Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Tulsa Whole Foods Event

Last evening Whole Foods hosted a raw food event for Real Food Tulsa. Philip Hiserodt, the new head chef, is really enthusiastic about the growing population of raw food enthusiasts here in Tulsa. This is Philip's fifth Whole Foods assignment and I feel so fortunate to have a young, dynamic and forward thinking person in charge of the prepared foods section of the store.
We had an impressive turn out, with the final count being just at 50 people. Philip did a fantastic food prep demo of three raw food recipes and they will begin offering at least two raw food dishes in the deli each week. Tulsa, we've come along way, Baby! Also a big thank you to James Aguilar at Whole Foods for getting this ball rolling in the first place and for his commitment to building the raw food offerings within the store during the upcoming months. Let's be sure to support their efforts by our purchases!

Although last night's recipes are the property of Whole Foods and the exact measurements can't be shared, Philip agreed to let me share with you what was in each dish and you can have fun playing with them in the quantities you would enjoy!

Fresh Corn & Tomato Salad
  • fresh corn, cut from the cob
  • roma tomatoes, diced
  • green bell peper, diced
  • red onion, diced
  • fresh garlic, minced
  • lime juice
  • lemon juice
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • cilantro
  • sea salt & pepper to taste
Cabbage Cashew Salad
  • red & green cabbage, shredded
  • raw cashews
  • cilantro
  • yellow & red bell peppers
  • lime juice
  • olive oil
  • sea salt & pepper, to taste
Orange Spinach Salad
  • spinach
  • mushrooms
  • oranges
  • red onion
  • walnuts
Tahini Dressing
  • fresh orange juice
  • dates
  • raw tahini
  • garlic
  • fresh lemon juice
I would put the dressing ingredients into a blender to emulsify.

We ran out of time last night, but this was the other recipe we had planned. Here are the ingredients and be sure to look for this in the deli counter!

Kale & Seaweed Salad
  • shredded kale
  • arame seaweed
  • nama shoyu
  • fresh ginger
  • olive oil
  • sesame seeds
Now, THAT'S GOOD EATS! Sorry, Alton Brown...I still love you!

Tuesday Afternoon Update: I just came from the Whole Foods' deli (4 pm) & they had 2 different raw kale salads & the cabbage cashew salad available! I am so happy!!!
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