There are more speakers in the East Auditorium and the Green Room.

 12:00 – 12:45 pm
Jill Nussinow
The Veggie Queen

Cooking Demonstration: Fearlessly Pressure Cooked Beans, Quinoa, and Herbed Summer Squash in almost no time at all…

Jill Nussinow, aka The Veggie Queen™ is a Registered Dietitian who has been teaching plant-based, whole foods cooking for more than 25 years at Santa Rosa Junior College and elsewhere throughout the US and beyond. She is the author of three cookbooks: The New Fast Food: The Veggie Queen Pressure Cooks Whole Food Meals in Less than 30 Minutes, Nutrition CHAMPS: The Veggie Queen’s Guide to Eating and Cooking for Optimum Health, Happiness, Energy and Vitality and  The Veggie Queen: Vegetables Get the Royal Treatment, and, and stars in the DVDs: Pressure Cooking: A Fresh Look, Delicious Dishes in Minute and Creative Lowfat Vegan Cuisine.

You will find Jill frequenting local farmers markets weekly. She also loves mushroom hunting and teaching fermentation classes.  She speaks and does cooking demonstrations at vegetarian festivals throughout the U.S. and is always thrilled to  do the same in her “home town” of Santa Rosa. Jill’s goal is to see everyone leading a healthy, happy life through better eating and cooking. She loves to share the passion and joy of great food.

Her website is The Veggie Queen and you can see her in action on You Tube.


1:00 – 1:45 pm
Cathy Fisher
Straight Up Food

Cooking Demonstration: Vegan Ceasar-y Salad & Apple-Raisin Oatmeal Bars

Cathy Fisher will be presenting a cooking demonstration of her favorite recipes from her new cookbook, Straight Up Food. Learn how to prepare delicious dishes made of all plant foods with no added salt, oil or sugar. Cathy’s recipes are familiar, easy to prepare, and call for everyday ingredients. Not boring or bland, this is “healthy eating you can live with”!

Cathy Fisher is the creator of, a website offering free recipes and information on eating a whole-food, plant-based diet free of salt, oil and sugar. She is also a cooking instructor, teaching classes at TrueNorth Health Center and the McDougall Program.

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2:00 – 2:45 pm
Audrey Fontaine, Whole Foods Plant Based Health Coach
Raw Food Preparation Made Simple

Preparation Donstration: Raw, Vegan, and Gluten Free Pad Thai with Almond Chili Sauce

Audrey Fontaine will be demonstrating how to make a Raw, Vegan and Gluten Free Pad Thai. This recipe includes noodles made from a Young Thai Coconut, and Audrey will show you an easy way to open and work with these.  Her Almond Chili Sauce completes the flavor balance. You won’t want to miss this tasty treat!

Audrey Fontaine is a Certified Holistic Health Counselor providing support for individuals and groups in creating happier, healthier lives through proper nutrition and lifestyle balancing. She is passionate about helping people to achieve optimum health and their ideal weight, and has been studying nutrition and holistic health for over 35 years.

Audrey is certified through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, and the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. She has also studied raw, vegan food preparation at the Living Foods Institute in Atlanta, GA, and The Science of Raw Food Nutrition at Living Light Culinary Institute in Fort Bragg, CA. Audrey is happy to offer a complimentary one-hour consultation to review your health history and help you establish personalized goals. Sessions are available in person (in the Sonoma County, CA area), over the telephone or via Skype or Google Chat. You may contact Audrey at (831)521-8864 or, and learn more about her approach at


3:00 – 3:45 pm
Plant Based Katie Mae
Plantz Street Culinary Gym

Katie Mae_c500 (2)Cooking Demonstration: Fresh Nori-Sesame Rice Salad and Sugar-free Orange Julius with Hemp Seeds

Katie Mae will be sharing about an exciting new concept, the culinary gym: what it is, how she started it, and how YOU can build your cooking skills at a culinary gym in your area. She will also show you how to make a couple of her most popular recipes: Fresh Nori-Sesame Rice Salad and Sugar-free Orange Julius with Hemp Seeds! Plant-based cooking can be easy and delicious, and simultaneously build your fitness!

Katie Mae is a Culinary Coach, Nutritionist, and the owner of Plantz St. Culinary Gym in Santa Rosa. With hands-on classes, online programs, and fabulous recipes, she helps make the plant-based diet convenient and extra flavorful. Since 2011, Katie Mae’s been teaching weekly at TrueNorth Health Center, and working with Dr. McDougall’s Health & Medical Center. She’s also a contributing author to Forks Over Knives and the Food Revolution Network. Katie Mae holds a Master of Science in Nutrition from Bastyr University and has completed the Rouxbe Plant-based Culinary Certification. You can find her recipes and classes at