Popular chef Emeril Lagasse joined about 100 staff members, patients, local children and guests at All Children’s Hospital May 16, to talk about the importance of healthy ingredients as part of a healthy lifestyle. Lagasse toured the pediatric cardiovascular intensive care unit, accepted keys to the cities from the mayors of St. Petersburg and Treasure island, and spoke about his shared concern about kids healthy eating habits. Lagasse visited Zoes Edible Garden at ACH and announced a special appearance Nov. 4 at The Club at Treasure Island benefiting All Children’s Hospital.
The hospital hopes to draw more attention to the benefits of kids healthy eating through programs like its Fit4Allkids Family Weight Management and Fitness program, and through interactive education in the recently dedicated Zoes Edible Garden. A gift from local chef Tyson Grant and his wife Sommer, Zoes Garden memorializes their daughter while providing a lesson on where healthy foods come from for hospitalized children and outpatients alike.Lagasse poses with Matthew, a patient, during his visit.
Emeril Lagasse is the owner and operator of self-titled restaurants in five states, has written 15 best-selling cookbooks and starred on TV shows across the dial. In 2002, he also established the Emeril Lagasse Foundation to support non-profit organizations that provide educational programs, life skills development, culinary training and cultural enrichment, creating opportunities in the communities where Emerils restaurants operate. Improving childrens access to and knowledge of healthy foods is among his Foundations goals.
In recognition of this work and the planned November benefit for ACH, William Edwards, president and owner of The Club at Treasure Island, arranged for the Cities of St. Petersburg and Treasure Island to declare Nov. 4 Emeril Lagasse Day.