A Moving Plant-based Experience

Chef Al and I 
are embarking on a great adventure. We are moving to beautiful Bend, Oregon in May of 2018 where the sun is shining and there is a blossoming vegan and eco-minded community that is calling to us. We’re asking for you to join us right now in furthering our vision of expanding into a full service vegan culinary, educational and consulting organization in order to serve more people.

The empowering and delicious organic, plant-based work we do teaching folks how to prepare vegan cuisine transforms people’s health and wellness, saves animals and promotes the stewardship of our earth’s precious resources.  According to GlobalData report entitled Top Trends in Prepared Foods 2017; veganism is up 500%! https://www.forbes.com/sites/Katrina fox/2017/12/27/heres-why-you-should-turn-your-business-vegan-in-2018/

The vegan events and projects we worked on in the past 8 years were purposeful but we know that teaching has much more of an impact. Therefore, we are excited to announce our return to our Vegan Culinary Arts Trainings and will offer our programs again, new and improved, with added value and bonuses. Chef Al will share his vegan culinary genius and teach cooking and kitchen skills and Donna will focus on teaching all other aspects of embracing a vibrant vegan lifestyle. Imagine learning more chef-tested recipes, how to menu plan, shop, stock your fridge and pantry and entertain in a way that is nutrient dense AND satisfying to the palate. The evidence is in: this lifestyle is good for you, the animals and the planet. 

We are welcoming immediate funds to further our success and message outreach including an upgrade to a MacBook Pro and accessories (our last MacBook Pro stopped working); our website redesign; and purchase of a used 2004 Toyota RAV4. These funds are needed right away so that we can get started with our impactful 5 Day and 20 Day Vegan Culinary Arts Programs in 2018. People are looking for creative ways in to preparing healthful meals and we can provide that with our ongoing work.

Your support is key and means the world to us. Our gratitude for your donations knows no bounds and we have included some phone consultation Offerings so that you too can benefit from this important information if you choose. Need not be vegan to participate... just desirous of learning about how to prepare nutrient-dense scrumptious cuisine!

But it gets better than just the trainings...
while Al, a.k.aChef Al, is teaching, Donna will be working on expanding the potent message outreach through social media, radio, television, events, demos, poetry, music and more.  The time is now and we can deliver!

More and more people are getting on board the organic plant-based lifestyle train and we want to support their journey in an effective and upbeat manner!  Mainstream health agencies are now recommending an organic, plant-based lifestyle. So what are you waiting for! 

Bon appetit!

Donna Benjamin is a vegan lifestyle coach and educator and uses her marketing, improvisational and writing skills in her work and ongoing activism.  She has a B.S. in Television-Radio from Syracuse University; and is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and the Living Light Culinary Arts Institute. She enjoys inspiring Al to create new recipes; networking; playing and teaching Native American Courting Flute; playing drums; singing and making up songs in the moment and bringing people together for the greater good. 

Al Chase, a.k.a. Chef Al, is a vegan chef, educator and consultant and is a 1979 graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and Living Light Culinary Arts Institute and has been cooking and teaching vegan culinary arts for 27 years. He is an early adopter of this now popular and growing lifestyle and cuisine and has appeared at conferences, events and VegFests across the country.  Al has practiced Transcendental Meditation twice daily since 1983 which helps him teach in a grounded, effective and peaceful manner. 

TESTIMONIALS: “I had a great experience at The 20 Day Vegan Culinary Arts Program. I learned how to cook in a new way away from the traditional French technique and stay away from unhealthy fats and animal-based products.  The training opened me up to a whole new world of flavor profiles, culinary techniques and delicious, nutrient-dense cuisine that I had no idea could be so good.”
David C.
Ashland, Oregon 
20 Day Vegan Culinary Arts Program Graduate

 “It has been my privilege to know Chef Al Chase for over 25 years and Donna for 17 and I have appreciated the sincerity and dedication with which they have established and developed their work with Organic, Plant-based cuisine and education. Chef Al’s generosity of spirit and dedication to his calling are of the highest order. I strongly support his efforts to awaken his fellow culinary professionals to the importance of health-enhancing cuisine. I highly recommend Chef Al Chase and Donna Benjamin and their work.”
Leading Educator in Applied Plant-based Nutrition; Author of Vegan Nutrition Pure & Simple

“…I am impressed by Chef Al’s dedication and
commitment to teaching the public, emerging vegetarian
chefs, as well as traditional culinary professionals
about organic, plant-based cuisine. The importance and
timeliness of this work on the planet today cannot be underestimated. I wish Chef Chase continued success and encourage you to work with and benefit from this dynamic teacher.”
Founder of Voice for a Viable Future;
Author of Mad Cowboy and No More Bull

Feel free to inquire about custom vegan culinary arts and lifestyle programs for you, your business and/or personal circles. 

                                                          With great appreciation,
                                                           Donna and Al

NOTE: All Offering Levels are optional. Appointments need to be made for the Apple, Beet , Carrot  and Shop with the Chef Levels, so please email to set a time and leave your name, phone number and best times to call.  These Offerings are transferable if you would like to pass one along to someone in your circle.

  • pat blocher 
    • $50 
    • 32 mos
  • Charles Holmes 
    • $100 
    • 42 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $50 
    • 45 mos
  • Nancy Seid 
    • $100 
    • 45 mos
  • Peter Friedfeld 
    • $500 
    • 45 mos
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Donna Benjamin 
Ashland, OR
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