9:39am PT Bart Potenza & Joy Pierson, have created three successful vegetarian dining establishments including Candle Cafe, Candle 79 and Candle Cafe West. The original Candle Cafe was the first restaurant to be certified by the Green Restaurant Association and all three restaurants are at the forefront of campaigns to green NYC and the restaurant industry.
Bart Potenza, founder of Candle Cafe, with over 30 years in the health food industry, continues to excite his loyal following with his innovative ideas and concepts in the organic vegan movement. Bart, along with his partner Joy Pierson, has created three successful vegetarian dining establishments including Candle Cafe, Candle 79 and Candle Cafe West. The original Candle Cafe was the first restaurant to be certified by the Green Restaurant Association and all three restaurants are at the forefront of campaigns to green NYC and the restaurant industry. Candle 79 when it opened 10 years ago was one of the first upscale organic vegan restaurants in the country. At the vanguard of health food marketing and vegetarianism, Bart is a proud member of Green America, Social Ventures Network, Business Leaders for Sensible Priorities, The Presidents Club at F.A.R.M., P.E.T.A. and Farm Sanctuary. Additionally, Bart is a published author, both in his contribution to the Candle Cafe Cookbook and in a compilation of his daily aphorisms “Look Two Ways on a One Way Street” which was published by Lantern Books in 2008.
The success of Candle Cafe, Candle Cafe West and Candle 79 proves Bart’s original assertion that eating super healthy vegetarian food is a choice that impacts not only individual health, but also the health of the planet. Bart’s “daily bread” is his quest to make our world better for all humanity. He continues to be inspired by the growth and significance of the green movement.
Joy Pierson is co-owner of the Candle Cafe, Candle Cafe West, and Candle 79. Her passion for counseling and healing through great food led her to join Bart Potenza at The Healthy Candle in 1988 where they began creating foods and menus tailored to the nutritional needs of clients from Joy’s private practice, and the Healthy Candle’s ever-growing customer base. Their partnership flourished and they have since created three restaurants, a growing catering and wholesale business, and their best-selling Candle Cafe Cookbook and Candle 79 Cookbook.
She graduated from Tufts University Magna Cum Laude and has been a nutritional counselor since 1985 and is certified by the Pritikin Longevity Center and Hippocrates Health Institute.
In addition to time spent at the restaurants, Joy avidly promotes their mission beyond the restaurants’ walls. She has written and lectured extensively about food and nutrition, sharing her expertise with an ever-widening audience as more people become mindful of the positive effects of healthful eating. She regularly leads workshops and teaches courses on diet and nutrition. Joy has appeared on The Today Show, Good Day New York, CBS News This Morning, The Food Network’s TV Food Diners, and has been a radio guest on The Joan Hamburg Show, The Howard Stern Show, and on NPR radio. Joy serves as a board member of the New York Coalition for Healthy School Lunches and Wellness in the Schools. She is also an active SVN member. Her quest is to continue changing people’s awareness of health and well being and its effect on the planet and future generations by bringing farm fresh vegan food to as many people and as many tables as possible!
Cliffside Malibu CEO and founder Richard Taite is Southern California native. He graduated from UCLA with a degree in Political Science with the idea of becoming a lawyer but instead, life and fate got in the way.
After many years of bad decision making, Richard finally conquered a crippling alcohol and cocaine habit and achieved sobriety on March 3, 2003. One year later, with the seed money he had from his own medical bill collections and medical-legal consulting company, Taite purchased a sprawling property in Malibu with a desire to create a dedicated sober living facility for men. He started his client base with referrals received from area residential rehabilitation compounds who discharged patients after their 28 days but who still needed treatment and mentoring for their continued sobriety.
Taite felt that what was missing from his competitors’ establishments was their lack of an integrated therapeutic approach to whole body/ mind wellness combined with top level medical assessment and monitoring from the initial patient admittance, and of course a comprehensive aftercare plan that worked so well with his own journey to sobriety
In July, 2005, Taite expanded his residential facility into what is now Cliffside Malibu.
Cliffside Malibu’s precepts are based on The Stages of Change model that worked so well for Taite. The center’s patients who were failing in other traditional 12-Step programs and alternative methods of rehabilitation were finally achieving success in sobriety.
Taite credits The Stages of Change model for saving his life and wanted to pay it forward. In general terms, the model’s creators, Dr. James Prochaska and Dr. Carlo DiClemente, observed that change is a process that occurs in a specific way with predictable steps. Those overcoming addiction go through a series of stages, primarily having to do with mental preparedness and willingness to take on new actions.
Cliffside Malibu incorporates these stages along with classic 12-Step methodology and intense one on one psychotherapy, physical activity and rejuvenation. Taite has found the very best physicians specializing in addiction medicine and psychiatry who oversee all patients, initiating custom detoxification plans, and transitioning them to skilled and experienced team of therapists who work in tandem to bring the patient to wellness.
Richard Taite believes in the precept of respect – respect for the healing process, the patient and the professionals who put love into their work and create a meaningful plan to sobriety for all their charges. His goal is not mere sobriety, but that his clients actually thrive, becoming their best selves with a joy for living.
He is passionate about natural foods, fitness training and is an ardent basketball and football fan. He adores his wife and his 2 year old daughter and infant son.
CHUCK DARROW, Daily News Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org, 215-313-3134 Posted: Tuesday, August 20, 2013, 3:01 AM
It spent the better part of three decades as one of the most celebrated venues in the nation, attracting show business giants (many before they attained such exalted status) from Harpo Marx and Helen Hayes to Alan Alda, Grace Kelly, Robert Redford and George C. Scott.
Unfortunately, that golden age was followed by a period of slow, steady decline – artistically, physically and financially – until, in 2010, the converted grist mill smack dab in the middle of New Hope was forced to shut its doors, ostensibly forever.