Yesterday, our store thePlate Boutique in Grand Rapids, and other shops located in our MoDiv space in the boutique district of Grand Rapids hosted an event called, Smile When You Remember… to raise support for a local Alzheimer’s and Memory Disorders Unit at Mercy Health. This particular cause pulls on my heart strings a bit because I was once connected with many that were inflicted by memory diseases when I worked as the dietitian of a memory program. I saw first hand how emotionally and physically taxing it can be to not only the individual with a memory problem, but the family too. Needless to say, I was absolutely geeked when thePlate decided to join in collectively to support a well deserving group of people.
During the event we wanted to show our support in a bigger way than just donating a percentage of store sales so, here at thePlate we focused on what we know best… healthy delicious food! Food that will fuel you and help keep you and your brain healthy for a longgg while! The food of the day was quinoa- and if you’ve never tried quinoa, I seriously recommend adding it to dinner this week. It is similar in flavor to rice, just a bit more nutty. The best part, it has an entire serving of protein, not to mention it’s super versatile!
We wanted to make sure our guests had a taste of healthy awesomeness so Stacey, our wonderful summer intern, and I demoed a Power Greens Quinoa Salad all the while talking up some of our other brain food favorites. And then we ate, and so did our guests. Many of them were surprised to see how tasty healthy eating can be, and it’s true… eating healthy does not have to taste like cardboard, you just need the tools to know how to flavor food and I was glad to have a smattering of people get to experience that.
As the night progressed it was an absolute treat to be open late and have guests sip wine, munch on quinoa and listen to Dr. Foley, the medical director of the Mercy Health Alzheimer’s and Memory Disorders Programs speak about the importance of spreading awareness about memory diseases. He also told us that the funds we raise are going to stay local and go towards programs that are not typically covered by insurance, like support groups, but are essential to caring for patients. It was so nice to know that the people that spent money will have it stay right here in Grand Rapids, only a few steps away. The support for this cause continues all month long in our online store, where 20% of online sales for the whole month of June will go straight to the memory disorder program where you too, can Smile When You Remember!