MaineHealth Hosts Top Recipe Contest

March 30, 2016

In celebration of National Nutrition Month, MaineHealth launched the Food Fight! – a friendly competition inviting all of our member hospitals and organizations to show off their best healthy recipes.

Hundreds of employees and community members from across the MaineHealth system submitted their healthiest, tastiest recipes featuring a variety of different local fruits and vegetables. From these submissions, a panel at each organization selected the top two recipes based on creativity, originality, and of course, nutrition.

At the final round on March 29, 2016, participants tried samples of the top recipe from each organization and voted for their favorite alongside a panel of guest judges, including: Diane Atwood, author of the Catching Health blog and former Maine television health reporter;
Matt Ginn, executive chef at Evo Kitchen + Bar; and Deborah Deatrick, senior vice president, community health.


Based on votes from attendees and the guest judges, the English Pea Soup with Parsnips recipe submitted by Erin Dustin of Synernet was named the winner of the Food Fight! To view all of the top recipes from across the MaineHealth system, download the Food Fight! Recipe Book.

MaineHealth organizations that participated in the Food Fight and their respective fruit or vegetable included:

Franklin Community Health Network – Cabbage
HomeHealth Visiting Nurses – Mushrooms
LincolnHealth – Pears
MaineHealth Accountable Care Organization – Tomatoes
MaineHealth corporate – Potatoes
Maine Behavioral Healthcare – Beets
Maine Medical Center – Broccoli
Memorial Hospital – Kale
NorDx – Carrots
Pen Bay Medical Center – Apples
Southern Maine Health Care – Winter squash
Synernet – Parsnips
Waldo County General Hospital – Blueberries
Western Maine Health – Spinach


“Hospitals across the MaineHealth system have made excellent progress toward helping patients, employees, and communities make healthier food choice through the Partnership for a Healthier America’s Hospital Healthy Food Initiative,” said President Bill Caron. “The Food Fight! was launched as a fun way to engage with local communities and employees across the MaineHealth system in recognition of these important efforts.”