Steve, Angelle, Dr. Sue, and Dr. Mercola

You will never believe who came to dinner last night! I am still pinching myself (while noshing on leftovers).

Dr. Joseph Mercola the leading website for alternative health in the world (US Alexa Rank 412!) and Steve Rye the CEO of, came to dinner, that’s who! And Sally Fallon Morell and her husband Geoffrey, Filmmaker Kristin Canty, and Dr. Sue McCreadie and Angelle Batten of (see their Hartkeisonline guest blogs), and Taaron Meikle, Founding President of Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund, Tim Boyd of the National staff of Weston A. Price Foundation, and Cathy Raymond Weston A. Price Foundation and Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund, that’s who!


Dr. Mercola and the Wellness Eleven

It was all Cathy Raymond’s idea. Dr. Mercola is in Reston for the Freedom for Family Wellness Conference at the Hyatt Reston Town Center. Weston A. Price Foundation is a sponsor/exhibitor of the big event.

Keith and I are long time admirers of Dr. Mercola. I spent a lot of time on his website when we were new on the wellness path. And, I refer people who are searching for natural health answers to his website, often.

So, we were eager to host a pre-conference dinner party to get to know Dr. Mercola and Steve and share with them what Weston A. Price is doing in the world of wellness and nutrition education.


Mary Alice and Victoria Meet Filmaker Kristin Canty (center)

Here is the menu I cooked up with Victoria Cortes, personal chef for the green minded! I hope to add more links to many of these recipes in the coming weeks, so eventually you will be able to try them at home.


Organic Red and White Wine
Assorted Artisan Ales

Hors d’œuvre

A Selection of Artisan Cheeses
Rosemary-Almond Crackers with “I So Badly Want to Be Bleu” and “Burr Oak”
Cheeses by Canal Junction Farm in Defiance, Ohio
Sally Fallon’s Crispy Pancake Crackers

First Course

Spinach Salad with Roasted Delicata Squash, Soaked Cranberry Bean
Warm Honey-Balsamic Dressing

Main Course


Rack of Lamb

Fields of Athenry Herb Roasted Rack of Lamb with a Bernadette Stock Reduction

Oyster and Shiitake Mushroom Cakes with Truffle Cheese over a Bed of Sauteed Moutoux Orchard Rainbow Chard

Pureed Butternut Squash with Browned Butter and Maple Sugar

Kimberly’s Homemade Sauerkraut


Personal Chef Victoria Serves Dinner


Ice Trio served with Almond Coconut Shortbread Cookie
Vanilla Goat’s Milk Ice with Raw Honey
Coconut Raw Milk Ice with  Raw Wildflower Honey
Cacao Nib Sorbet with Raw Buckwheat Honey
Almond Coconut Shortbread

We closed the evening with a sneak preview of Kristin Canty’s documentary film about the plight of America’s small farms.

It was a fun and inspiring evening.

I have to tell you something funny. Jack Moore, one of our local chapter members (and a subscriber to this blog) teasingly offered to come by the house with a delivery pizza during the party. I almost wish he had, it would have been a riot!

But, then again, Jack is too healthy to even go there!


Kristin shows out takes from Farmeggedon

Kimberly Hartke is the publicist for Weston A. Price Foundation.