It was a full house on Monday evening, March 31, as St. Anthony Community Hospital and Morrison Health Care, under the direction of Mark Brezina, director of Food Services, hosted another in a series of free informational and tasting events.
The cooking demonstration, “Taste of the Mediterranean,” which was held in the Greenbriar Room at Mount Alverno Center in Warwick, began with a culinary demonstration by Chef Brian Smyth while guests enjoyed the Mediterranean custom of dipping breads in dishes of pure olive oil.
The main entrée prepared by Smyth, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, was Mediterranean pan seared chicken with garlic and olives along with almond and vegetable couscous followed by a dessert of baked pears and apple.
During her presentation after the meal Janine Killeen, RD,CDE,CDN, Morrison Health Care Lead Dietitian of St Anthony Community Hospital and the Warwick Campus of Bon Secours Charity Health System explained that the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet are numerous including longevity, defense against chronic diseases, fighting cancers, protection from diabetes, depression and Alzheimer’s disease among many other ailments.
“As some of you know,” she said, “the Mediterranean diet is more than a diet. It’s a lifestyle approach to healthy eating filled with delicious foods like fruit, vegetables, fish, beans, nuts and whole grains as well as other ingredients shown to promote good health like olive oil and wine along with daily physical activity.”
Morrison Health Care associates Lynn Palmieri, DTR, Gigi Fried RD and Stacy Lynch, dietetic student, were also on hand to assist Killeen during the successful event.