We offer private retreat catering, chef services, custom meal prep, meal delivery, seated dinners, boutique wedding catering, pre/post natal prep, and more in Santa Cruz, Capitola, Aptos and beyond.

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Santa Cruz & beyond 
Santa Cruz has always been at the forefront of healthy eats. But the contemporary expression is anything but crunchy!
Our Santa Cruz chefs are diverse in their offerings and training and take health food to a new level. We have many higher end farm-to-table chefs, as well as rootsy raw food and rustic vegan chefs. Some chefs focus on seated dinners, and some on casual meal prep and cooking classes. Our chefs service all over Northern California  – from the Central Coast to San Francisco to Mendocino. Please contact us to see who is available for you!
what is a yoga chef? 
Yoga literally means “to yoke” – meaning to combine mind, body, spirit, and practice. Just as we combine these qualities on the mat, so can we in the kitchen. As conscious eating become more prolific, there is a growing need for grounded conscious chefs to cook for retreats, individuals, and groups. We are here to support this movement!
examples of what our chefs offer 
*Seated multi-coursed dinners
*Yoga & spiritual gathering catering
*Casual meal prep for families
*Boutique wedding catering
*Brunch parties
*Farmers market tours
*Workshops and cooking classes
*Custom or set menus that highlight local and seasonal ingredients
*Raw food picnic spreads
*Personal shopping and food preparation
*meal delivery options
*Packed lunches for excursions
*Pre & post natal “doula chef” services
*Available by the hour, day, or week
*Easy going and warm demeanor
*Farm-to-table rustic or high-end cuisine
*Vegan, raw, and fusion cuisine
*Ovo-lacto vegetarian cuisine
*100% plant-based or primarily plant-based with sustainable animal products
*Ayurvedic preparation  for dosha-balancing or dosha specific meals
*Macro-biotic cuisine
*Paleo and/or plant-based paleo
*Gluten-free cuisine
*Oil-free cuisine
*Fresh nut milks, cold-pressed juice, superfood smoothies
*Sensitive to dietary restrictions and/or food allergies
*All food is prepared with extra LOVE
what makes our chefs different 
*A passion for food, wellness, and human connection
*Working knowledge of various cuisine styles and dietary restrictions
*Calm, personable demeanor, and ability to work calmly in open kitchens
*Personal relationships with local farmers and food purveyors
*Knowledge of local and seasonal ingredients
*Holistic health-minded in work and life
*Able to create customized menus for a variety of specialty diets and allergies
*A knowledge that LOVE is the most important ingredient we can put into food.
areas served
*Santa Cruz
*Big Sur
*San Mateo
*San Francisco
*Sonoma County
*Mendocino County
*Napa Valley
Rates vary depending on food style, chef’s experience, logistics, and guest count, and while all chefs set their own rates, we adhere to industry standards. Newer chefs will have lower rates so they can gain experience, and seasoned chefs will charge professional rates.
In general, expect to pay between $35-75/hour + cost of food + service charge + tax. Some chefs will have preset menus available that charge by guest (rather than an hourly) that range between $40-200 per person. Meal prep options range from $150-$350/visit + food cost. Retreat catering averages around $25/meal in package forms.
Please let us know what your ideal budget* and desired menu are when you contact us so we can pair you with a chef within your range. There is never any charge for connection
sample menus
We work with a community of yoga chefs with unique training, philosophies, and life experiences; and so each will have unique menus.
Some chefs are more comfortable with casual family oriented work, and some prefer high end work.
All chefs have work with local ingredients and farmers to create vegan and plant-based menus for sit down dinners, but some may also offer Ayurvedic, raw vegan, paleo, pescatarian, farm-to-table (plant-based and/or meat and poultry), along with other styles.
Please contact us directly so we can connect you with a chef, or chefs, in your area who offers the style of cuisine you are looking for. There is never any charge for connection.
work with us
We want to grow our chef community! Please contact us to see how you can join our family and do what you love! Ideal candidates have:
*Culinary experience and training
*FOH and/or managerial experience
*Training in any of the following: holistic nutrition, Ayurveda, raw foods, macro-biotics, traditional cuisine
*A personal yoga and meditation practice
*Local residents with a working knowledge of local produce, farmers, and customs
*Understand and embody a conscious playful spirit!
contact us 
We work with independent San Diego and Southern California – based chefs who have an appreciation and knowledge of all the culinary abundance that the region has to offer. Our chefs love sharing their love with visitors and locals alike, providing nourishment and inspiration. Each of our chefs is different – please contact us today to be connected to the chef (or chefs) that align with your needs and budget.