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Free Workshop to Help Restaurants Offer Healthy, Tasty Menu Selections

Wednesday November 9, 2011

The Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement and Sullivan University’s National Center for Hospitality Studies are partnering to provide a free half-day workshop to show local restaurant owners and chefs that a few small changes can help them create the healthier menu options customers are demanding.

The workshop will be held on Saturday, November 12, from 8 a.m. to noon at Sullivan University, 3101 Bardstown Rd. Click here to view the brochure and registration information.

“This is an opportunity for us to showcase what truly healthy cuisine can look and taste like,” said Cynthia Ann Chandler, registered dietician and culinary nutritionist with Sullivan University.

The workshop will demonstrate how to make delicious menu items using healthier fat selections and lower sodium options as well as how to prepare menu items lower in calories.

Workshop participants will also get a chance to learn about the Healthy Hometown Restaurant voluntary menu labeling initiative. Restaurants across Louisville are becoming Healthy Hometown restaurants by posting calorie counts on their menus. To date 44 restaurants at 66 locations throughout the city have signed up.

Establishments who sign on to become Healthy Hometown restaurants get technical assistance from chefs and dietitians to analyze recipes as well as financial assistance to reprint menus and menu boards. In return the restaurants list the calorie count of each item next to the price on their menus and menu boards. Healthy Hometown restaurants also display the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recommended daily allowance for calories, fat and sodium and make other nutritional information available upon request.

Funds are provided from the $7.9 federal Communities Putting Prevention to Work grant that Louisville was awarded last year to further the work of the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement.

Anyone interested in more information or registering for the free workshop can contact Ann Badger at 502-574-5872.