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Elegant evening with Riderwood’s chefs

Festive menu invokes tastes of fall

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November 20th, 2012

Six times a year, . target="_blank">Riderwood offers an elegant evening with the chef. The Erickson Living community in Silver Spring, Md., has won numerous awards for its dining services and its food especially its crab soup and is always looking for ways to offer residents variety and also let them know they re special. The five-course chef s meal, different from the day-to-day dining experience, is a time when the chefs de cuisine get to upscale their culinary performance. It s also a chance for the chefs to pamper residents taste buds even more.

Seasonal suppers

The meals coincide with the season in which they are offered. The last one, held in October, fit autumn perfectly. Under the guidance of Certified Executive Chef Victor Cirrincione, Chef Carlos Gauna created and prepared the evening s meal filled with savory scents and tastes of the season. In the Montgomery Station Clubhouse catering room, the tables were festively set with flowers and linens in hues of oranges, yellows, and reds. A silverware setting for each course, as well as two wine glasses one for red, one for white hinted at upscale dining. And upscale it was. Eileen Marsh, who has attended each elegant evening since its inception six years ago, says, It s like having a catered party right in your own home. Eileen belongs to the group of residents dedicated to never cooking again the ones who creatively use their ovens as extra storage space. She appreciates the extravagance of the evenings because at each meal she s introduced to something she s never eaten before and broadens her horizons.

Glass half full

Residents appreciate the exclusivity of the dinners anywhere from 36-50 residents are generally in attendance and how special it makes them feel. The water and wine glasses are never empty, and each course seems to come at the perfect timing, offering residents a chance to leisurely chat, giggle, and clink glasses. These meals give the chefs a chance to flex their muscles, says Seymour Brandwein, a resident who has also been attending the meals since the beginning. Some residents, like Seymour and Eileen, attend each elegant evening, no matter the menu, while others, like Helen Sammet, attend strictly based on whether they like the menu or not. Others, like Marilyn Raphael, are new to the community and are still exploring all it has to offer. This was such a lovely experience, Marilyn says. The exquisite food, the lovely company I will be coming back. Though the meal is not included in the monthly service package, it is worth it to those who attend. The chefs offer the meals to show their appreciation for the residents. What is the old adage? The way to someone s heart is through the stomach! The next elegant evening with the chef will be held mid-December and will be planned by Chef Marta Munoz. She promises a menu filled with the eclectic alongside the elegant.