Friends of The Heart Institute bring back the popular Cardiac Cook-Off with three teams of local cardiologists competing for culinary kudos.
Join the fun for the sixth biennial Cardiac Cook-Off on Thursday, October 20 as Doylestown Health cardiologists, paired with top local chefs, compete to serve the winning heart-healthy creation of the evening.
Drs. Eric Gejer and John Harding are paired with Chef Tom Boehlke from Doylestown's Ooka, which specializes in sushi.
"We aim to provide a Japanese experience that is approachable to all palates with a little bit of showmanship and flair," said Dr. Harding, an electrophysiologist with Doylestown Health's AFib Institute.
He credits his mother with teaching him to cook. "She is Italian and taught me how to make pasta and sauce 'the Italian way'," said Dr. Harding.
He usually takes the role of "grill master" at home, cooking healthy meats such as tuna steak, salmon, and pork tenderloin on the grill. Dr. Harding tries to incorporate organic foods into the menu as much as possible, using a local organic farm for eggs and vegetables.
"We also are sushi fanatics but rely on the experts like Ooka to make the sushi for us!" said Dr. Harding, who participated in the 2008 Cardiac Cook Off.
Drs. Sam Coleman and Miroslawa Jablonski-Cohen pair with Chef Bob Marchesano from M.O.M's (Maxwell's on Main), a Doylestown eatery that features American fare with a "pinch of the South."
"Fresh ingredients, skillful preparation and advice from experienced cooks are the keys to creating healthy, great tasting food," said Dr. Coleman, who has competed in the Cook Off on three previous occasions.
"You can expect delicate heart healthy items with a New Orleans flare, and of course great service and energy," said Dr. Colelman. "This is Dr. Jablonski's first time so she may have something else up her sleeve."
Drs. George Wiemann and MaryAnn Williamson pair with Chef Bill Murphy from Earl's New American in Lahaska, which combines farm-to-table cuisine with a contemporary flair.
"For me, cooking is a creative hobby and a break from everyday work," said Dr. Wiemann. He and his wife, Andrea, often take in a cooking class when they travel.
Dr. Wiemann's specialty is North African cuisine.
"I use a tagineto braise meats with fruits, vegetables and spices," said Dr. Wiemann, who has participated in every cook off except one. "I am able to adapt recipes to lower salt and flavor by using other spices."
The Friends of the Heart Institute cook-off
Date: Thursday, October 20 from 6 to 9 pm
Location: The Event Center by Cornerstone in New Hope, PA (Eagle Fire Hall, 46 N Sugan Road, New Hope, PA, 18938)
Cheer on your favorite team while tasting the fruits of the competition, hors d'oeuvres, salads, desserts and much more. Enjoy our specialty drink, a glass of wine or a beer served by Doylestown Health's Senior Leadership and our own Celebrity Docs.
Proceeds benefit Doylestown Health's Richard A. Reif Heart Institute. Tickets start at $75 per person ($60 is tax deductible). For more information and reservations, call Dawn at 215-345-2954.
The Friends of The Heart Institute of Doylestown Hospital is an all-volunteer group that raises funds for cardiac equipment, services and programs.
About Doylestown Health's Heart & Vascular Services
Expert cardiologists and cardiac surgeons assist patients and physicians with managing risk factors for heart disease, offer advanced treatment options and provide outstanding emergency cardiac care. Doylestown Hospital’s accredited Chest Pain Center is fully prepared to treat cardiac emergencies around the clock, focusing on rapid diagnosis and effective treatment. The multidisciplinary team at the Richard A. Reif Heart Institute is dedicated to providing the highest level of quality care and patient safety.
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