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September 2014

Learn the secrets of preparing and enjoying deliciously healthy cuisine and take the Lake Austin Spa Resort experience with you. Join us September 15-21, 2014 with a Sarma Melgalis cooking demo and our first ever Green Chile Fest!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Special Guest Chef/Blogger/Cookbook Author: Jessica Merchant

Seriously Delish: 150 Recipes for People Who Totally Love Food by Jessica Merchant, creator of the popular blog How Sweet Eats (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $29.99, September 2, 2014)
Jessica is a full-time recipe developer, food writer, and blogger who is intensely passionate about food and writing, and especially sharing her food through her writing. She is madly, outrageously, inexplicably in love with food. Bacon makes her beam. Chocolate makes her shout from the rooftops with joy. Vegetables are her biggest frenemy. She started the blog How Sweet Eats ( in 2009, and to date it has been read by over 69 million people. The website, focused primarily on lifestyle and food, has attracted men and women of all ages and interests.  How Sweet It Is averages about 180,000 unique visitors a month, and ranks as #2 in competitive rank. Jessica is a contributor to Ree Drummond’s Tasty Kitchen, as well as Relish magazine. Her work has been featured on TheKitchn, Bon Appetit, Food52, the Huffington Post, Shape, Fitness, Women’s Health, Southern Living, and elsewhere.

September 19, 20, 2014
Savor Flavor- Green Chile Fest
With Special Guest Chef from Santa Fe: Johnny Vee
Chef John “Johnny Vee” Vollertsen is director and creator of the Las Cosas Cooking School in Santa Fe, New Mexico- now celebrating its 15th year under his direction. John’s career in the hospitality industry has taken him from New York, through Sydney, Australia, and finally Santa Fe. He has taught cooking for over 16 years and enjoys a second career in food writing as a regular columnist for Local Flavor Magazine and as Dining & Food Editor for The Santa Fean magazine. John has hosted a Food Radio talk show called “Bits and Bites with Johnny Vee” on 1260 AM-KTRC. He regularly participates in food events around the country including a recent stint at the Palm Springs Modernism Week where he presented a seminar called, “Those Fabulous Foods of the 50’s and 60’s”.