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A ‘taste-full’ experience

Variety and choice on the menu at new continuing care neighborhood

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June 19th, 2012

When the new continuing care neighborhood opens at Highland Springs later this year, guests can expect a dining services program that s designed to please. In addition to serving a variety of meals in the common eating areas, the new neighborhood will offer in-room dining options and 24-hour-a-day access to food. Our goal for the dining experience at the new continuing care neighborhood is to promote variety and choice, says Jeff Kimbell, director of dining corporate operations for Erickson Living.

Flexible dining options

That philosophy is reflected in the community-wide dining experience. Earlier this year, Highland Springs rolled out new flexible dining options to residents, allowing them to choose the number of meals they want each month and giving them flexibility to use those meals when they wish. The program was well-received by residents. The response to the new flexible dining options has been overwhelmingly positive, says Bob Kaplan, who participated in the pilot for the flexible dining program. When residents have choices and options, it gives them more control over their dining experience. I m glad that will be the case in the continuing care neighborhood.

Team of professionals

Paul Glassman, director of dining services at Highland Springs, will oversee the dining program at the new continuing care neighborhood. Executive Chef Jason Foss will be in charge of menu planning and food preparation. We want to leverage the expertise that already exists in the community, says Kimbell. The professional culinary team at Highland Springs will assure the food quality and consistency that our guests expect. The dining program will also feature an interactive component, allowing guests to participate in food planning and preparation to the extent they feel comfortable. We re looking for opportunities to engage continuing care residents in the dining program, says Kimbell. Whether that s planning menus or baking cookies, we re looking for those signature moments that elevate the dining experience.