Educook Summer Camp

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Does your child love to cook? Want to inspire them through food and art? Sign up for Educook Summer Camp!

This is a hands-on teaching environment where they’ll learn about food, cook up a storm, and most importantly, have fun!

June 20-24th, 2016; 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Monday-Friday: $275 (includes all food and materials)

Topics of instruction to be announced. Includes DAILY cooking or baking in a professional kitchen. Students get to enjoy their delicious goodies together in class or take them home to share and show them off. Healthy snack table offered all day for students to graze. Other related activities include: farmer’s market tour, herb garden planting, food still life painting (inspired by market visit) and more! A week of food, art and fun!

Open to kids 7-12 years old.
Please register early, space is limited!
Call 831-588-4515 or email
We’re located at the Food Lounge, 1001 Center Street, Santa Cruz, 95060

Thanksgiving Day Menu

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Lifestyle Culinary Arts invites you to enjoy an amazing Thanksgiving feast, without the hassle. We’ll provide all the delicious holiday food, ready to be heated and served Thanksgiving Day. Leave the cooking to us!

LCA Thanksgiving 2014

Pick up your complete dinner or sides on Wednesday November 26, 4:00 pm-6:00 pm or Thanksgiving Day, Thursday November 27, 8:30 am-9:30 am at Front Street Kitchen 504-A Front Street, Downtown Santa Cruz.

Orders MUST be received and complete by 8:00 pm Friday November 21.

Holiday Cookie Baking

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Lifestyle Culinary Arts gets in the Holiday spirit…

We will be baking, decorating and exchanging some of the season’s favorite cookie recipes. Bake in our well-equipped commercial kitchen with friends and family, take home both finished and ready-to-bake holiday treats for your holiday.  Serving coffee and hot apple cider.

To make it even more fun, participate in these festive activities (optional)
* Recipe Exchange – bring 10 copies of your favorite holiday cookie recipe to share.
* ‘Cutest Apron’ contest, winner takes home a prize!
* Special holiday packaging ideas – available for purchase. Or bring your own packaging to transport your loot and save on paper waste.

Sunday December 16th, 2012  11am, $25 per adult, $10 per child 14 and under with participating adult (max two kids per adult for reduced rate)

To RSVP, so we know how many goodies to prepare, call (831) 588-4515 or email The venue is located at 504A Front Street, Downtown Santa Cruz.

True Olive Connection demo at Cocoanut Grove

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Chef Andrea was excited to be invited by The True Olive Connection to lead food demos Saturday and Sunday at the 2012 Central Coast Home, Garden, Culinary & Wine Expo at the Cocoanut Grove. Thank you to all who stopped by to talk about cooking and baking with olive oil and who tasted our dessert inspired by The True Olive Connection Cinnamon Pear Balsamic Vinegar. And thank you to Margareth at Sugarmags for providing the delicious tasting samples!

As promised, here is the recipe for the delicious polenta cake made with olive oil. Enjoy substituting a flavoured olive oil of your choice to give it your own twist! Happy cooking.

Polenta Rosemary & Olive Oil Cake

1/2 cup of butter, at room temperature
2 Tbsp fresh rosemary, minced
3/4 cup polenta
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup olive oil – flavoured oil of choice such as True Olive Connection Eureka Lemon Olive Oil
1 tsp salt
6 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/3 cup sugar

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Prepare a 10 inch cake pan or a Bundt pan.
3. Combine the flour, polenta, baking powder and salt in a small bowl.
4. In another bowl, whisk together the eggs, olive oil and vanilla extract.
5. Beat the butter and sugar in the bowl of a mixer until it is light and fluffy.
6. Slowly pour in the wet egg mixture.
7. On low add the dry ingredients and mix just until combined. Do not over mix.
8. Fold in the minced rosemary.
9. Bake for approximately 30 or until done (depending on your oven), testing until the cake is lightly browned and springs back to the touch.

*For an added touch of flavour, make a rosemary syrup using 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup sugar and rosemary. Combine in a pot and heat until simmering and sugar has dissolved. Strain. Pour rosemary syrup over cake just before serving.

We have a new website!

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A new website! Woohoo! Our previous site was growing a bit long in the tooth, so we’ve taken the time to redo, revamp, and renew our online presence. We hope you find all the information you need to get a feel for who we are and what we do at Lifestyle Culinary Arts. Feel free to drop us a line with any suggestions or comments – thanks!


Team building with Google Chrome DevRel

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We had so much fun with the Google Chrome DevRel team! The Googlers came from all over the world for a weekend of team building and stopped by our kitchen for a chocolate class, tasting, and lunch. And the best part? Chocolate martinis! Yum!

Front Street Kitchen

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Lifestyle Culinary Arts has moved back to downtown Santa Cruz! We’re in a fabulous space that we’re calling the Front Street Kitchen. Lifestyle Culinary Arts – along with two other great caterers – will focus on the “3 C’s”: catering, classes, and community. Stop by 504A Front Street and say hello!

Chef Jake Gandolfo visits ROP

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Felton resident and celebrity chef Jake Gandolfo gave a guest lecture to the ROP culinary arts class today, providing the students with a taste of his food philosophy and personal charm, both of which helped him during his 2010 run on Gordon Ramsey’s TV show, Masterchef. Thanks, Chef Jake – the talk was great and your BBQ sauce was delicious!

Toyota Farm to Table Tour

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We had a blast at the 2011 Toyota Farm to Table Tour, held in Aptos, CA. It was a beautiful day with a bounty of fresh, local food. Special thanks to Chef Stephany for her nimble fingers as we served up dozens of plates to hungry patrons!

Putting the P in ROP!

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Chef Andrea’s students from the Santa Cruz Regional Occupational Program learn how to make fresh pizza. Così buono!