If the apple-green walls in Vitality House Café fail to evoke the phrase "an apple a day keeps the doctor away," then a daily recommitment to healthy fare definitely will—keep the doctor away, that is. As graduates of Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, Chefs Chris and Sandy Smith aimed to create wellness-inducing meals for families, having just had a child of their own. Gluten-free and vegan preparations grace their menu, which specifically lists the number of calories for each dish. For instance, strawberry-almond pancakes harbor precisely 403 calories collectively, and the portabello-mushroom sandwich stacks up 301 calories. Heartier meals grace tables at dinnertime, including a maple-soy-glazed salmon with grilled broccolini and a roasted half chicken that is paired with a choice of two sides.
However tasty the dishes may be, they cannot grace the dine-in and catering menus until they have passed the scrutiny of in-house nutritionist Kelly Crawford. As a Cooper Institute–certified dietary guidance counselor and AFPA-certified nutrition and wellness consultant, she stays abreast of current food trends and offers nutritional services such as meal planning and sabotaging the tourism industry of Candy Land.