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Anthony Acinapura, chef de cuisine of Brasserie Beck, wants us to get “Fit for Hope” and help finish the fight against cancer. For the past 100 years, the American Cancer Society (ACS) has been leading the way and the Robert Wiedmaier Restaurant Group is jumping on board to raise awareness for cancer prevention through healthy nutrition.
For four weeks, the culinary team is going the extra mile by creating a select “Fit for Hope” menu of healthful dishes for guests to devour with no guilt at Brasserie Beck, 11th and K Street, with wholesome ingredients that pave the way to a physically-fit future… Whole Grilled Fish is filled with Omega 3 fatty acids; Mussels are all about lean protein (for healthy muscles!); the Summer Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes is saturated with vitamin C; and Hummus is rich with fiber and folic acid.
As a gift from chef Acinapura, each diner can take home a customized recipe card featuring four different recipes for each of the remaining weeks, as a way to keep your fitness challenge charging past any goal and into the future.
Throughout the final days of summer leading to the grand finale at the ACS’s Taste of Hope celebration on Tuesday, September 24, chef Anthony Acinapura will be joined by 15 other DC-area chefs and mixologists who have each pledged to whip into shape for the three-month “Fit for Hope” challenge through healthy eating and bi-weekly workouts with noted personal trainers Monica Pampell and Jason Yoo. Not only are the competitors working on fitness for themselves, but they have each rallied to spread the word and by committing to raise a minimum of $2,500 for the ACS.
By the end of the fitness and weight loss challenge, chef Acinapura and his competitors will face off for the grand reveal at the Taste of Hope event where the top three winners (or “losers,” in this case) with the highest percentage of body fat lost will be rewarded — and all competitors will be commended for their efforts in being “fit” ambassadors, spreading the message that cancer prevention starts with a healthy lifestyle.
Hosted by the American Cancer Society and Chef Honoree Mike Isabella, all proceeds from Taste of Hope go toward the goal of eliminating cancer as a major health problem. For more information, please visit www.cancer.org. To join the conversation on Twitter, follow @FitforHopeDC and #FitforHope!