Friday, December 15, 2017

Industry Association Membership Opportunity

Sign up today for your FREE MEMBERSHIP to the 
Senior Dining Association:

  • This offer is for individuals who work within on-site operations, directly serving residents on a daily basis. (Directors, Executive and Sous Chefs, Dining Room Managers and Supervisors) 
  • Your enrollment includes a Free Two Year Membership, but you must sign up by December 31st, 2017.

Celebration Tuesday Winner

With so much going on this holiday season, we have even more to celebrate at Villa St. Benedict. This video celebrates the hard work and dedication of the culinary team and how they bring fun and positive energy to every event or occasion. Merry Christmas to you from VSB!

Katie Kunkel
Villa St. Benedict

Diversity and Inclusion: Banket!

Every year we create dozens of sticks of "Banket", a traditional Dutch pastry treat treasured by the members of our community.  Within the department, even our newest hires look forward to the arrival of delicious almond filled goodness from the oven, because the first batch is always meant to be shared!

Christina Bodanza CDM CDP | Morrison Community Living| Christian Rest Home

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Pillar of Poetry

At our display station today, a hot and hearty chili bar was offered to our residents and staff. To introduce this month's Encore theme, a 'pillar of poetry' was made that listed some famous poems that written from ones such as Walt Whitman, Edgar Allen Poe and William Shakespeare. My mother, a longtime poetry enthusiast, came and recited poems to our residents during lunch. 
It was a lot of fun - so much so that residents asked that she comes back to do more in the future. It was an excellent start to this month's dining series!

DavidAnsel | Assistant Director of Dining Services | Morrison Community Living| Fountains at Bronson Place |

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Huron County Medical Care Facility’s Annual Christmas Open House

On the first weekend in December each year, HCMCF holds its Christmas Open House for all the residents and families. The Activity department chooses a theme and works on decorations for many months. Dining Services collaborates with the Activity department to coordinate a menu that complements the theme. This year’s theme was a Vintage Christmas at the Tree Farm. The menu featured classic diner comfort foods consisting of: Classic Mini Hot Dogs, Cheeseburger Sliders, Mac and Cheese Bites and Grill Cheese Toast Points with Shooters of Tomato Soup. The dessert bar was presented like an old fashioned ice cream parlor with choices of: Caramel Apple Pie Tarts a la Mode, Hot Fudge Brownie Sundaes, Root Beer or Coke Floats, Ice Cream Sundaes with Frosted Sugar Cookies. The sugar cookies matched the holiday décor of a vintage red pick-up truck carrying home the family Christmas tree in the back.
Residents and family enjoyed the party and the cookies were a favorite of everyone.

Merry Christmas from Huron County Medical Care Facility!

Andra Shier| Assistant Director of Dining Services | Huron County Medical Care Facility |

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Viennese Table At NorthPointe Woods

Last night we had our first ever Viennese Table and Coffee Bar Event at NorthPointe Woods. Residents were wowed by our variety of delicious sweets! We had assorted macaroons, dessert bars, cupcakes, petit fours, cookies and truffles. We even had a wonderful selection of Gluten-Free Options. Our Executive Director Ron was in charge of the coffee and spirits bar. He served local coffee with a variety of syrups, liqueurs and brandy. 
The two favorite drinks were the grasshopper punch and the stinger.  Everyone had a wonderful time and they can’t wait to do it again!

Katie VanderStraaten
Dining Services Director I NorthPointe Woods I

Friday, December 8, 2017

Strolling with Cranberry Pear Chutney

November Wellness stroll at EHM Senior Solutions - Sterling Heights spiced the halls with a cranberry pear chutney and cinnamon baked pita. Chef Amy Armstrong and dietitians, Dao Tran and Dana Lutz, engaged residents, visitors and team members with a taste of this holiday favorite featuring the powerful superfood: Cranberry. One participant said 'it tastes like Christmas!'.
 Pear and Cranberry Chutney (yields 9 cups)
    8 pears
    2 lbs cranberries
    3 cups apple juice
    1 cup raisins
    3/4 cup sugar
    1 tsp salt
    1 tbsp lemon zest
Peel, core and dice pears. Place in saucepan with remaining ingredients. Cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes. Remove from heat and chill. Serve with baked pita chips sprinkled with cinnamon and nutmeg.

Submitted by the team at EHM Senior Solutions - Sterling Heights

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Cooking with the Chef at Smith Crossing

This month for Cooking with the Chef at Smith Crossing, our cook, Berto showed the residents how to make tamales.  Berto shared his family’s recipe and told the residents about his family’s traditions.  The residents loved the homemade tamales and look forward to them being on the menu in the future!

Kara Superczynski
Dining Manager
Smith Crossing

Bay County Medical Care Facility Superfood of the Month – Cranberry

This November we celebrated the cranberry fruit along with our traditional Thanksgiving lunch which is served each year. This year we tried something new for Cook Club – a cranberry chutney served over a baguette. The residents were intrigued by this new dish and some people who said they didn’t like cranberries actually enjoyed this dish! 
This event was Cole Elowsky’s (DDS) first Cook Club at Bay County Medical Care Facility. He had a lot to share on the history of cranberries and chutney.

Cole Elowsky | Danielle Bolzman | Rebecca Pitman | Morrison Community Living | Bay County Medical Care Facility

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

November Celebration Dinner at Hoosier

For Celebration Dinner this month we decided to change things up a bit in our Health Center! 
For the first time, we offered sparkling grape juice, displayed unique napkin folds, pre-set salads and bread baskets. We definitely lifted up our dining experience this month and are thrilled about the new things we will come up with and do for the months ahead! 
We received lots of positive feedback from our residents, guests and even other members of our facility!

November Celebration Dinner Menu: 

White Sparkling Grape Juice

Apple, Cranberry and Walnut Bread with Honey Vanilla Butter
Fall Harvest Salad- Mixed Greens, Pecans, Grape Tomatoes, Shaved Red Onion and Feta Cheese served with Apple Cider Vinaigrette

Airline Chicken Breast with Sage Cream Sauce

Roasted Pumpkin and Butternut Squash Risotto
Roasted Root Vegetable Hash with Chard

Individual Southern Sweet Potato Cake with Maple Buttercream Icing

Krista Montgomery | Hospitality Experience Regional Champion | Assistant Director of Dining Services | Morrison Community Living | Hoosier Village Retirement Community

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Employee Thank-You

Every holiday I try and do something special for the employees that are "forced" to work.  Normally it's a cupcake or cookie, or this past Easter I gave them all a box of Girl Scout Cookies.  This Thanksgiving I decided to be a little crafty.  These simple gifts go a long way in helping my team understand how much I appreciate them. 

Randy Husted
General Manager of Dining Services
Western Home Communities

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Local BSN Student Project

This month EHM Senior Solutions - Brecon Village dining and nutrition team hosted a local BSN nursing student during his Capstone project.  Marc lives locally and has a special interest in nutrition and older adults. Marc teamed up with Christina Weber MS, RD and Chef Travis to create a general, interactive class for the residents at a Brecon Village.  Chef created a fruit and vegetable slaw for the residents and the residents asked for this healthy item to be placed on the permanent menu!  
The team at EHM Senior Solutions - Brecon Village

Monday, November 27, 2017

December Promotional Ideas

Worldwide Food Service Safety Month
Bingo's Birthday Month: History of Bingo
National Tie Month: if your servers wear ties, allow them to wear different colors or patterns, maybe if have a tie decorating contest

1-7: Cookie Cutter Week
4-10: National Hand Washing Awareness Week
4-10: Recipe Greetings for the Holidays Week

4: National Cookie Day
10: Gingerbread Decorating Day
12: National Cocoa Day - facts and ideas to celebrate
12: Poinsettia Day - decorate cupcakes in celebration
12 - 20: Hanukkah
15: National Cupcake Day
16: National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day
20: National Sangria Day - easy, fun recipes
21: Crossword Puzzle Day - make your own crossword puzzle
24: Christmas Eve
24: Egg Nog Day
25: Christmas Day
25: Christmas Pudding Day
26: National Candy Cane Day
26-1/1: Kwanzaa
27: Free Balloon Day
30: Bacon Day
31: National Champagne Day
31: New Years Eve
31: World Peace Meditation Day