Posts tagged ‘Living Light Chef Showcase’
There’s nothing like early summer – my niece Stella’s favorite time of year. Here in California we’ve got lots of blooming plants already and my all time favorites are roses – might be because I hark from the City of Roses, Portland, Oregon. The ones in my yard (I moved last fall) have been neglected for a few years, so I’m carefully picking off all the leaves that have black spot and trying to get them to feel better. As beautiful as they are, roses aren’t the easiest to take care of, and yet they are kind of resilient at the same time. Like people, they respond to care and attention. I made a promise to myself to stop and smell the summer roses this year. We’re still plenty busy at Living Light, what with the Raw Food Revolution Tour heading East and Drs. Rick and Karin Dina beginning their Science of Raw Food Nutrition Tour in just a couple of weeks, but this is the first time in the seven years I’ve been at Living Light that we don’t have a MAJOR EVENT like a Vibrant Living Expo or a Chef Showcase at the end of August. I have a little more breathing room, and a bit more freedom to balance my life and remember that it’s important to enjoy the long days of summer. Mmmmmm – smell the roses! This weekend I’m going to the Mendocino Film Festival. What are you doing this summer?
Judita Wignall posted this photo on Cherie’s Facebook page. It’s from her visit here for the Living Light Chef Showcase, Hot Chefs, Cool Kitchen this past August. It was a very fun event, and all the chefs who participated said they had a great time learning new tricks of the trade from each other.
Judita is a musician, actress, and the inspiration for a character on Guitar Hero, a popular video game. Now, I’m no gamer, but I love to see multi-talented people in action, and all of our chefs from the showcase certainly fill that bill. We want everyone to know that even if you missed the online showcase, you can still watch the entire event on DVD, and replay to your heart’s content. Comes with a complete recipe book of all 80+ recipes, and guaranteed to please friends, family, neighbors, and other assorted people you’d like to “turn on” to raw foods. We also have the complete 2010 showcase on DVD, including Chefs Chad Sarno, Nomi Shannon and 10 other super chefs! And if you want to see our real life chefs in Action, don’t miss Alicia Ojeda and Martine Lussier in Austin, TX, and Martine and Cherie Soria in Las Vegas coming up this October! Whether you decide to watch the DVD or take FUNdamentals on the road, we’re pretty sure you’ll want to learn more about Living Light, and that’s the truth!
Esterlina Winery had their annual picnic in Philo of the Anderson Valley. They had the usual picnic fair, but their side dishes of salads and fresh fruit were the most interesting and delicious.
The trip to Esterlina was a good break for Archie. He works so hard on our Great Room. Right now he is putting up redwood siding on the house and building a new hearth for the fireplace. He is making it to where you can sit on it and warm up if you are cold. In the winter we will group chairs around it as everyone will want to chat in comfort.
This week at Living Light we are having the 2011 Showcase where twelve of the top raw food chefs will demonstrate their best raw vegan recipes. If you can not make it to Fort Bragg, you can still watch the event by purchasing a Gold or Silver package and viewing it on your computer. You can also upgrade the packages by adding the DVD selection to your cart and get last year’s showcase as well. Now that’s a deal!
Here in the good old Admin. Office at Living Light, we’ve been experiencing some technical difficulties with our clock. First, our fancy atomic clock went nuts, complete with some very “through the looking glass” spinning, and wouldn’t keep the time even with new batteries and trips outdoors to better connect with it’s atomic brethren. So, we got a regular old battery operated wall clock to take its place and all was well for a while, but now – not working. But we’ve discovered that it works just fine when we take it down off the wall, yet when re-hung, it stops. It seems to me that the only logical explanation is that spot on the wall of the office is some sort of time vortex – an anomaly, if you will – where time stops. If only we could figure out how to use this to our advantage!
You may want to use time to your advantage and register for the on-line version of our 2011 Chef Showcase as quickly as possible. Right now it’s being offered for almost $50 off the regular price! Quite a deal, and so worth it! We have such amazing chefs participating this year – you don’t want to miss out on all the new, cutting edge recipes they’ve developed. And there’s lots of bonuses that come along with it – so don’t let time slip away – sign up today!
This weekend was pure bliss. Saturday I did the laundry, organized and cleaned up a bit and in the evening we went out to dinner at Chapter and Moon with friends. And then to Cotton Auditorium for a production of Broadway tunes put on by the Gloriana Singers. We have some real talent here in Fort Bragg!
Sunday I just sat outside and watched the wind ruffle the small yellow flowers on the ground, the white butterfly setting on one flower, then another, the bees hovering around the peach tree. I had no desire to read, crochet, watch a movie, or bake. I did do a little weeding and found some of our Naked Lady bulbs. Now that they will get some sun, perhaps they will bloom.
Here at Living Light, we are all looking forward to the Chef Showcase in a couple of weeks. Imagine sitting in the audience and watching renowned chefs preparing some of your favorite foods and then you get to taste it as well. Yummy! On the first evening you can join the chefs and eat at Ravens Restaurant at the Stanford Inn in Mendocino. The day before the Showcase begins you can Take A Walk On The Wild Side: Discover Raw Green Super Foods From the Ocean! Thursday, August 25, 2011 from 6:45am to 11:00am; class will meet promptly at 6:30am in The Company Store.
My daughter’s been away at camp this week and my son’s been with his dad. Needless to say, it’s been very quiet at my house. I don’t really like it. Sometimes I get a bit overwhelmed with all the needs and personalities that go along with a full house, but it’s definitely more interesting than the alternative. And less lonely. Often, I hear myself complaining about never having any time to myself, but evidently I don’t really like it that much. I know I’m supposed to be a whole, complete woman all own my own, but I do really feel like my kids are a part of me, and when they aren’t around I feel kind of empty. And, on a more practical note, I like having someone to comment to during our favorite shows or someone with whom to share a late night snack. I guess I’m just ready for them to come home.
Speaking of coming home, our Chef Showcase is coming right up and lots of our old friends will be here. Living Light graduates who are presenting include Solla Eiriksdottir, Alicia Ojeda, Tina Jo Stephens, Judita Wignall and Christina Archila. We’ll also get to have our own Colleen Cackowski back with us for a few days. Don’t forget Living Light Instructors Vinnette Thompson, Martine Lussier and Amy Bacheller. And new to this year’s line-up: Chef BeLive. Of course, Cherie won’t just be demonstrating some fabulous new recipes, but will also be hosting the event with her usual poise and style. It’s definitely an event to look forward to, and tickets are still available. So – if you’d like to see all these chefs do their thing live and in person, give me a call and I’ll sign you up. It’ll be exciting here at Living Light during the three days of the Chef Showcase – not quiet or lonely at all!
It’s that time again, just after mid summer when all kinds of things are happening in the sky, in our world, our solar system, and inside of ourselves. Time for some Virgo Magic. I was reading astrologer Emily Trinkaus’s post on what’s happening right now-a solar eclipse takes place at 1:45 AM PDT tomorrow in Cancer, ruler of “watery deep emotions and the subconscious”.
And that’s not all. The Sun and Moon are uniting in Cancer, which makes squares to Saturn and Uranus, opposing Pluto (our old friend), and catalyzing another Cardinal Grand Cross. Might just throw us a bit off kilter temporarily, and help us realize that we need to be in touch with our emotions and with what we really want in life. One effective way of accomplishing our heart’s desires, is to spend time writing down our dreams. When you believe it you see it, to turn a phrase. And since the world keeps on spinning, we might as well find an attunement that works both for us as individuals and for planetary good.
If one of your heart’s desires is to become an accomplished raw food chef, July and August are the perfect time to begin. You can sign up for the full Gourmet Raw Food Chef Certification™ series complete with all of our advanced classes, including Ethnic Flavors in Recipe Development™, RawFusion Gourmet Spa Cuisine™, Raw Event Catering and Elegant Entertaining™, and Pastry Arts-Unbaked!™. You can attend the Living Light Chef Showcase, Hot Chefs, Cool Kitchen. AND, right after the showcase, we’ve scheduled all five of the Science of Raw Food Nutrition™ courses and a brand new Raw Culinary Arts Associate Chef and Instructor Training™ series. P.S. Don’t forget to vote for the next Hot Raw Chef. Voting opens July 2. Living Light can help you make your dreams come true.