Cuisine

Designed around fresh locally and seasonally sourced ingredients, including produce harvested from our on-site organic garden, Menla’s buffet-style dining emphasizes plant-based dishes, with meat options available by advance request.

Our Executive Chef and her team bring a creative flair to dishes that are as delicious as they are nutritious. Menla’s wellness cuisine is centered around healing foods, sourced primarily from local farms with an eye toward seasonal and organic fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes.

Our guests consistently rave about the high quality and memorable tastes of our meals. Be sure to check out some of our sample menus!


CHEF NATALIE

Chef Natalie Varrallo grew up in Woodstock, New York, where she was exposed to alternative forms of food, medicine, community, and lifestyle. From 2008 through 2015, she spent her summers in Taiwan, immersing herself in the traditions of Humanistic Buddhism through the Fo Guang Shan movement.  After completing her degree in Botany and Sustainable Agriculture from the Evergreen State College in Washington, she went on to receive her certificate in permaculture design and permaculture education, and has since been working to combine the ritualistic and communal values of gardening and cooking that she learned in Asian monasteries with her formal background in botany and agriculture to arrive at the conception of a plant-based lifestyle that is wholly nourishing and ecologically sustainable. She strongly believes that the creation of food from a place of love can result in a distinct blend of science and nutrition that is thoroughly fulfilling, as well as delicious.  She has been teaching seed to table culinary education for the past five years to illuminate a new way of approaching the culinary world. She is excited about living and working in the community at Menla.


Accommodation

Discover beautifully appointed deluxe private rooms and suites featuring unique Tibet-inspired artworks and features, or opt for our more modest shared cabins & cottages for couples, families, or small groups. ...

Meeting Spaces

From the biggest conference hall in the Castkills to an intimate septagonal meditation space suspended above the valley, Menla offers fully equipped facilities to accommodate a wide range of programs and groups of every size ...

Environs & Amenities

Seated on the world’s oldest known meteor crater, our 325 acres of tranquil mountain forests and streams are nestled deep in the heart of the Catskill mountains and feature a range of indoor and outdoor amenities ...

MENLA

375 Pantherkill Road, P.O. Box 70 Phoenicia, NY 12464
845-688-6897 ext 101