Yvonne’s Vegan Kitchen at The Honest Beauty Launch Party

When Jessica’s personal assistant and PR rep contacted me to let me know Jessica was a fan of my cheese and treats and asked me to prepare treats for her Honest Beauty launch party, I was so thrilled and, of course, could not pass on the opportunity.

Our companies are both transparent about what we put in our products and listing ingredients on our packaging, and are made with our customer’s health & wellness in mind, and we agreed it was a good fit.

Sweets, treats, and beauty care items are more affordable luxury items, and there are so many of them on the market to choose from. What I love about our companies is that we make them so you have freedom to indulge, whether it be in having fun with makeup or stuffing your face with cookies. Of course, natural beauty and beauty from within is the best kind of beauty, and drinking green smoothies and eating massaged kale salads will bring you optimal health, but enhancing your beauty with beneficial skincare and makeup, as well as eating healthier and delicious alternatives to donuts and cookies is just icing on the cake—it makes life a little better and more enjoyable.

For the Honest Beauty Party, I had free reign. I could make whatever I wanted, as long as the cheese was on the menu, and I had a whole counter to fill. This was for about 100 people. I decided on…

1) A 3-cheese platter (black truffle, roasted garlic, onion and chive, and cranberry dill vegan cashew cheese) with my superfood crackers, grapes, dried fruit, and toasted nuts.

2) Chocolate Pot de Creme

3) Chocolate Covered Donuts

4) Chocolate Chai Cookies

5) Vanilla lemon with raspberry

6) Fruit Tarts

I not only made a dessert table, I was also invited to stay to enjoy the party.  I loved that they served vegan savory items for me to enjoy. They also had beautiful (vegetarian) geode cookies by Good Vibes Cookie Co, had great music, delicious cocktails, a tarot card reader, the most gorgeous flower arrangements, and some amazing ladies—lots of moms, social media and lifestyle influencers, and entrepreneurs.

I had the pleasure of getting my make-up touched-up by a glam team and tried the new Honest Beauty color palette, and other newly-branded and packaged beauty products. It was a great night.

Before transitioning to the vegan lifestyle in 2013, I was very conscious about products I used on my body and, of course, those that I put into my body, like vitamins. I told my 5 sisters about Honest’s different product lines, and we all subscribed. They sell natural and eco-friendly biodegradable diapers, baby wipes, and other non-toxic wellness, personal hygiene, household cleaning products, and now, beauty products!

Honest Beauty does not test their products on animals. They rely on a combination of scientific literature, non-animal testing, raw material safety testing and/or human testing to ensure product safety as an alternative to animal testing. Since my audience is very diverse, I will tell you which products I’ve tried that are vegan, which are beegan (contain honey or wax), and vegetarian.

They are extremely transparent about their products and lists all of the ingredients on their packaging and website. Some of their products contain beeswax, lactoperoxidase (an enzyme derived from milk), and carmine (a pigment derived from insects) for coloring. You can find the complete list of products below… I find this information incredibly helpful and I hope this allows you  to use Honest Beauty products with complete confidence!

The Honest Beauty “Beegan” Products include:

Detox Mud Mask – Manuka Honey

Magic Balm – Beeswax

Y+C Nourishing Lotion – Beeswax

Creme Blush – Beeswax

Cream Foundation – Beeswax

Eyeshadow – Depending on the color, Carmine

LipCrayons – Beeswax +  depending on the color, carmine

Mascara – Beeswax

The Honest Beauty Vegetarian Products include:

Deep Hydration – Beeswax +  lactoperoxidase

The vegan products I have tried include:

1) Everything Primer Matte

2) Magic Balm

3) Makeup Remover Wipes

4) Gentle Gel Cleanser

5) Organic Beauty Facial Oil

The Everything Primer Matte, which I use under my concealer, is light, buildable, & breathable. It’s oil-free and matte, long-lasting and smooth for makeup coverage that is even!

I use the Magic Balm on my lips, and if I have any dry spots it’s perfect for those… even on my elbows. It soothes and softens.

The Makeup Remover Wipes are gentle on my skin and leave me feeling fresh.

The Gentle Gel Cleanser gently cleans and removes makeup and dirt without over-drying. The chamomile and calendula extracts leave my skin feeling calm and refreshed.

I use the Organic Beauty Facial Oil on my fine lines and as a moisturizer. My sensitive skin seems to enjoy it! I also use it on my neck. Remember to moisturize your neck, ladies and gents!

What I love about the new packaging is that it’s so lovely, simple, and clean that the products look great on the counter, left out, and not stored away… you want to showcase them!

Big thanks again to Jessica and her crew for welcoming me into their headquarters and for allowing me to feed your guests, a few who are now my good friends. It was such a pleasure!

More on the Honest Company…

They manufacture their own natural products and sell them on their site. Or, find them at Target or health-focused markets. The company offers subscription delivery services, wherein you pay a monthly fee to have an assortment of products delivered to your home on a monthly basis, like a “Family Essentials” bundle. You can also buy products at your own pace.

They do NOT test on animals, and they even use renewable or recycled materials in all of their packaging, shipping, and office products. They donate money to good causes, too! Read about their extensive sustainability efforts on their website! In addition to their 100% plant-based baby care, cleaning, and personal care products, their “Honestly Free Guarantee” promises that their products are free of:

phthalates, sodium lauryl/laureth sulfates, PVC, parabens, benzene, chlorine, synthetic fragrances, triclosan, formaldehyde-based preserving agents, nanoparticles, TEA, MEA, phosphates, polyethylene glycol (PEG), quaternium 15, DMDM hydantoin, 1-4 dioxane, bisphenol-A (BPA), alkylphenol ethoxylates (APEs)/nonylphenol, BHA, benzalkonium chloride

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Enchanted Fairy Garden Party

Natasha, (click here to visit her incredible Instagram!), hired us to create another themed dessert table. This time, for her daughter… an enchanted fairy garden party!

Enchanted Fairy Party

As always, she requested that everything be made with organic, vegan, gluten-free, soy-free ingredients, natural colors and flavors, and to have a reduced amount of sugars while using primarily Whole Foods. We used Harry’s Berries Gaviota Strawberries – the best strawberries in the world – and India Tree colors, turmeric, and blue spirulina to color the treats.

Coming up with ideas for food using Pinterest really helped bring this dessert table to life. Here is what we came up with…

Birthday cake 
6” 2-layered Carob Cake with Chocolate Frosting & Strawberries
9” 2-layered Carrot Cake with Walnuts
12” 2-layered Vanilla Cake with Vanilla Frosting & Strawberries
3-tiered Pink Ombre & Flowers Birthday Cake
Nut-free Carob Log Cake, Chocolate Strawberries

Used all Harry’s Berries – Gaviota strawberries

Twigs & Berries 

Magic Fairy Drops Donut Tower – baked donuts dipped in housemade white chocolate and vegan sprinkles.

Pixie Dust Popcorn – coconut oil popped corn, drizzled with housemade white chocolate and vegan rainbow sprinkles.

Vegan donut tower

Moss Cookies  – sugar cookies with a hint of lemon, coated with a thin icing, covered with pulverized and green-colored coconut shreds.

Flowery Fruit Bites – kiwi, raspberry, & mint.

Magic Wands – blueberries and watermelon.

Magic Mushrooms – vegan marshmallows, strawberries.

Forest Logs – fruit leather strips.

Chipmunk Chips in Basket with Moss – plantain banana chips.

Enchanted Forest Seeds – bliss balls: hazelnut chocolate truffles, goji cranberry coconut truffles (recipes here and on my app!)

Vegan bliss balls

Gnome Made Granola Cups with Honeysuckle Cream – my granola recipe with more date paste to stick the cups together, baked in mini cupcake pans, with spooned in yogurt, berries, and mint.

vegan gluten free granola

Mud and Dirt Cups – avocado, banana, date-based chocolate pudding with dirt made from carob, date, almonds, and vanilla, and topped with a mint leaf.

vegan mud dirt dessert cups

Morning Dew – cucumber mint spring water & Pixie Punch – strawberry lemonade.

Watermelon House – fairy house made of watermelon.

Click here to view the paper art from @craftytude — the cute other decor was from Etsy…

For each party and project, I like to include a sketch in my proposal. From merely an idea to Instagram-ready…

To inquire about special occasion orders, please click here.

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Fire Truck Themed Dessert Table & Snacks

Fire Truck Themed Party

When Nastaha, (@dr.organicmommy on Instagram) entrusts me to help create a firetruck-themed dessert table and snacks, you know it’s all going to have to be plant-based, vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, naturally colored, eco-friendly, and, of course, delicious and memorable!

Natasha’s account is an incredible resource for pregnancy, parenting, and all things clean living… she specializes in Pediatric Neuropsychology, and I just find her content and knowledge to be fascinating, and even great for those who aren’t moms.

I had a blast making this epic Firetruck-themed dessert table come to life.  Thanks to Pinterest for all the design inspo, and to my amazing team who helped make this happen!

We made:

Match Sticks – pretzels with housemade white chocolate, and naturally colored red sprinkles

Firetruck Tires – chocolate dipped mini donuts

Cakes – firetruck themed multi-tiered cake and Flame Cake

Cookies – sugar cookies in the shape of flames and the number 4

Fire Balls – housemade white chocolate-dipped marshmallows with naturally-colored sprinkles

Great Balls of Fire – date, nut superfood bliss balls in varying flavors: Lemon Coconut, Hazelnut Chocolate, Goji Cranberry Almond.

Fiery Fruit – kabobs of cantaloupe, pineapple, and strawberry

Burning Embers – beet chips with rosemary

Veggie Train – Veggie Crudite. Artiscly cut and arranged like a train

Flaming Fruit Cups – vegan jello with fruit

Firetruck Fuel – watermelon juice

Pumpkin Pie Bites with Coconut Whip

3-Cheese Platters – Cranberry and Dill Goatless Cheese, Black Truffle Cheese, Roasted Garlic, Onion and Chive Cheese, Superfood Crackers, Grapes, Nuts

I even made the back splash (don’t ask me how, it just came together), cake stands, food and ingredient labels, and a match stick box.  It was so much fun!  Thanks again to Natasha and family for allowing us into your home to feed your family more wholesome sweets and snacks.  It was a true pleasure!

Truly a labor of love – from design concept to the finest details in execution. Joy. Love. That’s why I do what I do. That’s what life’s about. Well, to me at least. And I give everything my best to spread this love and joy. It’s the best feeling.

To inquire about a special occasion order, please click here.

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Vegan Cheesecake Workshop at Grassroots

fullsizerender-2Ever wondered how to make vegan cheesecake?  Attend my free vegan cheesecake workshop at Grassroots Natural Market in South Pasadena on Thursday, December 15th at 7pm!  I’ll be demonstrating how to make 3 types of cheesecakes: Peppermint Chocolate, Pumpkin Pie and S’mores!  Not only will you learn how to make my special desserts, you’ll have the opportunity to taste them, too!

Everything is vegan, gluten-free, raw and contains no refined sugar, dairy or soy, and every bite is sure to bring back sweet memories of the holiday season.

Hope you will join me!

Register for the free class here .

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VeganCheese & Wine Tasting Event!

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Please join me for a VEGAN WINE & CHEESE TASTING event

on Wednesday, September 7 at 7:30pm

V Wine Room, V Cheese Shoppe, and I have teamed up to bring you an incredibly scrumptious tasting event. Featuring #VeganCheese and Decadent Desserts paired with Vegan Wines and Live Jazz.

Come sample, sip, and sway until your heart’s content.  Space is limited, so be sure to purchase your tickets today via this link.

Food by yours truly, Yvonne Ardestani, Vegan Chef
Wine Pairings by Adam Monte’, Sommelier
Music by Ryan Roberts and Brad Rabuchin

 

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My Sweets & Treats Now Being Sold at Nuda & San Pedro Farmers Market

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Exciting News!! My sweet treats (and some savouries) will be available to you this Farmers Market Friday at Nuda Juice Shop from 9am-2pm! Nuda Juice Shop is located on 6th Street, right where the San Pedro Farmers Market takes place at 407 W 6th St, San Pedro, CA 90731.

What will I be making?!

Cookies
Tartlets
Muffins
Cupcakes
Mini Pies
Vegan Cheese and Crackers
And more!

ALL organicvegan, & glutenfree weeeee!

We will also be taking pre-orders for the holidays: Pumpkin Pies and Fruit Tarts!

Whatever does not sell will be placed for sale at Nuda, so if you can’t make it between 9am-2pm, stop by after or during the weekend!

Hope to see you there!

 

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New Video and Giveaway with Emily Turner of Gluten-free With Emily

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GIVEAWAY TIME!!!

Emily Turner of Gluten-free With Emily and I made my Chocolate Truffle Cake recipe together in a new episode on her YouTube channel, Gluten-free with Emily. Mind you, it is my VERY FIRST live-ish video. There are some awkward moments where I struggle to find the right words, but I’m workin’ on it!  ;)

We want you to experience just how delicious the Chocolate Truffle Cake is, so we are going to give away not 1 but 2 prize packs. Each prize pack includes all of the ingredients to make the decadent yet simple Chocolate Truffle Cake! We’re even including a few cooking tools for your cooking pleasure.

Here’s what will be included in each prize pack:

Navitas Naturals Raw Cacao Powder, Cacao Nibs, Raw Almonds

Melissa’s Produce Dates, Vanilla, Pecans and Fresh Toppings

Big Tree Farms Coconut Nectar

Kelapo Coconut Coconut Oil

Fat Daddios 6-inch round Spring Form Pan

 

To enter our contest in Instagram, simply:

1) Like this giveaway post

2) Follow @GlutenfreeWithEmily and @yvonne_deliciously_vegan

3) Tell us something about yourself

4) Tag 3 friends

 

You may enter ONCE A DAY!

You may even enter on YouTube to double your chances to win!

To enter on YouTube, simply:

1) Leave a comment on the YouTube Video. Tell us what you are doing to keep healthy this summer!

 

Contest is open worldwide and ends on Tuesday, July 21 at 11:30pm PST. Good luck!

 

Find Emily of Gluten-free With Emily Everywhere:

Gluten Free With Emily on social media

Instagram @glutenfreewithemily

Twitter @emilyglutenfree

Facebook Gluten Free With Emily 

 

Find Yvonne of My Eclectic Kitchen Everywhere:

Instagram @yvonne_deliciously_vegan

Facebook My Eclectic Kitchen App

My Eclectic Kitchen

Twitter My Eclectic Kitchen

Pinterest MyEclecticKtchn

Snap Chat: YvonneArdestani

Periscope: MyEclecticKitchen

 

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Whole Foods Market Torrance – Live Cooking Demo and Hands-on Wrap-Making Class

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Have any plans for this Thursday?!

Thursday, June 18th at 6:30pm, I’d like to invite you to join me at Whole Foods Torrance for a live “cooking” demonstration and hands-on wrap-making class! I  will be teaching how to make nutrient-dense, plant-based vegan wraps perfect for lunch and Summer picnics!

Learn how to make quick, delicious, and satisfying wraps!

What’s on the menu?

1⃣ Savory Wraps

2⃣ Dessert Wraps

Space is limited, so reserve your space today!

All participants will get to make their own wraps.  They will also receive a goodie bag filled with a baked treat made by yours truly, free recipes, and goodies from Navitas Naturals and Melissa’s Produce!

Click here to register, https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-refreshing-summer-with-yvonne-ardestani-tickets-17178801257

Hope to see you there!!!

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Hands-on Cooking Class – June 27, Comfort Food LA in Sherman Oaks

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What are you doing on Saturday, June 27th? Join me in a hands-on cooking class at Comfort Food LA in Sherman Oaks!  I will be teaching students how to make 3 courses.

1) A starter cheese course with gluten-free crackers and farmers market veggies

2) A comforting “meat”loaf with cauliflower purée, gravy, and a side vegetable

3) A delicious and easy dessert, chocolate chai cookies

I will not only teach you how to make the food, you will be able to make the food yourselves, and learn how to plate it, too.  At the end of the class, we can all enjoy the fruits of our labor together and/or you can pack whatever you don’t eat home with you.

Attend the class on your own or make it a date with a special someone–a fun activity while learning some cooking skills from trained chefs!

I teamed up with some of my favorite culinary instructors (Chef Caren Watts and Chef Andy Pastore) from my time at Le Cordon Bleu to bring this special organic, plant-based, whole foods, vegan class to you!

The skills you learn can be applied to your next dinner party or just in your every day life in the kitchen.  I hope you will join me!

Space is limited, so sign up today!  Sign up using this link here, http://comfortfoodla.com/product/vegan-cooking-class/

Hope to see you there!!!

 

More on Comfort Food…

Comfort Food’s classes are taught by industry professionals with a background in culinary education.  Our goal is for everyone to improve their skills and have a better understanding of food and cooking.Comfort Food is a modern cooking school for the home cook and the professional alike.  Our classes appeal to cooks of any skill level.  But one thing remains the same: the caliber of education you will receive is on par with the culinary education at some of the top culinary schools in the country.

Our industry-trained chefs teach hands-on classes in a variety of time schedules to appeal to the busy, yet serious cook.

Our step-by-step approach brings the professional kitchen to you, to build skill level and confidence in whatever you are cooking.

Fully interactive classes allow you to get your hands on every aspect of the day’s lesson with guidance from the instructor.

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Live Cooking Demonstration at Whole Foods Torrance

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On Thursday, April 30th at 6:30pm, join me at Whole Foods Torrance for a live demonstration!  I will be teaching participants how to make fool-proof, plant-based vegan recipes perfect for Spring and Summer picnics and potlucks!  Jump into Spring and be ready for Summer with these nutrient-dense, tantalizing, and simple Spring delights!

What’s on the menu?

-Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

-Cranberry and Dill Vegan “Goat Cheese”

-Snackers Crackers

-Chocolate Chai Cookies

 

Space is limited, so reserve your space today!  Click here to register for the free class!  All  participants will receive a My Eclectic Kitchen organic cotton tote bag, filled with a baked treat made by yours truly, free recipes, and goodies from Navitas Naturals and Melissa’s Produce.  In addition, every participant will receive another exciting surprise gift.  Find out what it is when you get there.  Hope to see you!!!

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