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Passionate About Pastry by kristin

lemon poppyseed cakeOur raw dessert guru/diva has just arrived back in Fort Bragg, which always creates a lot of excitement with both students and staff. BostiniTangerineDream

Vinnette Thompson is an amazing teacher and a remarkable person who brings a smile to everyone’s face – and not just because she makes terrific desserts. She also makes creating the desserts a memorable experience. Students learn how to work with a variety of ingredients – Pastry Arts classes are a combination of theory, culinary demos, and practical hands-on training, from a master in the art. Learn how to use binders, thickeners, emulsifiers and gelling agents; how to choose the right sweeteners and fats for a variety of classic pastry recipes and discover the secrets of making exquisite raw desserts that taste even better than famous cooked desserts!

It’s definitely a thrilling class for people, because they’ve learned a lot of fundamental skills in our other classes, and they can now translate those skills into unbelievable confections. The Pastry Arts – Unbaked! course is definitely its own reward…mmmmm. FS_ThumbPrints

The good news is that Vinnette is going to be here for an entire month. She’ll be teaching during all of our advanced courses, including Ethnic Flavors in Recipe Development, Raw Fusion Gourmet Spa Cuisine, and Raw Event Catering and Elegant Entertaining. Her bright spirit is a wonderful tonic for everyone who meets her! Yay, Vinette – we’re glad you’re back! And if you are interested in a Pastry Arts Certification, you can start with FUNdamentals of Raw Living Foods May 16 and stay through Pastry Arts – Unbaked! June 16- 19 – what fun! Call Mary Elizabeth or Amanda in enrollment for all the details: 707-964-2420

A classically trained chef, Vinnette earned her culinary arts degree from the Culinary Institute of America and is also a graduate of the Living Light Culinary Institute, where she now teaches a variety of classes. Vinnette has two culinary passions, vegetarian cuisine and culinary education. A chef for over 25 years, she caters privately and teaches culinary arts for the Palm Beach school district in Florida.

May 13, 2013 at 3:01 pm Leave a comment

Hot Chefs, Cool Kitchen Coming to Your ‘Hood August 26-29 by kristin

We’ve just launched ticket sales for our “virtual” Living Light Chef Showcase, Hot Chefs, Cool Kitchen event. We’re super jazzed about the actual physical event taking place here in Fort Bragg, which will include a Vinnette Thompson/Martine Lussier stylin’ dessert reception, a picnic in the park at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, an exceptional dinner at Raven’s Restaurant at Stanford Inn, where Chef Kyle Evans creates delectable vegan dishes fresh from his on site gardens, and the opportunity to attend three specialty classes, including Food Styling For Photography with Cherie Soria and Denise Vivaldo.

Raspberry Pie

Raspberry Pie by Denise Vivaldo

We’re also REALLY HAPPY that the event can reach thousands more people worldwide through the magic of the internet.

So, from the comfort of your armchair, cozy neighborhood cafe, or anywhere else you’re hooked up to the internet, you’ll be able to be a part of this classic event. You’ll see some of the best known, most savvy chefs in the raw food movement “doing their thing,” with camera close-ups to capture precious techniques, and all of those little tricks and tips you can’t quite decipher when you are just reading a book.

It’s inspiring to see the chefs in action, and we truly do have an exceptional line-up this year. Among my favorite chefs is Chad Sarno.

Chad Sarno

Chad Sarno

When I worked with him in the Philippines at The Farm at San Benito, one of the staff there called him “Mr. Flavor.” He certainly has a way with haute cuisine, and his translations to raw are off the charts! Vinnette Thompson’s desserts are “to live for,” and I know that mischievous, fun loving Kirsten Gumm will be delighting our eyes and palates equally with her gorgeous food and sunny personality.  Colleen Cackowski will rock our socks with INCREDIBLE chocolate alchemy, and perennial favorite Elaina Love of Pure Joy Planet

Elaina Love

Elaina Love

will teach us all the new things she’s been experimenting with in fabulous new low-glycemic recipes. Chef Tina Jo, Heather Haxo Phillips, and Jennifer Cornbleet are all expert teachers and presenters, with delicious new recipes to share. And we are very lucky to have three of the most respected, professional, creative women in raw foods: Cherie Soria, Nomi Shannon, and Victoria Boutenko on the program.  And our own brilliant Martine Lussier will undoubtedly come up with some simply irresistible new recipes for the occasion–can’t wait! The online event will include the BEST OF RAW Truly Raw Cacao Contest, and a long list of bonuses to enjoy. And of course, we are honored to include the winner of the Hot Raw Chef Video Recipe Contest, Living Light graduate Sheree Clark!

So whether you are in the studio audience, or watching the event online while relaxing at your leisure, don’t miss it!

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