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​Riverside Convention Center to Offer Healthful Menu Designed by LLUH

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Following a two-year renovation and expansion, the Riverside Convention Center in California will reopen with brand new healthy menu options developed in consultation with Loma Linda University Health (LLUH).

Officials of LLUH and Raincross Hospitality Corporation, the managers of the convention center, have entered into an agreement in which LLUH develops menu items with a focus on seasonal specialties and healthful ingredients, consistent with LLUH standards of excellence and nutrition. The specialized menu will compliment an exciting menu created by the center’s new executive chef, Brad Martin.

LLUH nutritional experts will also work closely with the convention center’s culinary staff to supervise their knowledge and techniques for proper preparation of vegan and vegetarian meals recommended for inclusion on the menu. “We’re privileged to share our experience with vegetarian cuisine and our message of healthy living to the 250,000 guests of Riverside Convention Center each year,” said LLUH Chief Wholeness Officer Daniel Fontoura.

Apart from developing the menu and staff training, LLUH will be involved in other aspects of food service at the convention center, including conducting a nutritional assessment of all food items on the menu, and having LLU students in nutrition and dietetics programs take part in internship opportunities. “We are enormously pleased to have this unique opportunity to cooperate with such a well-respected organization as LLUH to promote important principles of nutrition, while providing our valued guests with the best opportunities for healthful eating,” said Ted Weggeland, president of Raincross Hospitality Corporation. “The Riverside Convention Center is committed to representing the promise of healthy living in a socially responsible community.”

LLUH is known widely for its pioneering work on nutrition and its impact on health. The LLU School of Public Health is home to the Adventist Health Studies, an ongoing study funded by the National Institutes of Health, which looks at how nutrition is linked to health and longevity; and a number of other nutrition-related studies.

Riverside Convention Center is one of the leading convention and events centers in the Inland Empire. It recently completed a $43-million renovation and expansion, and will re-open on March 1.

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