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Thai pastaLiving Light Chef Showcase: Hot Chefs, Cool Kitchen LIVE is coming right up on August 26-28 right here on the beautiful Mendocino coast of Northern California! Living Light is proud to present twelve talented gourmet raw food chefs, including Cristina Archila, winner of the Grand Prize and People's Choice Awards in the Hot Raw Chef 5 in 5 Video Recipe Contest for this year's event! Our chefs will demonstrate a total of 80 gourmet raw vegan recipes for three full days. This wonderfully diverse group of spectacular chefs from as far away as Iceland will take you on a fascinating creative exploration of gourmet raw food!  


Tickets are ON SALE NOW


berry crepesExclusive limited seating for our live studio audience here in Fort Bragg is still available. Call 707-964-2420 to reserve your space or click here to sign up online. There's nothing like a ringside seat to savor the delightful recipes our chefs will create!


You'll experience over 80 delicious recipe demos in our professional teaching classroom, and learn specialized techniques for creating gourmet raw vegan dishes like Red Bell Pepper Chipotle Soup with Cashew Sour Cream and Cornbread, Triple Berry Shortcake with Black Pepper Tarragon Syrup, Frankincense Spiced Granola and Mac Nut Citrus Coconut Milk, and Lavender Blueberry Ice Cream with a Pistacho Crown and Ancho Chocolate Filling! Click here for the complete chef schedule! 


As an attendee at this fabulous event, you'll be treated to a gourmet dessert reception featuring raw vegan desserts like California Mudslide Pie, Tiramisu, White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake, and Key Lime Pie. And you'll have an opportunity to attend a gala raw vegan dinner at the world renowned vegan restaurant, The Ravens Restaurant at Stanford Inn by the Sea where you can mix and mingle with the chefs. Every day, you'll visit our bountiful full-meal salad bar for a satisfying and delicious salad, and of course there will be plenty of samples to enjoy from each of the chefs during their demos!


Chefs of the 2011 Chef Showcase


Our chef lineup includes Living Light founder and director Cherie Soria, Judita Wignall, author of the new recipe book, Going Raw, and raw food chef and restaurateur Solla Eiriksdotter, who will make the trip all the way from Iceland for this event! Other featured chefs include award winning chocolatier Colleen Cackowski, and Brian James Lucas (Chef BeLive), whose e-Book Orgasm of the Taste Buds was included in this year's 2011 exclusive secret room events Academy Awards´┐Ż gift bags in Hollywood, California. Other participating chefs include Culinary Institute of America graduate Alicia Ojeda from Austin, Texas: animal advocate Tina Jo Stephens from Baja, California: and our own culinary programs manager, Martine Lussier, Amy Bacheller, who teaches Living Light classes on the culinary uses of essential oils, and dessert specialist Vinnette Thompson, another graduate CIA graduate. Karin Dina will add her vast nutritional expertise as she creates cuisine with optimal health benefits. And of course we are pleased to announce the debut of the talented winner of the Grand Prize and People's Choice awards for the 5 in 5 Hot Raw Chef Video Recipe Contest, Cristina Archila! We're very proud that she is among nine of our twelve featured chefs this year who are graduates of Living Light Culinary Institute! Don't miss this opportunity to mingle with truly outstanding, well-trained chefs: the culinary luminaries who will present at the Living Light Chef Showcase: Hot Chefs, Cool Kitchen!



Classes before and after the event include Walk on the Wild Side, Discover Raw Green Superfoods from the Ocean and Food Styling for Photography, with author of The Food Stylist's Handbook, Denise Vivaldo and Master Chef Cherie Soria (see below).  


And if you are ready to further your education at Living Light, you'll have the opportunity to  Benefits of Raw Food Nutrition Education Certification™ Series with Rick and Karin Dina, fulfill your dream of becoming a hot raw chef during our Associate Chef and Instructor Training™ starting with FUNdamentals of Raw Living Foods,™ which begins September 3.



When: Thursday, August 25
Time: 7:00 AM-11:00 AM
Tuition: $149.00
Location: The Mendocino Coast, Laguna Point (class meets at Living Light parking lot at 6:45 AM)

This popular four-hour class includes wading in tidepools, gathering and harvesting seaweeds, great recipes, charts and handouts. Terry Nieves is a raw, wild Mendocino seaweed mermaid, and owner of Ocean Harvest Sea Vegetables. This is a fabulous class - anyone visiting the Mendocino coast should not miss the opportunity to walk on the wild side! Recommended warm clothing includes a hat, sturdy water booties or water sandals with wool socks, a towel and a change of pants. Water booties will also be available for $3.00 (students please reserve your size in advance). Click here for more details.

Prerequisite: None 



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Learn from the experts how to style your culinary creations

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Food Styling for Photography Class 
Food Styling for Photography Class


Our Once a Year Food Styling for Photography 2-Day Workshop with Denise Vivaldo and Cherie Soria offers professional techniques and practical tips for making your culinary creations "camera ready" and seductive!  


August 30 and 31, 2011 


Geared for both amateurs and professional chefs, Living Light's unique two-day workshop will teach you how to showcase your beautifully presented and photographed raw culinary creations on your website, in recipe books, brochures, and other marketing materials! If it's true that "pictures speak a thousand words," then what could show off your culinary talents better than well plated and designed food photos?


Cool Mint pieThe workshop will be taught by Denise Vivaldo, author of The Food Stylist's Handbook, and Master Chef Cherie Soria, the "Mother of Gourmet Raw Vegan Cuisine."


Diet Ice BowlFood Styling for Photography is the first class of its kind to focus on food styling for gourmet raw vegan food. The workshop includes food styling techniques for ALL media, including television. You'll learn how to choose the right creative props, how to follow industry standards in preparing for a photo shoot, and a myriad of special techniques and tips for making every dish "come alive."


The course covers elements of design, the importance of color, texture, and negative space in food photography, and practical tips for building a portfolio of your creations for publicity purposes. Students will have an opportunity to practice the techniques they learn in class both days, and there will be plenty of time during class each day for Q & A.


Bring your camera and you'll go home with exquisite photographs of your work to use immediately!  


Denise VivaldoDenise Vivaldo has trained many professional food stylists working in Los Angeles today, and has catered more than 10,000 parties for celebrities. She works in all media, including television, film, books, and magazines, and has collaborated on several recipe books, transforming food into culinary art. Her book credits include How to Start a Home-Based Catering Business and How to Start a Home-Based personal Chef Business.


Cherie SoriaLiving Light Director and Master Chef Cherie Soria has taught hundreds of students from more than 50 countries the art of creating elegant and beautiful raw vegan dishes since 1998. She is an expert in creating food that looks as delicious as it tastes, and of empowering her students to do the same! Learn from the professionals and grow YOUR business with Food Styling for Photography. Sign up today!  


When: Tuesday, August 30 - Wednesday, August 31  

Time: 9:00am to 6:00pm (1-hour no host lunch break each day)  

Tuition: $895.00 Location: Living Light Culinary Studio  

Recommended text: The Food Stylist's Handbook by Denise Vivaldo  

All materials provided, except optional camera.


 Special thanks to our Chef Showcase Sponsors! 


Platinum Sponsors


Healthforce Nutritionals


  Mila by Lifemax


Gold Sponsors


Divine Organics    Young Living Essential Oils


Silver Sponsor


e3 Live 


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301-B North Main St
Fort Bragg, California 95437