Our fifteen city tour of California has begun! We spent Saturday night camping in our solar-powered RV, Gracie ( we travel in grace), at Refugio State Park, a beach park north of Santa Barbara. I used to visit this park with my family when I was a kid. This has so many wonderful memories of childhood for me, since I was born and raised in Santa Barbara! As we were driving in, the park attendant asked about our license plate, Raw Chef. He wondered, as many people do, if it meant sushi. We explained about raw foods and told him we are on a 15-city California tour, educating people about the health benefits of raw food and how to make it easy and delicious. He became very excited about it and bought a copy of our new book, Raw Food For Dummies! The next morning, he told us that the whole family is reading the book, and they love it! He said he thinks this could change everything for them! It just shows that all of us can make a difference in people's lives when we are least expecting it!
Our experience at Ninaya and Daniel's house in Goleta (a few minutes north of Santa Barbara) on Sunday afternoon was delightful! We spent the day with the local meetup group, friends and family, enjoying food together before Dan and I talked about Raw Food for Smart Busy People (fashioned after our newest book, Raw Food For Dummies), then I gave a class in flavor dynamics and flavor balancing and showed how to create big bold favors without depending on oil or sugar. We answered questions about food, kitchen equipment, and lots of questions about Living Light classes. They were surprised to learn that we re the ONLY state licensed raw vegan culinary school (and voted Best Raw Chef Training Program!) there is.
One of our graduates, Amy Bacheller, was there (so great to see her and her husband, Glen!). She got up and encouraged everyone to attend the school, even if they have no interest in becoming a chef. She told everyone to stay at the Living Light Inn and experience the love and support of the Living Light staff -- it is an experience you will never regret or forget! Thanks Amy!
We'll stay in Santa Barbara for a couple more days before going to LA to share our years of experience (over 35 between Dan and I) with folks there! Looking forward to meeting more people eager to thrive on a high raw diet of fresh ripe raw organic foods that are delicious and easy to prepare! My only concern is where to park our 26-foot RV, Gracie, in LA, even though she isn't that big (1 1/2 parking spaces). Big cities are not very RV friendly and sleeping in them is prohibited. Well, we are doing good work for the planet, so I trust we will be supported on our journey and everything will work out!
Cherie and Dan
Cherie and Dan