- [Renata Dorner is Assistant to Dr. James Carey of chiDiet.com.
- Last weekend, July 14th-15th, Renata and I went to Atlanta for a seminar on gourmet raw vegan foods. Gideon and Jackie Graff were kind enough to open their house to us, and we stayed as their guests and attended their two-day seminar.
- Not only did we have a wonderful time, but we learned a lot. I've been living the minimalist raw living foods lifestyle - throw a bunch of sprouts and greens in the blender and call it a meal.
Jackie and Gideon showed me how easy it would be to prepare something more appetizing for guests - truly inspiring.
- I could say a lot more kind things about the Graffs, but Renata was moved to write the following article and she's expressed my feelings completely - James.]
Oh WOW, What a Weekend it Was.
Jackie and Gideon Graff, the Sprout people from Atlanta (www.sproutrawfood.org) hosted a two-day seminar: How to Prepare Raw Gourmet Food. It was like Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas combined. What a feast it was!
We started out with an almond-carob-banana shake for breakfast which tasted decadent. The grande finale was lasagna and zucchini spaghetti with marinara sauce so delicious you will forsake the wheat version in no time. And every dish in between was superb, just the right spicing, texture and presentation.
I learned so many tricks and hints which make raw food preparation even easier than it already is. Jackie and Gideon prepared many, many different gourmet dishes which are readily duplicatable. The trick is to use prime quality ingredients.
A bit of splurging now and then is necessary once one has been on the healing path for a while and the body has regained strength and health. Remember when we were on the cooked food trip? How often did we go out and not think twice about spending our well-earned money on a meal which was not worth it and was actually detrimental to our health? So, some pine nuts here and there, some macadamia nuts instead of sunflower seeds give our palate enticing tastes and help us to stay on the raw food path.
Sometimes I simply need a bit more than greens, a little indulgence, a festive meal, something extravagant, exciting. That's what Jackie and Gideon taught us with lots of patience, explanations and detailed demonstration. No question - there were lots of questions - no question remained unanswered. With skill, laughter and sincere dedication the Graffs shared freely their many years of raw wisdom.
We were a wonderful mixed group, novices and veteran raw foodists. We swapped stories. One story was extraordinary: “From 22 to 2” - size 22, that is - the story of a young lady's weight loss when she switched from SAD to Raw. I hope James will get the whole story sooner or later, keep your eyes open. It demonstrates such an outstanding example how food choice and preparation influence our health and well-being.
Please visit chiDiet.com/graff for more pictures.
Thank you, Jackie and Gideon.