2012-03-07 / Features

Eating Heart Healthy

BY JASON D. ANTOS


Rocco Sacramone, chef and owner of Astoria’s Trattoria L’incontro, cooks up a healthy serving of whole wheat orrecchiette, featuring potato leek puree and shrimp. 
Photos Jason D. Antos Rocco Sacramone, chef and owner of Astoria’s Trattoria L’incontro, cooks up a healthy serving of whole wheat orrecchiette, featuring potato leek puree and shrimp. Photos Jason D. Antos The renowned Rocco Sacramone, chef and owner of Astoria’s Trattoria L’incontro teamed up with Mount Sinai Queens and the United Community Civic Association (UCCA) on February 29 in recognition of American Heart Month for a cooking and tasting event at Central Sushi Bar and Lounge in Astoria.

More than 300 guests were able to sample two heart healthy dishes that promote positive eating for good cardiovascular health.

Under the watchful eye of Mount Sinai Queens Nutritionist Allison Caplowaith, RD, CDN, long time Astoria resident Sacramone cooked up his first dish, whole wheat orrecchiette, featuring potato leek puree and shrimp. The next dish was black sea bass with a light tomato sauce.

“We are celebrating this extra day in February as an extra day to begin a new lease on life,” said Mount Sinai Queens Senior Director of Marketing and Communications Shelly Felder.


(L. to r.); Mount Sinai Queens Community Relations and Volunteer Services Director Ana M. Rodriguez, UCCA President Rose Marie Poveromo, Sacramone and Mount Sinai Queens Senior Director of Marketing and Communications Shelly Felder at Central Sushi Bar and Lounge in Astoria. (L. to r.); Mount Sinai Queens Community Relations and Volunteer Services Director Ana M. Rodriguez, UCCA President Rose Marie Poveromo, Sacramone and Mount Sinai Queens Senior Director of Marketing and Communications Shelly Felder at Central Sushi Bar and Lounge in Astoria. The American Heart Association recommends a combination of exercise and good nutrition to help reduce the risk of heart disease and many other diseases. Eating lots of fresh fruits and leafy green vegetables and more fish and chicken and less red meat are also essential. Also important are the inclusion of fiber and whole grain breads and cereals and yogurt. Also recommended is a decrease in sugar intake.

“The key to healthy eating is portion control and watching your sodium intake,” Sacramone told the audience as he cooked from a stage set up at the head of the dining room.

The program was provided in partnership with Mount Sinai Queens Executive Director Caryn A. Schwab and Central Sushi Bar and Lounge Owner Nick Neocleous.

“Even though I am not the poster gal for heart healthy eating, I am very pleased that so many people are aware of how important it is to eat healthy,” UCCA President Rose Marie Poveromo said.

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