Dining At The Ravens: How Jeff and Joan Stanford Followed Their Dreams To Create A Sustainable, Plant-Based Inn and Restaurant

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Jeff and Joan Stanford had few resources to their name and a baby on the way when they purchased an ocean-side inn in Mendocino back in 1980.

The only way they were able to pull it off was with a loan to cover a good portion of the downpayment, lent to them by the previous owner.

But they followed their hearts and went for it.

Fast forward 30 years, and they’ve transformed the property into the Stanford Inn by the Sea — a renowned Four Diamond Inn dedicated to sustainable living.

Along the way they added a gourmet farm-to-table restaurant and grew their gardens into a full-fledged organic certified farm that provides fresh produce to the restaurant as well as nearby establishments.

Their restaurant, called The Ravens, is a 100% plant-based eatery that contends with the finest dining establishments in Northern California.

The Ravens strives to show guests from all corners of the globe that plant-based living is ready for the mainstream. Their fare is a testament to how delicious, versatile and satisfying plant-based dishes can be.

Dining At The Ravens

Jeff and Joan have a new recipe book out that gives you a glimpse into the delectable tried and true dishes served daily at the Stanford Inn.

And while some books hit the shelves with the recipes untested, these dishes have had to earn their spot on The Ravens menu, served to hundreds of guests and refined to perfection.

I sat down to talk with this super fun and sweet couple about this project to which they’ve dedicated most of their lives, how their vision has changed over the years and what inspires them to keep at it after all these years.

Sitting Down With Jeff and Joan

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Enter To Win A Free Copy Of Dining At The Ravens

Joan and Jeff and their publisher Ben Bella have been gracious enough to provide a copy of Dining At The Ravens to our community, and you can enter to win!

We’ll choose a winner by random drawing on Thursday March 17th, 2016.

UPDATE: We have a winner, congrats Kathy M!

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Matt Jager is a wellness activist, yogi and co-founder of True Wellth. His life mission is to transform the healthcare and food system in this country, so that every single person has access to the tools and support they need to look and feel their best, control their health, own their happiness and revolutionize their well-being.