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Sampling our dishes from Compassionate Cuisine class “Vegan 101”

As part of our mission, Catskill Animal Sanctuary (CAS) launched a groundbreaking culinary program, called Compassionate Cuisine, taught on sanctuary grounds designed to teach people to cook with compassion. When we set out, our goal was to show people that vegan food is delicious, creative, budget-friendly, and approachable. Years later, we are proud to say that, thanks to all the caring and curious people who have taken our classes, fewer animals are suffering and more people are cooking up healthy, cruelty-free meals. The love and compassion for our animal friends comes through in our approach to teaching people how to embrace this lifestyle. Our program is designed to instruct and inspire everyone, from the curious to the committed, and is intended to be relaxed, fun and informative.

About Our Chefs

Chef Linda prepping for a vegan pop-up dinner at CAS

Chef Linda prepping for a vegan pop-up dinner at CAS

As Director of Compassionate Cuisine, Chef Linda Soper-Kolton, a graduate of the chef’s training program at Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts and the Institute for Integrative Nutrition where she obtained her certification as a holistic health coach, guides the direction of the program so that our classes cover a wide spectrum of topics, techniques, and skill levels.

Chef Sara BoanChef Sara Boan is a graduate of Ohio University and The Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts, and has spent the past eight years honing her culinary skills as a professional chef and baker. After becoming vegan for ethical reasons in 2014, Sara discovered the vast and exciting world of delicious, nourishing plant-based cuisine, and has been happily experimenting in the kitchen and sharing what she’s learned ever since. In Sara’s cooking classes, she’ll show you just how easy and delicious (and fun!) it can be to lead a compassionate vegan lifestyle.

You don’t have to be vegan to participate in our classes, we welcome the opportunity to share ideas about compassionate cooking with everyone!

About Our Blog

Catskill Animal Sanctuary is located in the heart of the Hudson Valley, and while we wish everyone would come to meet the animals, stay in our guesthouse and take our classes, we realize that’s not possible. That’s where our Compassionate Cuisine blog comes in. We share recipes and photos from our in-person classes, offer helpful tips and tricks, and provide an opportunity to connect with our Chef. We hope our Compassionate Cuisine blog serves as another tool to make eating vegan a little easier and a little tastier. Whether you choose to visit us at an event appearance, sign up for one of our popular public cooking classes, come to a weekend food tasting or demonstration, or read our blog, we invite you to delve into vegan cooking to learn how easy, fun, healthy – and important – a compassionate approach to eating can be.

About Catskill Animal Sanctuary

Located in the New York’s Hudson Valley, Catskill Animal Sanctuary is a 110-acre haven for horses and farm animals rescued from cruelty and neglect. In addition to emergency rescue, CAS provides innovative programs that educate the public about the sentience of farm animals, and the devastating impacts of agribusiness and institutionalized cruelty on animals, people, and the planet. We offer weekend and special group tours, vegan cooking classes, speaking engagements, a summer day camp for kids, and a host of compassionate programming year round at its primarily solar-powered Sanctuary. Lodging is available on site at The Homestead, a beautifully-renovated 1813 farmhouse.

Since 2001, CAS has rescued over 2,000 animals, and has worked in tandem with law enforcement to bring animal abusers to justice. Please visit the CAS website and learn more about the vital work being done to create a more compassionate world.


About the Chef

Meet the Chefs

Explore the joys of eating compassionately with Chefs Linda and Sara through cooking classes, weekend food tastings, and recipes.

Meet Chef Linda
Meet Chef Sara


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