New Orleans' Ralph Brennan challenges his restaurants' staff to slim down

Watching your calories while working in a restaurant is about like walking uphill in a rainstorm. You can just expect to slip up from time to time.

Ralph Brennan knows all about that. His weaknesses: wine and desserts. And he works with sommeliers and pastry chefs.

Today, Brennan launched a 90-day fitness and weight-loss competition for the employees of his restaurants: Ralph’s on the Park, Red Fish Grill, Cafe b, Cafe NOMA and Heritage Grill. His personal goal is to lose 20 pounds, and he’s challenging his staff to see if they can best him.
As the staff tries to get fit, some of the restaurants’ menu items also will be slimming down. Starting Friday, Heritage Grill, Cafe b, Red Fish Grill and Ralph’s on the Park will offer “Spa Plates,” such as shrimp creole with quinoa salad, ahi tuna salad with citrus soy vinaigrette, grilled puppy drum and grilled salmon and roasted eggplant quinoa.

“I don’t think we’ll become health food restaurants all of a sudden, but we do experiment with healthier options,” Brennan said. “We’ve been doing that for a while, and we’ll add a couple of new ones.”

For the full story from NOLA.com, click here.

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