It all started with a gap in my diary and the thought: "I want to have a party". Then I drew up the shortlist of guests and was just about to invite them when, out of the blue came an email from Roe Gallo.
Now, to put this in context - Roe is the author of (amongst others) Perfect Body and I've been a fan of hers since I first got into raw food back in 1993. Her book was one of my very favourites (and still is) as it focused on more than just the food, but on a more basic level, she also was tremendously inspiring physically, looking many years younger than her age (see the book cover above - yes, that's Roe!) and in far better shape at 50 than I was then at 20! Over the years we emailed a couple of times, but then as I started to work more and more in the field of raw foods, Roe seemed to disappear from the scene and I didn't hear her name for years - until now.
Just 3 days ago Roe emailed asking if I'd organise a speaking engagement for her as she was planning on coming to Europe for a week in mid August. Well, a bit short notice, but instantly the idea hit me: Why not invite Roe to the party, have her speak and make a really special night of it? (I think this is her first trip to England and I don't think she'll be back anytime soon as she lives in California).
Since then the idea has evolved into a definite booking and Roe is all set to fly over to be with us on Saturday 19 August at my home just outside Ely in Cambridgeshire. She'll be running a workshop based on her latest teachings and she'll be promoting her new book Overcoming the 5 Myths of Aging: The Boomers Plan to lose weight, feel great and live a happier and healthier life - coming soon.
So, if you're in the mood for a great night of food, music and first-rate raw food education and inspiration, here's what Roe and I have come up with...