Euphemia Haye’s Chef Ray Arpke Teams Up with Natural Perfumer Lucy Miller for Cooking Class


October 16, 2012

(Longboat Key, FL) This “scent-sational” press release will make you wish it were scratch-and-sniff! If you are in the mood for delectable and luxurious tastes, Chef Ray is delving into the new culinary trend of adding pure aromatic essences to food to transform simple dishes into something magical. To explore the connection between food and fragrance, Chef Ray has teamed up with Longboat Key’s fragrance maven, Lucy Miller of Lucy Miller Pure natural perfumes.  Together, they have created a unique cooking class called “All Things Wonderful” that will take place at Euphemia Haye Restaurant on Wednesday, December 5th at 10:30 a.m.  The flavors presented in this class will combine the ancient, the modern and the delicate exotics – with delicious tastes and pleasing aromas that turn everyday food into something exciting and indulgent.

Chef Ray is excited about presenting this class to students to offer something a little different.  “I was really impressed with some of the pure essences that Lucy is working with…many that are used in the kitchen, like vanilla and coriander.  So, I thought that if we combined our efforts, we could create some really spectacular tastes that would knock your socks off.  These are not flavors that you would normally get in a small town.”

Lucy Miller was delighted to collaborate with Chef Ray to create recipes that were inspired by the chef essence oils.  “I had just returned from California and my teacher, Mandy Aftel, had co-written a book with renowned Bay-area chef Daniel Patterson called Aroma, so I was inspired to try out some new recipes with Chef Ray,” says Miller. Together, they went into the kitchen and “played” a little to create some extraordinary dishes.  Lucy says, “In my mind, I had some ideas and Chef Ray perfected them. Together, we came up with a menu that is just uber-aromatic.  It’s a sensual journey for the taste buds!”

The “All Things Wonderful” cooking class will take you from champagne to shellfish to a decadent dessert finish. Chef Ray and Lucy will infuse each dish with the world’s purest aromatic oils – designed especially for use in the kitchen. For the first course, you’ll learn how to create aromatic Bellinis with a hint of exotic Ylang Ylang, served with Stone Crab Blinis (Russian pancakes) with a whisper of Pink Grapefruit and Neroli Blossom oil. For the second course, you will be served Grilled Diver’s Scallops and Shrimp on Creamy Polenta with Cumin and Saffron Essence Butter. For dessert, top it off with a gorgeous Honey and Lavender Absolute-infused Vanilla Ice Cream and your aromatic journey will be complete.

For more information and to register for the cooking class, go to   For interviews with Chef Ray Arpke or Lucy Miller, please contact Amy Imerman at 941-524-7545 or


Euphemia Haye Executive Chef, Raymond Arpke

Raymond Arpke is a renowned chef known for his high culinary standards and his joyful approach to food and life. As owner and executive chef of Euphemia Haye in Longboat Key, Florida, Chef Ray creates sophisticated cuisine and an unparalleled dining experience that has been pleasing palettes for over 30 years. In 2005, Chef Ray was an Honored Guest Chef at the James Beard House in New York City for Thanksgiving dinner. 2010 brought excitement as Chef Ray was a finalist in ABC Nightline’s “People’s Platelist” Contest where the public voted for their favorite chef in the nation.  With his sharp wit and easy-going teaching style, Chef Ray is a popular guest chef on local news and television shows, including multiple appearances on the “Chef on a Shoestring” segment on CBS Saturday Morning show and the “Tailgate Chef” on two seasons of FOX 13′s “Tailgate Sunday.” Chef Ray published a cookbook and autobiography 2006 aptly named, “You Don’t Have to be Crazy, But it Helps: Recipes and Rantings of a Mad Man.”

Lucy Miller Pure Natural Perfumer, Lucy Miller

Longboat Key-based perfumer Lucy Miller launches a new line of natural fragrances, Lucy Miller Pure.  Her magical fragrances are serene, yet effervescent and ultimately, intoxicating.  Taken from the rarest plant and floral essences of organic ingredients, the scents are luxe yet modest.  Lovingly created, Lucy Miller’s natural and true scents can only be summed up in one word…PURE.   Lucy has trained with the leading and most creative aromatherapy innovators in existence including Mandy Aftel, Ayala Moriel, Robert Tisserand and David Crow of Floracopeia. She is a graduate of the prestigious Aromahead Institute and a member of the NAHA and AIA. For more on Lucy Miller and Lucy Miller Pure, visit


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