Hot Chefs, Cool Heroes by mary elizabeth

August 30, 2010 at 4:58 pm 9 comments

I keep reading pieces about how high school and college aged kids, when asked to name their heroes, used to list such bastions of heroism as MLK, jr. and Gandhi, but now tend to just list off celebrities. I’m not surprised. We, as a collective consciousness, have become so cynical it’s no wonder our children find their safety and comfort in fads and fashion. There’s nothing to be done about it. When our kids are ready for heroes, they’ll find them and in the mean time we grown-ups have to try and live heroically. We have to try and be kind and respectful and honorable so that although their larger-than-life roll models may be consumerized plastic cut-outs, their local ones are real and true.

The staff here at Living Light has been pretty heroic these past few days. The Chef Showcase ended last night and it was  super fun and filled with yummy treats, but  also a ton of work. Vinnette Thompson is here for the Chef Showcase and she is definitely one of my heroes. First of all, she specializes in desserts while she’s here and I love desserts. (I swear I ate a third of a mudslide pie the other afternoon.) For the showcase, she presented a Coconut Custard Pie and Chantilly Lemon Bars. Both were absolutely delectable. That woman is a genius with textures. She’s definitely a celebrity, too. Besides being a guest instructor here at Living Light, she has her own raw business – Raw Food Underground (cool name, huh?) and she used to be the chef at the Hippocrates Institute. How cool is that? Check out her demos on-line as part of our encore package.

Of course, Living Light’s all the time heroe Cherie Soria did a fantastic job as hostess of the showcase. She was warm and engaging – she really kept things rolling and makes a fabulous television personality. She makes a fabulous heirloom tomato tart, too – another recipe you can check out on-line as part of our encore package.  You can still sign up for it and see all these hot chefs do their thing. Heroes or celebrities? You decide.

(And locals – while your thinking about it, come into our cafe – we have dessert platters on sale for $2.95!)


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  • 1. brett dix  |  August 30, 2010 at 7:20 pm


  • 2. Kristan  |  September 5, 2010 at 8:33 am

    mmmmm…….dessert. Come to think of it, I’d better get in there for a piece (or two) of that chocolate, crumbly topped coconut amazing thing.
    Thanks for the reminder Mary Elizabeth!

  • 3. 12, 12 and Chocolate by mary elizabeth « RawFoodChef  |  September 22, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    […] Pastry Arts I will be held November 20-23 and Pastry Arts II goes from November 27-30. My hero, Vinette, will be here to teach alongside our in-house pastry master and resident intern, Tyler Levitetz. […]

  • 4. My Favorite Season by hilloah « RawFoodChef  |  October 12, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    […] pie with whipped cashew cream is quite delightful. I am not sure all the recipes that Cherie and Vinnette will be teaching in Pastry Arts – Unbaked! 1 and 2, but I can hardly wait. Sometime the […]

  • 5. The More Things Change… mary elizabeth « RawFoodChef  |  February 16, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    […] know I’ve mentioned it before, but I just love it when Vinnette Thompson is here. That woman can create food. And – you can really taste the love she puts into each […]

  • 6. Leafy Green Revolution by kristin « RawFoodChef  |  March 14, 2011 at 2:47 am

    […] Mark Bittman touting the glory of greens and simple vegan pleasures, or Ellen Degeneres giving Lady GaGa a Kale Bikini on her  TV show, or my friend Maria writing a wonderful book on sprouting in […]

  • 7. HurRAW for Summer by mary elizabeth « RawFoodChef  |  June 1, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    […] time to get ready for Living Light’s Chef Showcase. If you came last year, you know it was a raw culinary extravaganza – like the Food Network, but all live and all raw. It’s very exciting and tons of fun. If you […]

  • 8. Last Days of Summer by mary elizabeth « RawFoodChef  |  August 30, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    […] Light – the live part anyway.  I was here for the last day and was able to go upstairs and watch Vinnette’s demo of her raw version of strawberry shortcake.  It was so good – oh my stars!  Super […]

  • 9. Raw Spa by mary elizabeth « RawFoodChef  |  November 2, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    […] I in luck this month because this is the one time of year we offer both Pastry Arts I and II.  My hero Vinnette’s up there and I cannot wait to see what she inspires her pupils to create this year.  […]


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