A Delicious Lesson: Food As Medicine

HealthQuest and Le Express restaurant team up to create a delicious, heart-healthy dining experience.


“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”

Health Quest recently partnered with Le Express restaurant in Wappingers Falls to present “Food as Medicine,” an interactive and informative heart-healthy dining event exploring the deeper meaning of those words from Hippocrates.
For $25, guests dined on a healthy, locally sourced, four-course meal at Le Express while learning how to make healthy cooking choices from local connoisseurs of food and well-being.

Le Express chef and proprietor John Lekic prepared the meal and offer healthy recipes and cooking tips. More about Le Express.

“Great, healthy food has to start with great, healthy ingredients,” Lekic said. “The food we eat has a direct correlation with our physical and mental health. We aim to educate and inspire attendees of this event, to show that it’s possible to eat local, organic, healthy food on a budget.”

Lekic’s guests for “Food as Medicine” include Master Chef Ken Arnone, Katie McPeek of Obercreek Farms in Wappingers Falls, Northern Dutchess Hospital Nutrition Counselor Roufia Payman, and Dr. Sarah Levin, a cardiologist with The Heart Center, a division of Hudson Valley Cardiovascular P.C.

The menu included a seasonal salad for the first course and a choice of carrot ginger soup or slow cooker chicken soup for the second. The entrée selections were Cedar Plank Grilled Wild Alaskan Salmon, King Oyster Mushroom Paprikash or Beef Bourguignon. The dessert course featured Baked Organic Gold Rush Apples from Fishkill Farms or Beet and Kale Brownies.