I had the pleasure of working alongside Christine Oppenheim at a vegan restaurant for over a year and learned of her ventures in the catering/cooking lessons world. Before I quit my job at this restaurant I shall leave nameless, I saw a vegan fruit tart that Christine made for a frequent customer. That’s when I inquired about making a cake for my mom’s birthday. Christine happily brainstormed some ideas with me and we settled on this delicious chocolate with coffee buttercream frosting double layer cake (all vegan and organic of course!). My mom loved this cake so much, describing it as “not too sweet, decadent and perfect.”
Veggie Fixation, based in Santa Monica, currently offers private catering and cooking classes. Be sure to check out her website and blog for updates and info on future Whole Foods cooking demos!!
if you are a vegan living in los angeles, you should make it a priority to eat at urbano pizza bar downtown. trust me. the establishment just changed chefmanship, and under the supervision of exec chef bruce kalman, there’s a newfound focus on fresh vegetables and vegan options. most of the ingredients are handpicked at a local farmers market, and it really comes through in the taste. in fact, i’d venture to say that even though urbano is new to the vegan pizza game, they already make the best pie in town. here’s what we ate:
vegan farmers market pizza special of the night: daiya cheese, truffle oil, hedgehog mushrooms, spring onions, green garlic, leeks and pea tendrils. $14
(we sat at the chef’s counter, which has a great view of the kitchen!)