we believe in food as medicine, from the produce harvested to the dining experience, and everything in between. for the past five years we have curated tight knit partnerships with the top local purveyors in Sonoma & Marin counties to bring you the freshest, seasonal, local fare for you to experience at your next private gathering or corporate event. Our food is sourced hyper seasonally & locally in deep collaboration with our organic farmers and friends, with select ingredients wild crafted by Chef & L+L owner Kim from the neighboring forests and coastal regions.
our offerings include custom dining experiences for private parties and corporate events, medicinal foods workshops, and our line of herbal-infused culinary products.
MEET OUR FOUNDER
CHEF | HERBALIST | AYURVEDIC COUNSELOR
KIM LA VERE
Kim is passionate about creating culinary experiences highlighting seasonal, organic fare grown in her local food shed of West Sonoma County, California, or Southern Pomo and Coast Miwok land. She is a big believer in the interwoven connection between food and psychophysical (mind + body) health, namely due to her own personal healing journey.
A Los Angeles native, Kim moved to rural Sonoma County in 2016 after a ten year stint working corporate retail in bustling New York City. It was there that she completed her culinary training at the Natural Gourmet Institute, a health supportive culinary program now belonging to the Institute of Culinary Education in downtown Manhattan. Kim left NYC in 2015 after a serious case of corporate burnout and traveled the world alone for ten months. Her passion for local food & culture solidified during her travels, where she fell in love with place through food, land, and local culture. Land & Local was born out of Kim's desire to create culinary wellness experiences that help others connect to place, seasonal eating, and the simple life often forgotten in today's fast paced environment.
The inspiration behind Kim's food is governed by what's growing around her, with technique inspired by the culture's she's visited and immersed herself in. She has staged at farm to table restaurants around the world, namely in Bordeaux France, Northern Laos, Southern India, New York and San Francisco. As an Ayurvedic Health Counselor and student of Traditional western herbalism, Kim weaves health supportive principles, medicinal foods, and wild foraged ingredients into many of her dishes. She is a strong believer in the healing powers of food and connecting back to the simple things that nourished our ancestors for centuries. Kim is also passionate about education and hosts workshops around medicinal foods, seasonal eating, and emotional health.
Learn more about Kim's one-on-one work with clients on her personal website here.