How have you been? I’ve been great and I wanted to share with you what I’ve been up to this past weekend.
Mediterranean Paleo Cooking Book Signing
On Saturday, I attended a book signing for Mediterranean Paleo Cooking and had the opportunity to chat with the authors Caitlin Weeks of Grassfed Girl, Chef Nabil Boumrar (who happens to be her husband, or as I like to refer to him, in my head: “Grassfed Boy”), and Diane Sanfilippo, author of Practical Paleo and the 21 Day Sugar Detox.
They were all wonderful to chat with in person. The book is absolutely gorgeous and filled with tantalizing recipes.
So far, I am super impressed with how useful the book seems to be, as it has taken into consideration food intolerances and allergies, which many people have. Stay tuned for a full review of the cookbook.
SF Paleo Pop-Up Brunch
On Sunday, I attended a Paleo Popup Brunch. Early on in my holistic nutrition program, I connected with one of my classmates as we discovered we were the only two students who were “paleo people”. We quickly bonded over our shared values of a nutrient dense, whole foods-based diet.
Recently, she told me about a popup brunch she was organizing with a few of her friends. Eager to support the growing Paleo movement in my community, I attended the event.
The food was delicious, and was by definition grain free, gluten free, legume free, minimally processed, organic, and free of refined seed oils.
In addition to being seasonal and delicious, special offerings were available for vegetarians as well as those with nut allergies.
Paleo Brownies were provided by SF based Paleo baked goods company Real Food Kitchen. Although I didn’t personally try them due to a nut intolerance, people seemed to gobble them up. You can find Real Food Kitchen here.
At the brunch, I connected with several like-minded individuals who are equally as excited as I am to be a part of the real food movement. I sat next to Zoe Wong of Revive Foods, which produces minimally processed jams that are made from local and organic surplus fruits. The jams that were available to sample at brunch were made from “rescued” fruit from Whole Foods Oakland.
Zoe explained that produce that is perfectly good to eat, but may be aesthetically unfit, such as bruised fruit, often go to waste. Zoe’s mission is to reduce food waste while producing delicious and healthier products. Revive Foods is still in its start up phase, but you can keep up with them on their FaceBook page.
At this time, the organizers of this brunch do not have a website, however, I will provide updates to this blog post if this changes in the future
******** Update 11/4/14*******
The Paleo community is small but growing here in the Bay Area. I had a great weekend connecting with like-minded people. I love to know that there are people in my community who value nutrition in the same way that I do.
I encourage you to get out there, and connect yourself with people in your community who share the same interests as you do. You never know who you’ll meet or what opportunities may come your way.
Love and light,