Have you ever noticed chefs on all these food shows talking about “putting the love” into a dish? That’s not only because any project comes out better when someone focuses lovingly on its creation -- it’s because some people believe it raises the energetic vibration of the food to make it extra nourishing.
Yesterday I had lunch at Inn of the Seventh Ray, a sweet and purposefully romantic restaurant tucked inside Topanga Canyon, where the décor is a bunch of gazebos, scroll-y iron chairs, flowing white fabric and the woods. Deer apparently regularly stop by to daintily sip from the happy creek bordering the premises. It feels pretty magical, as if faeries make the in-house honey.
As gorgeous the setting, the food was simply OK. I’m not a food critic and this isn’t Yelp, so I’m going to skip the gastronomical commentary. Still, I appreciate the theory behind the restaurant.
On the menu, you’ll find the following verbiage:
“We, at the Inn, believe in giving you the purest of Nature’s foods, energized as a gift from the sun with a dash of esoteric food knowledge and ancient mystery school wisdom tossed in for your seasoning and pleasure. It may just raise your body’s light vibration…. Your body elemental, that selfless, shy, invisible little fellow who works so hard to keep the oft mistreated human machine going, will jump with joy for your choice of this eating establishment.”
Food already has a vibrational frequency — as do all living things. As regular physics will tell you, the higher something’s vibrational frequency, the higher its energy. Our bodies need energy to survive, and for most of us that comes from food.
There are ways to eat to maximize the vibes: Organic (obviously), local (fresher, and therefore contains more life force), vegetarian (no killing), and eating in season, as it’s in tune with the natural cycles of the earth. And you can do stuff like infuse it with loving intent.
While on board with what Inn of the Seventh Ray has to offer, I think I was a bit nonplussed because 1. They serve meat and 2. I’ve already visited what is most likely the most hardcore gatekeeper of maximal food vibes. This would be Chocolatree in Sedona, Arizona. It’s certainly not a competition—the more establishments on board with promoting total health, the better. I’m bragging a little here, as I’m related to Chocolatree’s owner, and even if I’m not crazy about the name of the place, I’m amazed that someone in my family has created something so beautiful.
Chocolatree’s already got the local and organic and seasonal deal on lock. They’re entirely vegetarian, and mostly vegan and raw, too, all of which adds to vibes preservation. (Again, the more “alive” something is, the higher its frequency.)
Here, they get super next level, also soaking all nuts and seeds (and some produce) in polar, geomagnetic minerals to detoxify and restructure its water content. Everything is created with local Artesian well water. Employees enter the building via the sacred garden space in back, and meditate and clear out any emotional garbage before they begin their daily duties to ensure infusion of the greatest possible amount of pure love. At Chocolatree, there’s no such thing as “cook” or “wait staff” -- instead it’s “Magician” or “Rainbow Light Bridger.”
Chocolatree was founded a few years ago by my cousin Jen. While on a break from her ethically hand harvested gem and jewelry business (she used to gently extract stones from the earth with her own hands and collaborate with artisans around the world), she planted some ancient purple beans handed to her off an archeological dig in unused garden space in the back of a vegetarian restaurant. Those beans grew crazy bushels, and from there she decided to continue practicing her green thumb.
Channeling Devas and harnessing techniques from the “Anastasia” series—a collection of books whose central enlightened character (who some say is real?) is a Russian forest goddess/Gaia figure—she grew a beautiful food garden behind the restaurant. Shortly thereafter, the owner of the restaurant decided to close, so Jen took over the space and totally revamped its approach to food, eating, and serving.
And she renamed it Chocolatree. Jen’s partner, Kelly, was already running Sedona Chocolate Superfoods, his hand-made raw chocolate business, in the building. (Ever have a Raw Love Rose Flutterbug or a Jungle Peanut Buddha truffle? You should.) The two of them grow cacao trees in their bedroom. Do you know what kind of tropical climes cacao trees need to live and thrive? Those two are chocolate freaks.
Anyway, Chocolatree has all this amazing theory, and the food is good too, though if I'm going to pass on commenting on one restaurant, I should follow suit here. Plus, you can eat in the sacred garden. And they also sell museum-quality crystals sourced by friends, hand-spun and gold-dipped crystal singing bowls, ancient heirloom seeds sourced by a native, and all kinds of wild books that will blow your mind. (PS: Inn of the Seventh Ray has a righteous store as well, with a very sweet and knowledgeable book seller.)
I could go on and on. I am so spoiled to have this kind of scene in my family. Besides being seriously cool (and sometimes, I will admit, completely nutrageous), they're also cheerleading my health on a very basic and beautiful level. Because of them, I now eat good vibes.