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Cooking Demonstrations


Chef Robert Sevaly - special guest
for  March!

Chef Robert Sevaly, CEC is currently the executive chef at Altavita Village. Prior to that, Chef Robert Sevaly, worked as executive chef of The Saguaro Hotel in Palm Springs, CA, training with Food Network Iron Chef, Jose Garces.

Chef Robert has a rich history of work and life experience, as well as awards to validate his success. His journey into culinary arts began as a deck hand on a fishing boat in San Diego. There he learned the craft of filleting the day’s catch. He later entered the L.A. Culinary Institute, where he received top honors and was the first student to receive a California Restaurant Writers Association scholarship. Upon graduating, Chef Robert began work at the Hotel Del Coronado, where he often cooked for celebrities. He was later offered a position at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in La Jolla at their signature restaurant, Café Japengos. In April 1999, Chef Robert moved to the Catamaran Resort Hotel, where he earned the Evens Hotels President’s Cup 2000.      

In 2005, Chef Robert became a celebrity himself by opening The Cooking Store in Riverside, starting his own local television show called Flavor of Riverside, and publishing his first cookbook called Good Cooking. He served as the ACF Certification Chairman for the American Culinary Federation – Inland Empire Chapter.

In 2014, Chef Robert received the honor of Certified Executive Chef (CEC) from the American Culinary Federation.

Chef Robert’s love of food and cooking is ever-advancing.  He has traveled throughout Southeast Asia to Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia and China to study their cuisines. He says, “My passion for food comes from being able to explore new territories and theories, while holding on to the traditions and ideals of the past.”

Chef Robert takes pride in being able to provide a wide array of cuisines from around the world.

Beverly Lyon

Beverly Lyon is a self-taught Pastry Chef, who has mastered the art of creating breads and pastries in addition to other decadent desserts.  Her career began over thirty years ago creating specialty cakes from home.  She has been the Pastry Chef for Altavita Village for over 10 years. Chef Beverly is a highly dedicated and seasoned baker with a meticulous eye for detail.

Through out her career she has had the opportunity to showcase her talents by making some the most difficult projects look effortless.  And on any given day Beverly can be found inspiring others in the kitchen, while doing what she loves most.  Which is guiding others who share in the same passions, teaching her classes “Baking with Bev”

Beverly Lyon

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Desiree's Art Party

Paint a beautiful painting to display in your home or office at one of our art parties.  Paint supplies and dinner will be provided.  You may bring your own adult beverage.  

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Olive Oil 101 - Tasting Event

Book a group event at our store and learn about the many health benefits of olive oil. Between 6-20 people can join. A date will be selected based on our mutual availability. We will provide water flavored with one of our balsamic vinegars, plus additional foods prepared with our ultra-premium extra virgin olive oils, balsamic vinegar, seasonings, and jams. You may bring your own drinks during after-hours.

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Staff will be available for olive oil and balsamic vinegar pairings. For additional information or to schedule an event, please reach out to us by phone or email.

Daytime Tasting Event - $15.00 per Person
Evening/Night Event - $20.00 per Person


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» Olive Oil 101 (Harvest, Process, Testing, & Best Practices) » Tasting & Discussion

*Each person will be given a 60 ml bottle of his or her choice.

Gift Basket Design                                   

Learn how to build your own gift basket! Simply pick a base, place and secure the gift items, finish with shred material, and then wrap with cellophane and a bow. The class lasts for 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

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