In August 2015, we embarked on a quest to meet California and connect with the Living Food movement. Because we were in a growth phase and decided that before building a commercial establishment of the company Raw Vitae in Brasilia, we wanted to realize this dream of traveling to expand and improve our knowledge, exchange knowledge and establish new international partnerships.
We chose to begin our journey in California, because it is the region considered the “cradle” of Live Food and where there are varied options, such as: markets with a wide variety of specialized products and SuperFoods around the world; big names in the raw movement (as David Wolfe); chef training schools (such as Living Light Culinary Institute and Matthew Kenney Academy); dozens of vegan restaurants and cafes with a totally or partially Raw menu (such as Raw Revolution, Peace Pies, Café Gratetude, Sunshine Café), machinery factories, festivals with live eating options, etc. We have noticed that there are more restaurants and establishments of Raw Food in Southern California (regions of Los Angeles and San Diego), possibly because of the warmer climate which leads to the consumption of more raw foods.
In the city of Santa Rosa we went to visit our friend Ana Carina Gouveia and her children. We had the opportunity to visit good local farmers’ markets in Sebastipool and made good contacts with Vegan restaurants.
At Fort Bragg, located about 40 minutes north of Santa Rosa, we visited the renowned Chef’s Training School of Living Culinary, called the Living Light Culinary Institute. We had the opportunity to attend a practical class and we know how the school works.
After this stay in the North, we decided to go to Southern California by car and made a stunning trip along the Pacific Coast Highway with a movie view. And we headed to Encinitas and San Diego, we fell in love with this city, where we met the Deepak Chopra Center inside an impressive and immense Resort, and also the best restaurant we visited so far, called Peace Pies, which we highly recommend. We were very interested to live in Encinitas, because the good atmosphere of healing centers, Vivo restaurant, beautiful beaches with surf enchanted us.
On the way back to Los Angeles, we passed the little town of Chino Hills, near Bernardino, LA, to meet the house of cold-pressed and organic juices, Nick Hugles’s Auraganic, which we were already in contact with. Auraganic was just open, we talked a lot about our experience and willingness to exchange knowledge and Nick was motivated and made a proposal for us to introduce live RawVitae food into his establishment. Our products have been well accepted and praised by customers, especially the Wraps Vitae. We also held four events in partnership with Auraganic and a Live Food workshop. In all, it was about four months of partnership and a lot of learning, before we traveled to Thailand. Check out the blog from Thailand.
After almost three years, in June of 2018, I returned to California and again contacted Culinary Institute Living Light Culinary Institute and was invited to do an incredible volunteer work in the kitchen and then I will take Intermediate and Advanced Live Food courses. I’m going to share this fantastic experience when I finish training. This time I’m also exploring the country more, I’m doing a car trip and camper for 15 states with a duration of two months.