The Nutritarian Festival in Aspen, Colorado

This weekend, while the east coast was mired in bad weather and water, I was in Aspen, Colorado with Dr. Fuhrman where the Nutritional Research Project had its first Nutritarian Food Festival.   The Nutritional Research Project is a non-profit organization whose mission is to enable clinical research to evaluate the impact of a high nutrient density diet and related nutritional interventions on chronic diseases such as autoimmune illnesses, diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

Dr. Fuhrman appeared on television there, and the nutritarian message and event poster was on almost every store in town.  Over a period of three nights, Dr. Fuhrman’s nutritarian cuisine was the talk of the town and some of the best chefs in the country prepared incredible nutritarian food.  The town of Aspen, Colorado was inspired by Dr. Fuhrman to lead a nutritional revolution and enlist leaders there to join our mission to repair our broken health care system. This amazing event was sparked by an idea by Shelley Summers and  renowned chef and Pyramid Bistro owner Martin Oswald who runs the first nutritarian restaurant in the United States right on main street in Aspen, Colorado.   

On Saturday evening, 12 of our nation’s finest chefs competed for the top three prizes in the Nutritarian Cook Off held at the beautiful Aspen Club.  The dishes were judged by Dr. Fuhrman and a team of nutritional professionals for healthfulness based on his established criteria set up for this event.  This counted 40 percent of the score.  Then 60 percent of the score was from the hundreds of people who came to the event and supported the Nutritional Research Project with their participation.    The event was also supported by Whole Foods Market, the Vitamix Corporation and the Aspen Club. 

The three top prizes went to Chef Miles Angelo’s Yoga Roll with swiss chard and apple sesame dressing, Chef John Little’s Freekoto Cannelloni, and Chef Randy Placeres’ Yerba Matte with veggies, berries, ginger and nuts. Their winning recipes will be added to their respective menus at the Carribou Club, the Pullman, and NuTrition at the Aspen Club.

Nutritarian Festival: winning chefs

All the chefs produced incredible nutritarian fare, some of which will be featured in Dr. Fuhrman’s upcoming Eat To Live Cookbook. 

On Friday evening, the night before this major public event, about a hundred people attended a fundraising nutritarian banquet held at the spectacular Aspen mountain ranch home of Glenda and Jerry Greenwald.   Dr. Fuhrman first spoke for about an hour prior to the meal explaining to the enthusiastic crowd the objective of his work and the work of the Nutritional Research Project, to revolutionize the face of health care and enable physicians to fully support nutritional therapeutics over drug therapy and invasive surgeries.  The funding will enable impeccably designed research projects coordinated with leading research centers at major universities around the country. 

The argument that Dr. Fuhrman laid out to the participants of the Aspen fundraiser was a very simple one.   He demonstrated the healing power of his nutritarian diet-style and showed how superior nutrition cannot just prevent, but also reverse serious diseases that plague almost all Americans.  The science about greens, onions, mushrooms, berries and more was fascinating.  And he implored the crowd that we can marry great taste with the healthiest eating style based on modern science and this can enable us to win the war on cancer and even prevent most autoimmune diseases.  This is the simple mission of the Nutritional Research Project, to provide scientific and clinical proof that this eating style advocated by Dr. Fuhrman has proven ability to both prevent and treat disease.

John Mackey, the founder and CEO of Whole Foods Market, then gave a short speech where he outlined the necessity to create a nutritional revolution in this country, and what Whole Foods is doing to support this.

After Dr. Fuhrman’s lecture an amazing gourmet meal was served by a team of Aspen’s finest chefs,  organized by chef Martin Oswald.  When the participants then tasted each fantastic course of the meal, they were amazed and literally standing and applauding the chefs who created the nutritional masterpieces.   The participants of both these events really experienced Dr. Fuhrman’s promise to marry great heath with great taste.  We brought the nutritarian message to Aspen, raised money for our cause, and had a wonderful time in the process.   

Jerry Deutsch
President, Nutritional Research Project.


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Michael - August 30, 2011 10:06 AM

Interesting! Is there any chance the chef's wrote down their recipes so they can be made available? I would like to see what kind of nutritarian dishes professional chefs come up with.

mike crosby - August 30, 2011 10:28 AM

Sounds exciting.

Reminds me of Rip Esselstyn's phase--eating first class foods instead of second and third class foods.

But to make these healthy foods delectable makes transitioning to a healthy diet even easier. Thanks to the chefs and to Dr Fuhrman.

Jen - August 30, 2011 10:42 AM

Eat to Live cookbook!?! I can't wait! I am trying to adopt this lifestyle but struggle with my 14 year old boy who is steeped in a McDonald's/animal product world. I need recipes to make creating a nightly dinner interesting for him as well.

Wendy (Healthy Girl's Kitchen) - August 30, 2011 2:19 PM

Wow! That is so cool. Wish I could have been there!

Barbara - August 30, 2011 3:11 PM

How exciting! I'm glad to be a part of this food revolution!

Pete - August 30, 2011 4:12 PM

Dear Dr Fuhrman and the Eat to Live community,

You have changed my life profoundly. I study and am 4.0 honors student of nutritional sciences and chemistry at the university of Arizona. For all these years I have been taught some fact and a lot of fiction which has been influenced and impressed upon my entire class by the pharmaceutical and food industries. The amount of material that is garbage is astounding and now I filter through material easily knowing what is healthful and what is total rubbish and would be blasphemy as a nutritional professional to speak about. However, I feel that my education in the university has not been in vain and I also have been able to start a revolution down here towards giving people their lives back, while ditching drugs that slaughter and destroy life when taken with reckless abandon.

Thank you for your substantial influence in my life and now, as I get into medicine in the future, will profess this message loud and clear, no matter the people and heresy I create in the community.

Sincerely and gratefully yours,

colleen turnbull - August 30, 2011 11:01 PM

What about us down here in Aus.? We have the same health problems here but we don't have Dr Fuhrman!!! We need more medics who can think outside the square box of medication.
Keep the revolution going- we seem to copy most things American down here- hopefully Nutritarianism will be another!!

Melissa Hoffman - August 31, 2011 11:46 AM

I love this synergy between foodies and ultimate health--the equation is so rarely made. The project is worthy of widespread support. Anyone looking to fund medical research should be directed to this project. I foresee a time when farming becomes the new "parmaceutical" industry--farmaceuticals! This could save farming and revolutionize the health care industry at the same time! Thanks so much for sharing this story.

Christof Brownell pianodrummer - August 31, 2011 11:49 AM

Jerry, It was very nice to meet you. I felt honored and really appreciate being a part of the Nutritarian event with my music. You are an excellent speaker and I enjoyed what you and Dr. Fuhrman had to say. I am passionate about this subject as no brainer common sense for our country and the whole world. It is crucial for this education to become mainstream. I will spread the word and incorporate this topic in my songs. Thank you, Christof

Annette Chambers - August 31, 2011 2:31 PM

It is great to see Nutritional Excellence move across the nation and world. Congratulations!
I sure would like to see a recipe or two from the event.
I look forward to the Eat To Live recipe book.

Ke - September 7, 2011 2:42 AM

Congratulations to all the Chefs. Thanks for creating healthy and tasty recipes for us all.

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