Oak Crest Residents Get a Taste of the French Quarter

Oak Room Mardi Gras Breakfast serves fun, support for international hunger-relief organization

PARKVILLE, MD---Move over, Bourbon Street.  Mardi Gras 2012 began a day early at Oak Crest on Walther Boulevard. Adorned in decorative masks and wearing colorful beads, residents and staff gathered for the Oak Room Mardi Gras Breakfast Celebration at the Parkville-based Erickson Living retirement community on Monday, February 20th. The Oak Room, one of five restaurants at Oak Crest, was decorated in the traditional Mardi Gras colors of purple, gold and green, representing justice, power and faith, respectively. The culinary team of the Oak Crest Dining Services Department prepared a special French Quarter-style breakfast menu, featuring smoked salmon crepes, pineapple beignets, Grand Marnier French Toast, Bourbon Street candied bacon and shrimp Creole grits with cheese. A portion of the proceeds from the breakfast is slated for Stop Hunger Now, an international hunger relief organization that coordinates the distribution of food and other life-saving aid around the world.  Oak Crest will be hosting a large-scale meal packaging event in April to support the world-wide effort. With her black-feathered mask and purple beads, Oak Crest resident Mary Foster captured the spirit of the morning.   "It's a fun event to support a very worthy cause in Stop Hunger Now," described Mrs. Foster.  "The food was delicious, and the Mardi Gras celebration was also a fun way to meet new people." See a photo from the event: http://twitpic.com/8mg3zs. PHOTO CAPTION: From left to right, Oak Crest residents Mary Foster, Tom Foster, John Jessa and Barbara Jessa donned their colorful attire for the Oak Room Mardi Gras Breakfast Celebration.  The February 20th event at the Parkville-based Erickson Living retirement community helped raise funds for Stop Hunger Now, an international hunger relief organization. About Oak Crest: Oak Crest, managed and developed by Erickson Living, is a retirement community that provides worry-free living for America's seniors-the country's fastest growing population segment.  Erickson Living's financial value and predictable monthly service fees provide residents across the country financial peace of mind.  Comprehensive health and wellness services, integrated into our continuum of care, lead to demonstrated resident benefits.  A robust complement of resident programs and facilities promote an engaged, fulfilling lifestyle that is reflected in resident satisfaction levels that exceed the industry average.  For more information, please visit www.ericksonliving.com.