Michael Ritt Named as the New Executive Chef at Greenspring

(SPRINGFIELD, VIRGINIA) - Michael Ritt has recently joined Greenspring retirement community as the new Executive Chef.  He officially began work in his new role on Monday, July 9. The Executive Chef is responsible for five dining establishments in Greenspring's independent living clubhouses including Fireside, Woodland Skies, Potomac Café, the Bistro, and the Jefferson, as well as seven additional dining locations in the continuing care neighborhood at Greenspring. "I am a strong believer that there is always room for improvement and will work to instill this in all aspects of the culinary department here at Greenspring," said Ritt. Ritt joins Greenspring from Union Jack's British Pub, where he was the Head of Kitchen Operations for the Arlington, Va. and Bethesda, Md. locations since 2008.  Prior to this position, Ritt had held several Executive Chef positions in the D.C. metropolitan area including at Elephant and Castle in Washington, D.C., Café Deluxe in McLean, Va., Rainforest Café in McLean, Va., and Planet Hollywood in Washington, D.C., among others.  Ritt received a Bachelor of Science degree in Food Service Management from Johnson & Wales University. "I chose to come on board with Greenspring because it is a great company that offers a positive work environment and encourages a healthy, balanced quality of life," said Ritt.  "Everyone has been so welcoming and helpful since my arrival, that I already feel at home." About Greenspring: Greenspring is situated on a scenic 108-acre campus in Springfield, Virginia.  The community is home to nearly 2000 residents, many of which reside in the 1405 independent living units.  At Greenspring, over 200 resident-run and resident-driven programs promote an engaged, fulfilling lifestyle that is reflected in resident satisfaction levels that exceed the industry average.  Greenspring's continuing care neighborhood offers the following types of care: assisted living, dedicated memory care, long-term nursing care, and short-term rehabilitation.  Continuing care residents benefit from exceptional resources, programs, security and amenities including the Erickson Living health and wellness team, a unique network of health care programs, and professionals whose focus is on the 62-plus population.  Life at Greenspring offers a true sense of community and is an exciting alternative to the typical retirement community.  Additional information about Greenspring can be found at www.ericksonliving.com.