When House of Citrine hosts events and has friends over, we never skimp on the essentials. We go all out with the cleanest, most nutrient dense products and foods so the people we love can all have an elegant night with the health benefits and without the guilt. Recently, we enjoyed a night with some of our favorite people mixed with some of our favorite companies. We were blessed to share love and laughter while sipping on homemade elixirs and tonics created with Revel Kombucha and Oregon’s Wild Harvest herbal tinctures. We focused on the most nutrient dense biodynamic wines and created stunning cheese platters with grain-free crackers, fresh seasonal organic fruits and salads, vegan chocolates and cheeses, sprouted and activated nuts and lots of love. This platter is great for the holidays or any get together with loved ones!
For those of you who are not familiar with biodynamic farming, it focuses on Rudolph Steiner’s principles that “strive to create a diversified, balanced farm ecosystem that generates health and fertility as much as possible from within the farm itself” (Biodynamic Association, 17). Some of our favorite biodynamic wineries include:
We also chose grain-free crackers because grains have enzyme inhibitors that impair our digestion, causing inflammation. So, we like to stay away from grains whenever possible and lean towards nutritious options that pair nicely with various flavors. Some of our favorite grain-free crackers companies include:
Vegan cheese was essential to our plates, as many of our guests choose to stay away from dairy. However, if you are looking to add milk-based cheeses to your own plates, we recommend using raw sheep or goat milk. Luckily, at our soiree, even the pickiest palate could not resist our vegan cheeses drizzled with local raw honey. Here is a list of our favorite companies:
As for nuts, we choose to sprout them ourselves. We go to our local farmers market or health food stores and really focus on searching for not only organically and ethically grown nuts, but also choose nuts that actually emit love and positive energy. We scattered our plates with delicious almonds, cashews, walnuts, hazelnuts, brazil nuts, pecans, and Santa Barbara Pistachios. And of course, Phi Kind Chocolate and Hu Chocolate paired perfectly with our activated nuts of choice.
We were also blessed to have Erewhon Market donate a few light gorgeous seasonal salads of apple, fennel and greens. They were divine and refreshing. Our conscious cheese plates were truly next level with the fruits we added. Slicing obscure shapes and placing each fruit delicately to create palpable hues and tones of sweetness, we rounded off the night with vivid color and a middle eastern style. We used the works: figs, dates, apples, apricots, pears, red grapes, Sun Potion Mulberries, and Imlak’esh Organics Golden Berries .
Check out Jeff Sheirik’s (Rawtographer) photos of this magical night and we would like to thank all the incredible companies that donated to our event. So much love and gratitude resonates from the House of Citrine staff to our friends, family and readers.
Photo credit: Jeff Sheirik
Sima Morrison, founder of House of Citrine, is a vibrant soul with a potent zest for life and the beauty in its simple pleasures. As a holistic nutritionist and herbalism student, Sima has made it her life's journey to experience, to empower, and to explore the synergy between the mind and the body, embracing the liberty and power of mindful living. She earned her Bachelors Degree in Science in Public Health Education from California State University Northridge and studied Holistic Nutrition at The Natural Healing Institute.