Hudson Valley Hospital Center Raises Funds for Demonstration Kitchen with Farm to Table Event

Cortlandt Manor, NY - (August 9, 2013)– In keeping with its new initiatives to promote healthy eating, Hudson Valley Hospital Center will hold a unique, farm-to-table event that celebrates local farms and encourages people to eat locally for improved health.

Tickets are now on sale for “Harvest of the Hudson Valley.” The event, at Glynwood Farm in Cold Spring on Sept. 27, will honor Chef Peter X. Kelly, Joseph Pallante A.I.A and Elliott Sumers, M.D.  The evening will feature cocktails, dinner and a silent auction. All proceeds will benefit the new demonstration and teaching kitchen at Hudson Valley Hospital Center. This year’s program Mistress of Ceremonies will be Fox News Channel weather personality Janice Dean. "Iron Chef'  winner Kelly and his staff will be preparing the food for the event.

“Instead of holding our annual Gala this year, Hudson Valley Hospital Center chose to hold a farm-to-table celebration that was more reflective of our new mission: ‘Sanitas per escam’ or ‘health through food.’ Hudson Valley Hospital Center believes it has a responsibility to incorporate nutrition into every medical care plan of every diagnosis treated, and to hopefully discharge patients with a better understanding of why their diet is so very important to their health,” said Hudson Valley Hospital Center President John C. Federspiel.

Construction of a teaching/demonstration kitchen is underway in the historic Dempsey House on the Pataki Center campus adjacent to the Hospital. HVHC will offer cooking classes and community programs for patients and community members young and old. The goal is to help people learn to prepare healthier meals at home. Restauranter Kelly of Xavier’s X20 is working with the Hospital and has drafted the concept and design of the kitchen. His passion, knowledge and community spirit are the driving force behind this project. 

The teaching/demonstration kitchen is the final piece in a multi-faceted plan to highlight nutrition as an integral part of healthcare. In April 2012, the Hospital opened its “Seeds for Health” Organic Garden followed by the opening of a Farmers’ Market that same year. In 2013, the markets were expanded to twice a month and the Hospital implemented a new food service, Cura Hospitality, which features locally sourced foods as well as from scratch cooking. 

A participant in HVHC’s Farmers’ Markets, Glynwood Farm has provided the community with educational and sustainable farming programs since 1929 and has worked to strengthen our regional food system throughout the Hudson Valley.

Tickets to “Harvest of the Hudson Valley” are $600 and seating is limited. For further information and to reserve tickets visit www.hvhc.orgor call the Hospital’s Foundation at 734-3526.

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Hudson Valley Hospital Center is dedicated to serving the health care needs of the community and to providing quality, comprehensive medical care in a compassionate, professional, respectful manner, without regard to race, religion, national origin or disease category. Offering state-of-the-art diagnostic treatment, education and preventive services, the Hospital is committed to improving the quality of life in the community.  In fulfilling this mission, the Hospital will strive to continuously improve the care provided and develop and offer programs, facilities, systems and alliances that most effectively respond to community health care needs.  Hudson Valley Hospital Center is located on Route 202 (1980 Crompond Road) in Cortlandt Manor, New York. Call 914-737-9000 or visit www.hvhc.org