Meet The Team

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Chef Lauren

Creating Conscious Plant-based Cuisine and Connection

Chef Lauren draws from her life experiences to create inventive, nutrient dense, plant-based meals. Each facet of her life plays into the creation of her food.

As a trained yoga instructor, Lauren has vowed to practice Ahimsa (non-harm), and only uses ingredients that haven't been sourced from animals. Having strengthened the mind-body connection through her practice, she sees the direct impact food has on the body, the psyche and the energetic systems.

 As a holistic nutritionist, Lauren uses ingredients that support overall health and well being. She infuses meals with medicinal herbs and spices and can tailor her approach to the individual needs of her clients.

As a former organic farmer, Lauren knows the importance of caring for the land and supporting the people who lovingly grow our food. She partners with local farmers to bring you meals made with the freshest ingredients.

Lauren is also an avid world traveler and brings home the concepts of different cuisines to share with her clients.

 

Through food, sharing stories, and supporting causes we believe in, we create a world rich in interconnection and compassion. 

 

Jenna McKee
Assistant Chef, Yoga Instructor

Jenna Mckee is a lover of plant-based foods, a certified yoga teacher, estactic dance enthusiast, lover of animals and extremely passionate about health.

She started practicing yoga 10 years ago and this is when her life shifted. “Yoga taught me to love my body, to love all creatures and humans, better understand myself my worth and to nourish my body with healing foods” This transformation led her to get certified as a yoga instructor and she has been teaching for the past 2 years.

Her love for cooking has blossomed over the years and she sees her creative energy flow when she’s in the kitchen and can’t wait to share her passion with the world!

 

Jenna has studied plant-based nutrition through Cornell university and Medical medium. 

 

She truly believes we have the power to heal ourselves through nourishing foods and movement. She shares her enthusiasm and light with everyone she comes in contact with.

 

Book a yoga private, group class, or hire Jenna to teach at your next retreat!

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Chef Kyle 
 

Full Service Catering, Cooking Classes

Chef Kyle comes to The Vibrant Veg with almost 20 years of culinary experience. During those years, he has spent his time honing his craft in full-service kitchens, private dining clubs, demonstrations, catering, banquets, as well as teaching classes at the local culinary school. This wide variety of experience allows for a stress-free, fun and creative approach to any event that arises.

Focusing on fresh, local ingredients and a technique driven style, Kyle also brings his passion for the outdoors to the plate, often incorporating wild and foraged foods into his menus.

Having worked in numerous kitchens throughout Southern Wisconsin, he has built relationships with the farmers around the area, working selective ingredient sourcing into every menu created. Sharing a passion for nature and gardening, Kyle works closely with local farmers to stay current with seasonal availability and industry trends.

While well versed in vegetarian and vegan cooking styles, Kyle also brings his expertise to the kitchen with a deep understanding of sustainable, humane and thoughtfully sourced meats and cheeses. Kyle specializes in carefully prepared seafood, poultry and meats to compliment any diet.

An avid outdoorsman, Kyle spends most of his free time out in the woods, camping, cooking, foraging and fishing, working to gain a closer connection to the world around us. He also loves a good campfire, whether it be for cooking over, or relaxing around after a long, fulfilling day.