Friday Macro Vegan Gluten-free Dinner

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The best restaurant in Ithaca, isn’t a restaurant.

Every Friday night for 18 years, Priscilla Timberlake and Lewis Freedman open their hearts and the doors to their home and serve a three-course meal. But not just any meal. Everything served is macrobiotic, vegan, gluten free and 100% … amazing. Don’t believe me? Just ask T. Colin Campbell since he is known to also dine at this special place just 20 minutes outside of Ithaca.

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After finding a seat at this often-crowded weekly event, Lewis leads the room in a moment of quiet reflection and then instructs everyone on the technique of blessing the meal. After the blessing, Lewis ignites into a very animated live rendition of the night’s menu. Loudly and enthusiastically announcing each of the courses and many of the ingredients (although he sometimes forgets one or two). I am not sure if any other restaurant in the world does this, but it’s my favorite part of the opening ceremonies.

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Every meal starts with soup. In all the years I’ve attended, I’ve never once had a bowl of soup I didn’t love. Soup is such a warm and welcoming way to start a meal and each bowl explodes with flavor and texture.

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Following soup is the main entree. A plate loaded with a variety of offerings: pressure-cooked brown rice, kale salad, pressed salad, nori rolls, tempe, tofu, and other seasonal (mostly local) fare. The plate is alive with color and flavor and it’s always very satisfying.

While many of the diners are vegan, some are vegetarians, some are raw foodists, and oftentimes omnivores sneak in and find themselves in welcome company enjoying a meal they might not ordinarily try.

How many people have dinner served with twig tea? Or find a shaker of gomasio on every table?

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After all these years of creating amazing recipes, Priscilla and Lewis finally published a beautiful cookbook that takes you through their creations on a month-by-month basis. The secrets are out.

This book is a great way to not only eat well but it could also become the start similar traditions in your own part of the world. Open your own door and serve food that tastes great and treats your body to a healthy, balanced future.

For more information on The Great Life Cookbook, click here. For more information on Friday Dinner and to RSVP, please click here. Hope to see you there and, as always …

Go vegan.

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13 thoughts on “Friday Macro Vegan Gluten-free Dinner

    • Last night Lewis told me about a couple in Austin who are cooking directly from their book and are establishing the same sense of community around macro food that they started.

      It could be done anywhere.

      Thanks for commenting!

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    • Dr. Campbell wasn’t there this week (it almost feels like a Bigfoot siting when I talk about him). Not sure if I mentioned but you can but their cookbook (The Great Life Cookbook).

      People around the country are following Priscilla and Lewis’ lead by hosting their own weekly dinners and using the cookbook as a guide.

      It’s really a wonderful way to build community and share amazing vegan food.

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    • Let me know if you’re coming. I’d love to join you. This dinner is very special, as are the people who host. There are pockets of other vegan communities following Priscilla and Lewis’ lead by starting their own weekly dinners.

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