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Awakening Lotus

Raw Vegan Cuisine


Karen Cucura is a raw foods chef and healer with decades of experience in numerous healing modalities.

She has close to 15 years of experience in preparing live foods and is a graduate of the renowned Living Light Culinary Arts Institute.

Cucura is a holistic health practitioner with more than 25 years in the field. She is nationally certified massage therapist with extensive training in Neuromuscular Therapy, MAT, Trigger Point Therapy, Orthopedic Massage, Therapeutic Touch and Energetic Healing. As a holistic health practitioner she guides her clients in their healing process by working from the inside out with nutritional foods and herbs and from the outside in with bodywork and energy balancing. 

Cucura's application of these combined techniques renew the body's innate healing process and activates individual muscular-cellular memory which rejuvenates body, mind and spirit.

She has been passionate about food and healing for several decades and now applies her knowledge and expertise in her business Awakening Lotus which includes her private consultations, rawfoods group & private classes, and her raw foods brand, Gourmet Raw Cuisine.

Cucura's work has been featured in the Vail Daily and she has had the honor of preparing food for events at the prestigious Vilar Center in Vail, including preparing her unique dishes for the Bon Appetit Master Chef Series. She is an instructor at Colorado Mountain College where she offers hands on classes to both professional chefs and the general public.

Awakening Lotus is based on the belief that our customers' needs are of the utmost importance. Cucura is committed to meeting those needs. As a result, a high percentage of our business is from repeat customers and referrals.

Karen welcomes the opportunity to earn your trust and deliver you the best quality of service in the industry.

Cucura is among the most talented in the industry. so let Karen have the pleasure of putting her extensive training and experience to work for you.


Vail, Colorado

Serving Vail, Eagle County, Summit County &

Aspen in the beautiful Roaring Fork Valley


By Appointment & Event

970 376 5993

Mon - Fri: 10AM - 7PM

Sat: 11AM - 7PM

Sun: By Appointment

Custom appointments times available by request