Published on October 01, 2015

From the ground to your plate—and your healthFrom the ground to your plate—and your health

The Green Nosh Group of Cape Cod has rallied the ranks of several well-respected restaurants. The mission? To design and deliver delicious plant-based menu items throughout the month of October, the official launch of the Cape Cod Plant Based Challenge.

Each participating restaurant will offer a full menu: an appetizer or soup, entrée and dessert that feature plant-based ingredients. A recent review of research has shown that eating a plant-based diet helps to lower key health markers such as weight, blood pressure and cholesterol.

A plant-based lifestyle also lowers the risk of chronic illness, such as diabetes and heart disease.

Chefs from some of Cape Cod’s best-known restaurants will be participating in the challenge, including Alberto’s, Green Lotus, Karoo, Ocean House and The Corner Store. According to many of the chefs, patrons are looking for more plant-based menu items beyond traditional salads and wraps.

“Dishes across Cape Cod include a lot of seafood, much of it fried,” said Joanne Irwin, of Food for Life fame and a co-organizer of Green Nosh Group. “People are really looking for something other than the pasta and marinara sauce or green salads with chicken that you typically see on menus.”

“They want healthful, tasty and creative plant-based dishes. The restaurants participating in this challenge understand the demand for that.”

Throughout the month, patrons can choose from each restaurant’s unique Plant-Based Challenge menu and will have a chance to rate each item. Restaurants will be rewarded at the end of the challenge with recognition for the most creative dish, tastiest dish and most visited restaurant.

The Green Nosh Group is also sponsoring a screening of PlantPure Nation, a film from the producer of Forks Over Knives, on Thursday, Oct. 8, at the Cape Cinema in Dennis. PlantPure Nation focuses on the politics of food and nutrition and its downstream impact on the health of our nation.

A Q&A session will follow, featuring Kumara Sidhartha, MD, a primary care doctor at Emerald Physicians and Mona Sigal, MD, an emergency medicine physician and owner of Nourish Health with Food for Life in Boston.

Note: As of 5/1/2019, Emerald Physicians joined Medical Affiliates of Cape Cod (MACC), a division of primary and specialty care physicians from Cape Cod Healthcare.