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Following a James Beard Dinner in New York, Executive Chef Stéphane Beaucamp Launches Conscientious Cuisine with New Menus and Innovative Ingredients for Wellness at Lake Austin Spa Resort in 2019
AUSTIN, TX…Known for its stellar spa cuisine, as much as its stunning waterfront location, Lake Austin Spa Resort launches Conscientious Cuisine as Executive Chef Stephane Beaucamp rolls out new menus featuring proteins and cheeses from local farms, super foods such as quinoa and hemp seed, and mood foods such as goji berries that boost spirits, enhance circulation and slow the aging process. Following a presentation of this new way of cooking in New York at the prestigious James Beard House, Conscientious Cuisine debuted on the breakfast, lunch and dinner menus for both overnight and day guests in January 2019.
By definition, the word “conscientious” means doing what is right, and each ingredient used in the dishes on the new menu have been carefully selected in regards to the environment and ultimately to good health. Pulling ingredients from the resort’s onsite organic gardens such as bok choy, spinach, tomatoes, kale, arugula and many more – the chef and Flora & Fauna Manager, Molly Pikarsky, work side by side discussing what will grow well each season and how to incorporate the garden bounties into the cuisine.
To help diners understand the health benefits of certain ingredients, the menu features call out boxes with descriptions of where ingredients were sourced and how they affect health.
For instance, Red Bird Farms’ chicken is used in many dishes and is raised cage free without hormones, steroids or antibiotics. Pure Luck is a dairy farm in Dripping Springs, Texas which sits on 5 acres of certified organic land which specializes in handmade goat cheese and organic culinary herbs. Like quinoa, hemp seeds are one of the few plant proteins that contain all of the amino acids our bodies need but can’t produce on their own.
Some of the dishes have already become favorites in a short amount of time, with guests requesting take home recipes in the weekly cooking classes. Lemon Quinoa Pancakes, Avocado Tartine, House Made Spaghetti and the 44 Farms Grass Fed Beef Bavette are quickly becoming standouts.
Chef Beaucamp cooked early in his career at a famous French spa himself: Enghien-les-Bains, just north of Paris. Though he doesn’t consider the culinary wonders he turns out daily at Lake Austin to be diet food. “I am just cooking the kind of things I have always liked to eat myself, very clean, light and delicious. When people hear the words ‘spa cuisine’ — especially men — they think, ‘Oh, I’m going to have to eat steamed vegetables and steamed fish, nothing with any flavor’. That isn’t how I cook at all.”
Though he brings long experience in both classical French fare and contemporary international cuisine to Lake Austin, Chef Beaucamp believes that the secret of good food with lots of flavor begins with using the best possible ingredients and allowing their goodness to shine through.
ABOUT LAKE AUSTIN SPA RESORT
Nestled along the shores of scenic Lake Austin in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, Lake Austin Spa Resort offers guests the sanctuary of a world-class spa and the warmth of a best friend’s lake house. Lake Austin Spa Resort offers all-inclusive vacation packages, which include accommodations in one of 40 charming lakeside guest rooms, three gourmet meals daily, indoor and outdoor fitness activities and classes, and a selection of spa and body treatments.
The resort has consistently been recognized for its excellence and as a result has received numerous industry awards. Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure, Town & Country Magazine and Southern Living have honored Lake Austin Spa Resort as one of the best in the country and in the world.
For additional information and reservations, call 800-847-5637, or visit www.lakeaustin.com.