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Raw Foods Potluck: Chocolate, Cheese & Wine

10 Comments 04 March 2013

Raw Foods Potluck: Chocolate, Cheese & Wine

February’s Raw Foods Potluck was an event to remember. Not only was it hosted by new friends, but we had more participants than ever before. Maybe it was the theme that drew the crowd. Chocolate, Cheese & Wine. Who would miss that?

I decided to make bruschetta as it would incorporate three different recipes that I’ve been wanting to try. For the bread I used Raw Spicy Cheese Crackers by Vicky of Sweetly and Healthy Living. They were delicious by themselves, but spread with Vegan Smoked Paprika Cheese by Valerie of City|Life|Eats they were out of this world. 

The pesto sauce was from Eat Raw, Eat Well by Dan McNish. If you still don’t have this every man’s raw foods cookbook, grab a copy here. The book is packed with over 400 raw, vegan, and gluten-free recipes that will help you add more raw foods to your diet. Read this review if you need more convincing.

Our hostess, Betsy, really stole the show this month.  She started us off with Raw King Oyster Calamari complete with tartar sauce and cocktail sauce. Let us not forget that this was a raw foods potluck. No happy sea creatures were harmed in the preparation of this delicious appetizer. King oyster mushrooms were sliced, marinated, and then coated with flax, fresh herbs, cayenne, and salt. The tartar sauce was made with macadamia nuts, capers, lemons, and shallot. And the chili sauce combined sun-dried tomtoes, tomatoes, fresh horseradish root, cayenne, and chili to make the perfect spicy compliment.

This Parsnip Pasta with creamy lemon sage sauce is the reason every kitchen should have a vegetable spiralizer. Spiralized parsnips marinated in pinot gris and drained and mixed with sauce magically became an incredible pasta dish. The sauce was made from Betsy’s unique combination of pine nuts, lemon juice, zest, thyme, and sage.

Diane made Pad Thai. This was a new twist on an old recipe of hers. Hopefully she’ll share it with us soon! Kelp noodles and spiralized zucchini noodles laid the foundation for this Thai wonder dish. Topped with Diane’s special peanut sauce it was pure spicy deliciousness. (Have you ordered your spiralizer yet?)

Betsy also made several Raw Pizzas that were devoured as soon as they hit the table. These sprouted buckwheat crusts were topped with macadamia nut Parmesan, marinara, pickled onions, marinated bellas, olives, spinach, and basil.

I must say that out of all of the amazing raw creations shared, this Raw Lasagna by David was my absolute favorite.

Zucchini noodles, spinach, and marinated mushrooms slathered in cashew herb cheese and warm from the dehydrator was an Italian dream come true.

Betsy’s Arugula Salad with Dried Apricots was a refreshing palate cleanser after such richness. This is an easy dish to make for beginning raw foodies. Just toss spicy arugula and sweet apricots with olive oil, lemon, salt, and pepper.

I was excited that my friend Julie joined us for the first time and brought a spinach sprout salad with sweet peppers. Yum!

And then there were desserts.

I brought my Strawberry Fudge Cups. I’ve already shared this recipe which you can find here, plus my confession about how nervous I was to bring it to this potluck!

Strawberries must have been an unspoken theme as Dallas brought a Strawberry Truffle Pudding.  This is a twist on these amazing truffles that she brought to the last potluck.

But didn’t I say that Betsy stole the show? She finished the evening by pulling out these Chocolate Almond Butter Bites. 

The almond butter center was wrapped in a sprouted oat groat fudge and coated with a hard chocolate shell. Best “chocolate peanut butter cup” ever.

Nashville readers, you are in luck! Diane, Betsy, and David are starting a local raw foods company soon! I’m so excited to know that such raw talent is joining together to create healthy raw food for our city!!

February’s Raw Foods Potluck is going to be hard to top. Deliciousness, creativity, friendship, and inspiration made this an event to remember.

Other Raw Foods Potluck posts you might enjoy:

Readers, dish!

  • Which of the above raw dishes would you like the recipe for?
  • What would you have brought to our potluck?
  • What should be our next raw potluck theme?

Your Comments

10 Comments so far

  1. Looks like a glorious feast, for sure. I’ve made Raw King Oyster Calamari before and it was great!

  2. Jess Rice says:

    I can’t wait to come to one of these potlucks and contribute! Looks amazing.

  3. Wow, so very impressive! I’d love to sample every one of those dishes!


  4. April Grace Paik says:

    Hi! These all look so incredible… is there a place I can find the recipes? Thanks! :)

  5. Man. I wish I didn’t live 10 hours away! LOL

  6. I am so SO happy you enjoyed the smoked paprika raw vegan cheese.Your comments made my day :) (several days ago, sorry it’s taken me so long to leave a comment here).

  7. You had me at the title, chocolate cheese and wine! Oh my! So much amazing food.

  8. amber says:

    Oh Heather, what a delightful array of recipes. I’m just so impressed with the caliber of raw foods showcased here. And you’re so right, that lasagna is quite, quite impressive!!! Oh, and that pizza! What a wonderful party. I so enjoy you sharing these raw food potlucks. Always so inspiring!!! :-)

  9. Debi says:

    I just want to eat all of it! So amazing what we can do with raw foods!

  10. Lisa says:

    I would like the recipe for David’s raw lasagna, it looks amazing!!!!

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I'm a curious girl, wife, teacher, fitness fanatic, gluten-free foodie, high-raw vegan, and Mama Cat living in NYC. I've made the transition from baking and cooking gluten-free to creating raw vegan recipes that are naturally gluten free. My gluten intolerance opened up my diet to a whole new world of nutritious plant-based foods. While I'm not 100% vegan, it's my favorite way to eat, and making and sharing raw foods makes me giddy. Living in the City has its joys and challenges, and I enjoy sharing my experiences with you.

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