Friday, October 21, 2016

Pumpkin Decorating Contest

Here are a few submissions for our Halloween Pumpkin Decorating Contest! Staff  had to come up with creative ways to decorate-not carve their pumpkins! The residents and staff will vote for the best one and the winner receives a Halloween Gift Basket.
Katie VanderStraaten
Dining Services Director I NorthPointe Woods

November Promotional Ideas

National Diabetes Month - CDC Feature
Banana Pudding Lovers Month
Diabetic Eye Disease Month
Gluten Free Diet Awareness Month
Lung Cancer Awareness Month
National Alzheimer's Disease
National COPD Month - Marketing Kit
National Georgia Pecan Month - Pecan Recipes
National Peanut Butter Lovers Month - Fun Facts about PB
National Pomegranate Month - Recipes and Handouts
Native American Heritage Month - Useful Info
Sweet Potato Awareness Month - Marketing Kit
Vegan Month - Recipes and Techniques

1 - World Vegan Day - Recipes and Techniques
2 - Cookie Monster Day
3 - Sandwich Day
4 - Punkin Chunkin Day
5 - Sadie Hawkins Day
5 - Stout Day - Recipes with Stout
6 - Nachos Day
7 - International Merlot Day
7 - Bittersweet Chocolate and Almonds Day: **great day for your RD to do a health talk**
8 - Election Day
11 - Veteran's Day
13 - World Kindness Day
14 - Spicy Guacamole Day
14 - National Pickle Day - Recipes using pickles
14 - World Diabetes Day - Theme: Eyes on Diabetes
17 - Great American Smoke Out - Tools and Resources for Employees or Residents
17 - Homemade Bread Day
18 - National Apple Cider Day - Cider Recipes
20 - National Peanut Butter Fudge Day
23 - National Espresso Day - Dessert Recipes using espresso
24 - Thanksgiving
25 - International Hat Day
25 - National Native American Heritage Day

Oktoberfest at Villa St Benedict

Oktoberfest at Villa St. Benedict was a huge success for residents and staff. The Lounge was transformed into a pub with all different IPA beers, Kielbasa Sliders, Potato Cakes, Pretzels with Cheese, and live entertainment! Everyone loved the atmosphere and had a great time celebrating as if we were all in Munich!

Nikki Beckus
Villa St. Benedict, Culinary Manager

Thursday, October 20, 2016


Huron County Medical Care Facility held a "Pink-Out" day to bring awareness and to honor those who have fought or are still fighting breast cancer. Employees from every department and even the residents wore their best pink attire to raise awareness for the cause. Dining Services provided a special treat of pink popcorn for staff.
Our residents enjoyed the pink popcorn during an afternoon activity of games. Throughout the month pink ribbons are on display at the nurses stations in honor of staff, residents, family members and loved ones who have fought breast cancer.  
 Andra Shier| Assistant Director of Dining Services | Huron County Medical Care Facility

Honey Treats!

Brecon Village had local bee keeper come to speak about bees bees, honey and the importance of being environmentally kind so bees can flourish and pollenate our many different fruits.  Today was also our TGIF Mixer, so we thought we would keep in the theme and create a honey amuse bouche and a cocktail to with it!

So,we created Milk and Honey tarts. A warm pie shell with a layer Honey bourbon jelly, followed by  Rape flower honey and Ricotta cream and then topped with a bit of Raw honey comb.

We then served Honey Bee Mimosas. Sparkling wine blended with honey and citrus juices.
Megg Geiger| Hospitality Manager| Morrison Community Living|
Brecon Village, Evangelical Homes

Rosh Hashanah at Weinberg

We celebrated Rosh Hashanah here at Weinberg Community for Senior Living from October 2nd thru October 4th with special dinners created by our Chefs. The dinners were truly memorable and loved by our residents.
 Rosh Hashanah is the beginning of the Jewish High Holy Days, or Yamim Noraim (the “Days of Awe“), and is followed 10 days later by Yom Kippur, the “day of atonement.” The Mishnah refers to Rosh Hashanah as the “day of judgment,” and it is believed that God opens the Book of Life on this day and begins to decide who shall live and who shall die.

Ken Johnston Director of Dining

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Better Brains with Choices

 This week our emphasis for Better Brains with Choices is Brain Crop Rotation.  In other words, doing things differently from your usual routine or practice.  Mixing it up!  This is not unlike using crop rotation in farming to enhance fertility and avoid depletion of essential nutrients.  One could imagine that by reactivating ignored areas of your mind, and challenging yourself in different ways, you may improve your brain heath in ways that might not have happened otherwise.  So give it a try.  Pick something to mix up today!
On Wednesday October 12, 2016 the Moorings of Arlington Heights Dining Services Team participated in the Better Brains with Choices program by mixing it up with having Breakfast for Lunch and Dinner!  We offered oatmeal for our soup, omelets and eggs, biscuits and gravy, French toast casserole, and bagels with lox.  The best part of the day was the servers.  They all wore their pajamas since we were serving breakfast!  The residents loved it and the servers had a lot of fun "mixing things up"

Lisa Baumgartner
Dining Room Manager
Moorings of Arlington Heights

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Pop of Color at Park Plaza

As the fall days get cooler & as the days get shorter and darker, here at Park Plaza we opted to serve and garnish our plates with a POP OF COLOR.

The residents were pleased with colorful items we dressed the plate up with.

A little rainbow never hurt anyone!

Stephen Manno Director of Dining Services

Monday, October 17, 2016

Midwest Chef Demo at Cantata

On Tuesday, October 11th, Chef Richard Sowa from Midwest Foods came to Cantata to hold a cooking demo for our clients.  Chef Rich specializes in making your traditional recipes with a healthy twist.  We chose to use locally sourced produce for our demo. 
Chef Rich made a delicious Butternut Squash Macaroni and Cheese- substituting a lot of the dairy with butternut squash and used gluten free lentil pasta. Residents and staff loved his recipe.  We look forward to partnering again soon with Chef Rich.

Brooke Roth General Manager of Hospitality Services

Monday Motivation from Elly

Friday, October 14, 2016

ALZ Walk

This past Sunday Morrison associates from Four Seasons Health Care in Columbus, IN participated in the local three mile Walk to End Alzheimer's. Four Seasons not only was a sponsor for the walk but also raised a total of $1,337.29! The walk was a great way for associates to engage with one another outside of the kitchen and to show their support for the cause. We are looking forward to participating in the walk again next year.

Krista Montgomery | Health Center Manager | Morrison Community Living | Four Seasons Health Center

10 Year Celebration at Western Home

Executive Chef Norman Grant along with Manager Kristi Ponder created a beautiful spread for Windhaven Assisted Living 10 Year Celebration.  It was a nice gathering with about 200 in attendance.  Norman and Kristi were very creative and had options for everyone.  At Windhaven Kristi and Norman work together and always show the value that we bring to Western Home Communities.

Randy Husted
General Manager of Dining Services
Western Home Communities

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Food Truck Rally at Central Bapist Village

We had our first ever Food Truck Rally, CBV Style! 

With the recent rise in food trucks craze, we thought it would be a fun idea to bring the food fun to our residents. This was a fantastic event for residents, staff and families to come together and enjoy some delicious food together. Our chef’s had a great time creating the menu for the event.  We even had our very own dietician Stacy Kosmen as the Clown making balloon foods for all the guest to enjoy!

Our menu included:
Gourmet Hotdogs
Short Rib Sliders
Skirt Steak and Veggie Tacos
Chinese Bao Bun with Roasted Vegetables
Homemade Funnel Cake
Ice Cream Treats
Fresh Popped Popcorn
Lemonade and Mojitos

We look forward to doing this again next year with many new ideas.

Nicole Randa |  Director of Culinary Services | Morrison Community Living |­ Central Baptist Village

EHM Sterling Heights Celebrity Chef

During this week's "Tasty Tuesday" we were joined by one of EHM Sterling Heights own Celebrity Chefs. Courtney Opyrchal prepared pasta cooked to order during our employee luncheon. Team members had the opportunity to choose from Penne Pasta or Bow Ties, Grilled Chicken Breasts or Sweet Italian Sausage, and have it topped with homemade Marinara or Alfredo Sauce. Many thanks to Courtney for volunteering her time and talent!

Amy Armstrong | Assistant Director of Dining Services  |­ Evangelical Homes Sterling Heights

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Christian Rest Home Inspires Production Team

What better way to bring associate engagement to our production staff--for free?  Get them passes to the local food show, and see what culinary passion is all about!  Chef Caitlin and cook Erik Ledezma had a great time at our Gordon Foods Expo, and even joined up with the Greater Grand Rapids ACF chapter to gain free passes to the reception gala afterwards.  Great food, terrific networking, and an amazing experience for all involved.

Christina Bodanza, Director of Dining Services

Traveling Chefs Farm to Table

On 9/27 we celebrated local produce with our "Farm to Table" traveling chefs event at Westminster Place.  The event was from 4:-5:30 and guests arrived for pre dinner samples from our Presbyterian Homes' executive chefs.

The dishes served and Chef who prepared them are listed below.

-lobster mushroom and shishito pepper quesadilla with heirloom tomato salsa prepared by Robert MacClure of Lake Forest Place

-fried apple pie with caramel sauce prepared by Brian Kempf of the James King Home

-golden beet and farro risotto with lacinato kale pesto prepared by David Warner of The Moorings

-tortilla crusted lake trout with sweet corn puree prepared by Christopher Moore

-watermelon-bacon salad with candied pecans prepared by Kyle Bulfer of Westminster Place

Samplings were washed down with apple cider mimosa's.

We look forward to our next theme  "Taste of Tapas"
Christopher Moore|Morrison Community Living|
System Executive Chef|The Presbyterian Homes