Catering for residential retreats is an absolute love of mine. Having participated on many retreats myself, I have a complete understanding of how important food is to people on retreat.
Local and organic ingredients are always sourced first. The finest quality ingredients are purchased from farmers in the Byron Bay area who really care about what they are growing. Most of the produce are organic and spray free.
Each meal is lovingly prepared and I am guided by the following principles:
Provide protein-rich meals – where even the biggest of meat eaters will feel satisfied.
Provide complete proteins – ensuring you get all nine essential amino acids with each and every meal.
Provide adequate levels of iron in meals – combining iron-rich foods with ingredients that assist in the absorbing of iron.
Ensuring complete deliciousness at all times – where food is not only wholesome but the taste is equally as vital, using ingredients that have no added preservatives or colors etc.
In addition to these principles participant’s individual needs are always taken into consideration and all dietary requirements are catered for. I am gluten intolerant myself so have a huge repertoire of gluten-free meals and desserts. I can cater for people who have allergies and for those who want ayurvedic, macrobiotic or raw food cuisine. Any dietary requirement can be catered for as long as it is vegetarian. Retreat menus are tailored to suit the needs of the particular retreat and I work with the retreat organizer to plan the perfect menus for their retreat.
Meal sizes are abundant, I myself love to go back for seconds and this is always available for those who share this love of mine.
I can cater for retreats of 14 people and up to 80 people or more.
I have a blog post that you are welcome to share with people booked into your retreats to help them prepare for a healthy vegetarian cuisine when on retreat Vegetarian catering on retreats.
Retreat menu ideas
A seasonal fruit platter
Freshly squeezed juice or green smoothie
A selection of organic bread, sourdough and gluten-free
Local jams, tahini, raw honey, macadamia butter
Gluten free muesli
Tomato, garlic free pesto and hummus
Luscious Breakfast plus hot accompaniment
The Luscious Breakfast plus one of the following:
Tempeh sausages or Thai sweet corn or tempeh cakes
Poha – Gujerati breakfast of spiced rolled rice with potatoes and pecans
Kedgeree – Indian style breakfast of lentils and rice served with boiled eggs
Marinated mushrooms and roasted tomatoes
Baked eggs with tomato and beans
Shakshuka – Israeli style breakfast stew with nut sprinkles and besan flour flatbread
Gluten-free Japanese savory pancakes
Moong dhal savory pancakes with jams and pickles
These are just ideas but all meals can be arranged to suit your individual retreats dietary needs. From high energy food to lighter meals in the evening, Ayurvedic cuisine, raw food or whatever other ideas you have that will enhance your particular retreat. Menu choices also depend on what is seasonally available as most of the produce sourced comes from local farmers markets.
All meals are accompanied by a green salad packed with yummies and another vegetable dish. Main meals consist of four dishes so there is plenty of variety:
Sri Lankan curry celery and corn dhal raita and brown rice
Mixed vegetable curry with spinach dhal raita chutney and brown rice
Vegetable tikka curry celebration dhal chutney and brown rice
Nut roast with mashed sweet potato steamed vegetables and a homemade tomato sauce
Macadamia pea pesto and vegetable pasta bake with cauliflower salsa
Marinated artichoke and pea lasagne with warm green beans and carrot seed salad
Baked polenta stack with pepperonata and salsa verde served with a hot zucchini and almond salad
Eggplant and pumpkin parmigiana with gluten-free pasta and fresh borlotti beans
Buckwheat pumpkin and silverbeet bake with steamed veggies
Mung bean and vegetable bake with mushrooms quinoa and antipasto vegetables
Vietnamese curry with bean shoot and tofu side and brown rice
Star anise tempeh with stir-fried vegetables and coconut rice
Gado Gado –steamed vegetables tempeh boiled eggs bean shoots and a macadamia nut sauce with fried rice
Balinese curry with car a car green sambal and brown rice
Thai style curry with Thai green papaya salad and brown rice
Mixed vegetarian sushi with miso soup and a baked vegetable salad
Cauliflower crust bake with roast vegetables
For winter there is a range of soups:
Greek Lentil soup
Italian tomato roast capsicum and borlotti bean
Israeli inspired pumpkin carrot and sweet potato soup
Mulligatawny soup with a side of coconut yoghurt rice
Borst – European beetroot soup
Spinach and pumpkin broth
Vegetable lemongrass and coconut milk soup
Carrot dill and cauliflower soup with cannellini beans
Laksa with noodles and garnish
Indian spiced lentil soup
Ginger carrot soup
Zucchini and sweet potato soup
Tomato and puy lentil soup with coriander coconut yoghurt
Salads depend on what is in season at the time of your retreat. They will often contain a protein if there is none in the main meal. Below are a few of the many salad ideas.
Rocket pear and pecan
Baby spinach borlotti beans mandarins or blueberries (if in season) and sheep feta
Golden and red beetroot lentils and mixed leaves
Mixed leaves with roasted pumpkin macadamia nuts and sunflower sprouts
Thai style salad with rice noodles and bok choi
Corn snow peas green beans chickpeas and watercress
Mixed leaves avocado Kalamata olives cherry tomatoes and cucumber
Cos lettuce mixed leaves grated beetroot mixed seeds and sprouted legumes
High energy salad with raw veg and almonds and apricots
Fig pear and pecan salad with rocket
Green papaya salad and mixed greens
Mixed leaves with raw vegetables
Green salad with mango snowpeas sesame and sunflower seeds
Beetroot and orange salad with sprouted legumes
Zucchini spirals with avocado mint and fennel
Steamed veg salad with golden root veg and black bean noodles with a cashew cream sauce
All desserts are gluten-free and vegan with sugar-free options.
Middle Eastern orange and chocolate cake
Chocolate banana chia seed cake
Macadamia and seasonal fruit crumble with whipped cream, yogurt or sour cream
Silken tofu chocolate mousse
Raw banana cake
Healthy banana and date cake with macadamia cream
Passionfruit and chia slice
Raw strawberry delight
Sticky date cake
Baked bananas in star anise and cinnamon with whipped coconut milk
Pear and apricot clafoutis with a raw cocoa and silken tofu sauce
Raw avocado cake
Raw cacao and spirulina balls
Poached pears with coconut cream
Sticky date cake