Meals at Sugar Ridge

We Love To Eat!

And that’s why we put so much attention into the meals we prepare.

Food is probably the most important aspect of time away from home so we make it worth the trip.   We focus on food to make you feel at home, welcome and nurtured.  Your body will thank you for the break from eating heavier foods and your taste buds will be tantalized with fresh herbs and spices that leave you wanting more even when your belly is full.

Mindful eating is a treat for your eyes, your nose and your mouth.  Exploring flavour and texture is mindfulness in action.  For years, Liz was been asked to write a cookbook (it’s called Retreat Eats) and after you eat here you’ll know why.

Love is the special ingredient

Liz is passionate about food and that’s why she does the cooking.  “Love is the special ingredient” she says when people ask what makes things taste so good.  We select produce in season, local when possible and almost always organic. The menu is dependent on the season, the weather and the whim of Liz on any given day. Meals are shared with other guests here and not ordered from a menu. The list  below is just meant as an example of the type of dishes served. All dishes are plant-based and made from whole foods, and we easily cater to individual sensitivities such as gluten free.

We can accommodate any food allergy within a vegan spectrum. 
Being vegan for decades, we know how difficult it can be to go out and have a great meal.  We make it easy for you to enjoy incredible food.

We strive to have non-vegetarian guests enjoy a meal without ever saying they’re missing anything.  Many past meat eating guests have commented on how surprised they’ve been to enjoy the food, feel lighter and have more energy after a few days of a vegetarian diet.  It’s great for your body to have a few days of cleansing, and for most people simply avoiding meat for a few days is an incredible cleanse.  Vegetarians tend to live longer because the diet is healthy for your body naturally.  Our goal isn’t to make you be vegan but rather to introduce you to a world of incredible tastes and optimum health, making food so good you don’t miss the meat.

Being meat free is better for the environment too.  You can read more here about why it’s green to be veggie! The leading cause of global warming is the animal agricultural industry.  It’s estimated that 55% of greenhouse gases are created by farmed animals and the emissions from farming their grain through to the slaughter process.  We can save the earth with a more plant based diet.

And let’s not forget the starving people in the world.  Animals raised for meat consume far more grain than would be needed to feed every starving person on the planet.

“Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.”


Might be:

Pancakes and maple syrup – Orange Poppyseed, Blueberry Cornmeal or Apple Oatmeal

Breakfast is usually served with:
Oatmeal and warm fruit compote
Tofu bake or scramble
Fresh fruit salad with dairy, soy,& almond yogurts & organic granola
Homemade muffins – cornmeal with orange marmalade, lemon cranberry or pumpkin spice
Toast or bagels – gluten free options always available
Nut butters, jams etc.
Orange juice, tea or coffee

We use organic ingredients as much as possible,  and maple syrup from our trees. We use organic rice, soy or almond milk in baking. Pancakes are vegan and we substitute various flours for those with gluten intolerance.



Carrot Ginger
Potato Leek
Mushroom and Kale
Chilli sin carne – photo beside with savoury cornbread muffins
Coconut Squash
Herbed Bombay Tomato

Main Dishes

Wraps with grilled vegetables, hummus or guacamole
Pizza – topped with feta cheese, sun dried tomatoes and artichoke hearts
Shepherd’s Pie
Oven Baked sandwiches with green apple & mango chutney


Asian slaw – Chinese cabbage, bean sprouts, carrots with sesame oil and fresh ginger
Greek – traditional Greek with no lettuce (olives, cucumber, tomatoes and peppers & feta)
Pasta with sun dried tomato & olives
Orange Beet with cumin dressing
Sesame Quinoa with beans & peppers
Warm Potato, Egg & Tomato
Tabbouleh with quinoa
Avocado & Tomato with fresh cilantro
Tossed Greens
Spinach Beet with Figs & goat cheese
Chilli Corn Salad
Harlequin Bean Salad


Homemade cookies
Raw coconut date balls
Chocolate Chip Raspberry Brownies
Various baked loaves e.g. apple walnut, zucchini, etc.
Apple crisp with ice cream
Baked Pears or apples
Pineapple upside down cake
Jam Ripple Coffee Cake
Carrot Cake with Pistachios
Cinnamon Corn Cake
Rice Pudding



Asparagus Risotto
Moroccan stew with squash and root vegetables served over quinoa
Colourful Stir fry with Grilled Tofu
Peanut Tofu with broccoli
Eggplant Parmesan
Rice Bowls – build your own
Pineapple & sweet potato curry
Pasta dishes – e.g. Spinach and Portobello Lasagna, Spaghetti with mock meatballs (soy based); Penne with pesto & pine nuts
BBQ in summer- veggie burgers with homemade fries, grilled veggies
Corn roast – outdoor summer event
Curried Chick Peas and Mixed Vegetables
Curried Vegetable Pie Topped with Chick Pea Pastry
Sweet Spiced Lentils and Tomatoes

Side Dishes

Mashed potatoes and gravy
Sautéed mushrooms
Steamed Vegetables in season

Dessert – see selection with lunch menu


Available 24 / 7 includes fresh fruit,trail mix, granola bars and a tea table with a variety of herbal teas.

The Centre

Welcome to Sugar Ridge! It is our mission to provide a space for you to be nourished in body, mind and soul. From completely silent to dip your toe, testing mindfulness, we have what you’re looking for!