Monday, February 27, 2017

Celebrating Valentine's Day at The Colony

Residents at The Colony in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, were treated to an elegant Valentine’s dinner featuring Beef Wellington and Red Velvet Cake, prepared and served by Executive Chef Jessica Pettingill and her team. Festive linens and rose petals adorned the place settings and students from Eden Prairie High School (pictured) delivered Valentine cards. During dinner, residents and guests joined in singing “Let Me Call You Sweetheart.”
Blood Orange and Beet Salad
Beef Wellington served with whipped potatoes, glazed baby carrots and red wine demi glace
Red Velvet Cake with cream cheese frosting
Tina Plant | Sr. Marketing Manager | The Waters Restaurant Group

Monday Motivation from Elly

Friday, February 24, 2017

March Promotional Ideas

Monthly Observances

Employee Spirit Month
Deaf History Month
Honor Society Awareness Month: feature any of your student employees who have made the honor roll or honor society
Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
Irish American Heritage Month
Music in Our Schools Month: partner with a local music program to provide entertainment during meal service
National Caffeine Awareness Month: have your RD present caffeine pros and cons
National Color Therapy Month: Change your colors and you can change your world
National Kidney Month
National Nutrition Month
National Peanut Month: Fun Facts and Recipes
Social Work Month
Optimism Month: place new optimistic quotes on the dining tables each day
Quinoa Month: Check out the Whole Grain Council for info and recipes
Workplace Eye Wellness Month

Weekly Observances

1-7: National Sleep Awareness Week
15-21: American Chocolate
23-29: Meat Free Week
27-29: American Crossword Puzzle Days

Daily Observances

1 - National Peanut Lovers Day
2 - Dr Seuss Day
6 - Oreo Cookie Day: Facts about Oreos
6 - Employee Appreciation Day
7 - Cereal Day: Fun Facts about Cereal, Cereal History
8 - Daylight Savings/Check Your Batteries Day: NFPA Info, USFA Info
11 - Johnny Appleseed Day: Recipe (second recipe down)
11 - Registered Dietitian Day
14 - Potato Chip Day: Recipes Using Potato Chips
14 - Pi Day
17 - St Patrick's Day: you all know the usual recipes, here is a link to activities
19 - National Chocolate Caramel Day: 70 recipes from Something Swanky
20 - Great American Meat Out Day: Meat Out Meal Plans
20 - Spring (Vernal Equinox)
21 - Corn Dog Day: 13 Corn Dog recipes from Delish
24 - National Chocolate Covered Raisins Day
25 - Pecan Day: Nutrition and Recipes
25 - Vaffeldagen (Waffle Day): Info from Sweden, and Recipe
26 - Spinach Day: Spinach Smoothie Ideas, Spinach Recipes and Cooking Tips, More Recipes 


Residents enjoyed an afternoon cocktail party.  We served heart shaped cookies, cream puffs, and pink crush! 
Pink Crush

10 oz coconut flavored rum
16 oz Strawberry flavored soda
6   oz Pineapple Juice

Pour the rum and pineapple juice into a cocktail cup and stir to combine,  Gently pour the strawberry soda into the mixture. Slowly tilt the mixing cup back and forth a few times to mix,  pour into cocktail glasses and enjoy!

Billie A. Duvall, CDM, CFPP | Morrison Community Living

February Kitchen Kabinet at Sterling Heights

To celebrate this month's Heirloom Event attendants at our "Kitchen Kabinet" meeting were treated to Armenian Style Rice Pilaf. Eliza, one of our long time residents here at Sterling Heights, submitted the recipe. She informed us that this was one of her and her families favorite dishes. She also shared with the group several different variations of the recipe that could be prepared as well. Eliza let everyone look through her traditional Armenian Cook Book and explained some of her favorite dishes. The Residents enjoyed the recipe so much that we will be adding on to our seasonal menu.

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

Celebration Tuesday Winner, Week 4: Smith Village

This week's winner for Celebration Tuesday is Smith Village!


For Celebration Tuesday, Smith Village in Chicago welcomed our new Assistant Dining Director, Kristie Ison! She just moved to Chicago from Kentucky and we welcomed her with some fun Chicago favorites! 

Valentines Celebration at Western Home

Valentines celebrations start at Western Home.  Chef Norman and the team started off the Valentines Celebrations this year with a dessert buffet.  Chocolate dipped waffle cones filled with fruit, heart shaped doughnuts, chocolate covered strawberries and pineapple, and fruit punch were the place that the residents stopped first on their way to the dance.

Randy Husted, CDM, CFPP
General Manager of Dining Services
Western Home Communities
Cedar Falls, Iowa

Thursday, February 23, 2017

EHM Senior Solutions Wellness Fair

In January EHM Senior Solutions held its annual Wellness Fair for Team Members.  The nutrition and wellness booth was a hit!  The team utilized the Pop-Up Teaching Kitchen, an innovative culinary concept.
The RDs highlighted our newest available options available to staff – Great Living Meals and the Dining Kiosk, both of which were a success.  The RD team also teamed up with Chef to create an “energy ball” as a give-a-way to the participants!
Midday Chef arrived and hosted an on-display, featuring a superfood recipe.  The Nutrition team assisted chef by discussing the health benefits of the superfood recipe.  Participants really enjoyed the session and the day overall!
The Team at EHM Senior Solutions - Saline

Ice Cream for Breakfast

On 'Ice Cream for Breakfast' day, Chef Austin treated the residents to Bacon Ice Cream!  He should know fun ways to serve bacon, as Austin took top honors in last year's 'Royal Oak Farmer's Market Bacon Bash' event.  The resident's loved it!

Bacon Ice Cream
Sprinkle 1 cup brown sugar on 1 lb. of bacon.  
Bake at 350 until bacon is caramelized and crisp, crumble.  
Top vanilla or maple ice cream with bacon or stir into softened ice cream.

Cheryl Naftel, CDM| Director Dining Services | Morrison Community Living| The Fountains at Franklin

King Home and Ten Twenty Grove's 2nd Reserve Dinner with Chef Brian Kempf

This dinners' theme was Breakfast to Dinner (and beyond)

The first course representing breakfast;
Bacon Wrapped Pork Belly with a Poached Egg on Top.
Paired with a Mimosa.

The second course representing lunch;  
Glazed Salmon with Pickled Slaw and Cucumber Rolls.
Paired with a Dirty Martini.

The third course representing an afternoon snack;
Fresh Made Lemon Ice.
 The fourth course representing dinner;
Rack of Lamb with a Shiraz Reduction and Horseradish Mashed Potatoes.
Paired with A 2013 Malbec from Lynfred Winery in Roselle.
 The fifth course representing a midnight snack;
Blueberry Funnel Cake with Candied Bananas and Raspberry Whipped Cream.
Paired with a nice Port.

 Brian Kempf | Chef Manager | James King Home & Ten Twenty Grove |

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Heirloom Shrimp Gumbo at The Waters of Plymouth

Chefs David, Musah and Jarrell treated residents at The Waters of Plymouth, Minnesota, to tasty shrimp gumbo as part of this month’s Heirloom offering. In addition to the savory meal, residents and guests received a recipe card, the story of the recipe, and were invited to submit their own favorite recipes. 
Tina Plant | Sr. Marketing Manager | The Waters Restaurant Group

Reserve Dinner at NorthPointe Woods

We had a Valentine’s Day themed Chef’s Reserve Dinner here at NorthPointe Woods! We had both residents and outside guests which made for a great time!

Chef’s Reserve Dinner

Traditional Frisee Salad Tossed with Toasted Almonds, Dried Cranberries & Strawberry Vinaigrette

Wild Game Pate served with a Toasted Crostini and Wild Berry Jam

Maine Lobster Stuffed with Scallops, Lobster Meat & Shrimp
Enrobed with a delicate Mornay Sauce
Red Wine Poached Pear with Honey Ricotta Cheese
Katie VanderStraaten Dining Services Director I NorthPointe Woods

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

In the Kitchen at Brecon Village

The pop up teaching kitchen display drew a crowd with chef teaching the participants culinary techniques, such as the picture here where Chef Travis is doing a chiffonade with herbs, while we also discussed the nutritional benefits in the recipe. Participants had a front row seat which enabled them to interact with chef during the cooking demo.

We celebrated citrus as the superfood so we utilized this crowd favorite recipe - Chicken and Orange Couscous with almonds. Included in the demo by chef was a water infused with cilantro, lemons, and oranges.
The Team at EHM Senior Solutions - Brecon Village

Beer and Food Pairing Showcases Culinary Delights

The Waters Restaurant Group collaborated with representatives from Fulton Brewing Company to present a spectacular beer and food pairing event at The Waters of Edina, Minnesota. Two dozen residents and guests enjoyed a presentation from Fulton's Ambassador at Large about the brewing process and were invited to sample four different brews and a ginger citrus craft soda. 
 The magic was in the elegant and delicious small plates Chef Gary and his team prepared and served to complement each style of beer. The residents had fun, with smiles all around, and the client was delighted.

Tina Plant | Sr. Marketing Manager | The Waters Restaurant Group

Monday, February 20, 2017

Valentines Day at Brecon Village!

This past Valentine's Day, our wonderful team put together hand made Valentines for our residents and placed one at each place setting for our dinner.  I also asked each of our team members to write something or someone they love on a heart shaped doily.  Their responses where wonderful! From tacos to their moms; it was great discussing what we all loved!

Megg Geiger| Hospitality Manager| Morrison Community Living|
Brecon Village, Evangelical Homes

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