Contact Ellie Lavender


Meet Chef Ellie Lavender!

My journey as a self-taught vegan Mediterranean chef started at age 7 with my decision to become a vegetarian. Having asked my mom to prepare vegetarian foods, her reply was: “It’s time for you to learn how to cook so that you can make any kind of food you want”. I started cooking and found absolute joy in experimenting with the bounty of fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs (lavender always being my favorite) from our organic garden. 


This early encounter with the joy of cooking led me to create Lavender Cuisine, because cooking truly is my greatest passion! 

I offer the following Culinary Services throughout Santa Cruz County and the South Bay:

• Personal chef Services featuring organic, seasonal, local and                 sustainable Vegetarian/Vegan Mediterranean gourmet cuisine                 prepared in your kitchen and tailored to your personal taste. 

• Vegetarian/Vegan Mediterranean Catering for all occasions (up to 

   100 people).  

• Private, Group and Corporate Culinary Classes including artisan             chocolate making, Vegetarian/Vegan Mediterranean cooking, and           wine pairing (minimum 5 people, maximum 30).

Please click here to view my full Chef Profile! 


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Classes and Services Offered throughout Santa Cruz County and the South Bay


Recipe of the Month: Lemon-Dill Hummus

The beauty of making hummus at home is that you can play around with the Ingredients of your liking. I use a varieties of beans and fresh herbs when making hummus! This is my white kidney beans, lemon-dill hummus, which can be enjoyed with pita bread, wholegrain crackers and even as spread on sandwich breads. Please click here for the recipe.   


Chef Ellie Lavender


Culinary and Wine Pairing Classes

Online Registration is now open for my ChocolateVeganVegetarianMediterranean Cooking Wine Pairing Classes at Silver Mountain Vineyards​ (269 Silver Mountain Drive, Los Gatos, CA 95033) in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

All classes are on Saturdays, 12-4 pm and limited to 10 students to ensure the most spectacular experience for all. Class fee is $150.00 and includes complimentary bottle of wine ($44.00) of your choice from the Silver Mountain Vineyards award-winning wines, the 2010 Miller Hill Pinot Noir, the 2010 Tondré Pinot Noir and the 2010 Muns Pinot Noir, which all beautifully complement Chocolate and the Mediterranean Cuisine. You'll enjoy samples of these lovely wines with the amazing dishes that you'll make.

February 10 Valentine's Artisan Chocolates | March 10 A Taste of Morocco on Your Plate | April 7 A Taste of Spain on Your Plate

May 5 A Taste of Tuscany on Your Plate | June 9 A Taste of Provence on Your Plate

Since space is limited for these very popular classes, early registration is highly encouraged. Please click here to register now. I look forward to seeing you in my classes! Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Chef Ellie Lavender