Party Parfait Winner!

Another fun raw dessert challenge has come to an end. I know fun times were had by all - it's evident in the creative and delicious looking parfait adventures. I love how you all conjured up unique parfaits, inspired by your favorite flavors, and memories. Thank you for all the beautiful entries ladies! After much debate, Courtney and I narrowed it down to our top three parfait entries, and couldn't help but add second and third place. These 2 gals will receive an E-copy of my new book.

So which parfait rose to the top?! 
Drum Roll Please...
Angela's Lifesavers Parfait wins the contest!

Inspired by her most favorite childhood candy, she walked us through each step of her creative journey with mouth watering photos. Just as there are 14 pieces in a package of lifesavers, she did 14 layers of 5 different pudding flavors: cherry, lemon, lime, orange, and pineapple. She took the time to pipe each layer into gorgeous tall glasses which were painted with the word "lifesavers". Angela turned the event into a magical experience by sharing it with her family at her most favorite place in nature - the lake. 

Beautiful job Angela! You take the prize of 6 of Blue Mountain Organics cacao walnut brownies! You'll also receive a printed copy of my new book (which I co-authored with Philip McCluskey), which will be out by the end of summer. 

Second place goes to... 

Emma's Black Forest Sparkle, which was inspired by her happy childhood memories. 

Morello cherries and raw honey were her two ingredient additions, with a touch of fairy glitter to shine it up.... and had Courtney and I drooling by the end! She layered: White chocolate vanilla mousse, Chocolate sauce, Chocolate cookie crumbs, Milk chocolate cream, and lots of cherries to create her dream parfait, and then photographed it in the garden. 

Third Place goes to... Thereasa's Chocolate Coffee Explosion Parfait, which was inspired by old fashioned comfort desserts. She combined milk chocolate mousse, white vanilla creme mousse, chocolate cookie crumbles, banana, and coffee mousse (which was achieved by adding coffee extract to the milk chocolate mousse and omitting the cacao powder). They look absolutely scrumptious!

I have some more exciting news! Results are in for The Hot Raw Chef Contest which I entered a month or so ago. Thanks to YOUR help, I came in second place overall, and second place in the viewer's choice category! I'm so excited and grateful. I'm fortunate to win $650 toward any course at Living Light Culinary Institute, so I've enrolled in their food styling/photography course which is being held at the end of August. I'll post my contest recipe on Friday!

California, here I come! I plan on doing a little traveling too, so if there are any "must do" raw spots I should check out, let me know. I definitely want to hit up Cafe Gratitude - if you want to meet up for a meal there (at any of their locations), I'm looking for eating buddies! (email:

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  1. July 28, 2010 at 20:53

    I love the lifesavers one! That would have been my top choice too. I need to make that one now!

  2. July 28, 2010 at 21:01

    Such an awesome parfait!!! How creative. :)<br /><br />That is so the class I would love to take!! You are going to learn so much, even though I don't know how your pictures can get any better!! Congrats again and yay for CA adventures! Cafe Gratitude is AMAZING!

  3. July 28, 2010 at 21:10

    Thank you Heather! I had so much fun participating in this challenge! I can't wait to see what your next one will be!<br /><br />I look forward to your new book! :)<br /><br />~Thereasa

  4. July 28, 2010 at 21:31

    Well done Heathy!! That course sounds brill! And congratulations to Angela. The lifesavers parfaits are absolutely wonderful! Yeyyy!!!<br />xoxo

  5. July 28, 2010 at 21:35

    congrats to the winners! i think they ALL look equally amazing. i'm too sloppy to make nice parfaits.=) great job, girls!

  6. Angela
    July 28, 2010 at 21:36

    Oh my gosh!! Thank you so much. I am so honored. I really had such a great time participating in this challenge. It really was one of the best contests I have ever been in. So rewarding:) I look forward to many more. All the parfaits are so amazing. My kids have some picked out already that they want me to make tonight.

  7. Angela
    July 28, 2010 at 22:13

    Congrats to you Heathy. Wow I can't imagine going to Cali and go to Living Light for food photography!! Take lots of pics. I can't wait to see them.

  8. July 28, 2010 at 22:15

    I think you could probably teach that course, but I am sure you will have a great time and pick up some new ideas! Congratulations!

  9. July 28, 2010 at 22:27

    Congrats to the winners!!! I love that lifesaver one, so creative!! <br /><br />Congrats again! I am super happy for you! And I can't wait for your book to come out..maybe when we meet up (hopefully SOON), I can get you to sign it! HA HA! :)

  10. July 28, 2010 at 22:34

    Wow winners, way to go. What wonderful looking parfaits.<br />Safe travels Heather.<br />Peace and Raw Health,<br />Elizabeth

  11. July 29, 2010 at 00:03

    Congratulations everyone. It is wonderful to see so many people enjoying delicious raw desserts. I love the excitement that surrounds these challenges. Thank you Heathy.<br /><br />As you know I am ecstatic about your 2nd place finish. I know we will all benefit from seeing your amazing new photo styling skills once you return from Cali. If you need someone to carry your bags - you know who to call. xo

  12. July 29, 2010 at 00:36

    Congratulations to the winners! Such a fun contest AND great recipes. Looking forward to the next one :)<br />And- congrats on 2nd place, Heathy! Have fun in Cali!

  13. July 29, 2010 at 01:03

    Congrats to the winners! I had fun participating in the contest and I look forward to the next one.<br /><br />What a fantastic second-place prize you got, Heather. You definitely earned it, so have a great time!

  14. July 29, 2010 at 01:38

    congrats ladies!!! and congrats to all the entries...everyone did such an amazing job!!! all the parfaits were fabulous...<br /><br />heather, thanks for inspiring us are such a beautiful blessed to have you in my life...<br /><br />congrats again and again. enjoy california...perhaps you can hide me in your suitcase?<br /><br />love ya babes...

  15. July 29, 2010 at 02:00

    Congrats to all the winners! Sorry we could not participate in this challenge, but they all look great! YUM

  16. Anonymous
    July 29, 2010 at 05:13
    Reply<br />It's a great little to go place 25 minutes from SF. I like to go there and get food for a picnic at Coyote Point or on my way to SF.

  17. July 29, 2010 at 07:10

    chocolate coffee!? yum!

  18. July 29, 2010 at 12:50

    Congratulations to the winners! So creative and pretty :).

  19. July 29, 2010 at 14:36

    AHHHHH these desserts look soooo good!!!!!

  20. July 29, 2010 at 15:15

    Love all those parfaits!! The lifesaver parfait is so it!<br />Congrats on the hot chef win and sounds like a great class!

  21. July 29, 2010 at 15:42

    Oh that parfait deserved to win! But heathy, how could you be so cruel, you mention the book you wrote but spill no more!

  22. July 29, 2010 at 17:40

    Congratulations ladies!!! They all look awesome. Must have been so difficult to pick a winner.<br /><br />And congrats lovely Heathy for your second place win! :)

  23. July 29, 2010 at 23:12

    They're all beautiful and creative. Congrats to the winners! The lifesavers is just too cute! Congrats to all! <br /><br />Congrats to you Heathy on 2nd place! Not too shabby! Have fun on your traveling adventures. If you swing by Seattle let us know...hee hee! just a little out of the way. :)

  24. July 30, 2010 at 00:21

    Thanks for the love and support everyone!<br />The parfait challenge was fun, the hot raw chef challenge was fun! OH, isn't life sweet and fun?! :)

  25. July 30, 2010 at 00:32

    Your challenges have brought out the creative genius in everyone...congrats to the lovely winners!<br /><br />Heathy, the food styling/photography course sounds amazing, congrats to you!

  26. July 30, 2010 at 03:31

    congrats on your win girlie (sooo sorry i overlooked it!!!)<br /><br />cali is amazing. you are going to have a blast!

  27. July 30, 2010 at 11:23

    Awesome entries for the contest! Congratulations to Angela, Emma, and Thereasa! :) <br /><br />So amazing about the Raw Chef contest Heather - you are so talented girlie!!!

  28. July 30, 2010 at 18:02

    wow they all look so delicious and i'm very inspired to try my own ! i usually make a smoothie out of everything... a parfait would be a great change!

  29. August 6, 2010 at 18:44

    Hi Heather -- if you end up in the Sacramento area (when you come out to Living Light), you might want to visit The Fix in Nevada City (raw restaurant -- rave reviews about their food and drinks and for yoga, the new gorgeous awesome ShriKula in Rocklin<br /><br />where they have a Champion juicer for free community juicing after class and/or tea. Lovely place!

  30. Angela
    August 9, 2010 at 13:59

    Heather,<br /><br />I wanted to tell you the wonderful brownies arrived! They are delicious and absolutely healthy:) <br /><br />Thanks again. I am going to try to get the products into our local Health Food Store. <br /><br />Blessings~<br />Angela

  31. August 28, 2010 at 19:05

    Your readers are SO creative!!<br />And I want to taste every single dessert!<br />I'll be back!<br />gabriele<br />(I tried leaving a post earlier, but it didn't go through.<br />Sorry if it shows up twice.)

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