Living Light Goes to France
In June of this year, Living Light traveled to Europe to spend time in the south of France and support former graduates in their culinary endeavors. For ten incredible days, culinary instructors, administrative staff and friends took in the sights, smells, tastes and sounds of southern France. Home base was the charming and quaint village of Antibes, a former fishing village and now a destination for travelers on the Mediterranean just 27 km (16 miles) south of Nice along the Côte d'Azur.
The opportunity to experience the French countryside and culture was inspiring. From the abundance of the morning markets, the no-packaging stores, the slow-food dining and the gorgeous and charming setting, everyone found themselves falling in love with France.
During the trip, we were invited to prepare a gourmet dinner at the beautiful chalet of Carol English, friend of Living Light Graduate Magali Escapin. Inspired by what they were seeing in the local farmer's market, Culinary Director Chef Alicia Ojeda and Living Light Instructor Chef Vinnette Thompson chose to create an edible centerpiece of the lettuce, radishes, petite cucumbers and edible flowers available. The ‘garden inspired’ first course was followed by a raw heirloom tomato gazpacho and lightly steamed summer squash blossoms stuffed with a ratatouille by Creative Director Chef James Sant. The main course was a Living Light signature raw lasagna made with macadamia cheese ricotta, red pepper marinara, pistachio pesto and zucchini noodles. The grand finale was a raw chocolate ganache torte with a raspberry coulis. The contented smiles, frequent laughter and thoughtful conversations that extended well into the evening were all signs that the gathering had been a success.
We hope to do more trips abroad to inspire our culinary offerings and support our students all over the globe.