Issue 1 – Summer

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About Chef Lauren Montelbano

Chef Lauren, based in Madison, WI, draws from her life experiences to create inventive, nutrient dense, plant-based meals. As an author, caterer, personal chef, event planner, and restaurant menu consultant, every aspect of her life influences her culinary creations.
Trained as a yoga instructor, Lauren embraces the principle of Ahimsa (non-harm), and exclusively uses only 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.
With her training as a holistic nutritionist, Lauren uses ingredients that support overall health and wellbeing. She infuses meals with medicinal herbs and spices and tailors her approach to the individual needs of her clients, whether it be through using the knowledge of Ayurveda or balancing micronutrients to support physical outcomes.
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 and even grows and forages some of her ingredients.
Lauren is also an avid world traveler and brings home the concepts and flavors of different cuisines to share with her clients.
Website: www.thevibrantveg.com. Get Lauren’s Cookbook for sale on Amazon: