Contact 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! 

My Culinary Services :

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

• Vegan-Vegetarian Mediterranean Catering for all occasions (up to 50 people).


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Services Offered throughout Santa Cruz County and the South Bay


Online Registration is now open for my Vegan-Vegetarian Mediterranean Cooking Wine Pairing Classes at Silver Mountain Vineyards, 269 Silver Mountain Drive, Los Gatos, CA 95033. Class fee is $150.00 and includes a bottle of wine ($44) of your choice from the Silver Mountain Vineyards wines, the 2010 Miller Hill Pinot Noir, the 2010 Tondre Pinot Noir, and the 2012 Estate Pinot Noir, which all beautifully complement the Mediterranean Cuisine.  

March 10 A Taste of Morocco on Your Plate (sold out)   |   April 7 A Taste of Spain on Your Plate

Private In-Home Cooking Classes: If you would like to host a Chocolate, Vegetarian-Vegan Mediterranean Cooking and Wine Pairing Class in your home (minimum 3 people, maximum 10), I'll come to your home to guide you, or a group of friends, through a fun day of cooking right in your very own kitchen. Classes are $150.00 p/p and tailored to your own desire! Plus, you’ll be rewarded in two ways: your attendance will be free and I'll throw in a lovely bottle of wine.

Chocolate Making Event for birthday parties for children 10 years and up (minimum 5 children, maximum 10). In this very hands-on event at your venue, children will make chocolate arts, which are organic, vegan and sugar free.  They’ll get to try their chocolate arts and even gift wrap some of their lovely handmade creations in exquisite packaging provided by me. Parties start at just $150.00 for 5 children (each additional child is $30), which includes everything necessary to have a super fun time that is ideal for photo and video memories.

Corporate Culinary Classes: Please contact me to discuss a customized class for your team. 

I look forward to bringing you the joy of Vegan-Vegetarian Mediterranean cuisine (French, Italian, Spanish and Moroccan)! Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Chef Ellie Lavender

Valentine’s Day Recipe: Lavender Meyer Lemon Madeleines

It’s almost Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re spending it with your sweetie, celebrating with your friends, or planning the perfect 'Me Day' – nothing says Love like making a lavender-infused gift with your own creative hands. Please click here for the recipe.   

Happy Valentine's Day!

Chef Ellie Lavender


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