Healthy fodder for alma mater

For a local restaurant owner, giving back to GW is a family affair with plenty of fruits as well as vegetables involved.In 2010 Annie Leconte, her husband Didier Leconte as well as her son Eric opened Litestars, a restaurant she describes as a healthier quick bistro that specializes in gourmet tartlets, grain-based salads as well as their newly copyrighted soupdrinks.While Leconte, an alumna, has recipes for dozens of healthy menu items, she was approached by Pi Kappa Phi to add another key ingredient to a bistro philanthropy.Litestars teamed up with a fraternity to hold a fundraiser at a 21 as well as L streets location in mid-November . The brothers got a nutritious meal as well as 10 percent of all a profits earned that evening.Pi Kappa Phi brother, junior Will Gluckin worked on organizing a fundraiser. The fraternity donated a money to Push America, a national philanthropic organization owned by Pi Kappa Phi. Happy hour as well as healthy food two of GWs favorite things, Gluckin said. Its likeif Sweetgreen as well as Cosi had a baby that likes to drink.The food options at Litestars were a change from some of a fraternity members usual dinner dishes.At first, a guys were not open to having quiche as well as salad for dinner, Gluckin said about a group whose usual dinner venues are Burger Tap & Shake as well as Chipotle.Menu options at Litesars include fruit smoothies, egg white omelet tartlets, a brown rice salmon salad as well as frozen yogurts. Everything here is made from scratch, Leconte said, emphasizing a impossibility of buying anything unhealthy at Litestars. We dont even have a freezer.Litestars wants to continue its partnership with GW, working with Greek life organizations in a future to pair healthy eating with philanthropic causes.Disheartened by a lack of choices in America besides pizza, hamburgers as well as fried food, she made it her mission to fight against a growing obesity crisis. Leconte joined a Chefs Move to Schools initiative one facet of Michelle Obamas Lets ! Move cam paign as well as started educating children about healthy eating.Based on a brothers feedback about a hearty salads as well as satisfying soups, Gluckin sees a possibility for future events on even larger scales.Gluckin developed a bond with a Leconte family over shared GW experiences. He said a family business could be portrayed as a GW success story.Chief Operations Officer as well as son of Annie as well as Didier Leconte, Eric Leconte graduated from GW in 2005 with a B.A. in business administration, as well as began working on a restaurant concept one year later.I had an equal say in a concept as well as vision of Litestars, Eric Leconte, who is still making sure a vision of a healthy bistro is being followed, said.A special Department of Agriculture software program allows a restaurant to provide nutrition information for every item on a menu, readily available on their website.For us, it was a major part of our concept to have that transparency, he said. Its not just a marketing gimmick.Although he may not wake up at 4:30 a.m. to swim like his mother does, Eric Leconte still values a healthy lifestyle. Used to his mothers healthy cooking, he said it was hard for him to adjust to food at GW.I was always looking for quick, healthy food, he said.

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