The 3rd Annual Culinary Classic to benefit the Cancer Patient Support Foundation (CPSF) will be held on November 11 from 6-9pm at UVM’s Davis Center. Five of the areas most talented chefs will compete for the title. Chef Christian Kruse, the 2016 Culinary Cup Champion will defend his title from Chef Donnell Collins, Leunig’s Bistro & Café, Chef Adam Raftery, Waterworks Food + Drink, Chef Shawn Calley, Burlington Country Club, and Chef David Hoene, Pauline’s Café. Attendees will be able to sample food from each participating chef and get to vote for their favorite for the People’s Choice Award. Vermont’s own Food Channel Chopped Junior Champion Peggy Fischer will be a judge for the Culinary Cup Champion Award.
The Culinary Classic is brought to you by NorthCountry Federal Credit Union (NCFCU). “Cancer touches everyone’s life in some way.” Bob Morgan, Vice President of NCFCU explains “That’s why we support the Cancer Patient Support Foundation and its comprehensive approach to patient wellness.”
All proceeds from the Culinary Classic benefits CPSF and its Emergency Fund providing direct financial assistance to cancer patients and their families in Vermont and Northern New York. Tickets are $85 for an individual or $150 for a couple. Click here for tickets. For more information call 802-488-5495. There will also be a full dessert bar and an exciting live and silent auction. Don’t miss out on one of a kind packages like 4 tickets to Kinky Boots in New York City and an exclusive meeting with the show’s producers or a bicycling tour in France.
HEALTHY TIPS FOR CANCER TREATMENT FRIENDLY HOLIDAY MENU PLANNING
The Holidays for many of us revolve around family and food. However, if someone in your family is in cancer treatment food can be a tricky issue. Has your loved one lost their appetite? Are you confused about what types of food to have on your holiday table? Each person’s journey through cancer treatment is different, however the one constant is that it is more important than ever that they eat a diet of protein, complex carbs, good fats, and vitamins to build their immune system, increase their strength, and help their body repair. The good news is that these foods are delicious and healthy choices for everyone visiting your home this holiday season.
Put out the nuts! A bowl of mixed nuts contains protein, fiber, and good fat. Want something sweet? That does not have to be a cookie it can be the original sweet treat, which is fruit of course. Citrus fruits and berries have antioxidants, Vitamin C and even fiber and of course they taste yummy. In fact a fruit salad is a wonderful dish to have this holiday season.
Protein builds your immune system, muscles, and repairs tissues so don’t skimp on having plenty of protein. Good protein options include nuts, eggs, lean meats, fish, beans, and legumes. Wild Salmon is a great choice for protein, iron, and omega 3 fatty acids. There are a lot of side dishes that have great health benefits for cancer patients including sweet potatoes, carrots, spinach, beans, and whole grains. Still craving something a little sweet how about honey in your tear instead of sugar, or try a yogurt which can be found in all sorts of decadent flavors like cheesecake and key lime pie. If you must have the cookie (and let’s face it, your probably will) try ginger cookies. Ginger is a natural antioxidant that supports healthy digestion, alleviates nausea, and helps with inflammation. So I say Happy Holidays and bite the head off of the closest gingerbread man you can find as you enjoy your family feast.