Tell me what you eat, I’ll tell you who you are. ~Anthelme Brillat-Savarin
Were any of you obsessed with the original Iron Chef series that ran on the Food Network about ten years ago? It was recorded in Japan, but entertaining voiceovers and subtitles were added for the English-speaking audience. The conversations were comical, ingredients were unusual and I loved it (although, it was very unvegan). Each episode began with that Brillat-Savarin quote and a stylized photo montage of the challenger’s life. The narrator’s lilting voice tracked the individual’s journey through unbelieveable hardships to the ultimate achievement of unparalleled success that had prepared him or her to compete in Kitchen Stadium. Today is “celebrate your inner geek” day so I couldn’t help but share my fascination with the campy sensation created by Chairman Kaga. Do you have any geeky habits that should be celebrated?
Anyway, yesterday I had the opportunity to meet a group of inspiring individuals whose beauty and radiance truly exemplified Brillat-Savrin’s message : beautiful food makes you beautiful
– inside and out. Arriving at Rawlicious
was surreal, walking into the back room to find some of my culinary muses cuddled around a long wooden table. The atmosphere was dream-like (I was a little sleep-deprived), we all lounged on jewel-toned pillows, savoured conversations about favourite flavours, unique ingredients and friendship.
Spending a few hours in the company of these amazing women was the perfect way to be welcomed back to Toronto after six days at Vegetarian Summerfest
. If you have visited Heathy, Camille
on the interwebs that you already know they are talented culinary connoisseurs. Yesterday I learned, that is just one tiny aspect of what makes these women incredible. I loved hearing about their careers, hobbies, and histories. It is interesting how much we already knew about each other through the connecting power of food blogs and twitter. We had formed a supportive community of like-minded individuals long before we even realized how many of us lived in close proximity (although we hope that future meet-ups can bring together friends from further-a-field). Since they are all fellow food bloggers, no one even blinked when each course was welcomed with a flurry of flashes.
Along with all the chatting we dined in style, under the attentive care of the Rawlicious
We shared platters of crunchy raw nachos, topped with guacamole, fresh salsa, and raw sour creme.
Followed by fresh spring rolls and a decadent dipping sauce.
Then we each ordered an entree – soon our table was topped with platters of leafy green goodness.
Garden salad with ginger-date dressing.
Caesar salad with crunchy onion croutons.
Caesar salad wrap and a tangy lemon drizzled side salad.
After much deliberation and difficult decisions, an array of beautiful desserts were selected. Including a blueberry cheesecake (much lighter in texture than most raw versions I’ve tried).
I just loved these tiny dessert bowls. I need to find a place to procure a few of my own.
After all the joyous feasting we were each sent home with goody bags.
Seriously, I am going to be friends with these ladies forever. They know how to celebrate. Nelly
had prepared more of her, now famous, caramel moon pies.
Heathy sent us home with two of her raw chocolate confections.
I am saving them for a very special moment (something like, whenever I want).
Marlie presented us with individual cupcake containers – so we will never have to leave home without our delicious raw vegan desserts.
It was an amazing afternoon with some fantastic friends.
Since I’ve been back in Toronto I’ve had to dive into a long list test recipes that require my attention. Here is a sneak peak at one of the parfaits I’ve prepared to enter in Heathy’s next raw dessert competition.
There are many more perfect parfait posts to come – so stay tuned. The contest ends July 25 so head over to Heathy’s site
to get involved in all the fun.
I haven’t forgotten about Vegetarian Summerfest
– it was just such an amazing experience that I need to let it digest a little before I prepare a post. But I promise it will be up soon.