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Perfect Plates Restaurant Program Supports Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief

November 26, 2012

Mather Hospital’s Restaurant Program will be raising money for Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief with a special dining promotion.  From Monday, December 3 through Friday, December 7 participating restaurants will be offering $10 Perfect Plates (smaller portion entrées with a side salad) with 20% of the proceeds of each plate sold going to The Hurricane Sandy Long Island Disaster Relief Fund of Newsday Charities.

“Nearly all Long Islanders were somehow affected by Hurricane Sandy,” said Gemma Saylor, a registered dietitian and director of Mather Hospital’s Restaurant Program.  “We wanted to create a promotion that was relevant to our program - which focuses on the importance of portion control – and that also helps out our neighbors in need.” Saylor stresses that this isn’t an “all-you-can-eat” offer “the point of this is to enjoy a nice, well portioned meal at a good restaurant while giving back to our neighbors.  In effect you are eating less to give more.”  Saylor believes it is important to go out and support local restaurants that also lost business days during the storm’s aftermath.

Eating less during this promotion will not only benefit disaster relief, it can also benefit your health.  Portion control is a simple way to cut back on calories, which will translate to a decreased risk of obesity, and other health problems such as cardiovascular disease and certain cancers.  Mather Hospital’s Restaurant Program works to change people’s eating habits in a way that not only benefits their health but also creates business for local independent restaurants.  In the past few years, nearly 40 Long Island restaurants have added smaller portion food options to their menus. The program is funded by the New York State Department of Health - Healthy Heart Program.

For more information about the restaurant program and a full list of participating restaurants, visit  www.matherhospital.org/restaurants.

John T. Mather Memorial Hospital is an accredited 248-bed, non-profit community hospital dedicated to providing a wide spectrum of high quality health care services to Suffolk County residents, showing compassion and respect and treating each patient in the manner we would wish for our loved ones.

$10 Perfect Plate Participating Restaurants

(East Setauket)

Curry Club: 10 Woods Corner Road (Rte. 25A & Nichols Rd.), 631-751-4845

(Miller Place)

C. P. LaManno’s: 915 Route 25A, 631-744-0155 – cash only.

(Mt. Sinai)

Rocco's Pizza & Ristorante: 5507-17 Route 347, 631-928-5892

(Patchogue)

BrickHouse Brewery: 67 West Main Street, 631-447-2337

Country Kitchen: 240 E Main Street, 631-654-3641

Gallo Restaurant: 3 East Main Street, 631-475-4667

(Port Jefferson Station)

Dino’s Pizza: 546 Jefferson Plz., 631-331-1257

Erol’s Chit Chat Café: 1597 Route 112, 631-509-4300

Vito’s of Port Jeff: 4747 Nesconset Highway, 631-642-8555

(Shoreham)

Sassy Salads @ Bagel Lady Café: 99 Route 25A #18, 631-744-0071

(Sound Beach)

The Hartlin Inn: 30 New York Ave., 631-744-9234

(Wading River)

Greek Island Restaurant: 6324 Route 25A, 631-886-1989