Shawnee Dispatch

Kansas City area chefs create heart-healthy dishes honoring American Heart Month

Pan Roasted Salmon, whole grain risotto, roasted yellow beets, fennel carrot salad, with a broken lemon herb vinaigrette. This dish is featured at Grand Street Café at the Plaza and Lenexa locations. Enlarge photo

February 5, 2018

February is all about hearts.

In honor of this month being American Heart Month, several area chefs are participating in the fifth annual Heart Month Restaurant Partnership, sponsored by Shawnee Mission Health.

Participating restaurants include Grand Street Cafe (Plaza and Lenexa locations), La Bodega (Kansas City, Mo. and Leawood locations), Story, Tavern at Mission Farms, Tavern in the Village, The Jacobson and YaYa’s Euro Bistro.

The unique chef-created dishes are low in fat, sodium and other ingredients that may increase risk of heart disease.

Participating restaurants will donate 10 percent of proceeds to the Shawnee Mission Heart & Vascular Center to support various programs throughout the community.

“This is our fifth straight year offering this fun partnership to the Kansas City community, and we are so excited to have these wonderful local restaurants help us raise awareness of heart disease during American Heart Month,” said Vickie Franck, executive director of Shawnee Mission Heart & Vascular Services. “Our partner chefs have developed specials that are delicious and healthy, which we hope will show the community that eating healthy can be tasty.”

The heart-healthy dishes being featured by SMH’s restaurant partners throughout February include:

Managing Partner Michael Werner of The Jacobson created the restaurant’s heart-healthy dish, and said he looks forward to utilizing this partnership to raise awareness of heart disease.

“We are excited to partner with Shawnee Mission Health again during American Heart Month and raise awareness of overall heart health,” said Werner. “I enjoyed creating this special dish for our diners and encourage them to come experience how delicious it is while supporting a good cause.”

As part of its ongoing efforts to raise awareness of the risk factors for cardiovascular disease, SMH is the Presenting Medical Sponsor for the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women year-long educational programming, including the luncheon in April. SMH’s Heart Month Restaurant Partnership aims to raise awareness of cardiovascular disease, the leading global cause of death. SMH is home to Kansas City’s first Accredited Chest Pain Center and offers sophisticated medical technology for cardiac and vascular care.

“Healthy eating is one of the first and most effective ways to combat heart disease,” said Heath Wilt, DO, cardiologist at SMH. “A well-balanced diet with a variety of food groups and reduced processed foods are good for your heart. I also suggest accompanying a well-balanced diet with routine exercise. These small steps can make a huge different in overall heart health.”

For more information about SMH’s Heart Month restaurant partnership, visit ShawneeMission.org/HeartMonth. Participating diners are encouraged to help spread the heart healthy message by posting to social media using the hashtag #SMHHeartMonth.

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Information from Heart.org (American Heart Association).

Originally published at: http://www.shawneedispatch.com/news/2018/feb/05/kansas-city-area-chefs-create-heart-healthy-dishes/