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DISCOVER CLEAN-CRAFTED WINE
Clean-Crafted Wine 101
Wine is a tricky business, because when it comes to their growth cycle, grapes tend to march to the beat of their own drum. Their natural flavor, color and growing cycle is driven by nature. To capture sameness and establish predictability, producers rely on synthetic pesticides, chemical additives and sugar, which yield a product that tastes the same, bottle after bottle, year after year. Chemical pesticides and additives also make it possible to maximize yields and hide flaws, like bacteria and other unpleasant elements. Unfortunately, this processed wine is chemically-altered and completely unnatural, and you can taste it.
Scout & Cellar offers a chemical, additive-free wine, which provides a more natural, altogether better-tasting wine experience to everyone. We’re here to offer CLEAN-CRAFTED™ wine.
CHEF LAUREN'S FOOD PHILOSOPHY
If you're new to the plant-based world:
What is plant-based?
Plant-based means just that: focus on plants being the base of what you're eating. But it also means eating real food, little to no refined sugar, processed food, or convenience foods. It doesn't have to mean exclusively vegan, though! Everyone could benefit from eating more plants, more whole foods, and cooking more meals at home. And that's what you'll find within these programs.
Is it different from being vegan?
Yes! The term vegan means that the food or clothing item does not contain any animal products. For some people this includes honey, but you can learn more about that here. Vegan is a buzzword these days and many brands are now offering a cruelty free item, which is great in theory. Just because something is vegan or cruelty free with respect to animals and the environment, doesn't necessarily mean that it is a healthy food for humans.
I think I still need meat, fish, or dairy, is that okay?
If some animal based protein still feels right for you, that's totally cool! Everyone is on their own journey and it's important to listen to what your body is telling you. However, we have to quiet the noise from food marketers, our families and friends, and even from the latest health science to be able to hear the intuitive guidance that we need so our bodies may heal.
How will I make sure I'm getting enough protein?
Everyone's first question when considering a lifestyle change to one that's more eco-friendly. Are you feeling weak, tired, sluggish? Those are typically good indicators that you need to ramp up the protein intake. But contrary to popular belief, we actually don't need as much as we think. And sometimes when we ingest the extra protein because we think we need to supplement our diets, it doesn't even get absorbed!
Whole-food forms of protein are more than sufficient and after a little time and a lot of patience, you won't even miss what you're so afraid to let go of.
If you're new to cooking:
What equipment will I need?
A food processor, a high-powered blender, good quality pots and pans (nothing with non-stick coating) in various sizes, assorted bowls and glass storage containers, a microplane or garlic press, a working oven and stove, and a juicer if that's your thing. A Yonanas machine may change your life if you love ice cream and find that hard to reduce or eliminate.
Simplicity is important and in the interest of spending money wisely, you won't need anything fancy like a banana slicer or kale stripper or avocado slicer. We use knives and our two hands for tasks like that in the Intuitive Kitchen.
What skills must I learn?
Being comfortable using your knives, and sharpening them, will be key to your success. You'll be tapping into your intuition to learn how to season your food and you'll soon be able to answer that question of "what do I feel like eating?" with more confidence and excitement that the answer is something healthy that's packed with nutrition.
How much time will I spend shopping, prepping, and cooking?
Once you learn this new way to shop, your trips will be shorter and probably cheaper! Let go of any preconceived notions of what meal prep might look like, because this is different. You'll learn why batch cooking makes much more sense and discover that having leftovers is a wonderful thing.
COOKING WITH ESSENTIAL OILS
You've heard the hype about essential oils by now, but did you know that not all essential oils are created equal? Up to 75% of essential oils available on the market contain synthetic ingredients, making them unsafe for internal consumption.
Discover the doTERRA difference, and learn how you can access AMAZING flavor to uplevel your plant-based recipes. Enjoy the potent and unique flavors of lemongrass, ginger, cilantro, rosemary, grapefruit, and so many more!!
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Chef Lauren was a wonderful, warm, friendly and informative teacher! The small class size made it very conducive to get to know each other as well as obtain ideas and share knowledge. The food was absolutely fabulous and easy to prepare. I look forward to additional classes with her again. I highly recommend the experience!!
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Meet The Chef
Lauren D’Agostino is a private plant-based chef, intuitive cooking coach, and speaker sharing simple strategies for fast + flavorful plant-based cooking. She teaches clients her signature intuitive cooking methods to encourage and support cooks of any level in the first few steps of their transition to a plant-based diet. Inspired by her work as a professional vegan chef, the global consciousness shift, and her own transition into living a plant-based life, she is guiding others to create lasting habits by incorporating more plants, both on and off the plate.