While in California, I stayed with my aunt. She had signed up for a cooking demo at Native Foods, a vegan restaurant, in Westwood. Having read about Native Foods from various vegan food bloggers (such as www.quarrygirl.com), I was beyond excited to be able to go. For the segment that I attended, Tanya Petrovna, the founder and owner of Native Foods veganized a Paula Deen show. Not only did we get samples of the food from the demo, we also received 3 glasses of their signature drinks! Okay. I’ll let the pictures talk now.
Unpictured: Cup of House-blend Iced Soy Chai Tea
Cashew Cheese+Cucumber+Water Cracker
Quinoa Pasta+Marinara+Ground Seitan
Watermelon Agua Fresca
As you can imagine, the demo was a fun experience. We also received coupons(!) for a meal at Native Foods, so my aunt and I decided to stay for lunch. She got their tempeh burger with sweet potato fries, and I went with the Ghandi Bowl which also features their housemade tempeh. Delicious.
Chef Tanya’s Tempeh, blackened on a bed of jasmine and brown rice. Topped with organic greens, steamed veggies, wild curry sauce, cranberries and green onions.
At the end of the demo, I met Tanya. She was also super friendly. 🙂