With a passion for food and a life long love of cooking, Nan is most at home in the kitchen. Nan has started her career in food as a caterer and personal chef. Cooking local, organic and vegetarian food is a love, but you will find her at the market making friends with the butcher, baker and cheese maker! Sharing her love of food and her slightly geeky culinary knowledge is her raison d'etre. If you have an chance, sit down and enjoy a foodie moment with this talented and spirited cook.
Erin Rosar is an accredited Sommelier and instructor with the International Sommelier Guild where she instructs at all levels with the Guild's programs, including the highest level of the Sommelier Diploma. She is also a recognized Sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers out of London, England.
Erin is the founder of WG Wines Consulting Inc. of Calgary, Alberta. She has had pieces published in Wine Access, Calgary's Child Magazine, Mom Magazine, and her own newlsetter through WG Wines. Erin also is a respected wine judge and sits annually for the Canadian Value Wine Awards. Erin is as a proud partner in the Vinestone Wine Company wine shop in Cochrane, Alberta. Erin's newest venture is a wine tasting kit called Wine in the Kitchen.
Erin's fun and enjoyable approach to wine education has made her a welcomed speaker at The Pajama Party events at The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, The Canadian Women's Expo in Toronto, The Red Deer Women's Conference, The Calgary Interior Design Show and many private and corporate events.
Erin fervently believes that learning about wine should always be entertaining, interesting and definately "user friendly". She loves to share her passion for the world's wines with her audiences of students, clients and readers, and a style that makes learning about wine more creative and fun.
Kevin started his culinary career at the Culinary Institute in San Francisco and then returned home to Calgary after a few years training under some of California's top Chefs. Kevin spent the next decade as the Executive Chef at Brava Bistro earning many accolades, most recently Avenue Magazine's Top Restaurant of 2012. Kevin has decided to take a new direction in his career and is opening a new restaurant, Symons Valley Ranch, outside of Airdrie. With a passion for perfectly prepared and locally sourced ingredients, Kevin is known for his bring-you-to-your-knees comfort food.
Nita is a native of Thailand, growing up with mango trees and galangal fields in her back yard. After being assigned the duty of head cook at age 14 for her large extended family on the farm, Nita developed a deep love for cooking. She knows the flavours of traditional Thai food, and sees that so much of"Thai" restaurant food in Canada has been westernized and adapted from it's traditional roots. With a dream to open a restuarant someday, Nita has a passion to teach her beloved Thai cuisine and share her families generational recipes.
As a classically trained French chef, Pete graduated with his Superior Chef du Cuisine Diploma in 2011 from Le Cordon Blue in Ottawa after completing his basic and intermediate level French culinary in Sydney, Australia. Inspired by many Chefs such as Marco Pierre White, Gordon Ramsey, Chuck Hughes, Morimoto and David Chang, Pete has developed his own culinary voice and continues to be inspired by the cultural flavours and flare of every cuisine. Pete has since developed a mastery in fine cuisine dishes and holds a true love for food and the experiences it brings. You can find Chef Pete busy cooking up a storm or creating a new inspiration at one of these restaurants, Sophear restaurant & bar, Blue dragon fine Thai and Khmer cuisine, or Bamboo Hut SE Asian cuisine.
Having grown up in Tanzania, Nasim Lundy has known Indian and African cooking for a lifetime. She moved to Red Deer in 1975 and has pursued a career in hairdressing with a fervent hobby of cooking. All of her siblings are in the restuarant business and Nasim shares that same skill and passion for cooking good food. Nasim cooks for people anytime she can gather them together...catering functions, church groups, cooking classes and lucky friends. As this type of cuisine is a daily way of life for Nasim, she has developed time saving strategies and an armload of loved recipes by all who taste her food.
Julie Van Rosendaal
Julie Van Rosendaal is living proof that you can have your cake and eat it too! (After all, what good is cake if you can't eat it?) The best-selling author of One Smart Cookie, Grazing, In the Dog Kitchen and Starting Out, Julie has been referred to as "Queen of the Skinny Sweet" and "The Poster Girl for Low Fat Cooking" by Avenue Magazine, and is in demand to teach classes, appear on TV and radio, speak to various groups and demonstrate her culinary skills at events and benefits across Canada. Julie is the food and nutrition columnist on the Calgary Eyeopener on CBC Radio One, a regular contributor to magazines across North America, and co-host (with Ned Bell) of "It's Just Food" on Access and Canadian Learning Television, which will air its third season this fall.
Having spent years researching and experimenting in the kitchen, Julie developed the knowledge she needed to create healthier versions of typically high fat, high calorie dishes and baked goods that were so delicious, it enabled her to enjoy whatever she craved rather than declare her favorite foods off limits. As a result she lost 165 pounds and her inspiring story has been featured in such publications as Shape , Prevention, People, and Woman's World magazines. Julie's latest project, a reality cookbook called Dinner with Julie - a year in my kitchen, documents the entire year of 2008 in her kitchen, and can be seen online at www.dinnerwithjulie.com.