Even though the temperature was a chilly 57 degrees, it was a flaming hot day at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington on Wednesday, October 24. Chefs from Fletcher Allen, Central Vermont Medical Center and Wake Robin, competed in the first annual “Seafood Throwdown” sponsored by the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance. The chefs came prepared to clean and prepare a mystery fish, and serve it to the judges, who would then declare the winner. There was fierce competition but in the end Wake Robin chefs Pasquale Amedore and John Gallaher presented a gorgeous plate to the judges. Poached Cod with spinach, tarragon, grape tomatoes and roasted potatoes.
The purpose of the event was to raise awareness about a new venture called Healthy Food in Health Care. HFHC is part of a larger initiative that is being adopted by health care organizations worldwide, called Health Care Without Harm. The focus of HCWH is on providing environmentally sustainable health care, including healthier, local foods, best practices for safe cleaning, and medical waste disposal, and using cleaner technologies. http://www.noharm.org/