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Raw Living Expo — Los Angeles 2014

By Susan von Seggern

 

After a very successful event last year in Sedona, Arizona, the world’s premier raw foods lifestyle event, the Raw Living Expo comes to Southern California. Taking place January 31 to February 2, this annual gathering brings a global group of enthusiasts to the Hyatt Westlake Village for 3 days of panels, demos, meals and parties.

With over 40 presenters the Raw Living Expo features professional chef demos, keynotes, workshops, the Best of Raw Awards gala, receptions, after parties, films, a mini conference for raw entrepreneurs, and more. There will also be an exhibit hall with over 50 top raw and other companies sampling and vending.

A highlight of the Raw Living Expo’s opening day is the Best of Raw Awards, a “green carpet” raw celebrity gala event and formal dinner. The event is the annual highlight for the plant-based raw foods movement.

With a mission to “invite everyone to add more raw, organic plant food to their diet to increase health, decrease their eco footprint, and raise their spirits,” these ‘Rawscars’ as the awards are affectionately known, bring much deserved attention to the exciting personalities, companies and products in this billion dollar segment of the food industry.

The event will feature a sit-down dinner orchestrated and designed by noted raw chef Jillian Love who will be training the Hyatt’s staff in raw preparation specifically for this event.

Presenters include Victoria Boutenko, noted author, mother of “The Raw Food Familiy” and leader in the popularization of the “Green Smoothie;” world-renowned Icelandic raw chef Solla Eiriksdottir who will be creating the After-Party dinner; and longevity through raw expert, author and at 74 incredible example Mimi Kirk. Other noted speakers and chefs include: Dan “Life Regenerator” McDonald, Dave “Raw Food Trucker” Conrardy, Cherie Soria, David Rainoshek, Kristina Carrillo-Bucaram, Jeffrey Smith via Skype and many more.

Sponsoring exhibitors include Divine Organics, a Marin County-based leader in sourcing and providing company-owned, sustainable farm-grown superfoods and cutting-edge wellness products including their award-winning Chocolate Brittles made with certified organic, fair trade, raw Rio Arriba” Cacao; Healthforce Nutritionals, the number one source for raw, vegan, bio-compatible nutritional superfoods; and Living Intentions who focuses on great tasting, super healthy sprouted food.

Raw Living Expo founder Laura Chiraya Fox notes, “We have selected the Hyatt Westlake Plaza Hotel as the gathering place for the Raw Living Community in 2014! The staff of this hotel is absolutely into our event and are pulling out all the stops to ensure that we have an awesome experience! 

The Hyatt has given the Raw Living Expo a great room rate of only $125 per night. Up to four guests can share a room. This hotel is a Mediterranean Oasis just north of Los Angeles in Thousand Oaks, CA, conveniently located off the 101, it’s just a $26 shuttle ride from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and a $35 shuttle ride from Bob Hope Airport (BUR, in Burbank). www.rawliving expo.com/hyatt-westlake-plaza/

For more information and tickets, please visit www.rawlivingexpo.com/.