From Chicago's Karyn's Fresh Corner and Karyn's Cooked
Breakfast - chocolate milk | muffins
Appetizer - almond pate | pimento cheese
Lunch - tuna salad sandwich with raw bread and mayo | California roll with dipping sauce
Salad - caesar salad with raw croutons
Entree - spinach-stuffed ravioli with marinara sauce | stuffed peppers
Dessert- berry delight parfait | carob pecan cake
All of the above recipes are raw. Karyn will also be making a bonus dessert that is not all raw - a chocolate-peanut butter no-bake pie.
Karyn Calabrese declares “she is not special”. Yet it is undeniable, she has a special gift. She has learned to listen to the knowledge within herself and become a leading holistic healer and teacher.
Many people look at Karyn at 64 and assume she inherited a strong matriarchy. The facts are, however, that both her mother and grandmother died at ages younger than Karyn is now. With this seeming fate at hand, she sets out to prove her genetic heredity wrong. This is where her story begins.
Karyn had been a vegetarian for 12 years, but this was merely a first step leading towards a completely raw food diet. No doubt this is a tough life to come to. It is out of the “norm” and denies what we have so long held as “truths”. To make this more feasible, Karyn opened her raw-foods restaurant, Karyn’s Fresh Corner, which was a thriving success.
Although mostly self taught, Karyn had many mentors along the way. It was through these interactions that Karyn found the next important step in her path.
She believes it is not enough to simply eat live foods but to cleanse the body of the strong, negative, anti-life foods still in the body. Today, Karyn teaches detoxification classes through the year to give these lessons to others. To facilitate this process of cleansing, she opened a holistic therapy center, Karyn’s Inner Beauty Center.
This is where we find Karyn today. A 64 year old woman and “Raw Foodist of the Year” who lives the full, lively life she envisioned giving herself. She has a book that gives the voice to the positive experiences of the people she has helped along their own journeys.And this is what, contrary to what she declares, does indeed make her special. She has created an all-encompassing environment of food, health, guidance and care where we can all participate in our own well being. For as Karyn herself questions at the end of every day: “If you don’t take care of this [your body] where are you going to live?”
Karyn Calabrese 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.
Karyn has appeared on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and “The Today Show”, has been featured in numerous articles in the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun Times as well as numerous national commercials, print ads and on an album cover.