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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Heart of a Chef Festival features healthy eating

The Heart of a Chef (HOAC): A Foodalicious Festival is a unique culinary experience being held April 10 in collaboration with the Miami Science Museum.

The emphasis will be on the prevention of childhood obesity along with educating people of all ages to live a heart healthy lifestyle. Through this festival, the Florida Heart Research Institute will show our community how to incorporate healthy options through fun initiatives within the day’s activities.

Activities will include free food tastings, wine with the wildlife, healthy substitution seminars, chef cook-off’s between Whole Foods and Le Cordon Bleu, Miami Dade Senior High Competition and Executive Chef and Hell’s Kitchen runner up Paula DaSilva from Miami Beach's 1500 Degrees restaurant vs. 1500 Degrees' Sous Chef and fellow Hell’s Kitchen contestant Ben Walanka. Joining the teams will be 1500 Degrees kitchen staff Adrienne Grenier and Gerard Ladso Sr.

Also featured is Slow Food Movement, presenting “What’s In Your Lunch Box” and Cindy Hill, founder of Once Upon a Carrot, a community based organization dedicated to fighting childhood obesity.

Jimmy Morales and daughter Nora will be Co-Chairs of the Heart of a Chef for the second year in a row.

To purchase tickets and for more information please go to
www.heartofachef.org .

Heart disease is the number one cause of death and disability in the U.S. There are more than 50,000 deaths a year attributable to cardiovascular disease, and hospitalization costs to care for this disease will top $18.6 million in 2011. FHRI was founded more than 65 years ago as Miami Heart Research Institute, an international leader with a mission to Stop Heart Disease through cardiovascular research, education, and prevention programs. For more information regarding these and other exciting projects at Florida Heart Research Institute, please contact Staci Ehrenkrantz at (305)586-7025, or visit us at
www.floridaheartresearch.org.

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