Raw doesn’t necessarily mean green, but raw food chefs certainly tend to also support fresh local, organic food. Angelenos got to taste a nice sampling of yummy raw food at the Celebration of Living Foods at Vernare’s Living Showroom in West Hollywood last night.
Organized by Women of the Green Generation, the event attracted an almost all-women crowd — though men too were invited to this event. Raw foodies and raw-curious milled about nibbling “powerballs” from Zenergy Superfoods, “untuna salad” from the all-organic Juicy Ladies (above), and organic kale chips from Rawk-n-Roll Cuisine.
Raw naked fruit tarts from Tia’s Bakery (above) went fast, but the tastiest desserts, IMHO, were the little cake bites made by Patisseraw. The gluten-, egg-, and dairy-free desserts were moist, healthy tiramisu-esque morsels — made with fresh fruit and cacao.
The better-known L.A. raw food restaurants like Leaf, Juliano’s Raw and Cru weren’t there, and most of the featured companies didn't have their own storefronts or restaurants. But many of their delicacies can be found at independent grocery stores like Co-opportunity and Erewhon — as well as local Whole Foods stores. Many of the companies also offer raw food catering services.
The trouble raw foodies go into making raw food look and taste (at least somewhat) like cooked food sometimes strikes me as odd — after all, it’s a lot simpler and often tastier just to bite into a fresh nectarine — but most of the raw food I ate was quite tasty and jam packed with great nutrients and lots of healthy flavor. I don’t think I’ll ever go all raw, but I certainly think most Americans would benefit from enjoying more fresh fruits and salads in their daily lives.