Recommended Caterers 

Each of these chefs have a unique specialty, but all create beautiful and healthy food that will nourish your group during retreat.  They have worked in our kitchen and know our property well, and most have a deeply established connection with our team and the spirit of the Abbey.  While you are welcome to hire a chef outside our recommended list, these folks have a standing contract with us and we can vouch for their food, integrity and ease to work with. 


Sara Mains

I have always been creating with food since I was a kid. My inspiration comes from what is growing in the garden, the forest, what is fresh at the farmers market, the fish that just came in off the boat, colors, flavors, moods and seasons. Food that both nurtures and is beautiful is very important to me. Meals that feed all the senses. I have created a wonderful variety of food experiences and I look forward to creating with your groups’ needs in mind! My background is in gardening, plants, art, dance as a healing art, and culinary arts.

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Shane Eagan

Four and Twenty Blackbirds features local, wholesome, gourmet food in the Columbia Gorge of the Pacific Northwest. We cater special events and weddings as well as offer personal chef services.  Chef Shane Eagan specializes in developing menus that cater to dietary preferences.  Four and Twenty Blackbirds is also a food truck that can be found on the streets of Hood River, OR.  Chef Shane Eagan offers Holistic Private Chef meal delivery, take home options and cooking services as well.

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Pamela Dussault

For the past 25+ years, I have been in service through food.  I have cooked for many popular teachers and quite diverse audiences and settings of all sizes.  I specialize in meeting a wide spectrum of needs within a group of vegetarian/vegan/raw to more conventional fare. I place a strong emphasis on Organic, Local and Free Range choices. The intentionality I bring to my service is to prepare delicious, healthy and nutritious foods in a peaceful and loving manner… to nourish more than just the physical body.


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Lauren Chandler

At the age of 21, I sliced, diced, whisked and juiced my way around the world on a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, learning how diet can promote health and prevent disease. From a holistic healthcare center in England, to an ashram in India, to a raw foods retreat in Portugal, I discovered I was most myself in the heart of the establishment – the kitchen. It was there that I found kinship through preparing and sharing beautiful fresh food.

Through one-on-one and group cooking instruction, chef services, recipes and meal plans, I support individuals with all food preferences in reaching their cooking and dietary goals. Amidst the conflicting definitions of what constitutes a nutritious diet, I stay out of the food fight, emphasize seasonal whole foods, and demonstrate that you don’t have to sacrifice flavor or fun to eat well. I combine my culinary training, experience and background in social work to develop just the right culinary engagement for my clients. I bridge the gap between the health care provider and the healthful plate, translating the nutritional counseling my clients receive into tasty tangible results.


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Teresa Estrada


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Teigha Mondragon

Starting at a young age my experiences with food led me to my life purpose of teaching food education, encouraging the tradition of home cooking and living our healthiest life in today’s fast, modern world.  I grew up in Vermont where we raised chickens, turkey’s, pigs and cows for our meat supply. We had a communal potato farm that provided for multiple generations of my family. Together we worked to plant, weed, debug and harvest the potatoes when each time arrived. I find it just as important today to have a close connection to the source of our food. I loved eating rhubarb and tomatoes fresh out of our garden and that high quality taste is the same nutritious, fresh type of food I work to deliver to my clients.  I look forward to working with you to make your next meal full of nourishment and a tasty memory!


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