The Cook and Butler! EAT THIS RAW DELICIOUSNESS NOW! »
The Cook and Butler is a team of crazy talented chefs who give raw food a great name. As you know, I love my bacon filled tator tots as much as the next vegan, but sometimes you want to eat healthy food that makes you feel all peaceful and in tune with your body and the universe but also, that shiz better taste delicious! Well, the Cook and Butler makes my hands-down favorite raw food in the entire Bay Area. Seriously, it is SO FREAKING GOOD. If you don’t try this food NOW, you are missing out on everything good in the world. I can’t give a hearty enough endorsement to express how I feel about these people and their amazing food. They were founded by Shivie (the Cook) and Cemaaj (the Butler), who have been together nearly 9 years They met two months after Shivie left her six-figure corporate lawyer job and started searching for something new. She’d been continually sick and hospitalized until she became vegetarian, then vegan, then raw; now she’s all-vegan—some raw, some cooked, depending on the season and how she feels. Seems super-sensible to me.
We were lucky enough to sample some of their foods recently, and let me tell you, I went lunatic for them. Jonas liked it as much as I did and made these notes:
The most delicious and surprising were the teriyaki almond clusters: almonds covered with a sticky mixture of dates and tamari. These were sweet and tangy and really good!
The cheesy kale is just like that available at your local Whole Foods or perhaps other health food stores—baked kale with nutritional yeast, essentially—but with the added benefit that it comes in a plastic tub rather than a bag, and therefore most of the leaves are still whole, big, and crispy, rather than just all crumbs. More cheesy kale should come packaged like this.
The gRAWnola is a perfect blend of salty and sweet: nut clusters with cranberry. I chose to snack on these as a finger food, although I am typically an eater of other granolas as breakfast cereal. I did not try it with milk—soy, almond, coconut or otherwise—but I feel certain it would hold up in the breakfast genre.
And the mousse! THE MOUSSE. To die for. Rich, creamy, fluffy, all of that. Seriously, a-fucking-mazing. (<— that was Laura with the swearing! What’s new!?)
So, how can you get your hot little hands on this goodness?? Well, a few ways. First, they have a 567 Meal Plan, where you get five lunches for $67, but they’re offering Vegansaurus readers their first two weeks at a discount price of $55 per week! Yes! This is a great way to get to know their foods and you know that’s less than $11.50 a meal for big, satisfying, organic, expertly crafted, orgasmic (I’m so sorry, never again, I just am trying to EXPLAIN TO YOU HOW G-D GOOD IT IS) food.
They also offer workshops! On Saturday, Dec. 11, they’re putting on a “surviving the holidays and creating amazing vegan and GLUTEN-FREE dishes that everyone will love” class. It’s only $79 (Vegansaurus readers get it for $65 if they book before Friday, Nov. 5!). You can see reviews of previous workshops on Yelp under their old name, TeamRAW. People obviously go apeshit for these classes because duh, they sound HELLA FUN!!! They’re also planning one for January called “The Vegan Survival Guide: Stocks, Soups and Stews.” LOVE IT.
Don’t want to make anything for the holidays? Check out their Potlucks and Pies page, where you can order for dinners, parties, or pretty much anything! If you want to take down an entire raw pumpkin pie (!!!!) on your own, I’m not gonna judge! Actually, just imagine me cheering you on: You can do it! Eat that pie!
They sell at the Livermore Farmers Market during the warmer months (where they have the citizens of LIVERMORE banging down their doors for more raw, vegan food!), but if you want the crazy good food right now (and you do), the above choices are your options. If you have any questions or want to order some of this tastiness, you can email Shivie or call her at 415/235-8162. To book the workshop, you can send payment via PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org. Oh, and FAN THEM ON FACEBOOK to keep updated on all the delicious, raw haps.
In conclusion, no I haven’t done coke or speed or sniffed an entire liter of Diet Coke, I’m just jazzed (YES, JAZZED) about this food and also, I didn’t really sleep last night so I’m all ASIDUAOSJ_)*98)1!?!?!SHDO?!, ya know??
[gRAWnola photo from Yelp; other photo from us!]