Strawberries & Chocolate
Laura Stec - Innovative Cuisine
Laura Stec at a Wellness Fair


Health and wellness fairs often require a format where attendees collect materials and information as they quickly pass by exhibitor tables. Chef Laura Stec offers a selection of 5-minute cooking classes, food tastings, and food pairings that fit perfectly into this specialized atmosphere. Half- and full-hour cooking classes are also available if the fair offers a quiet space where students can concentrate on the material being presented. Often, however, short presentations work best.


Laura demonstrates dishes that are easily and quickly assembled. Classes are suitable for indoor or outdoor fairs. Attendees can watch the entire process or just pick up a taste as they walk by. The recipe is repeated continuously over the length of the fair. Recipes are made available tableside and Laura can initial attendee “raffle” cards. Recent examples of presentations include:

  • Asparagus with Wine-soaked Sun-dried Tomatoes (Harker School Employee Fair)
  • Spring Mix with Queso Fresco and Fresh Strawberry Dressing (Adobe Children's Fair)
  • Naturally Sweetened Chocolate Chip Cookies (Kaiser Outdoor Employee Fair)
  • Grilled Vegetables with Roasted Red Pepper, Pomegranate, and Walnut Dip (Wilson Sonsini Employee Fair)
  • Baby Spinach Salad with Avocado, Pinenuts, Nectarines, and Warm Goat Cheese Coins (MacCorkle Outdoor Fair)


Tastings are fun and informative. They deepen our understanding of the foods we like and why we prefer them. Attendees compare different brands of the same type of food and vote on their favorites. Tastings can be offered for indoor or outdoor fairs. Choose one or two of the following foods. Let's learn more about:

  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Honey
  • California cheeses
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Chocolate
  • Cottage cheese
  • Yoghurts: Cow, goat, and soy


Always a favorite, here we do a quick pairing to see how foods support and enhance each other’s flavor profile. Attendees can try one, two, or all three pairings. A “food complement” handout explains why pairing one food with another brings out the best in each. This is a hands-on, sensorial, and unique experience! Pick from the following list:

  • Port, cheese, and chocolate
  • Blue cheese, fruit, and nut
  • Peanut butter, soy sauce, and vegetables