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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!

Monday, September 15, 2014
Cooking Session
With Special Guest Chef: Sarma Melgailis
Sarma Melngailis is owner and co-founder of NYC’s premier raw and vegan restaurant Pure Food and Wine, opened in 2004.  She is also the founder of One Lucky Duck, a brand that includes her company’s two juice and takeaway shops as well as her online boutique,, which offers carefully selected products all in support of living a raw, vegan, organic and eco-friendly lifestyle. One Lucky Duck also produces its own line of snack products all made and packaged by hand in Brooklyn, NY.
Sarma is the co-author of Raw Food/Real World (Harper Collins, 2005), a book of recipes, practical advice and the story of how she made the change to a raw and vegan diet. Her second book with Harper Collins, Living Raw Food, was published in June 2009, and includes even more raw vegan recipes, as well as information and advice on how to successfully maintain a raw food diet.
Sarma is a graduate of the French Culinary Institute. She holds a B.S. in Economics and a B.A. in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She worked in investment banking and private equity before beginning her career in the food world

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”.