Today I presented a raw food lunch for the owners of Cups in La Jolla, a posh little joint in San Diego’s most glamorous part of town that serves the finest cupcakes made from all organic, local ingredients in a fully sustainable kitchen. Cups also boasts a fabulous teaching kitchen where top chefs offer a deliciously diverse range of classes. If you haven’t been you simply MUST stop by. Michelle & Gene are nothing short of inspiring, completely passionate about food in every stage from farm to table. It was a delight to be with them and to share a meal.
The food paled to comparison to the conversation with Jean and Michell who, later tonight will host a dinner for the president of the Slow Foods Movement to tackle some massive issues that will make powerful, positive change for farmers. Despite the bigger issues on their plates, they took time to enjoy the simple lunch of raw horchata, jalapeno poppers, and tortilla soup with pineapple avocado salsa I provided for them.
The meal was a hit and two fabulous things happened…
First they invited me to teach, joining the ranks of chefs that make me weak in the knees at the mere mention of their names, let alone the Pavlovian drooling that happens when I think of their menus.
Second, Michelle decided to serve my raw version of jalapeno poppers at their meeting with the Slow Food Movement V.I.P.s. I wanted to do a cartwheel, kiss them and squeeze them til they burst. Apparently the culinary gods were smiling down upon me and gifted me the grace to smile politely and plate the food that would be enjoyed later that night.
I felt like a kid in a candy store. Which, in reality, was not too far from the truth, a grown up in a cup cake lounge. Instead of filling my belly with lollipops, I got to fill bellies with raw foods that I believe can impact the health of our nation. Of course I did sample their PERFECT cupcakes. Wow. Delicious.
If there is a place for raw food education in a cupcake lounge in La Jolla, there is a place for more fresh, local raw foods on everyone’s plate.
Check out the class schedule at Cups Lounge and stop by next time you are in La Jolla. If you can make it to the raw foods class by yours truly, I will see you there!
If you can’t wait for the raw foods class in person, check out the on line crash course in all things RAW. Rocking Body Raw Food guides you, video by video, meal by meal through a full two week raw food cleanse. By the end of the course you’ll be a pro at creating your own raw food meals and menu plans.