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Orlando Hadassah enjoys a 'treat sensation' of Thai food


Hadassah Members, Roz Haskelson, Paula Roth and Jo Fischer observe Chef Sue Manatad prepare Thai food.

The Orlando Chapter of Hadassah recently hosted a cooking demonstration of healthy Thai food by chef and restaurateur Sue Manatad of Orchid Thai Cuisine Restaurant in Winter Park.

The event turned into a wildly successful learning experience for the 70 plus women who attended. Chef Manatad taught everyone how to make and roll their own summer rolls and the ladies enthusiastically stepped right in and as one woman put it, "we rolled them, ate them, and truly enjoyed them, sticky fingers and all."

The day was a treat of taste sensations. Several members stated that they had never eaten Thai food, nor were they enthusiastic about "vegetarian food," but after eating the lunch Manatad prepared for them, they declared themselves converts to a healthier way of eating.

A regular dairy meal was offered for those not able or willing to eat the Thai food, and it went practically untouched. Everyone ate the Thai lunch, discussing with surprise how flavorful the meal was.

Chef Manatad gives these cooking demos regularly for The Florida Hospital Diabetes Department, to help diabetics take control of their health issues and while enjoying delicious food. Her demos are open to the public.

Orlando Hadassah will be doing these healthy cooking demos more often, now that this demo was so enthusiastically accepted.

Much to the delight of all the Sanford, Lake Mary, and Heathrow members, Chef Manatad announced the opening of her Heathrow location at the end of January.


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