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 (, 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 ( with Theresa Hogerheide, of MI Local Foodbeet ( 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

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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! (

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: 

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