Inquiry Type: Nutrition

Can you cater for dietary restrictions or food allergies?

If you are interested in joining one of our cookery classes or cooking courses but you have a dietary restriction or a food allergy, please let us know in the booking form.

Most of our recipes are very adaptable and once you let us know beforehand, we should be able to accommodate your dietary needs with a delicious alternative or adjustment to the recipe.

Please let us know if your food allergy is life threatening such as a peanut allergy or similar. If so and if you are attending one of our Kate’s Place Cafe classes in person, you must bring an Epi-pen. Our cafe classes are held in a busy restaurant environment and while every care will be taken to provide a safe and enjoyable cooking experience for all our students, the food allergen or allergins you are affected by may have been handled or used in recipes at some point before your arrival and there is always the risk of cross-contamination.

Do you hold vegetarian cookery classes?

Yes, we provide vegan and vegetarian cooking classes. Just browse our list of cooking classes or cooking courses and choose the vegan or vegetarian category of your choice.

I would like to do a vegan class. Can you help?

We are doing more vegan cooking classes and vegetarian cooking classes each year. In fact, our Vegetarian and Vegan Christmas Special is very popular. This year, our vegan cooking demonstartion included the following:

  • Celeriac remoulade
  • Comte cheese tart
  • Vegan Christmas wreath with mushroom gravy
  • Roast smoked potatoes
  • Carrot roasted with orange
  • Creamed kale with parmesan
  • Chocolate pots with biscuits

Visit our cookery classes section to get more details on upcoming vegan cookery classes.

What Is Veganuary?

The term Veganuary (as a pledge and an organisation) was started in the UK around 2014. It has grown extremely popular ever since. More than 1 million people now pledge to go vegan or eat a plant-based diet during the month of January. Veganuary encourages and helps people, businesses and organisations switch to a plant-based diet as a way of improving their health, protecting the environment and reducing animal suffering. Try Vegan

The purpose of Veganuary is to encourage more people to eat only plant based foods during the month of January each year. A person who practices a vegan lifestyle consumes plant based foods and tries to use cruelty-free products as much as possible. This means avoiding animal exploitation by excluding dairy products, eggs, meat and anything of or from an animal.

In 2021, more supermarkets are promoting the vegan message. for example, Aldi has added a Veganuary webpage that not only highlights plant-based products but also makes the case for going vegan: animal welfare, personal health, greener lifestyle and more sustainability. The Aldi website also features dozens of vegan recipes, tips on vegan swaps and more.

Where do vegans get their protein from?

Many people are under the mistaken impression that protein only comes from animal based foods. The truth is, almost all foods we eat include protein! Some foods are better sources of protein than others, but the reality is there is no difficulty in eating the recommended daily intake of protein as a vegan. Even vegetables contain protein and one very good example is broccoli which contains a very high amount of healthy protein.

Some good sources of plant protein include soya, tofu, tempeh, lentils, chickpeas, oats, quinoa, black beans, baked beans, edamame, seeds, nuts, nut butters, rice and grains. A tasty vegan sausage made from pea protein or soy protein such as Linda McCartney’s Sausages is full of protein.

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