Private Chef | Menu Development | Farm-to-Table and Wild Foods Catering

Cultivating a sense of place through poetic menus that tell the story of where food comes from.

Based in Santa Cruz, California and will happily travel nationally and globally.

Specializing in traditional cuisines that highlight fresh and local ingredients, food as medicine: Southern Mexican, North Indian and Ayurvedic, Japanese and Macrobiotic, Coastal Californian, regional specialties from New York and New American.




  • “I’ve had the opportunity to cook with Shoshana and enjoy her food. She brings a poetic and purposeful nature to her meals, with flavors inspired by her culinary adventures ranging from Oakland to Southern France and Madagascar. Shoshana’s belief in food as medicine was inspired by her mother, who battled cancer for over a decade. Together, they learned how to build a diet based on fresh, seasonal, organically produced ingredients, including foraged wild foods and time-honored fermented foods like miso and sauerkraut. Given her roots in ‘healthy food’ are dear to her heart, I inherently trust Shoshana’s food pairings and preparation. I always find myself lingering on every last bite of her health-forward cuisine, bursting with flavor. Perhaps most striking are Shoshana’s artistic flourishes; every dish is delivered with a bright, edible garnish such as pomegranate seed swirls or whimsically placed calendula blossoms. A culinary poet, Shoshana’s menus read like haikus that you might frame on your wall.”



    Emma Frisch, Firelight Camps

  • “Shoshana’s work at Light on the Hill has proven to be a real crowd pleaser. She demonstrates time and again a unique and solid command of culinary principles as wells an artful presentation of her menu. Her cooking comes from the heart and this infuses whatever might flow from her kitchen. Shoshana possesses a deep knowledge and appreciation of the food ingredients she works with and one of her first loves is sharing this knowledge with others. The dishes she cooks emerge from the same deep core as do finished works of art from the accomplished artist.”


    – Alice McDowell & Larry Muscat, Co-Directors of Light On The Hill Retreat Center

    Light on the Hill Retreat Center

  • I know I mentioned this during our goodby hug on Saturday, but I just want to reiterate how much everyone LOVED your meal. Not only the food itself, but SO many yogis came up to tell me how much they loved hearing you talk about the food. They loved your introduction to our meal. I heard this from many attendees. Many many many people asked me, “How did you FIND her?!” The group was just blown away by our whole Saturday night feast experience.

    THANK YOU! People were still talking about your meal the following day. A lot!

    Karen Shelley Yoga