Story and photo by Spc. Roxanne M. Nance
Fort Carson Medical Department Activity Public Affairs
A newly-established Evans Army Community Hospital feature, “Theater Kitchen,” opened its doors March 1 hosting an inaugural cooking class for hospital staff members.
The Nutrition Care Division showcased its improved “Healthy Kitchens, Healthy Soldiers and Families” nutritional cooking classes in the hospital’s dining facility in celebration of National Nutrition Month.
“We have always had (nutritional) classes, but the Theater Kitchen enables us to take them a step further,” said Maj. Kerryn L. Story, a nutritionist and Nutrition Care Division chief.
Before the Theater Kitchen, the NCD conducted nutrition education classes in a classroom. Story said information about the benefits of healthy fats, complex carbohydrates and multiple sources of proteins were discussed, but students still needed more to improve their understanding. This new facility allows them to participate in the food preparation and bring a new element into the learning environment, she said.
The nutrition program’s objective is to teach healthy and sustainable changes to the way the American Soldier and Department of Defense Families eat. The Nutrition Care Division offers the classes the third Thursday of each month from 12:30-1:30 p.m. for active-duty military, Family members, retirees and TRICARE beneficiaries.
The course includes an hour of instruction by chef Louis A. Borochaner. Each student receives an information sheet listing the feature dish’s nutritional benefits and the recipe that changes, depending on the theme of the class. Besides helping with the preparation, students can sample the completed dishes.
During the March 1 familiarization cooking class, Borochaner prepared a three-course meal. In one hour, the chef completed a soup, dessert and southwest salmon with quinoa, black beans and roasted red pepper sauce. Borochaner said the average cost of such a meal if prepared at home could average $6 per person compared to about $30 per person at a restaurant.
“People don’t realize how much eating out costs,” said Erin Crews, a registered dietician, Nutrition Care Division. “If they added it up, they would be shocked.”
Crews elaborated that besides saving them money, eating at home can increase the level of healthy food families consume.
“The goal is to teach the Fort Carson community that healthy cooking can be fun, affordable and taste good,” said Crews.
The Nutrition Care Division plans to use the Theater Kitchen to offer additional cooking classes to Family readiness groups as well as other adult and youth groups. Call the Nutrition Care Division at 526-7290 to register or for more information.