Coalition to host ‘Nutrifood Challenge'

| 28 Sep 2011 | 02:52

    SUSSEX COUNTY — In an effort to increase awareness of cancer through the promotion of healthy eating habits, the Sussex County Cancer Coalition, a program of Saint Clare's Health System, will present "NutriFood Challenge" at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 30, at the Sussex County Technical School on North Church Road in Sparta. Sussex County Technical School culinary students will be challenged to create six dishes of three entrees and three desserts, without the use of hydrogenated oils, refined or bleached flours, sugars, and other highly processed ingredients. Whole grain flours, healthier alternatives, and natural and organic ingredients will be encouraged. "This event is the first of its kind in the region," stated Alicia Oasteen Thomas, coordinator of the Sussex County Cancer Coalition. "It provides us the opportunity to raise awareness of cancer, while adding a fun and unique learning experience for the culinary students of Sussex County Technical School. Think of it as ‘The Iron Chef' with a healthy, natural twist." The competition will be judged by a panel of three local business representatives, including Eileen Arvary, supervisor of the Career Education Department at Sussex County Technical School; Pam Geiger, program coordinator of the New Jersey Cancer Education and Early Detection Program, and the cancer program coordinator for Saint Clare's Hospital in Sussex; and Stephen Bocskocsky, chief administrative officer of Saint Clare's Hospital in Sussex. All competitors will be required to wear proper attire, and business casual attire is suggested for those attending the event. Prizes will be awarded for outstanding creativity and technique. Tickets can be purchased by calling Thomas at 973-702-2790.