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October 2021

Fall Foodie Fest

October 1 - October 31

SIP AND SAVOR FALL FOODIE FEST

Welcome to our first-ever Fall Foodie Fest at Miraval Austin. All month long, enjoy exclusive culinary workshops where you will learn and cook alongside Miraval Culinary and Beverage specialists. Take home tools and practices that will help you incorporate healthy and balanced meals at home and in your everyday life. Come with friends and loved ones as you sip, cook, and savor flavorful cuisine and drinks that will leave you nourished and inspired.

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PLANT-BASED PATH

Vegetarian, vegan, or curious about adopting a plant-based lifestyle? These fun and flavorful classes will leave you delightfully surprised at the range of accessible recipes. In HEALTHY SWEET TREATS, Registered Dietitian Sami Blumenthal shares the perfect afternoon treat, breakfast-on-the-go, or dessert. Learn how to make non-dairy beverages without artificial additives or fillers in IN A NUTSHELL, create and cook satisfying plant-based dishes in PLANT-BASED COOKING, and more.

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MINDFUL MIXOLOGY

Step up your entertaining skills with these innovative and exciting mixology classes, led by our experienced beverage specialists and sommeliers. Learn THE ART OF THE COCKTAIL and discover surprising lessons for living our own life in balance. Make mocktails for maximum enjoyment in ZERO-PROOF, enjoy a QUICK SIP from our rotating wine selection while chatting with our sommelier, and more.

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FARM TO TABLE

Our Cypress Creek Farm's bountiful offerings and commitment to sustainable farming lay the foundation for our Conscious Cooking philosophy. Learn to craft the perfect Bloody Mary using fresh ingredients from the farm in SUNDAY BRUNCH ESSENTIAL. Delve into the complex world of honeybees and taste the honey from our onsite apiary in HONEY TASTING: THE TERROIR OF HONEY, Enjoy a tour and herb-gathering experience at the farm, followed by a PEACEFUL PICNIC and grounding meditation, and more.

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BOOK YOUR FOODIE RETREAT

Curate your own culinary getaway with over 30 experiences to choose from. Enjoy healthful and flavorful meals that connect you to the food you eat and how it's sourced and grown.

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    Meet your Leaders

    • Ben Baker, Executive Chef

      Ben's culinary creativity is rooted in a strong connection to a family tradition of cooking and sharing food. His career began in California, taking him from his San Jose roots to Mendocino County where he learned how to utilize edible flowers and herbs. He moved to Maui, where he trained with Roy Yamaguchi’s top pastry chef and learned more about the special qualities of Sourdough, a starter-based bread that shares his Bay Area origins.

      When Ben moved to Texas to be closer to family, he was invited to launch the food program at Travaasa Austin and has creatively and innovatively guided it from its beginnings through its transition to Miraval Austin. His unique approach to food aligns perfectly with Miraval’s philosophy of producing and offering healthy, organic, sustainably sourced food that is both nourishing and delicious.

    • Ryan Ehrlichman, Beverage Specialist

      Ryan is a hospitality professional with over 20 years of experience developing custom cocktail creations and unique bar experiences. He has worked and managed nationally recognized bar programs and won several awards in cocktail competitions.

      WORKSHOPS
      Bubbles & Bites • Sparkling Spirits • Joy of Java • In the Spirit of Grapes: Tour of Texas • World of Wine

      LECTURES
      Quick Sip

      PRIVATE SESSIONS
      All Beverage Programming • Private Wine Tasting Experiences

    • John Roussin, Beverage Specialist

      John is a Texas native and certified sommelier with over 10 years of experience crafting award-winning wine menus and mixology programs for some of the best restaurants in San Antonio, TX. John trained alongside a James Beard finalist and is a certified specialist of spirits. His favorite cocktail creation is called the Martinez.

      WORKSHOPS
      Bubbles & Bites • Sparkling Spirits • Joy of Java • In the Spirit of Grapes: Tour of Texas • World of Wine

      LECTURES
      Quick Sip

      PRIVATE SESSIONS
      All Beverage Programming • Private Wine Tasting Experiences

    • Sami Blumenthal, Culinary Specialist

      Sami is a registered dietitian who sees food as her vehicle and truth as her message. Her goal is to create a safe space to nourish, spark culinary creativity, and support your personal evolution both inside and outside of the kitchen. With her innate sense of compassion and vibrant energy, she is dedicated to helping you explore the value of reconnecting with food to enhance and strengthen the relationship of body and mind. Work with Sami to understand the true difference between feeling full and feeling fulfilled.

      WORKSHOPS
      Blend N’ Balance Smoothie • Pasta a Mano • Flower to Root Cooking • Restoring Bone Broth • Conquer the Blade

      PRIVATE SESSIONS
      Blend N’ Balance Smoothie • Pasta a Mano • Flower to Root Cooking • Conquer the Blade

    • Lexie Ruse, Culinary Specialist

      Lexie Ruse completed her professional culinary training in Los Angeles, she worked in New York City, where her love of understanding how what we eat can truly affect us internally and externally was born. Her combined professional experiences over the last 18 years from teaching, boutique catering, custom meal delivery and restaurant/event work has shaped her culinary voice. Discovery, reflection and innumerable stories are a part of her culinary teachings, helping those become more confident in their abilities in the kitchen. Lexie believes wellness to be one of greatest practices one can have in their own daily life and brings her love of food and people with her everyday.

      WORKSHOPS
      Chef’s Table Brunch • Just Cook for Me Chef • Cocktails in the Kitchen • Peaceful Picnic • Pasta A Mano • The Art of the Egg • Blend N Balance Smoothie

      PRIVATE SESSIONS
      Chef’s Table Brunch • Just Cook for Me Chef • Cocktails in the Kitchen • Peaceful Picnic • Pasta A Mano

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