Live Island Café
Serves It Raw
By The Foodies./ firstname.lastname@example.org
Huntington just got healthier. Thanks to the efforts of owner
Chef Okima Wilcox-Hitt, the Live Island Café has opened
just east of Huntington village, serving live
food. As it sounds, live or raw food is food that
is not dead- instead it retains the natural vitamins
and enzymes fully intact because it has not been cooked or
heated above 115 degrees. While it may sound strange, this
fare, which is generally vegan, meaning it contains no animal
products, packs a punch in terms of flavor and is nutrient-rich.
According to the website, All ingredients are organic
and local wherever possible.
But does it taste good? you ask.
Yes! says Bob DiBenedetto, director of local health/environmental
organization HealthyPlanet. This food tastes great and
even a small portion feels quite filling. Better yet, it is
healthy for both you and the planet. Plant-based foods have
far less impact on the environment than animal foods, and
can reduce ones risk of everything from heart disease
to cancer, diabetes and more.
According to Wilcox-Hitt, business has been booming since
opening day just a few weeks ago. Word is getting around quickly
thanks to social networking sites and emails.
This area was just waiting for a café like this.
You used to have to go into the city for this type of cuisine,
she said. Food is prepared fresh daily, so she added, I
keep running out of food long before closing!
Mental note get there early
The restaurants opening did not come easy, with a long
wait of two years hashing out details over permit requirements,
but it was well worth the wait.
I had to keep explaining to the health department what
a dehydrator was, said Wilcox-Hitt.
She started her un-cooking career at the Raw Gourmet International
School of Chicago, where she earned her raw food chef certification
under international raw food Chef Mehmet Ak. She studied further
at the Living Foods Institute in Atlanta, Ga.
with world-renowned wellness expert Dr. Brenda Cobb. Wilcox-Hitt
holds live food preparation and wellness classes at the new
café on Sunday afternoons.
So whats on the menu? Options change daily, but you
may find raw pizza, Toona salad, non-dairy cheese
cake (that is out of this world), Sgetti, which is spirilized
zucchini with pesto sauce, and a vast selection of juices
and smoothies. Highly recommended is the sampler platter for
$14 the best, healthiest deal in town.
Live Island Café
201C East Main St.
Cuisine: Organic vegetarian and vegan
Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily