Finding places to eat, people to meet and events to attend are all key in taking full advantage of what the Bay Area has to offer. Below are some of my tried and true resources. Please feel free to suggest some of your own! Maybe you know of a hidden gem we should explore?
People to Meet:
Our raw food community here is huge! Check out these groups. They each have an active calendar of events.
East Bay Raw Food Meetup Group
Marin Raw Food & Vibrant Health Meetup Group
The San Francisco Organic, Natural Health & Raw Food Meetup
South Bay Raw Meetup
Thrivin’ Edibles Chef Patti Searle teaches raw food classes and offers catering.
Places to Check Out:
My raw food favorites include:
Cafe Gratitude The Cafe is still open! California locations include Berkeley and Santa Cruz – plus two locations in Los Angeles. I especially love the Berkeley Cafe. Located in the “gourmet ghetto” of Berkeley, this is a great neighborhood to check out. It’s close to BART and a wonderful Thursday farmer’s market.
Rainbow Grocery Arguably the best co-op grocery store in the nation! Rainbow features local products and is a raw foodists paradise.
Pena Pachamama A night club in hopping North Beach neighborhood offers live music and features traditional Bolivian as well as a raw food menu.
Source A vegetarian restaurant with a raw selection.
Judahlicious This vegan cafe close to Ocean Beach features a juice bar and raw menu.
San Francisco Ferry Building on Saturdays. Every local and tourist needs to check out this place. You can spend all Saturday morning looking around. Don’t forget to check out the raw food booth, Alive! and the Pena Pachamama kiosk
Hoes Down Festival Fully Belly Farm is hosting their 25th annual event Oct. 6 & 7 with music, hayrides, food and workshops for the whole family.
Music in the Meadow Animal Place sanctuary will host their annual benefit event Sept. 22, featuring vegan food, music and family fun on the farm.
San Francisco World Vegfest Food demos, featured films, speakers and workshops are sure to bring a large crowd Oct. 6 & 7.