"It was our pleasure! What a treat to be cooked for in such a healthy way. You're a true artist."
"Stasha takes unprocessed, fresh ingredients to a whole new taste sensation! Varied, vibrant and creative her meals are a thrill to savor. For my birthday I gave her a list of my favorite fruits and veggies and menu she crafted impressed all my guests. Even my staunchest meat eating friends were swept up in the goodness of her whole food, plant-based cuisine. It was a night and a meal to remember. Am thrilled to have discovered her, and look forward to more of the pop up dinners!"
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By Betty HallockJanuary 24, 2013, 4:31 p.m.
Interested in a vegan pop-up dinner with a four-course soy-, nut- and gluten-free menu? Clean Dinners, from health coach Stasha Washburn, pops up at Sustain Juicery downtown every Saturday.
"The pop-up was inspired mostly by the fact that if I wanted to go out to eat, there were very few options," Washburn says. "If I wanted to have a nice evening out, I knew that I would pay for it the following morning." So she decided to throw a weekly dinner party with food that fit her lifestyle, and she collaborated with Brian Lee, owner of Sustain Juicery.
Sustain's tiny space seats only eight at a time, at a bar where guests can watch Washburn as she cooks. With no kitchen at the juicery, she makes due. "In the summer I think it will be much easier with lots of raw things on the menu," she says.
On a recent themed menu, titled "Show Yer Roots": amuse bouche of chilled borscht shots; raw shredded beets, carrots and daikon slaw with mixed greens; spicy coconut curry with brown rice, lots of roots and a few greens "for good measure"; and freshly juiced carrot and oranges whipped with coconut cream frappe-style (also vegan and white-sugar-free). The menu changes weekly, and past themes have included Vegan Cheeseburgers, "Meat"balls 'n' Gravy (featuring lentil-based meatballs) and Did Somebody Say Chili?.
The cost is $35 per person. For reservations, go to www.cleandinners.com.
Clean Dinners @ Sustain Juicery, 548 S. Spring St., #114 (on 6th Street between Spring and Main), Los Angeles.