Lunch Date: New Vegan treats at The Four Seasons to tickle your fancy

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Heather Goldberg and Jenny Engel of Spork Foods

Heather Goldberg and Jenny Engel of Spork Foods

Ever thought about becoming vegan? Or adding a few new vegan meals to your repertoire? Recently Heather Goldberg and Jenny Engel, the famous Spork Foods sisters added five new vegan items to the menu at the Cabana Restaurant at the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. You can now choose from red bean veggie burger sliders with a house made beet ketchup; a tomato and herb tart with an almond ricotta filling; battered avocado tacos with house-pickled purple onions and lime crema; smoked mushroom skewers with a sun-dried tomato cashew cheese; and maple mustard and ginger glazed tempeh skewers over brown rice couscous.

I caught up with Goldberg and Engel to talk about the inspiration behind the meals and what else they are up too.

Q: You guys have had your cooking school for 7 years and you have loads of famous clients from Zooey Deschanel to Weird Al Yankovic. How did this partnership with the Four Seasons come about?

Heather: We heard the Cabana restaurant wanted to shake up their menu. It’s been the same for many years. So we were hired to introduce five new gluten free vegan dishes to the hotel. We created the dishes, trained the chefs and they’ve been selling like crazy!

Q: What do you have to say to the skeptics who feel that there are certain foods that vegans just cant make?

Jenny: We’ve been vegan for 15 years and we don’t feel like we are sacrificing and we don’t like to feel like we are on a diet. We want to feel like we are eating what everyone else is eating. So our philosophy is not feeling like were on a diet of deprivation it’s a lifestyle choice. We do this because of the animals, the environment and we want to feel as satisfied as everyone else.

Q: Where do you get your ideas from?

Heather: some of them come from non vegan items that we want to turn vegan like the baja tacos that are based on fish taco’s but instead of the fish there is a delicious avocado in there. Other times we just want to make something that’s balanced out of foods that are nutritious and good for you.

Q: What are your favorite items?

Jenny: there is a tart that we make with an almond ricotta and heirloom tomatoes. But if you feel like some comfort food go with the sliders!

Heather: I’m pretty deep into those tacos. I love tacos and the rancheros beans that we make are smoked because we want that effect without the ham.

 Q: Do you calorie count your meals at the restaurant?

Heather: we don’t actually count calories but we try to emphasize eating as much whole foods as possible. We try not to use any processed ingredients. When it’s that way the food tends to digest better, we feel like if a food has been around for thousands of years and its sustained people for that long then its probably good for you!

Q: Where else do you recommend we go to try great vegan food?

Heather: If you’re inspired by the menu, then come to our cooking class! You meet a lot of fun exciting people. It’s like a community. Our students come back over and over. We change the theme of our class every weekend. We’ve done Mexicali, we have Mambo Italiano coming up and we even have a New York Deli class. We’ve never taught the same thing twice. Come hang out with us in the studio and have some fun!

 

 

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