Dinner With the Doctor

by Jay Wintermeyer

Guests went through line for the healthy feast.
Kryalyn Swayze giving a short health lecture. 
Doctor John Torquato answers questions.

SPOKANE, Wash., February 18, 2015  -  The savory smells of a bountiful dinner greeted visitors seeking to return books at the North Spokane (Wash.) Library on Sunday, Jan. 25. While they might have been looking for another great read, they found something else instead. 

Library visitors discovered a unique health event, "Dinner With the Doctor." Members from Spokane's North View Seventh-day Adventist Church reserved the library’s community room for the event, which served more than 50 people. 

Guests attending "Dinner With the Doctor" enjoyed a light buffet-style supper while seated around many decorated tables. During the meal, which featured heart-healthy recipes, Doraleen Mallernee, a North View Church member, gave a cooking demonstration of one of the menu items. Mallernee gave the audience a chance to ask questions about the preparation and where to find ingredients. 

Following the meal, Kryalyn Swayze, a Loma Linda (Calif.) University medical student serving as an intern in Spokane, gave a short health lecture on how to take steps toward a more healthy lifestyle.

John Torquato, a board-certified family practice doctor, answered questions at the close of the lecture. Guests appeared to enjoy the meal, and there was lively interaction throughout.