Cooking, Floral Design & Chalk Painting Instructors

Cindy Bell
Cindy Bell





Growing up my dream job was to work at Sunset Magazine in their Test Kitchens.  I went to Cal Poly instead and graduated with a BS in Nutrition.  My recipe testing took place in my own kitchen with my family in the early years and formally as a Cooking Instructor and Nutrition Counselor with a business in n. San Diego County.  As the years passed  and my nutritional knowledge grew, I have been led toward a more plant-centered way of eating, which is what I will be sharing. . . Truly delicious vegetarian foods.  Lip smacking and easy – and hopefully a little nutritional information will be passed on along the way.

DANA JOHNSON, culinary anything, anytime, and everywhere! For the past 4+ years I have been the guest chef of the month on FOX40 News, see videos on Dana’s Family Kitchen. I’m also on search Dana Johnson (eggs, macaroni, etc.,) I’m the monthly Chew View writer. I teach an occasional cooking class for MJC adult program @ Direct Appliance. I do private catering and private in your home cooking parties! I have won the Rachel Ray, KCRA News & Mercy Hospital Build a Better Lunch contest, I took 3rd place in NYC Food & Wine Festival National Pork Board’s contest with Guy Fieri as celebrity judge. I do all my own original recipes and love to make recipes for produce and food products we don’t all know what to do with! 

~ I love food and the creative expression it affords me on a daily basis. One cannot live well, if one has not dined well ~
Bambi Porters business:GypsyCowgirl Kitchen was born out of the passion for simple, delicious and healthy food.  She loves going out to the garden to pick fresh fruit and vegetables. She adores the fact that nature writes the daily menu at her house. It makes he feel good to know that she is serving  family and friends food that is grown without all of the yucky pesticides. At times her garden would produce so much that she could hardly consume or give it away fast enough. Thus her love of pickling, canning and preserving was born. Over the past 20 years or so she has canned fruits and vegetables of many kinds. Pickling fruits and vegetables is definitEly her favorite.  Each time she gives a jar of pickled peppers or carrots…she always gets a returned empty jar and the request for a refill!

Bambi is the only (non-county employee) certified Master Food Preserver in Stanislaus County
She hopes to see you at one of the upcoming Figamarole scheduled workshops.  She looks forward to sharing the age old mysteries of home preservation!

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Chloe began her floral design career while studying Horticulture at Cal Poly SLO. Although her mother says she has been planning parties since she was 3! While attending Cal Poly Chloe Managed the Cal Poly Plant Shop – a full service florist and nursery center. Chloe also apprenticed with renowned floral designer Diana Frey. After graduation Chloe returned home to the Napa Valley and began her own floral design business in her barn to create arrangements for weddings and events. Over the last 14 years she has dedicated her time for many charitable events such as Hands Across the Valley and Wine Women and Shoes while producing over 100 events each year. Chloe also specializes in designing weekly arrangements for many local businesses such as Duckhorn Vineyards and Napa Wine Company. If you have a desire to learn about floral design Chloe is often found teaching classes to those as young as 7! Her annual holiday wreath party is not to be missed!

For more Information: Contact Chloe @ 707 350 4280;













Lauren was raised in Turlock and is the founder of Turlock’s Charming Old French Trading Co.  When relocating back to Turlock she ventured into creating her own business for herself using her varied and extensive 20 year career in the LA Entertainment Industry designing, creating and producing campaigns and events for others.  “Visual mediums are important to me.  I am drawn to color, shape, design and texture, whether it’s in a photograph or a piece of furniture.  I like everything to tell a story.  That is the key to a long-lasting relationship with your home environment.”  Lauren’s Father, a well-known contemporary artist Martin Camarata, exhibiting locally and internationally, has an influence on Lauren also.  “Art has always played an integral role for me in design because scale, color and composition are the building blocks to a successful outcome.”

Now focused on transforming furniture, one piece at a time, Lauren has used her own home as the blueprint for floor-to-ceiling Chalk Paint makeovers.  Having moved into a home badly needing some TLC, she was looking for an easier way than stripping, sanding, sanding, priming and painting–twice.  “There had to be an easier way.”  That holy grail led to Annie’s website in late 2010 and a love affair began.  “It’s all about the paint.  There’s just nothing else like it.  It really is ‘the best paint in the world’,”.

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