Cooking Demos

We are hosting a great group of talented chefs who will teach you how to make delicious plant-based dishes. All cooking demos will take place in the Coffman Theater on the first floor of Coffman Memorial Union, except for Nathan Huerkamp, who will be in the President’s Room on the 3rd floor. We will be providing samples of some of the dishes at every cooking demo!

AmyLeo Barankovich

Saturday, 11:30am in the Coffman Theater

Spreading Compassion with Vegan Dips and Spreads

AmyLeo will demo Garlicky Garlic Tofu Dip, AmyLeo’s Heavenly Hummus, and a Pineapple Pecan Cheese Ball.

Sometimes the simple things in life are the best. Like these dips and spreads that can be made in nearly no time at all. Using every day ingredients and every day kitchenware you can make sure-to-please recipes for just about any appetite. Join Chef AmyLeo and see just how easy it is to be the “hostess with the mostess” for your next holiday party.

AmyLeo’s journey into vegan cooking began at the age of 13 when she started cooking for her family of 10 using Betty Crocker as her guide. The skills that she learned in these early years later proved to be very beneficial when she became passionately committed to a vegetarian, and then vegan lifestyle. She has since founded The Vegan Pantry in which she teaches public and private cooking classes as well as coaches clients towards plant-based eating in the Twin Cites Metro Area. When not playing with food, AmyLeo enjoys dancing, canoeing, kayaking, camping, cross-country skiing, and other outdoor activities. She is a co-facilitator for the Alternatives To Violence Project, founder and facilitator of Dancing Your Own and founder and convener of Claim Human: Reinventing Our Relationship With Animals.”

Tess Challis

Saturday, 1:15pm in the Coffman Theater

Nutritious Meets Delicious

Tess will demo dishes including Thai Red Curry Noodles.

Tess Challis is a vegan chef and wellness coach, and the author of five cookbooks. Her passion is to help people achieve vibrant health while eating delicious food. This passion was born from her childhood health struggles that were resolved by following a nutritious plant-based diet. Over the last 20 years, she has worked as a wellness coach, chef, workshop leader, speaker, writer, and mom. Tess currently resides in SW Colorado.

Nathan Huerkamp

Sunday, 11:30am in the President’s Room

Cutting Your Prep Time with Better Knife Techniques

Nathan will demonstrate knife skills focusing on how to cut various fruits and vegetables safely and efficiently.

Nathan Huerkamp is renowned around the Twin Cities as “Your Friendly Neighborhood Vegan” and is active in the community through his participation with Compassionate Action for Animals, performing cooking demonstrations for plant based foods, facilitating discussions with Bridges of Respect, and working for vegan companies.

Kale and Aubry Walch, The Herbivorous Butchers

Sunday, 1:30pm in the Coffman Theater

Trick or Vegan Treats!

Kale and Aubry will demo Halloween-themed foods including Sloppy Joes in puff pastry shaped to look like intestines!

Sister and brother duo Aubry and Kale have spent the last several years perfecting The Herbivorous Butcher’s deliciously deceiving meat-free meats. Currently they fulfill demand from their retail shop in Northeast Minneapolis, where they sell flavorful, nutritious and satisfying meat alternatives. You can purchase their meatless meats alone or in pre-made sandwiches.

Heather Klein

Sunday, 3:00pm in the Coffman Theater

Kid-friendly Vegan Meals

Heather will be showing us how to make a totally plant-based Mac and Cheese that your kids and kid-at-heart will love!

Heather Klein and Robbie Sims have come together to start Root to Rise Kitchen, the Minneapolis based catering and pop-up phenomenon that provides 100% plant-based food offerings honoring the health of the community.