Danielle Arsenault, founder of Pachavega, is a passionate Raw Food Chef, certified from Raw Foundations in Vancouver, BC. She has also completed the Ann Wigmore Living Foods Lifestyle Total Well-being Education Course in Puerto Rico. “Pacha” comes from the word “Pachamama”, a native word of the indigenous Quechua peoples from South America. It means “Mother Earth”. “Vega” is for Danielle’s love affair for vegetables. “Pachavega” always prepares fresh organic, vegan, gluten-free food with mindful tenderness and is committed to compassion.
After receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts in theatre and then a Masters in Education, Danielle begun to explore the world, discovering isolated corners of Turkey, Spain, Thailand, Mexico, Korea and Haiti among others, travelling as a rock climber and making a living as an English teacher. In March of 2012 she completed her ukulele-infused debut album titled, “Saving Earthworms from Sun Scorched Death” under her musical pseudonym, Mustache Fable.
No matter how busy she gets with projects, ukulele playing, planting trees, rock climbing, teaching and dreaming, she still has to eat. Her boundless energy and creative drive led her to hone in on her passion for raw, vegan food. In November 2011, together with her amazing neighbour, Jessica Perlaza, they released their first of four vegan, gluten-free cookbooks inspired by the seasons. They became the kitchens of pinch and dash and now have a robust collection of inspiring recipes and anecdotes to share with you.
Food and music gives Danielle a way to express herself and it gives her the utmost pleasure to share her creative expressions with family, friends and all those she meets. She is currently teaching Whole Foods Workshops in Victoria, gung ho to be her own boss.
Raw Food Educator and Holistic Practitioner
Pachavega Living Foods Education