Natural Epicurean Expands to New Orleans and Hosts its 1st Annual Vegan Thanksgiving Feast

Natural Epicurean Expands to New Orleans and Hosts its 1st Annual Vegan Thanksgiving FeastNatural Epicurean Expands to New Orleans and Hosts its 1st Annual Vegan Thanksgiving FeastNE expands to NO! Natural Epicurean Academy of Culinary Arts, one of the nation’s leading healthy cooking schools, is proud to announce a branch of the school is opening in New Orleans.

The expansion means a move for school director Gretchen Upshaw who has moved to New Orleans to take on a new role as Director of National Development. Natural Epicurean will be offering culinary health coaching services and programs, as well as a series of pop-up dinners and events in the area.

To announce its new home, Natural Epicurean will be hosting a open house event on November 18th, with a Vegan Thanksgiving Feast planned for Thanksgiving Day. Natural Epicurean is partnering with 3 Potato 4 in order to bring you a delicious vegan (no meat or dairy) twist on traditional Thanksgiving dishes. The menu will include winter squash soup, untraditional cranberry salad, glazed lentil walnut rounds, mushroom & leek cornbread stuffing, cauliflower and parnip mash, shallot gravy and pumpkin pie chia pudding.

Rich Goldstein, CEO for Natural Epicurean stresses how important it is to live a healthy lifestyle and wants to spread the word all over the country, “We wanted to begin trying to how public health and food are so closely tied together. The best way in doing so is through spreading our wings to have a national reach and where better to start than New Orleans?”

Goldstein believes in a strong sense of community and has a very important goal: “We see that chronic diseases are a huge issue and our goal is to be this unique force that can prevent chronic disease before it happens. It needs to be prevented and one of the best ways to do this is through diet. That is what we are here for.”

Expansions in other cities will follow at later dates.

New Orleans Open House
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
3 Potato 4 (2727 South Broad Ave)
6:30 PM

A Vegan Thanksgiving in New Orleans
Thanksgiving Day, November 27th
Fatoush Restaurant ( 2372 St. Claude Avenue)
1:30 PM

The Natural Epicurean Academy of Culinary Arts (NEACA) is the premier educational institution where culinary professionals can build a career around the inherent synergies that converge between food, diet, and health. Offering professional culinary arts training, distance learning and informal classes devoted to conscious cooking and a plant-based diet, NEACA draws upon ancient traditions and modern approaches to using whole food for healthy eating. The Natural Epicurean curriculum draws from traditional Eastern diets, including macrobiotics and ayurveda, as well as a number of Western approaches to healthy eating including vegetarian, vegan, and raw foods. The programs emphasize locally available and seasonally based foods in their natural and unprocessed state with an equal emphasis on pleasing the senses and promoting health. For more information, visit or call (512) 476-2276.

Natural Epicurean is located at:
1700 South Lamar
Austin, TX 78704