The Making of a Spice Goddess

Bal Arneson
Bal Arneson

Food changed Bal Arneson’s life, actually it’s more accurate to say Bal changed her life, and the medium was food. “Spice Goddess” Bal Arneson will speak about, “The Making of a Spice Goddess: Education, Identity, and Female Empowerment” on March 28, 2012, at 7:00 p.m., in the Thomas Dixon Lovely Ballroom in the Ruth S. Harley University Centre of Adelphi University. This event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by Lackmann Culinary Services.

Bal Arneson is an entrepreneur, a mother, an author, an educator and an advocate for healthy Indian cooking. In 2010, her series, Spice Goddess, was launched on the Cooking Channel and is currently the second-highest ranked show on the network, and was nominated in 2011 for a James Beard Award, a prominent food journalism award. Both of her cookbooks,Everyday Indian and Bal’s Quick and Healthy Indian, that features simple and healthy Indian recipes from her childhood, are bestsellers. She also has a weekly column titled The Appetizer which runs in the National Post.  

The Vancouver TV chef was raised in a small village in India and came to Canada at the age of 18 through an arranged marriage. After realizing that it was not the life she wanted, she began in pursuit of a new dream. She eventually studied at the University of British Columbia, with hopes of becoming a teacher—she holds a master’s degree in education. However, her passion in cooking came about when she began catering dinners and giving cooking lessons to pay off student loans. With her unique approach to Indian spices, her food gained rapid attention. Now at 38, she has dwelled into the world of herbs and spices through best-selling cook books and a top-ranked show. A large part of Bal Arneson’s success comes from her insistence on creating delicious, simple, everyday Indian meals she picked up in her village, made from basic, fresh and wholesome ingredients.  

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About Lackmann Culinary Services: Lackmann Culinary Services has been a successful foodservice company since 1964 and prides itself on treating each customer like family. They look to set the standard in the industry by providing customers with the highest level of service and quality, and are continuously expanding their programs and services to better meet the needs of their customers, with three guiding principles: Freshly Made, Locally Grown and Guest Focused.

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