World's Best RAW Food Potluck in central Phoenix!

Come and experience the grandeur, the spectacle, the wonder of the world's most succulent and tantalizing foods. You'll discover new and creative dishes, consisting of savory and satisfying flavors, from foodstuffs found only in Nature. Get Real. Have Fun. Enjoy Life. And Living Foods! Hosted by Stan and Pam Howerton.

Socializing begins around 6pm, and food at about 6:30pm. Please bring a vegan raw food dish (veggies/nuts, herbs/spices, salt, olive oil are generally acceptable ingredients for dishes), or a salad (fruits, veggies, nuts, spices), or a fruit/veggie platter for eight (or more) people. Don't know what to bring? There are literally 4.63 gazillion recipes on the Internet. Type in the words: "Raw Food Recipes" with a search and see what happens! Here is an example video of a RAW-Vegan dish you would find at this type of event: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C31TL9AX9ME

And to cut down on costs/waste, please bring your own plate, utensils, and drinking cup. Also, if you could list the ingredients of your dish, that would be helpful to people with allergy issues.

Please be advised that this is a RAW-Vegan potluck. For those persons unfamiliar with "raw," that generally means no foodstuffs that have been heavily processed/heated/cooked. In other words, "raw" typically entails foodstuffs as Nature intended (e.g., fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts/seeds, sprouts) which have all their nutrients intact, and not cooked out of existence, nor processed into oblivion. Most manufactured/canned/bottled/packaged foods, such as popcorn, chips, Veganaise, etc. are typically not "raw"; though, cold-pressed olive oil, raw coconut aminos, raw agave, spices, and salt are generally-acceptable exceptions to the non-packaging precept.  For those persons not familiar with the term "vegan," that generally means free from animal products and their derivatives. This includes all dairy products, honey, and whey.

If, on the off chance that someone new attends this event, and is unfamiliar with the RAW-Vegan parameter of the event, please be in keeping with the longstanding tradition of the leadership and members of the Vegetarian Society of Phoenix to be accepting/understanding (in the moment) of all people, their current level of awareness, and their own individual paths in life. This means that if there is a particular potluck item that is not entirely "raw" and not entirely "vegan," do your part (in a calm and loving way) to help make sure that this item is clearly labeled as such, and let the participants at the event decide for themselves whether or not to indulge in it.  Conversely, there is never an occasion at any VEGphoenix-sponsored event for emotional outbursts or hostilities shown toward any of the participants at any event on the part of our members. Please leave all emotional baggage at the entrance of this event, and do your part to not embarrass yourself or the Vegetarian Society of Phoenix (as group) with any childish behavior. Love is the most important ingredient in any type of recipe.

Please note that there is a speaker this month, and sometimes event speakers are promoting a product or service for sale. Please be aware that RAW Food phoenix does not endorse any products or services that might be marketed at the event. Also note that your attendance during the presentation is not required, so feel free to walk out at any time; though it might be advisable to have your belongings close in hand (as well as you physically situated near the exit) to be as inconspicuous as possible if you decide to make an early exit.

Speaker info: Professor Walter Veith will be showing the video "Your Health Your Choice." Professor Walter Veith obtained his doctorate in zoology from the University of Cape Town in 1979. He believes that the theory of evolution does not provide a plausible explanation of our origins, and that the geological and paleontological data do not support evolution over long periods of time, but rather imply catastrophism, which is consistent with the Genesis account. He lectures internationally on this topic and has undertaken extensive tours to Europe, Africa, and North America.

 Professor Veith's research field is nutritional physiology, concentrating on the effect of modern animal husbandry on the incidence of disease transferal to humans. This highly controversial topic is of vital significance in view of the increase in epidemics such as mad cow disease. His research concentrates on degenerative diseases caused by incorrect nutrition and particularly diseases such as osteoporosis, arthritis, and cancer.

Professor Veith is also concerned about the impact of antibiotic use in producing a new breed of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, which are causing food poisoning epidemics around the world. Professor Veith and his team have presented numerous lectures on the topic. Their research has been presented at international conferences on nutrition and disease, and their findings have proved that diet has a direct impact on numerous degenerative diseases. Professor Veith is one of only five scientists in South Africa honored with the Royal Society London Grant for the Reconstruction and Development Program to establish a research climate in post-apartheid South Africa.

Questions? Call[masked]-5492.




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  • Christa

    great food

    August 12

  • ChinChin

    Hi! We are new to AZ and this group. When and for how long would the speaker be presenting? This's what we are most interested in tonight. Many thanks!

    August 9

    • Steve

      That's up to the hosts/speaker, but I would imagine it could run an hour or longer. But, as stated in the event description, no one is required to sit through the speaking presentation. Feel free to walk out at any time.

      1 · August 9

    • ChinChin

      Thanks. Of course we hope to be able to enjoy the whole presentation. That's the reason we are here tonight. :-)

      August 9

  • Henry

    I see this is at a church .. is it a church event, or just using the space?

    July 26

    • Steve

      Yes, to answer the question of: Do other attendees bring food. Past experience has proven that when people show up empty-handed, a particular event is very short-lived; and this potluck has been going on for years. Though, it was only recently that the organizers of this event invited our members to join in the festivities. For other questions, please call[masked]

      August 6

    • April

      I attended last month and most everyone brought food so there was enough, in my opinion.

      August 8

  • Steve

    Speaker info is now posted.

    August 7

  • Nell Davis D.

    I'm looking for a raw food restaurant or juice bar in Fort Pierce or Port Saint Lucie, Florida. Fort Pierce, actually. I'll accept any help. Thanks. Nell

    July 30

    • Steve

      In Fort Pierce, check out the Veggie Love Food Truck. They have an ever-changing menu and RAW food!

      July 30

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is their a particular plate you would recommend this is my first group both on meet up and with raw food in general. I don't have a background of eating raw. My diet mainly has consisted of hispanic culture diet.

    July 27

    • Steve

      Don't know what to bring? There are literally 4.63 gazillion recipes on the Internet. Type in the words: "Raw Food Recipes" with a search and see what happens! Here is an example video of a RAW-Vegan dish you would find at this type of event: https://www.youtube.co...­

      July 27

    • Steve

      Otherwise, you're always safe bringing a bowl of fresh fruit.

      July 27

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