Food Network Chef Aaron McCargo, Jr. Hits the Road with Zesty New Recipes and Tips for No-Salt Cooking for National Kidney

  Food Network Chef Aaron McCargo, Jr. Hits the Road with Zesty New Recipes
  and Tips for No-Salt Cooking for National Kidney Month

Tour Includes Visits to Fresenius Medical Care Dialysis Facilities in Chicago,
                    Kansas City, Birmingham and Louisville

Business Wire

WALTHAM, Mass. -- February 20, 2013

In recognition of National Kidney Month this March, Chef Aaron McCargo, Jr. is
taking his kidney-friendly recipes and signature “flavor of bold” cuisine on
the road to several U.S. cities. Organized and sponsored by Fresenius Medical
Care North America (FMCNA), this four-city tour is intended to call attention
to how diets featuring fresh, flavorful ingredients can be healthy for
patients on dialysis, as well as tasty, affordable, easy to prepare, and great
for the whole family. An estimated 26 million Americans with chronic kidney
disease (CKD) are at risk for kidney failure, for which the only treatments
are a kidney transplant or dialysis.

Chef Aaron McCargo, Jr. (Photo: Business Wire)

Chef Aaron McCargo, Jr. (Photo: Business Wire)

McCargo’s culinary tour, which includes clinic visits that are free and open
to the public, kicks off in Chicago on March 14, World Kidney Day, then moves
on to:

  *Kansas City, Mo., on March 15 and 16
  *Birmingham, Ala., on March 19 and 20
  *Louisville, Ky., on March 27

At each stop, McCargo – host of the Food Network show “Big Daddy’s House” –
will visit dialysis clinics to meet with patients and their families to share
kidney-friendly cooking tips, food samples and recipes developed in
collaboration with FMCNA dietitians. He will also unveil a new recipe in each
city, influenced by that region’s cuisine.

Detailed locations and event schedules can be found at, and the new recipes will also
be posted there, starting on the day McCargo visits each city.

Dialysis is a life-sustaining process that cleans waste products and removes
extra fluids from a person’s blood when CKD leads to kidney failure. To stay
healthy, people on dialysis have to control their levels of potassium,
phosphorus, salt and saturated fats by limiting their intake of certain foods.
And as McCargo’s delicious meals demonstrate, dialysis patients don’t have to
settle for food that’s boring or bland.

“We’re pleased to launch Chef McCargo’s national tour, which provides a great
opportunity to share his renal-friendly cooking tips and inspire people living
with kidney failure,” said Carolyn Latham, vice president of clinical quality
and UltraCare at FMCNA. “His uniquely flavorful recipes help patients realize
they can live a better life on dialysis and get more enjoyment from eating
than they think.”

To encourage healthier eating habits during National Kidney Month, FMCNA
offers the following five tips for using less salt by substituting bold, fresh
herbs and spices:

            From Bland to Bold: Five Spices to Use Instead of Salt

1.Chili powder*  – tastes great in chili or taco meat flavoring. Also try
    adding it to rubs.
2.Smoked paprika – adds a deep brown color to bread-crumb casserole
    toppings, barbecue rubs or to seasoning blends for sautéing or searing any
    proteins. Also adds a great smoky flavor to marinades.
3.Lemon zest  – adds a lively taste to bread crumbs, breaded chicken tenders
    and fish sticks or to renal-friendly vegetables like eggplant or string
    beans. Also great in dressings and marinades, or mixed with dry spices and
    used as a rub for broiled or baked seafood.
4.Dried oregano – enhances the flavor of scampi sauces and combines well
    with lemon zest. Gives steamed vegetables or tossed salads a fresh, earthy
    taste and aroma. Or add it to fajita seasonings, along with chili powder,
    cumin, cayenne, and lemon zest.
5.Italian seasoning*  – a blend of thyme, oregano, and basil is great for
    finishing off sauces such as stroganoff or gravies. Works well on baked,
    grilled, or sautéed proteins with lemon zest and a little oil. Or add it
    to lemon zest, juice, and olive oil to make dressings or marinade.

* Most brands are salt-free, but check to be sure you’re using a salt-free

FMCNA encourages people to visit to see Chef
McCargo’s renal diet recipes and view his online cooking demonstration videos.
Dialysis patients can also find fitness tips, recipes, videos, and other
information about staying active and maintaining a healthy lifestyle on the
website. For more information about dialysis facilities near you, call toll
free at 1-888-325-5175.

About Fresenius Medical Care North America

Through our leading network of more than 2,100 dialysis facilities in North
America and our vascular access centers, laboratory, pharmacy and affiliated
hospitals and nephrology practices, Fresenius Medical Care provides renal
services to hundreds of thousands of people throughout the United States,
Mexico and Canada. We are also the continent’s top producer of dialysis
equipment, dialyzers and related disposable products and a major supplier of
renal pharmaceuticals.

For more information about the company, visit; for information
about patient services, visit

About Chef Aaron McCargo, Jr.

Chef Aaron McCargo, Jr. competed on and won season four of “The Next Food
Network Star” in 2008, beating out thousands of culinary hopefuls for the
ultimate dream job – his own Food Network show. “Big Daddy’s House” premiered
in 2008 and continues to be a success. On “Big Daddy’s House,” Aaron shares
his passion for big, bold flavors and fun, family cooking, bringing a
down-to-earth vibe and warm smile to the kitchen. He recently published his
first cookbook, “Simply Done, Well Done.” Whether cooking with his children,
relatives, friends, or even by himself, big food and big fun reign supreme.

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Media contact:
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Hannah Plotkin, 1-617-638-0022
Company contact:
Fresenius Medical Care
Rosemary Heinold, 1-781-699-4171
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