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Debra Walters

I have been on my vegetarian journey since I was newly married about 30 years ago. I started teaching cooking classes and specializing in vegetarian/vegan/gluten free 5 years ago. My diet consists of mostly vegetables, grains, nuts, seeds and fruit.

My passion is baking and turning butter and cream filled desserts into vegan and vegan/gluten free goodies.

I am a personal chef specializing in vegetarian cooking and vegan/ gluten free baking. I love to create menus for individuals and families and introducing them to delicious plant based eating.

I am a graduate of the Culinary Institute Of American, Lenore’s Natural Cuisine and Fran Dresher’s Vegan Boot Camp Baking Camp.

I have a vegan granola company named after my son Max Walter and you can find my granola at www.debrasfoods.com.

Please contact me at chefveggi@aol.com for any questions or personal chef services. I look forward to talking with you.

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Del Sroufe

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Del Sroufe‘s passion for cooking began at eight years old and never faded.  In 1989 he went to work for one of Columbus’ premier vegetarian restaurants, the King Avenue Coffeehouse, where he honed his craft as a baker and chef. Sroufe opened Del’s Bread, a vegan bakery, before beginning vegan meal delivery service in 2001, serving eclectic plant-based cuisine to Columbus residents. During this time, he developed what became a very popular cooking class series, sharing many of the delicious recipes he had created over the years.

In 2006, Sroufe joined Wellness Forum Foods as co-owner and chef, where he continued the tradition of delivering great tasting, plant-based meals to clients in Columbus as well as throughout the continental US. Sroufe also joined The Wellness Forum as a member where, after a lifetime of yo-yo dieting, he has lost over 200 pounds on a low fat, plant-based diet. He continues to teach cooking classes at local venues like Whole Foods, Community Recreation Centers, and The Wellness Forum. Sroufe is the author of The China Study: Quick & Easy Cookbook, The China Study Family Cookbook, Better Than Vegan, and Forks Over Knives—The Cookbook, a vegan cookbook companion to the acclaimed documentary Forks Over Knives.

 

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Patricia Ode

Patricia started her health journey at the age of 5. For twenty years she suffered through a laundry list of disease, chronic illness, doctors, pills, and surgeries. It wasn't until Patricia considered her diet that she found true health. 

Over the last three years Patricia went from eating the standard American diet to living a Fully Raw Vegan lifestyle and has reversed all of her health issues through diet , herbal remedies, and exercise. Patricia practices yoga and has found a love for running. 

Patricia has been coaching individuals on finding their path of truth health through diet and exercise. She has become a certified plant-based nutritionist through the T. Colin Campbell center for Nutrition Studies and plans on furthering her education these next few years. Through her journey, Patricia has also found an intense love for the raw culinary world. Raw Vegan meals, sauces, treats, and cakes are her specialty. 

 

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Kailo Nuitrition

 

Heather Borders

Chief Empowerment Officer

Heather Borders has over 15 years of professional experience spanning curriculum development, training, medical device marketing, sales and customer support, product management, product development, and market development. After a personal experience with addressing high cholesterol through a plant-based diet, she was inspired to help others improve their health by overcoming the common challenges associated with implementing sustainable lifestyle changes.

 

In 2012, Heather founded Kailo Nutrition and is dedicated to applying her professional experience and personal passion for healthy living towards health, wellness, plant-based nutrition, and preventative medicine. Partnered with Chef Lisa, she currently runs plant-based culinary nutrition and wellness classes in Jacksonville, Florida and launching a women’s retreat for health and performance in Cumberland Island, Georgia this May 2017. She describes herself as an ambitious, curious, energetic, science-loving, goal-setting, entrepreneurial type person who is loving every moment of helping others find ways to make healthy happen. Heather Borders, MBA, RD, LD/N

 

Lisa Franzino

Director, Culinary Empowerment

Chef Lisa is a graduate of Living Light Culinary Institute, a Gourmet Raw Culinary School. She also holds certificates from Rouxbe Cooking School as a plant-based chef and from Drs. Rick and Karin Dina as a Science of Raw Nutrition Educator.

 

A lifelong vegetarian, Lisa dove deeper into healing through diet after a cancer diagnosis in her twenties. Adopting a whole food, plant-based diet, along with a regular yoga practice, has helped her stay cancer-free for almost 20 years.

 

It is Lisa’s firm belief that eating healthy can be easy, satisfying and most importantly, DELICIOUS. It is her passion to teach others how to create meals that are not only packed with nutrients, but also taste good, so that they can make a lifestyle shift to a healthy diet WITHOUT sacrificing flavor. She manages her blog, Ginger Loves Garlic, and lives with her furry child, Max.

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Sue Stauffacher

I’ve been eating a plant-centered diet since I was 19 years old, and I love to share my skills in my vegan & vegetarian cooking classes with students of all ages. A plant-based diet (that is, a diet primarily composed of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts and seeds) can lessen your risk of heart disease, diabetes, obesity and some cancers. Eating all the wonderful nutrients in these foods helps you lose weight, strengthen your immune system, improve your sleep and energy levels and brings a new glow to your skin. Big claims, I know, but they are all backed by medical science In class, I teach you how to create delicious taste experiences with healthy food. My motto is ‘food you love that loves you back.’ When I’m not working on children’s books (www.suestauffacher.com), I cook, cater and teach individuals and families how to cook low-fat, plant-based recipes in your kitchen as well as at our 150+ year old farmhouse in Grand Rapids. You will be amazed at how filling, delicious and satisfying this food can be.

My classroom style is relaxed and supportive. Each student is encouraged to explore what works for his or her palate. To show students how delicious vegan and vegetarian cooking can be, I bring lots of samples to class and organize supper clubs and idea salons, guide people to resources and promote healthy ways of eating and being-especially here in our beautiful geographic location of West Michigan.Listen to a great three-minute audio interview about my classes (http://www.therapidian.org/stirring-pot-sue-stauffacher) with Theresa Hogerheide, of MI Local Foodbeet (https://www.facebook.com/MIlocalfoodbeet). As a plant-based chef educator, I help people learn to cook and love food that loves them back.

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My services include:

Healthy Eating Assessment

Cooking Instruction

Prepping & Shopping Services

Incorporating New Dietary Restrictions

The Gift of Food as Medicine

Visit my website to inquire (http://www.stirthepotgr.com/services)

The best news is that I work hard to keep my fees in line with most people’s budgets. Contact me outlining your goals, and we’ll find the approach that will work within your budget and time constraints. Curious what others are saying about working with Sue? Click here to read customer testimonials! (http://www.stirthepotgr.com/testimonials/).

I love plant-based eating for the big three reasons:  ethics, health and the environment.   I want people to know that they can come to our home and explore this way of eating joyfully and safely.  There is no pressure and no judgement.  When approached this way, people have fun, relax and learn, try out new skills and go at their own pace. 

Similarly, my classroom style is relaxed and supportive.  Each student is encouraged to explore what works for his or her palate.  We do a lot of tasting!  One of the best ways to learn, I have found, is through our supper club.  For five years now, my husband and I have been hosting a monthly vegan supper club.  Anyone is welcome.  You can find out all the information for supper club here:  

http://www.stirthepotgr.com/supperclub/ 

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Laura Theodore


Laura Theodore is a recognized public television personality, vegan chef, radio host, cookbook author, and award-winning actor and recording artist. Laura is the on-camera host of the highly successful, award-winning Jazzy Vegetarian plant-based cooking series on public television (entering into its sixth season), as well as, host of the popular podcast radio show, Jazzy Vegetarian Radio, (now in its eighth year).

 Ms. Theodore is author of Laura Theodore's Vegan-Ease: An Easy Guide to Enjoying a Plant-Based Diet and two previous cookbooks: Jazzy Vegetarian Classics: Vegan Twists on American Family Favorites and Jazzy Vegetarian: Lively Vegan Cuisine Made Easy and Delicious. She is a major contributor to The China Study All-Star Collection; and Laura’s recipes can also be found in the Amazon number one bestseller, Living the Farm Sanctuary Life, by Gene Baur.

In 2015, Laura was recipient of the 2015 Taste Award for Best Health and Fitness Program (Food and Diet), and she was inducted into the Taste Hall of Fame. In 2014, Laura was honored with a “Special Achievement Taste-Award” along with the likes of Martha Stewart and Emeril Lagasse; she has also been recognized by VegNews magazine with a “Totally Tubular Veggie Award.”

Laura is featured in the new, groundbreaking documentary film, Food Choices, released in September, 2016. In addition, Laura has made guest appearances on ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX, and was recently featured on The Talk on CBS, Insider/Entertainment Tonight (HBO Red Carpet), News 4-NBC, Fox News 8, The Better Show (BVN) and the WCBS Health & Wellbeing Report. Laura writes a weekly food column for Mother Earth Living and she has been featured in the New York Times, New York Daily News, VegNews, Family Circle, Readers Digest, PBS Food, Naked Food and Healthy Aging, among other highly respected news, food and lifestyle-related journals.

A critically acclaimed singer and songwriter, Laura has recorded six solo CDs, including Tonight's the Night, which received a “Musician Magazine Award.” Her 2009 CD release with the late, great Joe Beck entitled Golden Earrings, was selected to appear on the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards list in the category of “Best Jazz Vocal Album.” On the acting side of things, Laura has appeared in over sixty plays and musicals, including two years in the Off Broadway hit show Beehive, earning her a coveted “Backstage Bistro Award.” She was honored with the Denver Critics Drama Circle Award as “Best Actress in a Musical” for her starring role as Janis Joplin in the world premiere production of Love, Janis.
With her love for good food, compassion for animals and enthusiasm for great music, multi-talented author Laura Theodore truly is the Jazzy Vegetarian.

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Alena & Lars Schowalter

You can find more healthy & delicious oil-free, whole food plant-based recipes at http://nutriciously.com/ where we provide you with useful tips on how to transition to a healthy vegan diet, jump-start your health with actionable steps, and finally lose some pounds without starving yourself! Be sure to say "Hi" on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/nutriciously or Twitter, https://twitter.com/nutriciously and get your daily dose of inspiration.

 

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Jessica Hallenbeck, Chef

Jessica is a Registered Nurse who is on a mission to increase awareness of the practice of disease prevention, management, and reversal with diet. She hopes to make an impact in the movement that will shift the focus of healthcare away from symptom treatment. 
 
Jessica watched her grandparents suffer from the effects of heart disease and diabetes and grew increasingly frustrated with the lack of emphasis on health promotion and nutrition as a form of treatment. She spent 5 years working as a staff RN and identified that patients need nutritional counseling and support beyond what she can provide in the hospital setting. This frustration led to a role as a health coach where she provides individualized support and accountability-- two critical factors that influence the success of a lifestyle change.

Jessica loves to experiment in the kitchen and is excited to share her whole food plant based creations!    

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Brandi Doming, Chef

Hi! I'm Brandi, a wife and mom behind this blog who healed her husband's gout and my digestion issues through a plant-based diet. I'm not complicated, I keep things simple. All my recipes are 8 ingredients or less, not including salt, pepper and water. They are allergy-friendly, as they are all vegan, oil-free and nearly all are gluten-free. 

I'm a wife and mother to a wonderful husband and daughter. But before I ended up in this place in my life, I lived a very different one. Before I became a blogger, I traveled many different roads. Right out of high school, I entered into overseas professional modeling, then moved into doing auto loans for many years (what a change!) to then running my own little real estate gig as a full-time realtor and home designer/stager. I still have my license, but my full attention and passion is creating in the kitchen. On the side, my husband and I have a home renovation company where we do house flips. In addition to cooking, I love interior design, painting and sewing, but my greatest love is being in the kitchen. I'm basically a person who loves to create things and express myself through creation. I find immense satisfaction on creating something entirely on my own, as I've always been extremely independent.

When it comes to food though, I didn't always eat healthy. I grew up in Texas, where barbecue, hamburgers, hot dogs and tons of cheese, was the norm. I drank tons of milk growing up, all the way into my adult years. I started cooking when I was just a kid from cookbooks my mother had. I remember her letting me plan out a few dinners here and there and cook them myself. My mom's favorite thing in the whole world to do, is cook. I guess it shouldn't be a surprise that I became that same way. Although, I never saw it as a "career" or passion or focus that it is now. That all changed because of my husband.

It became a huge part of my life. Not so much because I loved to cook, but because I had to learn to cook a certain way. My husband suffers from gouta very painful form of severe arthritis. It affects mostly men over the age of 35. Almost always, gout can be controlled through proper nutrition. It's been many years of struggle, living on crutches and tons of research to learn what to avoid. It seemed no matter what my husband ate, he would suffer painful flare ups. The main culprit is high purine foods and many acidic foods, including meats, dairy and even some veggies as well. We decided for the better of his health, a vegan lifestyle was a must. It has been the best decision and has been life changing. Because of having to learn to adapt in the kitchen to better his health (and mine), I fell in love with cooking and creating in a way I never imagined! That is why I started blogging, to share all the amazing, creative food that comes out of my kitchen that is better for you, but still tastes sinful. 

TheVegan8 is where you’ll find lots of baked goods, as I’ve been a baker all my life, it’s my passion!  Hope you love the recipes!  Share remarks on Instagram , tag me @thevegan8 and be sure to use my tag #the vegan* or share them on my Facebook page.

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Chuck Underwood, Chef

Chuck Underwood is the owner of the popular blog, Brand New Vegan where
he shows thousands of people just how tasty a plant-based diet can be.  

Chuck relies on his southern heritage to create all those yummy comfort foods we thought we'd given up forever.... foods like Biscuits & Gravy, Crispy Oven Baked French Fries, and homemade “Chicken” and Dumplings.

He calls it 'Vegan Comfort Food” and based on his blogs popularity – it's a hit, especially amongst people just beginning to transition to a plant-based diet.  

With no formal training in either cooking, writing, or photography, Chuck has watched his blog grow to over 20,000 followers in just a few short years.  He has also won several Best Vegan Blog Awards and just recently published his very first cookbook.  

Chuck began his journey in 2008 when his health was beginning to deteriorate.  Chuck lost over 30lbs and brought his blood pressure back to normal just by changing his diet.  

“To many people think food doesn't matter to your health, or that Vegan Food is nothing but a bunch of salad and sprouts.....  My goal is to prove them wrong”  

 

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