MEET THE CHEFS
JOHANNA GLASER, MSCN
Johanna is a holistic nutritionist, personal chef, urban farmer, and community educator with a passion for local, sustainable, and seasonal foods. She received her graduate degree in Holistic Nutrition from the National University of Natural Medicine, with an emphasis in Community Nutrition Education. Johanna is passionate about creating simple nourishing dishes featuring fresh produce from local farms and seasonal wild foods. Johanna believes that preparing nourishing meals for ourselves and others is one of the greatest acts of LOVE. She has experience with many different therapeutic diet styles such as vegetarian/vegan, Ayurvedic, gluten-free, dairy-free, AIP/paleo, postpartum and prenatal. In her free time, you can find her playing in her garden, harvesting medicinal herbs, hiking and doing yoga.
JED THAGGARD, MSCN
Jed is a holistic nutritionist and therapeutic chef based out of Portland, OR. With a Master of Science in Nutrition and years of experience practicing the art and science of herbalism, Jed believes in harnessing the healing power of plants as a first-line therapeutic approach. His cooking style is informed by his time living and working on organic farms and observing the way farmers cook - using whole foods that are in season, and getting creative with produce that is in abundance! Jed understands how therapeutic diets can present challenges in our everyday lives and is here to support you by creating delicious, wholesome meals that are tailored to meet your dietary needs and health goals. Jed has experience cooking for many different diets, and his favorite cuisines are Mediterranean, Mexican, and Southeast Asian. He is passionate about environmental sustainability and helping to create a society that is more equal and just for all.
KRISTINA TRANCKINO, CSC, 200-HR RYT, 240-HR HIP
Kristina is a farm-to-table chef, yoga teacher, and herbalist living in Portland, OR. She is passionate about cooking with the best offerings of every season and has been working with farmers and seasonal ingredients for over 10 years. Kristina’s time spent at the Himalayan Institute provided her with knowledge of Ayurvedic cooking and using food as medicine to bring the body into balance. Through her self study and training, Kristina has observed the power of Ayurvedicly-cooked food to heal a number of bodily imbalances, such as allergies and poor digestion. She pairs this with her knowledge of western herbalism to bring healing herbs into your daily meal. Kristina is experienced at accommodating allergies and food intolerances as well as a wide range of diets: vegetarian, vegan, paleo, gluten free, dairy free, and pescitarian. Kristina offers her clients the best produce, meat, eggs, and dairy that Oregon has to offer. She is excited to bring healing, nourishing, and tasty meals to your home. When not cooking up a storm, Kristina enjoys hikes near Mt.Hood, gardening, and playing games with friends.
ALEXA R. BILLY MS, RD, LD
Alexa is a registered dietitian based out of Portland, OR with an undergrad in Medical Dietetics and a Master’s in Nutrition. Alexa found while working within an oncology clinic, the disconnect between nutrition knowledge and an ability to nourish oneself. Seeing firsthand the power of nutrition through the use of carefully tailored medical nutrition therapy, Alexa hopes to care for all her clients in a way that is educational and empowering. It is her hope that through providing high-quality nutritious meals while encouraging clients to make informed health choices, that clients can take control of their health through the healing power of food. Sustainable, seasonal, and local products are just as important to the nutrition of the food as the food itself and thus Alexa aims to choose products local to Portland as much as possible. Alexa has experience with many therapeutic diets including vegan/vegetarian, Mediterranean, diabetic, heart-healthy, gluten-free, dairy-free, renal, and many more. Alexa’s main passion will always be oncology as it is a population that is very near to her heart. In her free time, you can find her playing soccer, hiking, or sharing a meal with friends.
KASTANIA (KAT) RASMUSSEN, MSCN, MSGH, HAES
Kastania is a holistic nutritionist, personal chef, chocolatier, and yoga teacher in Portland, OR. Since receiving her Master's of Nutrition degree in 2018, Kastania has been cooking for local non-profits, catering events, and postpartum families. While she has experience cooking many different types of cuisine, therapeutic diets, and meeting various dietary needs, her specialty is flavorful home-style vegan and vegetarian food with a focus on whole foods, herbs, spices, and balanced nutrition. Her most recent kitchen venture is creating dark chocolate truffles featuring medicinal mushrooms and foraged flavors from our PNW forests. You can follow her passion project at ForestCandyPdx on instagram! Kastania is a body-positive and Health At Every Size (HAES) advocate and an intuitive eating practitioner and coach. She believes that nourishing food, and our relationship with it, are fundamental to a happy belly and body. When she's not being a kitchen witch, Kastania loves getting out into nature, dancing, playing her guitar and hangin with her kitty.
Susana is a classically trained chef with over 25 years of experience cooking and teaching having been the co-owner of Portland’s Culinary Workshop for ten of those years. After working in restaurants, catering and as a personal chef, she received a Bachelors of Science degree in Nutrition from Oregon State University. She believes very strongly in the therapeutic benefit of nutritious whole foods that should always taste amazing, capturing the best of each season. She specializes in diabetic, keto, paleo, dairy and gluten free but has many years of experience cooking all sorts of modified diets. Her personal favorite flavors to infuse into her meals are SE Asian, Brazilian, and Mediterranean among a few. When Susana isn’t elbow deep in her huge garden, she’s off hiking with her husband and two dogs or keeping an eye on the bees in her little apiary!
Ryan has over 15 years of professional cooking experience in a host of different environments including a vegan food delivery service, a vegetarian bar, a vegan fine dining restaurant and as a postpartum personal chef. Their love of food began at a very young age in their grandmothers kitchen and was solidified in a culinary arts program at a magnet high school. In their twenties, they traveled extensively, volunteering and learning on organic farms, which bolstered their love of farm-to-table cuisines and invigorated a commitment to local and sustainable nourishment. They are passionate about making delicious, nutritionally dense meals with fresh local ingredients that bring people together around the table and support a good quality lifestyle. Ryan is experienced in cooking for therapeutic diets including vegan/vegetarian, dairy free, gluten free, nightshade free, sugar free, Mediterranean and many more. In their free time, Ryan enjoys going on hikes, looking at rocks, reading science fiction and being with loved ones.
Siobhan (shiv-awn) is a personal chef and baker from Seattle, now based in Vancouver, WA. She holds degrees in Environmental Toxicology, French, and Culinary Arts. She left a career in environmental consulting to pursue a culinary education and has never looked back. In her cooking, Siobhan draws inspiration from all cuisines with an emphasis on seasonal ingredients. She prioritizes local, organic, and sustainably produced meat, dairy, and produce. As a baker, she enjoys creating cakes for any occasion and experimenting with plant-based pastry. Siobhan has experience cooking for vegetarian/vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free diets, as well as accommodating other food allergies and intolerances. When not cooking for work, Siobhan still spends much of her free time cooking, whether recipe testing or sharing meals with her loved ones. She is also excited to live in a new area with so much to explore, eager to get back into biking and hiking.
Sarah’s relationship to food is guided by the permaculture principles of earth care and people care. She has found nourishing others through locally sourced, organic, nutritionally dense foods to be the most fulfilling way to intersect her passions for soil regeneration and community gathering and connection. With an educational background in environmental science and farming, cooking has become a way for Sarah to embody the things she cares about most, the health of our local community and the health of our local ecosystem. Sarah has been on a journey of exploring culinary nourishment since 2015. Her expression of working with food has looked many different ways, from cooking for a food truck serving up organic superfoods to hosting large scale farm-to-table dining experiences. In 2021, she launched a California-Korean pop-up project in Santa Cruz, CA with Korean chef Piper Lee to bring seasonal and traditional homestyle Korean cooking to the community. All of her cooking excursions have been rooted in an affection to share the pleasure, joy, and healing that intentionally sourced and lovingly created foods can offer her community. Sarah is largely inspired by Mediterranean and Asian cuisines, with a seasonal twist, always bringing bright flavors and colorful aesthetics to her cooking.