Ayurvedic Cooking Class at Verjus

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Winter Wellness

Verjus is delighted to be hosting an Ayurvedic workshop and cooking class on Saturday, January 14. Stephanie Maiers, a chef and breast cancer survivor, and Leah Adams, an Ayurvedic health counselor, will lead the three-hour workshop, which will run from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. The workshop will dive deep into Ayurvedic wisdom and offer recipes and cooking tips to stay healthy through the chilly winter months.

Maiers and Adams will cover stocking a pantry with seasonal winter foods to make it easy to prepare meals that support the immune system, and how to use stimulating spices to warm up the body and enhance digestion. Guests will sip warm homemade chai while Maiers prepares a meal from the recipes that guests will take home, offering tips and pointers along the way.

The workshop will be oriented around integrating nourishing, wholesome Ayurvedic recipes and principles into daily life. They will focus on soups as a way to provides the body with nourishment and hydration, while being easy on the digestive system, freeing up body, heart, and mind to digest the rich experiences that the season can bring.

The workshop will end with a shared meal and conversation!

The workshop will be at Verjus on Saturday, January 14 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm, and it is $75/person—register by emailing wellness@byleahadams.com.

Leah Adams is a certified yoga instructor and Ayurvedic wellness counselor. Adams teaches weekly classes to providers at Washington’s top cancer care hospital and has also lead mindful yin classes at the University of Washington Mindfulness Project. Leah is a passionate student of Ayurveda and is a certified Ayurvedic Health Counselor and has completed a NAMA (National Ayurvedic Medical Association) approved course of study. She incorporates this as well as meditation, Chinese Medicine Meridian Theory, Western science, and nature into her teaching, bringing her love of yoga and her ever-growing knowledge of it to share with others. For more information, visit www.byleahadams.com.

Stephanie Maiers is a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America in New York. She spent a number of years cooking in Napa, Seattle, and Australia before returning to Washington to raise her family.

Verjus is a vegetarian and cold-pressed juice cafe from Brendan and Heidi McGill, best known for Hitchcock, a restaurant, and two delis of the same name. Verjus is located on picturesque Bainbridge Island, a 30 minutes ferry ride from Seattle, and the cafe sources produce from local farms including their own, Shady Acres. The items that must be sourced from further away always come from sustainable, organic sources. The menu is free of refined sugars and gluten, and the plant-based offerings are livened up with umami-rich fermentations, from raw vinegars to koji ferments. From the fresh-pressed juices full of live enzymes to tartines on homemade bread, all of Verjus’ offerings are wholesome, clean, and pure. Verjus is open from 10am to 4pm, Tuesday through Sunday. For more information, call 206.451.4096 or visit www.verjusbar.com.

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