The American public is in a time of crisis. Not over debt ceilings, nor impending doomsday/rapture scenarios, but a continued degradation of public health and wellness. As office hours seem to cut deeper into evenings and weekends feel more like preludes to the coming week, healthy living is seen more as a luxury than a necessity; all to often the drive-thru window has become a viable alternative to eating a healthy, well-balanced meal. But in times of crisis there is always that silver lining cresting on the horizon, the hero in an everyday citizen. Palm Beach Gardens' culinary Clark Kent has come to rescue in the guise of Christopher Slawson, the mastermind behind the organic, living foods restaurant Christopher’s Kitchen.
The concept behind the restaurant is relatively simple: to put the cleanest, purest food in your body on a daily basis. In relative terms, this is easy, by preparing gourmet meals out of organic, all-natural ingredients in an inventive way that not only keeps customers coming in daily, but also keeps Slawson’s culinary mind at ease. “As a chef, I get bored with food pretty quick,” says Slawson, who has been ‘cooking’ raw food daily for five years. “So I am constantly looking for something new, putting together new flavors.”
Preparing or ‘cooking’ living foods is, in itself, a process. With traditional cooking, heat diminishes the foods enzymes, proteins, minerals and nutrient density; it breaks down the food. But when these foods are prepared raw, the nutrient density stays with the foods so the body can absorb 100-percent of the nutrients. A good rule of thumb is the food should never be heated higher than the natural temperature of Earth, so 110°F is about tops on the heat scale. This means the diet includes lots of fresh vegetables and fruits, nuts, seeds, superfoods like spirulina, maca and goji berries, seaweeds, sprouted grains, and vegan proteins, all served fresh and/or dehydrated, making for truly inventive and healthy meals. “This cuisine is probably one of the most creative cuisines in the world, and one of the most flavor intensive,” says Slawson, who uses organic ingredients from across the globe to create raw lasagna, Pad Thai’s and more.
Slawson’s passion for living foods was a natural progression, always being around organic and all-natural foods growing up. “I always had the weird food in the fridge when friends came over growing up,” says Slawson, who spent his childhood in Hawaii, Oregon and California. “I was exposed to the hole-in-the-wall little hippie organic food stores at a pretty young age.” After discovering raw foods and transitioning into the lifestyle, Slawson found that the easiest way to follow his passion was through restaurants and stores that prepared raw food. After taking a circuitous route through Southern California raw food cafes, and a chef gig at New York City’s Pure Food & Wine, he made his way to Palm Beach Gardens, working as a private chef and preparing dinner parties. “I started offering raw food boxes for about 15 different clients and just couldn’t keep up with demand. So I was like, alright, I have to open something.”
Thus, Christopher’s Kitchen was born, catering to the health conscious and the health curious of Palm Beach County. Specials change frequently—Slawson is an inventive and restless chef—so a visit to the restaurant is a must, often. The summer menu will be unveiled shortly, and special events, like the recent five-course meal he and guest chef Neal Harden prepared “which was so rad,” and a special prepackaged juice fast for a limited number of clients—so “you can take a break from chewing”—will be available in June.
4783 PGA Blvd.
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410