The Planted Table Team
Planted Table was founded by two sisters that have a passion for feeling your best and living your dream.
Executive Chef and Co-Founder, Lauren Mahlke
Chef Lauren Mahlke is a Bay-Area trained chef and Culinary School graduate. She has spent her career creating delicious recipes using locally grown, seasonal ingredients. She began her career as the culinary advisor and recipe developer for the We Olive franchise. Then she decided to pass on her love of cooking to the next generation and managed a children’s culinary program. Through that experience, she gained a strong understanding of children’s eating behaviors and how to get them to expand their palates. Lauren has taught cooking demonstrations and catered events of all sizes throughout the Bay Area. After transitioning to a plant-based diet, she is now focusing on creating delicious, heart-healthy meals without the use of animal products.
Co-Founder, Megan Scott
Megan graduated from California State University Long Beach with a degree in Journalism and went on to spend over a decade working as a reporter in radio and television. After starting a family, she transitioned into public relations, marketing, and writing. A constant doer who loves health, nutrition, and food, Megan switched to a vegan lifestyle after learning about the way it benefits health, the environment, and the animals.
Sous Chef, Sarah Pugh
Sarah is a graduate of the Diablo Valley College Culinary Program and has pursued her love of cooking through Europe and Central America. She has honed her chef skills in several restaurants and doing catering. She started eating plant-based after learning that plant-based foods are not only nutritious but delicious and satisfying! She is thrilled to be able to provide nourishing meals to anyone who is interested in a plant-based lifestyle.
Sous Chef, Ryan Bugnaski
Ryan has been working at Planted Table for over a year and has been recently promoted to sous chef from lead cook. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, they began cooking with their grandmothers and mother at age 4 and then attended a magnet arts high school and trained in the culinary arts program. They have been working in the food service industry for the last 15 years and have traveled extensively picking up a large variety of food-related jobs including vegan baker, head chef at a vegetarian bar, farm hand, and many cafe line cook jobs. Specializing for the past 8 years in vegan and gluten free cooking and baking, they have given equal parts Jewish grandparent, intuitive cook and love of flavor to many of the dishes that have been prepared during their time with Planted Table.
Wellness and Weight Loss Expert, Vanessa Rogers
Vanessa Rogers is a Holistic Wellness and Weight Loss Expert, specializing in Plant Based Nutrition. With a background in human behavior and management consulting, she supports professional men and women around the globe in achieving the healthy results they desire in a sustainable (and enjoyable!) way. Vanessa has worked and studied with some of the largest organizations in the world, such as Nike, Stanford, Logitech, and University of California and is a trusted authority in Plant Based Nutrition and Eating Psychology. As a Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist, Vanessa provides scientifically supported, practical and relevant advice, and is the source of nutrition information needed to navigate a landscape of quick-fix solutions. www.vanessacrogers.com
What Clients Say About Planted Table
My husband and I had the pleasure of trying Chef Lauren Mahlke's food, and we were both very pleased with the delicious plant based dishes we tried. I'd highly recommend her services, she's amazing and very inspirational. And we love the fact that her dishes are now all vegan friendly, that's always a plus in our book.
I participated in a few cooking demo events with Chef Lauren. She not only whips up delicious dinners, but also makes it seem fun and easy to make. I appreciate watching Chef Lauren's skills and the provided vegan options.
I cannot say enough about Chef Lauren’s amazing food and service! First off her food is delicious! I often find myself thinking about her dishes weeks after eating them! The Planted Table team is friendly and accommodating. I have never had a bad experience and everything is always fresh and delicious. I am such a fan! Try it you will not be disappointed.
Chef Lauren has incredible creativity when it comes to creating a meal! Healthy, unique, tasty and memorable leaving you craving more! Her diverse knowledge of worldwide cuisines comes together beautifully! I never imagined I could love vegan food this much!
Chef Lauren’s food is amazing. Experiencing her cooking left us feeling inspired and wanting more. She has a passion for what she does and it shows in her work. We always feel satisfied, healthy, and ready for more! We highly recommended Chef Lauren’s meals.
As a busy mother of 3, I am always looking for options to simplify meal times and still provide healthy meals for our family. I have been impressed with Chef Laurens flavorful cooking. Even my picky husband loved the vegan meals. Many of the dishes you would never know were vegan. They taste so flavorful and satisfying. If you want fresh, good food without having to plan and cook it yourself, Planted Table is the perfect option.