Sunday, November 6, 2011

Healthy Taste of LA 2 - A Gastronomical Event

So sorry I've been missing these past two weeks. My computer crashed and at this point, we've chosen to wait until we can save to purchase it outright. For now, I'm using my husband's laptop but it's sparingly so my updates won't be as frequent. 

Let's move on to my incredible evening last night at Healthy Taste of LA 2 hosted at the South Bay-Redondo Adventist Church.

The event is the brainchild of Chef AJ and is a weekend featuring top vegan chefs and a keynote speaker. The speaker this year was T. Colin Campbell - a giant in the nutrition world and author of The China Study and star of the movie Forks Over Knives.

Last evening, guests were treated to a seven course meal - each course by a different chef. All the key ingredients for the makings of an excellent night <-- pun intended

Today, Sunday 11/05/11, the chefs will conduct live cooking demos and Dr. Campbell will speak again.
Unfortunately, we could not attend today. On the plus side, they are streaming the event live so I'll be watching throughout the day.

Course One by Ann Gentry from Real Food Daily. She was not able to attend last night but her offering was delicious!
Whole food plant-based sushi
Course Two by The Happy Herbivore aka Lindsay Nixon. She was so sweet and personable. It was a pleasure eating her food and meeting her. She made her delicious baked onion rings paired with BBQ sauce. This was the one picture I did not get but here's one of us together instead :)

Course Three by Chef Eric Lechasseur of Seed Bistro. He, too, was unable to attend last night but will be there today for the cooking demo. His raw crackers were so delish!

Lentil & Mushroom Pate w shiitake mushroom jelly
Mmm raw crackers!

Pumpkin Ginger Soup with another combination that I forgot. I know, bad blogger. It was all delish though!
Course Five by Chef AJ.

Another raw treat - kale salad! Yum!
Beautiful Chef AJ & I. She's fierce!
Course Six by Chef Eric Tucker of Millennium Restaurant.

Whole food plant-based gourmet delights
Between courses six and seven, T. Colin Campbell spoke and introduced the concepts of his new book. He is in the editing process with no title yet. I can't wait for it.

I had an opportunity to not only take a picture but also discuss the field of dietetics. He's inspiring!
Course Seven - Dessert!! by Chef AJ

Whole food plant-based German Chocolate Cake!
Also in attendance was Julieanna Hever, MS, RD author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition. It was nice chatting with a fellow RD.

I left with a full tummy and inspired to keep pushing along in this journey. I will definitely return next year!

- Kareen, RD


NA said...

Thank you for posting the photos and menu! I was upset when it sold out, but now I feel better that I can enjoy it through your photos

Kareen said...

You're welcome!