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Bon Appetit Management Company's Healthcare Plan: Eat More Local Fruits and Vegetables
Date:9/15/2009

PALO ALTO, Calif., Sept. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Bon Appetit Management Company's Eat Local Challenge aims to solve the healthcare crisis through flavor.

Chefs at the sustainable food service company's more than 400 university, corporate, and specialty venue cafes know that the best way to ensure diners make healthier choices is to first appeal to their palates.

Diverse opinions about how to solve the healthcare crisis abound, but a growing number of people like USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, food journalist Michael Pollan, and Renegade Lunch Lady Ann Cooper agree that a healthy diet with a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables is a good start. The conundrum: produce picked unripe and transported across the country is not as appealing flavor wise, as locally harvested, peak season produce. You can taste the difference. Potatoes dug from a local farm the day before will taste earthy and sweet. Pears allowed to ripen on the tree will be juicy and fragrant, not hard and mealy. A fig picked ripe from a local farm will taste better than any sugary processed dessert. Through long-standing relationships with small-scale, family farms, Bon Appetit chefs are able to provide such delectables.

On September 29th, 2009, for the company's 5th annual Eat Local Challenge, Bon Appetit chefs will pull out all the stops. On that day, every diner in every single Bon Appetit cafe will enjoy a meal made from 100% local ingredients grown and produced from within 150 mil
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