Come join us for healthy, nurturing plant based meals.. Our talented Chef Max Farina creates delicious plant based versions of loved Italian dishes.
Each package is created with care and love, so you can nurture your body and mind and truly relax and enjoy your dining experience during your stay with us.
Enjoy chef prepared, divine and nurturing plant based meals during your stay with us.
Packages for one and two people that include healthy juices, breakfast, lunch, dinner and desserts are available for our 2 and 3 day packages.
Simply choose one from each category and we will have your meals ready for you upon arrival, so you can sit back relax and simply enjoy your time with us.
1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch and 1 Dinner, Voss Water, and 1 Dessert.
Create your package by choosing one breakfast, lunch, dinner and desert.
$75 for one person and $145 for two persons.
2 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches and 2 Dinners, Voss Water, and 2 desserts.
Create your package by choosing 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners and 2 desserts.
$140 for one person or $280 for two persons
Born and raised in Mazara del Vallo, Sicily, Chef Max Farina landed in San Diego, California in 2011 bringing with brought with him a love and passion for the traditional flavors of his homeland.
As a young man he learned to respect the preparation of Italian food and the love of those traditions which went into each meal being prepared. From this love a chef was born.
Today, Chef Farina would like to share his passion with the guests of Quiet Mind Mountain Retreat.
His culinary journey began years ago, where Chef Farina worked in a small pizzeria perfecting the craft of the “white art” learning the chemical nuances of creating the perfect flour mixtures and levitation processes to build the basis of the best wood-fired Neapolitan style pizza known in the region.
Once Chef Farina felt he had mastered this process, he knew in his heart his journey had just begun. He entered into the acclaimed culinary school ALMA, located in Parma, Italy, learning the theoretical and practical traditions of haute cuisine. While there, Chef Max worked under Two Michelin Star Chefs.
When he worked with Claudio Sadler from Milan, he learned the modern cooking techniques and artistic plating.
According to Chef Max, “Chef Sadler was a Maestro to me.” He was my mentor.
Later in his culinary education, Chef Farina moved on to work at the Park Hyatt in Milan alongside Chef Andrea Aprea, another Two Star Michelin Chef, who was trained by the world renowned Chef Heston Blumenthal of London. This is where Chef Farina learned even finer techniques and the emotional characteristics of haute cuisine.
After moving to beautiful San Diego, Chef Farina worked at BICE Ristorante in the Gaslamp District as a Sous Chef for Chef Mario Cassineri. During his time at BICE, Chef Max learned enjoyed all San Diego has to offer, learning American culture, more cuisine passions and perfecting his own craft.
Today, years later, Chef Farina has established his own personal project, collecting together all of his passion, love and knowledge of food to create one of the best food experiences for his clients.
Chef Max only serves only the most exquisite and authentic Italian food catered to the mindful and health conscious guests of Quiet Mind Retreat.
Choose one breakfast item
Croissant with Omelette and Fresh Fruit
Yogurt, Cereal, Fruit, Walnuts
Bread with Jam
Scrambled Eggs, Roasted Potatoes, Spinach
Bell Peppers, Bread
Choose one lunch item
Sliced Tomatoes, Mozzarella Cheese, Basil Pesto
Roasted Veggies, Mozzarella Cheese, Basil, Balsamic Glaze
Brown Rice with Spinach, Roasted Pumpkins
Roasted Tomatoes, Black Beans, Yogurt Sauce
Garbanzo Beans, Tomatoes, Zucchini, Carrots
Lentils, Barley, Goat Cheese, Broccoli, Onion
Tomatoes, Ginger/Honey Dressing
Choose One Dinner Item
Homemade Cavatelli Pasta with Broccoli, Almond
Crushed Red Pepper, Toasted Breadcrumbs (spicy)
Homemade Potatoes Dumpling, Fresh Basil Pesto Sauce
Seasonal Veggies, Marinara Sauce, Mozzarella Cheese
Parmesan, Beschamel Sauce
Corn Meal Polenta with Lentils Ragu’, Sauteed Spinach
Sliced Tomatoes, Fresh Mozzarella, Basil, Evoo, Balsamic Glaze
Chef Selection of Cheese, Homemade Jam, Local Honey Walnuts, Olives, Fresh and Dry Fruit, Crackers
Choccolate Mousse Bar
Chocolate/Mango/Coconuts Mini Cake
Bisquit, Lemon Mousse, Mix Berry Compotte Mini Cake
Italian Crostata(Nutella or Jam Pie 5”)
Kit Sicilian Cannolo(3pz)
Please include your preferred choices of breakfast, lunch and dinner for each person in the form below and order 48 hours prior to arrival.