Gyms Go Gourmet

Forget about smoothies and energy bars. Health clubs are now wooing members with fancy cuisine

While members at the Alaska Club East, a 108,000-sq.-ft. health club in Anchorage, pound treadmills and pump weights, the kitchen staff at the facility's restaurant is getting a workout of its own. Baker Bil Hess hustles fresh strawberry-carob cookies out of the oven, replacing them with a sugar-free carrot cake. Nearby, chef Vicki Carter grills cuts of wild boar, reindeer hot dogs and other local game. Carter and her crew make about 150 health-conscious but palate-pleasing meals a day. "We serve people in swimsuits next to others in work suits," says Carter. "It's wonderful cooking where people care so much about...