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How sweet it is

Exceptional dining every day at Wind Crest

Created date

December 21st, 2010

Retirement is a time when people can begin to focus on themselves again and what they really want to do. Who wants to spend time bogged down with everyday meal planning, shopping, and cooking not to mention cleaning up afterward? Luckily for the residents at Wind Crest, an Erickson Living community in Highlands Ranch, Colo., there s an abundance of food choices at both the Flyin B Caf and the Fireside Restaurant. And, by the way, dessert is included. We re so spoiled, says community member Royalene Doyle.

Flyin B Caf

Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the Flyin B Caf offers a panoramic view of the mountains, oftentimes capped with snow. The picturesque view adds to the feeling of comfort and serenity while dining. The caf offers both a more casual fare and more flexible dining experience. Can t decide what to eat? An option is to get a taste of the three main entrees! And don t worry if you can t eat those last few bites; the caf lets you box and carry, so leftovers won t be left behind. Residents can also order their meal ahead of time and come down to the caf to pick it up; you can even have food delivered to your apartment home.

Fireside Restaurant

There s an unwritten rule at the Fireside Restaurant no jeans, no shorts, no flip flops. Dinner guests prefer casual, not sloppy, attire when they sit down to eat their main meal. The dining staff will also seat people at random tables if they d like to meet someone new. Royalene and Woody Doyle, like many other residents, balance out their dining experiences, spending three days at the caf and four at the restaurant, or vice versa. With over 700 residents on campus, they say they want to meet and get to know as many people as possible, and what better way to meet people than while breaking bread.

Options galore

Variety is the spice and sweetness of life. There is an abundance of choices at both dining establishments at Wind Crest. Menu selections include two salads, two vegetables, soups, main courses (you can get half-portions of two in the restaurant), breads, and desserts. Notice the plural? And the choices don t stop there. There are between eight and nine different entr e choices per day plus grilled chicken breast and fish. Our kitchen staff are marvelous, Doyle says. They re always coming up with creative recipes and ways of changing things up so our palates are always pleased. The overwhelming consensus is that the residents are beyond pleased about the food. Many don t use their ovens at all, and some even use them as extra storage space. And why bother cooking? There s simply no need. Never have I had this kind of selection of food, nor was I ever able to cook this kind of selection. The food is just wonderful, Doyle says.

Wind Crest cuisine

A sampling of entrees from Wind Crest s menus:
  • Lemon and oregano rubbed grilled chicken
  • Beef bourguignon pot pie
  • Salmon with honey onion marmalade
  • Roasted pork ' cacciatore
  • Vegetarian chile