Raw Food Revival Tour

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Raw Revival Tour

Good news for 2009! Jackie and Gideon Graff, with almost a decade as raw food chefs and educators, are on the move in 2009, bringing a variety of raw-food preparation and lifestyle classes to your area. These classes will awaken or revive your love of raw food with amazing celebration and everyday food. We will be bloging our tour so let your friends and relatives know.

A diet of mostly raw food (organic fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds prepared in a manner that retains all of the nutrients and antioxidants) has proven to be the easiest way to improve and sustain your health. Testimonies of thousands over the world are evidence of its effectiveness.

Over the years we have found that it is easy for everyone to understand the power and benefits of Raw Food, but for some it is much harder to implement for a long-lasting regimen of good health. Many get good results in the beginning. However, lack of knowledge, food addictions, boredom with their food choices or lack of diverse, delicious raw food options, drive some people to return to old eating patterns. As a result, they experience a return of many symptoms and diseases.

We have taught hundreds of people the practical ways to make kitchen magic with delicious recipes for simple every day food and food for entertaining.  We teach practical ways to shop, keep, and rotate your produce, reducing spoilage and waste. We also offer short cuts in food prep, and how to get the most out of your kitchen tools. We teach all the techniques and principles of why each recipe works for any raw food recipe and solve the frequent question, “Does this take a lot of time?” We teach you how you can spend part of a day in the kitchen and eat the rest of the week. This is part of our “kitchen magic”.  We use only organic foods for our classes and ourselves.

Our prior seminars, held predominantly in Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Florida, have attracted a global following with participants traveling from all over the country and world, to attend our classes. One of their many requests was to take our classes to their community. Now we are coming to you! For ten days to two weeks a month we will be traveling to different places. We will return to our home each month to be with our children, my father and especially our grandchild.

We have individuals host us who assist in finding a location for our classes, help promote the program and enroll participants. If you are interested in hosting on of our classes, or know some one else who will, please follow this link to get a full description of the programs you can choose from.

Please contact us at info@sproutrawfood.org to get your program scheduled.
Or call 770 992-9218

Jackie & Gideon Graff

Who are Jackie and Gideon?

Jackie Graff has been teaching raw food preparation and food science for more than a decade. An RN with 40 years’ experience in various areas of patient care and education, Ms. Graff is considered one of the country’s top raw food chefs and nutrition consultants.
She continues to teach raw food lifestyle classes throughout the country, is an instructor for Hallelujah Acres® Culinary Academy, and has been frequently quoted in print and broadcast news outlets, including the Atlanta-Journal Constitution, Atlanta Woman magazine, Atlanta Jewish Life magazine, Fox 5 Good Day Atlanta, CNN Headline News, and North Georgia Today. Jackie is the author of 17 theme raw food recipe books, and has produced two instructional raw food DVDs. Jackie also contributed articles to several national and local magazines.
In spring 2008, Ms. Graff was appointed to lead wellness programs for Anidawehi Plantation Wellness Center and is Program Director for the Detoxification and Juice Fasting Program, in Dahlonega, Georgia.  As an RN, Ms. Graff has held key hospital management positions and was a clinical instructor to nurses. She also served as an associate professor at Life University, teaching raw food instruction to returning alumni. She has an understanding of nutrition, anatomy and physiology of the human body and possesses a firsthand knowledge of the negative consequences of the Standard American Diet (SAD) on a person’s long-term health. She earned her B.S. degree in Nursing from the University of South Carolina.

Gideon Graff – along with Jackie has taught raw food preparation for almost a decade. His roles include raw food chef, health coach, and director of Sprout Raw Food, the Graff’s consulting, and raw food catering and distribution business. He and Jackie have served as instructors and raw chefs for Hallelujah Acres® Culinary Academy and Anidawehi Plantation Detoxification and Juice Fasting Program. Gideon has 35 years experience in food and hospitality management. An accomplished public speaker, he is experienced in both conference planning and fund raising. Previously, Gideon and Jackie co-founded and operated the Sprout Café and Shinui Living Food Learning Center, a first-of-its kind center devoted to teaching and promoting the raw food lifestyle in Roswell, Georgia. Together they lost weight, and eliminated many physical problems, resulting in them no longer requiring blood pressure, cholesterol and other medications. They attribute their healthy state to eating raw foods.

Raw Revival Tour Blog

December 2008

On our prior teaching expeditions to places outside of Atlanta we used a GMC Van and when it died we got a Volvo Station wagon. We would pack it really full with all of our equipment and food for 2 day classes, travel, teach and return home to continue our raw food distribution, Jackie’s part-time job as a nurse and be with family.  This was difficult and not time efficient. We have been searching for a way to get on the road, spending a longer time in one area to teach more classes. We have been looking at travel vehicles for several years in order to manifest our dream, by envisioning traveling in one. We were on a vacation in October 2008 in St. Augustine FL, and on our way home we stopped at a rest stop, which had a trail through a small swamp and nature preserve. We like to periodically get out and walk and this looked interesting. On our way back to the car, I spotted a small key chain size dream catcher. I put it on my key chain and told Gideon at the time that this was a sign that we would catch our dream.

Before the holidays we got a call from the loan officer for our home mortgage that knew we were looking for some sort of travel vehicle. He had a 36 foot 2002 Holiday Rambler RV with only 30,000 miles that had been repossessed and were we interested? It was a couple of weeks before we could look at it. The prior owner had lived in it with a cat and a dog and was a smoker and it looked like he never cleaned it. The smell was awful. I had my doubts that it had been taken care of mechanically. We had it checked out and found that it was in sound mechanical condition and just needed a few adjustments.

The inside was another story, but as we thought about it, the inside was nothing that could not be cleaned or replaced. I began planning the “flip”, hunting and gathering things and was lucky to find everything on sale. I knew we would get the RV, just not at what price. We closed on it the first part of February after some negotiating and we were able to get a loan for about half of the listed price. Now the work began with much cleaning and redecorating. We were able to get the smell, animal hair and dirt out. Then we painted, dumped all the bedding, re-covered the furniture and redecorated. It smells great now and looks like a different place. On our first trip to Florida, one of our hosts who also bought a used RV coined me the “Martha Stewart of Raw Food”. We are still working on some small projects to get it in optimal condition. We appropriately named our RV,  “Dream Catcher”.

The "Dream Catcher"

The "Dream Catcher"

February and March

We have just finished our maiden voyage to Florida via “ Dream Catcher” on our Raw Food Revival Tour. Traveling in an RV makes it much more pleasurable for us. Gideon drives D.C. as if he was born to and I navigate with the assistance of our Blackberry Navigator “Lily “, directing us everywhere with ease. Our only difficulty was leaving Atlanta – in a deluge on Friday during rush hour in bumper-to-bumper traffic, not our plan, just a delay in getting everything aboard in the pouring rain.  Did I mention we only had one mirror that worked? This was very stressful. It was dark, still pouring down rain so we called it a night just below Macon at a truck stop and got a very early start the next morning. Were able to get our mirror fixed the next morning at an RV center. So much for our first day out!

Corn Fritters

Corn Fritters

Our first stop was in West Palm Beach where we were hosted by Susan Lerner a Hippocrates Educator and owner of Vital Longevity, who had recently finished a beautiful home renovation. We had a great half-day class teaching kitchen magic with
“Caribbean Extravaganza”. Everyone was amazed and delighted with the food. We taught ginger beer, banana bread, Jerk Nut loaf, Jerk Sauce, Caribbean Plantains, Sweet Potato and Coconut Pudding, Okra and Tomatoes, Bahama Avocado Salad, Caribbean Cole Slaw, Corn Fritters, Green Salad with Tropical Tahini Dressing.

The night before,  we had a much-anticipated visit with Paul and Andrea Nison (our son and daughter-in-raw) and got to see our new granddaughter-in-raw, Noa a beautiful baby.  We spent the night in Susan’s yard and left West Palm Beach in the morning after a personal behind the scenes tour of Hippocrates with Susan. We were impressed with Hippocrates, which is very beautifully landscaped with many artistic surprises around every corner. It has every amenity of a vacation spa in addition to the healing programs, which have helped so many overcome health issues. We hope to have a vacation there someday and will let you know how it was.

Susan and a lot of wheatgrass!

Susan and a lot of wheatgrass!

The next day we were on our way to Merritt Island for a presentation and Tex-Mex dinner at A-Live & Healthy Eating and Juice bar owned by Kim Smith. We again made kitchen magic with six delectable recipes delighting everyone’s palate. The café is a brightly painted intimate space with artistic decorating, making for a very pleasant atmosphere. Kim has great food and many exciting functions for her lucky community. If you are anywhere near the area (close to Cape Canaveral and Cocoa Beach) you really should go. We had a great class, met a lot of new friends who will be feeding their friends a delicious south of the border meal soon. We spent the night in Kim’s parking lot. And had a short interview with Kim before moving on.

Next on the agenda was Lakeland, 30 miles from Tampa. We were hosted by Holly Kelley and assisted by Andrea Adair, who are both Lakeland Meet-Up organizers. We taught more delicious recipes to a great group of people. They have an active Raw Food community with frequent Pot Lucks and meetings. We thank Holly and Andrea for their assistance in arranging this presentation. They told us that we were not too far from a Raw restaurant, Grass Roots, which they said was very good. We were going by there for dessert but it was closed when we finished our class. We will certainly have it on the agenda for our next trip to Florida. We gratefully spent the night at Sam’s Club.

Little Manatee River

Little Manatee River

Having a couple of days off, we decided to spend it at Little Manatee River State Park, near Tampa and were lucky to get the last spot. Apparently these State Parks are reserved well in advance. The place was beautiful with large live oaks draped with Spanish moss and many palms. The park also welcomes horseback riders with four equestrian campsites along a 12-mile trail. As we were on our way to the Park,  we passed many equestrian estates which were themselves a site to behold.  We spent a very peaceful relaxing day, taking long walks, sitting by the river and canoeing, and just being in the moment. Gideon juiced some carrots and I worked on a photo shoot of the food we had prepared the previous night in our class and then we devoured it. The food we had made has a great shelf life, in fact we did not prepare any food on our whole 12-day trip except for some salads and fruit, and we just ate all those delicious leftovers.

Gideon entranced by the Little Manatee River

Gideon entranced by the Little Manatee River

Freshly juiced carrots

Freshly juiced carrots

Taco

Taco

Spicey Collard Greens

Spicey Collard Greens

Salsa and Flax Chips

Salsa and Flax Chips

South of the Border Coleslaw

South of the Border Coleslaw

The following day we went to Tampa to meet Denise Becknell, who owns the Leafy Greens Café in St. Petersburg and is in the process of moving the café to a new location in St. Petersburg, 1431 Central Avenue. Denise hosted us for a class the next day in a meeting facility close to her new place, which is looking fabulous. We hear that everyone is real excited about the opening of her new café, and eating more of her delicious food.

That evening Denise took us to the Grass Roots in Tampa, since we were unable to see their Lakeland location. The Grass Roots is a beautifully decorated restaurant and we had the pleasure of meeting the owner, Sabrina. We noticed that she was hosting Brian  Clement at the Lakeland and Tampa Grass Roots restaurants, the end of March. We missed seeing Brian in West Palm Beach, to invite him back to the Atlanta area, as we had such a good turnout back in July, 2008 when we hosted him. While we were waiting, we met a friend who had taken one of our classes in N.C. and reported that her food was delicious as he was picking up his pizza. We had already eaten and moved on to our parking spot for the night, in a filing station owned by a friend of Denise. You can get more info about Denise’s Café at leafygreencafé.com.

Jackie and Gideon getting ready for a class

Jackie and Gideon getting ready for a class

The next day we taught the Raw Food Revival class in St.Petersburg with everything from cinnamon rolls, to an “umberger” lunch with all the fix’ins, and a soul food dinner (click here for the complete menu). Everyone was amazed with the kitchen magic and all of the short cuts and tips that make raw food prep a breeze. We left for Sarasota and spent the night at a rest stop.

Is this a quarter pounder or what?

Is this a quarter pounder or what?

Jicima Fries, great with ketchup and a burger.

Jicima Fries, great with ketchup and a burger.

What's a burger without a dill pickle?

What's a burger without a dill pickle?

Toast, cinnamon rolls, strawberry jam, fig preserves

Toast, cinnamon rolls, strawberry jam, fig preserves

Okra Gumbo- Jackie's favorite

Okra Gumbo- Jackie's favorite

Deviled Tomatoes (taste's like deviled eggs)

Deviled Tomatoes (taste's like deviled eggs)

Popcorn Cauliflower ( tastes like breaded and fried nuggets) and cocktail sauce

Popcorn Cauliflower ( tastes like breaded and fried nuggets) and cocktail sauce

Gideon at  Myakka

Gideon at Myakka

We had another day off and spent it hiking and driving around Myakka River State park and nature reserve. It is one of Florida’s oldest parks, developed in 1934. A 7-mile scenic drive winds through shady oak-palm hammocks and along the shore of Myakka lake, which attracts a myriad of wetland creatures making birding, canoeing, and wildlife observation popular activities. Over 39 miles of hiking trails and many miles of dirt roads provide access to the remote interior. We went on the nature trail and Gideon ventured on the Canopy walkway and Tower, and due to my fear of heights, I stayed below and took his picture. We could have gone to the beach that day but I am glad we went here.  We plan to return and spend more time here on our next trip to Florida.

Gideon on the Canopy Walk

Gideon on the Canopy Walk

We arrived at Veggie Magic in Sarasota that evening to be ready for a class the next day. We were hosted by Jenna Norwood and Evona Poplawski the owners of Veggie Magic who have built this great restaurant and have many exciting functions for Sarasota, a very active raw food community. We had another great class, meeting old and new friends. Jenna produced a great Documentary about raw food, “ Super charge me! 30 days Raw”. For more information about Veggie Magic and Jenna’s documentary go to veggiemagic.com and jennanorwood.com.  If you are in the area, don’t miss this jewel and great people. We spent the night at a rest stop on our way back to our home in Roswell outside of Atlanta, GA. I think we should change the name to “Rawswell”.

We will be home for a few days, then on to N.C. for a raw food class at Hallelujah Acres next weekend. Fifteen years ago, our dear friends, Reverend George Malkmus and his wife Rhonda started Hallelujah Acres. Through their ministry based on Genesis 1:29, they have spread the word about the benefits of raw food in eliminating disease and obtaining optimum health, reaching more people world-wide than any other leader in the Raw Food Community. The first Saturday of each month, they have a free seminar with several hundred people from all over the world attending. Dr. Malkmus gives a lively,  informative presentation on, “How to eliminate sickness”.  It is very inspiring as he invites individuals to the stage to give their testimonies for everything from weight loss to diabetes, cancer, heart disease, fibromyalgia, arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis and many other diseases and conditions.

March 15, 2009

We had a great Raw Food Revival class at Hallelujah Acres at the Culinary Academy , following their Health Minister training. Everyone in the class said that our class tied the whole week together with the information and Kitchen Magic we demonstrated. We have been teaching at the Hall Acres Culinary Academy for the last five years and have found it to be very rewarding, as people come from all over the world to improve their health and teach others. They have some exciting things happening, so go to hacres.com to find out more. We were able to have a short interview with Melody Hord, the Senior Ed ucation Specialist, before our class and after the class, spent the night at a rest stop.

We will be home for a few weeks and have some events that we are working on and will let you know soon.

Why we come home! Our Grandaughter, Finnley

Why we come home! Our Grandaughter, Finnley

Peace and love,

Jackie and Gideon Graff

Please visit our website, for more information

www.sproutrawfood.org

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4 Responses to “Raw Food Revival Tour”

  1. Judy Pokras Says:

    Your Raw Revival workshop in Sarasota was fabulous!
    I always learn so much from you guys! My favorite dish
    was the deviled tomatoes.

    Judy Pokras
    editor/founder
    http://www.RawFoodsNewsMagazine.com
    Celebrating the raw foods lifestyle online since 2001
    with breaking news, authoritative info and fun features.

  2. EmastyTyday Says:

    Great site this rawfoodrevival.wordpress.com and I am really pleased to see you have what I am actually looking for here and this this post is exactly what I am interested in. I shall be pleased to become a regular visitor 🙂

  3. Nadine Says:

    Hi,

    Please update on the locations where are you going next. Just thinking about your food so so yummy. Wish I could get some now.

    Nadine

  4. Channeth Q. Says:

    Congratulations! attractive and eye catching photos!

    Well, honestly I’m not a fan of raw foods but as I see these photos which is good, I felt something weird. I think I would like to try one. The fruits and vegetables looks good and delicious in these photos, nice presentations.

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