About Epicurean Fling

I'm Chef Zara of Epicurean Fling in Joshua Tree, CA.  
I focus on gourmet vegetarian, inspired by many cuisines, and feel right at home with  gluten free, sugar free and vegan requests as well. I take pride in seeing that my mostly plant based foods are satisfying and in demand by both vegetarians and carnivores alike.
I am very excited to provide you with mouth watering, nutritious food!

Epicurean Fling offers a variety of services such as:

Dinner Parties and Weddings



   Pop-Ups (specialty tacos, Banh Mi sandwiches, Tapas & more)


Personal Chef  

Custom Cakes (Weddings, Birthdays etc.)


  What clients had to say:

"We hired Zara for an elopement/wedding dinner for 16. She helped us build a custom menu based on our likes and accommodated a single vegan meal - by not just removing diary products, but by subbing incredible vegan options. It was so important for me for my vegan sister to share the dining experience with us and she said it was the best meal she's had in years! It was for us as well! Zara was so easy to work with and made herself at home in the kitchen, while we were in the backyard getting married. We wanted a private dining experience that felt special for the occasion and we couldn't be happier! The meal was absolutely incredible. Everyone was raving. I can't stop thinking about the potato terrine with rosemary aioli and caper berries! Zara also left the kitchen impeccably clean. I strongly recommend Epicurean Fling for a memorable and delicious special occasion meal." - Shelby R.

"I hired Zara to cater my wedding in Joshua Tree. From the start Zara was so amazing to work with. She took the time to listen to what I wanted, and worked with me in the menu and the cake. The food was incredible! Even my meat eaters were blown away by the delicious menu. The cake was sublime, 3 tiers of deliciousness. The staff on the day of the wedding were professional, and worked extremely hard to make our day perfect. I would not hesitate to recommend Epicurean Fling for any event." - Joanne N.

"Zara prepared a very special dinner for my 30th birthday. The experience and Zara’s presence are what created such a beautiful night for my friends and I. The menu was filled with food that left us in awe of Zara’s CLEAR talent. The cake…I am not exaggerating….was the best cake I have ever had. Everything that night was so memorable and we had Zara to thank for that." -Erica B.

"2 days ago I ordered a "carrot cake with an abstract desert design" from local caterer Epicurean Fling. I love carrot cake but have failed at making a decent one, so I figured why not ask a pro? Zara came though in a huge way! I like my carrot cake chunky...she gave me delicious chunks of sweet carrots, coconut, pineapple, raisins, nuts, and spices. I'm not sure how she got the cake so moist but it's divine! Zara realizes that a sweet, moist carrot cake done right requires little frosting. She added just the right amount of a creamy frosting and decorations that balanced the sweetness of the cake perfectly. Finally, Zara put her painterly finishing touch on my cake with a delicate abstract desert design in earth tones. She even added my name in the corner which made it even more special. Zara specializes in vegan and  vegetarian recipes. I'm an omnivore and love her vegetarian tacos! This cake is perfect for school or workplace potlucks, a loved one's birthday, anniversary, or individual indulgences!" 
-Kim M. 
 "Your Habanero mango sauce nearly made me weep with joy after a week of eating really boring and plain food. It is like a party in my mouth and lifted my spirits. The very best! "   -Lauren H.

"Epicurean Fling was an absolute delight to the taste buds this morning. I've never tried a cassava wrap let alone a vegan one. The few pieces I grabbed from her menu this morning was a bbq cassava wrap with a cabbage & caper slaw with pickled carrots & pepitas. Some empanadas with a mango dipping sauce and for a sweet treat, I got some Mexican spiced cupcakes. So pleased to have a little treat for myself & having it brought to my own home"  -Stephanie G.

"We scored another AMAZING meal by zara tonight!!! Her catering helps make this pandemic a little more bearable- she makes the weekend feel special with her delicious, fresh, healthy, super-yummy food- delivered to our door... (or actually- to our patio)! 
I think this our fifth (?!) meal she’s delivered-  and every single thing we’ve ordered has exceeded our expectations and left us just basking in the perfect flavors... just enough spice- just enough of everything!!! 
This time we got homemade gnocchi with a roasted tomato basil sauce and grilled veggies (we got mushrooms, yellow zucchini and red bell peppers)... Oh! And we got puff pastry bites with beet strips and caramelized onions with gorgonzola... be-still my heart! 
By the time we took this photo we’d already inhaled several of them. SO delicious- and her good vibes must be infused into the food because after eating we always feel energized and light... what a treat!!!" 
-Tania L.

"We can't thank you enough (for our wedding cake). Never in my life have I tasted something so decadent, yet fresh. Not cloying sweet but absolutely perfect. John said it was like a brownie from heaven." 
- Elizabeth L.

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