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Ohmigosh! I have so much to tell you -- and so many pictures to share -- from this crazy, but wonderful weekend!
For starters, I met T. Colin Campbell, for real. I not only got to sit next to him at dinner, I sat next to him all day yesterday! I'm still swooning.
At one point my mom said the camera was on the crowd (HTLA was live, online), and there Dr. Campbell & I were, talking, my hands going a mile a minute. typical.
See how close we were sitting at dinner:
Now on to the food!
Lentil Pate with dehydrated crackers by Chef Eric LeChasseur (he heads Seed Bistro which I blogged about the other day).
Duo of seasonal soups (butternut and parsnip) by Chef Ramses Bravo (executive chef True North)
Kale Salad by Chef Aj
Autumn Plate by Chef Eric Tucker (executive chef at Millennium in San Francisco)
and finally, Chocolate Cake by Chef AJ -- she made this for Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn and his wife Ann, for their anniversary too!
Everything was plant-based, whole foods and no oil, sugar or salt! Yet it was the best meal I've ever had!
I also got to meet and hang out with all of these chefs (plus Ann Gentry who runs Real Food Daily in Los Angeles) and I have to say they are all the most gracious, talented chefs--- I was inspired by them, in awe of them... in love with them.. lol! Seriously though, they were all just so lovely and I never felt weird, but welcomed. They all went to culinary school and own fabulous (and famous!) restaurants... and I was... well... a home cook... with a book and blog... but they were all amazing! and really made me feel like one of them.
Now, some pictures of me and my hero:
This one is fuzzy, but I think captures our likeness.
I also finally met the beautiful Julieanna Heaver (The Plant-Based Dietician) and the executive producer of Forks Over Knives who is a friend in email and now a friend in real life!
More Dr. Campbell stories (you know you wanna know what we talked about!) and pictures soon--- come back later for part 2!