Veggie Fest

Veggie Fest 2013 Food Demos

Veggie Fest Food Demos

Join us for these exciting vegetarian, vegan, and raw food demos by:

  • Restaurant and Commercial Chefs
  • Cookbook Authors and Coaches
  • Guest Chefs

You'll get great ideas for new dishes to make, plenty of inspiration, and tasty free samples too! 

Check out the demo descriptions below to see which ones are most interesting to you, then... 





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 Karyn Calabrese

If you don’t take care of your body, the most magnificent machine you’ll ever be given, where will you live?” -Karyn Calabrese

Karyn Calabrese is Chicago's premier vegan and raw restauranteur and champion for holistic living. Her timeless beauty, youthful physique, and boundless energy are testaments to the lifestyle habits she advocates. At 66 years old, Karyn looks nearly a generation younger without the help of surgery or botox and enjoys boundless energy and enthusiasm. The Karyn’s brand including her three vegan restaurants Karyn’s Fresh Corner and Raw Bistro, Cooked, on Green and a holistic spa, Inner Beauty Center, natural supplements, catering, home meal plan and skincare/makeup line has endured major success and continues to thrive.

For more information, visit Karyn's website:  


 Nature's Path

Nature's Path 

We're proud to have Nature's Path as a Veggie Fest sponsor and pleased to present their demo. With Nature's Path, it’s more than just digging into a bowl of cereal. It’s eating food that is real and healthy and organic and delicious.


Nature’s Path is a family-run, passionately independent, sustainably-driven, deliciously-healthy organic food company that believes in "leaving the earth better than we found it". At Nature’s Path, they live for healthy, great-tasting organic foods. Growing organic, healthy foods in a sustainable way is their passion and the cornerstone of company.

Filled with superfoods, Nature's Path makes sure its recipes taste delicious—and pack a very healthy punch too. In their demos, Nature’s Path will be presenting easy and delicious recipes using their organic products.



Manna Organics

Manna Organics, LLC is a family owned and operated bakery, located in Lisle, IL.  The bakery began operations in 2007, when they acquired Nature’s Path's sprouted Manna Bread®division.
They make their signature Manna Organics Sprouted breads, artisan Bavarian style sourdough breads.  Their breads, trail mixes, and also bulk organic ingredients are certified, gluten free and organic.

Markus Schramm, owner and operator of Manna Organics will showcase his products in two demos at Veggie Fest.  



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Whole Foods Market

Whole Foods Market was founded in Austin, Texas, when four local businesspeople decided the natural foods industry was ready for a supermarket format.  They look for the finest natural and organic foods available, maintain the strictest quality standards in the industry, and have an unshakeable commitment to sustainable agriculture.  We are proud to have them as a sponsor at Veggie Fest.

On Saturday: Brian is the Demo Specialist at Whole Foods Market Wheaton, creating tasty recipes to sample out to customers every weekend, as well as teaching cooking classes to folks wanting to hone their culinary skills. Brian is passionate about cooking and loves sharing this passion with adults and children through his weekly classes.  

On Sunday: Angela Dennison is the Health Eating Specialist at Whole Foods Market Naperville. She has 10 years experience in the natural & organic food industry and specializes in plant-based cooking & plant based nutrition. As the HES, she is able to combine her two passions: food & nutrition. Angela is currently studying Nutrition at Benedictine University in Lisle.   

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Every pack of Tasty Bite you take home began its long journey at our farm in India. Farm-fresh, hand-picked and expertly prepared by our fine chefs, each meal represents the delightful flavors and variety of Indian and pan-Asian cuisine.

Launched in 1995, Tasty Bite currently offers products across 4 categories: Indian entrées, Asian Noodles, rices and meal inspirations. Our products require no cooking, have no preservatives, require no refrigeration and as our brand suggests, taste phenomenal! You can take our products for lunch at work, use them as a side or main dish for dinner, or take them on the road while camping. 

Join us as Tasty Bite uses some of their delicious products in their demos!


Jennifer Cornbleet     


Raw Food Made Easy -- Jennifer Cornbleet

Jennifer Cornbleet is a nationally recognized raw-food chef and instructor and a long-time faculty member at Living Light Culinary Institute in California. She lectures and holds classes in the Bay Area and nationwide. Her website,, is a comprehensive resource for online training and raw-food recipes, information, and products.


If you love to eat and like the idea of making tasty appetizers, creamy soups, delicious salads, satisfying main courses, and decadent desserts with nothing but fresh, natural foods, Jennifer can help you. All you need is an appetite for knowledge.


For more information about Jennifer Cornbleet, includingdelicious raw recipes, a raw food blog, and much more…including a NEW online course, see more at:  







New Enlightened Eating-- Caroline Marie Dupont

Do you really want to be a healthy and happy vegetarian? Do you also believe that life should be simple and fun? Holistic nutritionist Caroline Dupont will take you through a typical day of eating healthy, delicious, simple, meals that create the foundation for vibrant health. Find out how to make sense of the various approaches to vegetarianism, what common mistakes to avoid, and how to stay clear of deficiencies. The recipes will be gluten free, alkaline, primarily raw, with an emphasis on local foods. We'll make the Go-To Grain and Vegetable bowl from her book The New Enlightened Eating.

Caroline Marie Dupnot, MSc, is a senior instructor at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, and because she believes nutrition is best learned in kitchens and gardens, she has taught hundreds of food-preparation classes to thousands of students. Caroline also leads meditation classes and offers private consulations, variousm courses, and Deep Healing Retreats.  Visit:

Miyoko Schinner

Artisan Vegan Cheese-- Miyoko Schinner

For decades Miyoko Schinner has delighted in cooking and feeding people. Her goal is to put artistry into the vegan lifestyle. Good food is simply good food, and if it’s vegan, it’s even better. She hopes she can inspire you to step into your kitchen, roll up your sleeves, and embrace the joy of cooking real food, slow food, beautiful food – vegan food.

Miyoko Schinner has been a vegetarian for over forty years and vegan for over half of that time.  She is the author of Artisan Vegan Cheese, The Now and Zen Epicure and Japanese Cooking:Contemporary and Traditional.  Whether you’re a vegan, vegetarian, flexitarian, omnivore, or hardened meat eater,you will enjoy her demo and come away with a new perspective on a plant based diet.  

Cherie Soria

Raw Food For Dummies-- Cherie Soria

Cherie Soria is founder and director of Living Light Culinary Institute, and has been teaching gourmet raw vegan cuisine since 1998, and vegetarian culinary arts for more than 40 years.  She is the author of several books, including the classic Angel Foods: Healthy Recipes for Heavenly Bodies, and The Raw Food Revolution Diet: Feast, Lose Weight, Gain Energy, Feel Younger (co-authored with Brenda Davis, RD and Vesanto Melina, MS, RD.)


Cherie's goal has always been to spread the benefits of gourmet raw vegan cuisine around the globe and she will be sharing her recipes with us during her two demos at Veggie Fest.


 Tess Challis

 Radiant Health, Inner Wealth-- Tess Challis   

Quintessence ("Tess") Challis is an author, vegan chef, and wellness coach.  Tess began her holistic health journey in her late teens. After a lifetime of numerous health ailments (including severe acne, obesity, constant illnesses, anxiety, and depression), she found that a vegan diet along with an inner wellness regime made all the difference.

Her books include Radiant Health, Inner Wealth, The Two-Week Wellness Solution (foreword by Dr. Neal Barnard), and Radiance 4 Life (foreword by Robert Cheeke).  Her newest book Get Waisted: 100 Addictively Delicious Plant-Based Entrees (co-authored by Dr. Mary Clifton), is now available!


Through wellness coaching, books, workshops, and more, Tess loves sharing the message that we can all live the good life simply by making a few simple, positive changes every day. And best of all, it can be a fun, delicious process!  Whether using her easy, fun tips for inner well-being or her scrumptious recipes for better health, Tess’s philosophy is sure to make a profound, positive, and lasting impact on your life.  


Bianca Phillips

 Cookin' Crunk-- Bianca Phillips

Bianca Phillips has been cooking in her mama’s and granny’s kitchens since she was knee-high to a grasshopper.  She didn'’t have any fancy culinary training, but is a firm believer that great Southern chefs learn to cook from the soul.  The Arkansas native and current resident of Memphis, Tennessee, has a background in journalism and works as an associate editor at the Memphis Flyer, an alternative newsweekly.  She has written a cookbook called Cookin’ Crunk.  “Crunk” is a Southern slang term that means “to get excited.”  Keepin' it real and makin' it fun, vegan blogger Bianca Phillips adopted the Southern slang term to convey passion and pride for her heritage and the down-home food she was raised on.

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Healthy Veggie Blog-- Liz Diamond

Liz Diamond describes herself as a vegetarian, an instructor and a traveler.  She loves sharing what she learned over the years about nutrition, cooking healthy plant based meals and the balance between work, family, meditation and recreational activities, including extensive travel.  She teaches healthy veggie cooking classes in the San Francisco Bay and in major cities throughout the USA in addition to writing the blog Healthy Veggie.


Liz created the blog to help people to transition to a vegetarian diet.  She has provided awesome recipes, lots of tips for the new vegetarian about health and nutrition, how to travel and still be true to your goal of eating healthy and even tips for the garden.  There is something for everyone on her blog, including those who are gluten-free and vegan!

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Rah Rah Raw 

A perennial favorite, the Rah Rah Raw Team of chefs consist of a group of friends from Science of Spirituality who who encourage each other to eat  more raw foods and juices.   We are physical therapists, a counselor, and a Montessori teacher who enjoy sharing the benefit of raw foods and meditation.  Most of them are not completely raw, but find benefit in eating raw food as often as they can.

You will enjoy hearing tips for preparing raw cuisine and tasting their delicious recipes.


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Flavors of India

Indian food is a creative combination of spicy, savory, sweet & flavorful ingredients. As the practice of vegetarianism spreads, many of us strive to master techniques in creating vegetarian dishes. In this demo you'll learn a few vegetarian Indian recipes which you will hopefully enjoy recreating at home.

Vimi is passionate about cooking and is always exploring new possibilities.  Her family inspires her to try out new dishes, and it gives her immense pleasure when people enjoy her new creations. She is always looking for ways to make heart healthy, delicious and wholesome meals which satisfies head and heart both. 

Julie Marie Sterner

Protective Diet-- Julie Marie Sterner

Julie Marie is a Food Coach and Cooking Instructor certified in Plant Based Nutrition.  She offers one on one coaching, workshops and Thursday night oil free cooking classes.  Julie will make it fun and easy to adopt this proven eating plan to eliminate heart disease, reverse type two diabetes and reach your ideal body weight without struggle. Results are typical and goals are achieved with personal guidance and support.  She will teach you how to make this lifestyle achievable.  For free recipes, cooking videos or class information visit:

Eileen Carlotto

Gluten-Free Vegetarian-- Eileen & Mark Carlotto


So many of us have an intolerance to foods with gluten but we are afraid to eliminate it from our diet.  If you are a vegetarian, this may complicate the issue further.  Please join our vegetarian cooks, who themselves have eliminated gluten from their diet, to learn the ins and outs of gluten-free cooking. 

 Eileen Carlotto is a middle school art teacher and long time vegetarian and meditation practitioner. She has been cooking and eating gluten-free vegetarian for the past six years when she was diagnosed with Celiac.

 Mark Carlotto has been a vegetarian for almost ten years. He has a Ph. D. in Electrical Engineering and works in the aerospace industry. A descendent of Italian immigrants, Mark loves to cook.

 Together Eileen and Mark have been developing delicious gluten-free vegetarian dishes that are easy to prepare (and clean up after). At Veggie Fest they have shared a number of gluten free dishes from cuisines around the world. This year’s demo is a delicious chick pea burger packed with protein that is easy to make for people on the go.


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Ray Glend is an entrepreneur and veteran. For over 40 years he’s had an interest in a healthy lifestyle including food, sports, and

Ray has completed 4 Ultra Marathons and 7 Chicago Marathons.
And coached other athletes to successfully complete marathons
using good race-walking techniques and dietary regime for
training and recovery.

Ray loves to cook and has studied food preparation with several
leading health advocates. He likes to explore international
cuisine and blend traditional with non-traditional recipes. Ray’s
unique creations drew crowds at Chicago’s “Real Men Cook”
Fathers Day Events.

Visit Ray at his Sunrider Booth at Veggie Fest for all of your supplement needs.  His demo is at 5:30 pm on Saturday.



VeggieFest 2013


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