Cura Hospitality Chefs Promote Healthier Eating at AHN’s Wexford Health + Wellness Pavilion

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A Healthy Cooking for Life Series at Allegheny Health Network’s (AHN) Wexford Health + Wellness Pavilion is becoming an exciting destination to learn how healthier eating and preparation techniques with fresh ingredients and local foods can help to control weight, improve mood, combat disease, boost energy, and increase longevity! Held monthly at Wexford’s Demonstration Kitchen, these healthy cooking demos are offered free or at little cost to the general public. 

Guests enjoy the culinary education they receive as well as the delicious samples of food prepared by chefs from Cura Hospitality, Wexford’s dining services partner.  A recent demo featured blackened salmon over micro greens, drizzled with a scratch-made avocado vinaigrette – the perfect summertime meal for a healthy indulgence!

According to Stephanie Knaus, Cura chef and manager of the Wexford café, “Our goal is to teach people of all ages a healthier approach to eating and to help them understand why their diet is so important to their health.”  Demonstrations are enhanced by Terri Spirk, dietitian at Wexford, who discusses the healthy ingredients of the recipes chefs prepare.

Many of these demonstrations are held in conjunction with a “meet and greet” of Wexford’s primary and specialty care physicians.  “It’s a great way for guests to get to know our physicians and the state-of-the-art support services including diagnostic images, laboratory services, physical and occupational therapy we offer,” said Brittany Siebart, communications/marketing specialist, AHN at Wexford.

Healthy Cooking for Life has featured simple, quick and healthy home-cooked meals, juices and smoothies, and demonstrations featuring local farmers. In addition to Cura’s cooking classes, AHN professionals regularly present free lecture discussions.   View the complete schedule of classes and events at www.ahn.org/locations/healthwellness-pavilion/wexford-0.

Guests can also frequent the Health and Wellness Pavilion Café!  Located adjacent to the demo kitchen, the café features wellness-driven menu items.  “Since there’s a significant focus on pushing healthier menu items, we don’t have a fryer or offer fountain beverages – we only feature grilled menu items.”

Select from healthier options such as egg white omelets with roasted potatoes for breakfast or grilled roasted vegetables and crisp baked chicken for lunch.  Guests can also build their own sandwiches, enjoy garden-fresh salads and fruit, and a variety of homemade soups such as turkey chili, ginger carrot, or butternut squash for dine-in or on the go.

The café is open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.