Archive for September 2011
Part I. The Healthy Candles, with Bart Potenza and Joy Pierson. Since 1988, Bart Potenza and his partner Joy Pierson have created three successful vegetarian dining establishments. Candle Cafe was the first restaurant to be certified by the Green Restaurant Association and both restaurants are at the forefront of campaigns to green the restaurant industry. The most recent is Candle 79, one of the first upscale organic vegan restaurants in the country.
At the vanguard of health food marketing and vegetarianism, Bart Potenza has written and lectured on the virtues of healthy eating for everyone. After studying at the City College of New York Business School, Bart was a successful art dealer for 16 years before making a change-of-career to the health food industry. His new lifestyle impressed him profoundly with his renewed vitality and sense of well being, and he wanted to share that with the public. In recent years, Bart and Joy have passionately supported the efforts of the environmental and animal rights communities, through their work in the Candle restaurants and beyond.
Bart is a proud member of Co-op America, Social Ventures Network, Business Leaders for Sensible Priorities, The Presidents Club at F.A.R.M., P.E.T.A. and Farm Sanctuary. He provides a wealth of inspiration and information through his daily aphorisms, which he posts on a chalkboard in both restaurants. A compilation of his works, “Look Two Ways on a One Way Street” is published by Lantern Books. The success of Candle Cafe and Candle 79 proves Bart’s original assertion that eating super healthy vegetarian food is a choice that impacts not only individual health, but also the health of the planet. Bart’s “daily bread” is his quest to make our world better for all humanity. He continues to be inspired by the growth and significance of the green movement.
Joy, a nutritional counselor since 1985, graduated from Tufts University Magna Cum Laude, and is certified by the Pritikin Longevity Center and Hippocrates Health Institute. Her passion for counseling and healing through great food lead her to join Bart Potenza at The Healthy Candle in 1988 where they began creating foods and menus tailored to the nutritional needs of clients from Joy’s private practice, and the Healthy Candle’s ever-growing customer base. Their partnership has flourished, and Joy and Bart have joined to create Candle Cafe, Candle 79, a growing catering and wholesale business, and the internationally best selling Candle Cafe Cookbook.
In addition to time spent at the restaurants, Joy avidly promotes their mission beyond the restaurants’ walls. She has written and lectured extensively about food and nutrition, sharing her expertise with an ever widening audience as more and more people become mindful of the positive effects of healthful eating. She regularly leads workshops and teaches courses on diet and nutrition. Joy has appeared on The Today Show, Good Day New York, CBS News This Morning, The Food Network’s TV Food Diners, and has been a radio guest on Joan Hamburg, The Howard Stern Show, and Walden’s Pond with Sheldon Walden on NPR. Joy serves as a board member of the New York Coalition for Healthy School Lunches and Wellness in the Schools. She is also an active SVN member. Her quest is to continue changing people’s awareness of health and well being and its effect on the planet and future generations by bringing farm fresh vegan food to as many people and as many tables as possible!
Part II. Interview with Jesse Boss. Jesse Boss is a fifteen-year-old, home schooled student living in San Francisco. She's been vegan for over a year and shares her experiences in this interview.
Guests: Demetria Clark and Karyn Calabrese
Demetria Clark started learning about herbal healing at a very young age from friends and mentors she had during her youth and in childhood. She has formally studied and apprenticed with Rosemary Gladstar (in beginner and advanced trainings), apprenticed with Jane Smolnik, studied the Wise Woman Way with Susun Weed and attended workshops given by scores of well-known herbalist from all over the world including David Hoffmann, Christopher Hobbs, David Winston and scores of other amazing teachers. She received her aromatherapy education from the Pacific Institute of Aromatherapy and Jeanne Rose. Demetria has taught herbal and aromatherapy classes since 1996 and in 1998 founded the Heart of Herbs Herbal School. The school offers Herbal and Aromatherapy Certification Programs. Teaching herbs either in workshop format or an apprenticeship model has allowed Demetria to model her herbal and aromatherapy correspondence classes after the apprenticeship programs.
A graduate of SUNY Empire State College with a BA in Human Services, Demetria has also taken many graduate level college courses in forestry, botany, horticulture, and nutrition. She has also done graduate work at Midwives College of Utah and Open University in the UK, was on faculty at the Midwives College of Utah, and adjunct faculty at NH Community Technical College, where she taught herbal and aromatherapy classes at conferences, and apprenticeships. Demetria has also worked for UMASS Medical School in a research capacity. She is a member of the Northeast Herbal Association, an organization dedicated to merging ancient traditions of Herbalism and the needs of the modern herbalist, and is also a member of United Plant Savers and the American Herbalist Guild. She has published numerous articles in medical, herbal and parenting journals. A midwife, doula and trainer, Demetria runs Birth Arts International. She is married and the mother of two boys.
Karyn Calabrese is a successful entrepreneur and popular holistic health expert based in Chicago. At 64 years old she looks nearly a generation younger and enjoys boundless energy and great health. She started on her journey of health after suffering from a host of allergies and ailments as a child. In her 20’s, she adopted a vegetarian diet and began juicing to improve her health. After meeting teachers and raw food pioneers, Anne Wigmore and Viktoras Kulvinskas, Karyn gradually transitioned from vegetarian to vegan to a complete raw vegan diet. For the past 30 years, Karyn has been committed to taking care of her body and helping others to do the same. In addition to a raw diet, she believes in regular detoxification and has developed a program that she has shared with thousands of people over the years and is now available in her debut book, ‘Soak Your Nuts: Cleansing with Karyn.’ Karyn’s business also includes 3 vegan restaurants, a holistic wellness center, and a line of all natural supplements, skin care and makeup. Karyn has enjoyed huge success as a health expert in the local and national media including two appearances on the Oprah Winfrey Show that featured age-defying women. Karyn was awarded the First Annual Raw and Living Foods Golden Branch Award in 2002 for introducing the idea of raw and living foods to the greatest number of people in the mainstream public.