw Foods with various chefs, and Wildcrafting with Earth Medicine Institute. I boast almost twenty years in the hospitality industry, working both in the front and back of restaurants, event management, catering, wine industry, festival production, and weddings.

It means a great deal to me to be versatile and open-minded in my cooking and energy, and I love merging healthy cuisine with rich invigorating flavors – creating a new style of health food that doesn’t lack in depth or satisfaction.

If you’re looking for a chef with love, passion, and knowledge to bring an intentional and interactive experience, please contact me. I can’t wait to hear from you.

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