Tag Archives: Ben Spungin

Valerie’s Birthday

I had the best birthday! Wonderful friends, amazing food and drink, a little late night craziness — what more could you ask for? My husband arranged for Chef Cal Stamenov, along with his trusty sidekick and amazingly talented pastry chef, Ben Spungin, to come down to Santa Barbara with the mission of cooking a non-traditional […]

Chef in my kitchen, Cal Stamenov, Chef and Culinary Director at Bernardus Lodge

Chef Cal’s Carrot Cake Cookies

Every time Cal and Ben come to the house, Ben bakes some amazing carrot cake cookies. This recipe makes a huge batch, but these cookies are so wonderful and delicious that you’ll be happy to store the extras in a sealed container in the fridge.