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Lunch with the chef

Guests enjoy culinary class and cuisine at Tallgrass Creek

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January 4th, 2016
“Lunch With Chef Matt” event
“Lunch With Chef Matt” event

As the mouthwatering aromas of home cooking filled Tallgrass Creek’s Blue Sky Dining Room, about 80 guests watched attentively as Matt Chatfield, the Overland Park, Kans., community’s executive chef, conducted a fun, informative cooking demonstration just for them. 

The event, called “Lunch With Chef Matt,” included an oversized video screen where guests could easily see the chef prepare his made-from-scratch teriyaki sauce for grilled chicken and sizzling stir-fried vegetables, both on their luncheon menu following the demonstration. The day’s menu also included an Asian sesame slaw and decadent white chocolate-covered raspberry bars. 

“We enjoy hosting unique events like Chef Matt’s so visitors can see the kinds of activities our residents enjoy and taste the wonderful food they experience every day,” says Blake Marshall, Tallgrass Creek’s sales director. 

In addition to cooking tips and favorite recipes, Chatfield also shared information about his extensive background in the food business. A graduate of the nationally recognized Johnson County Community College Culinary School, Chatfield has served as executive chef at William Jewell College, a prestigious liberal arts college located in nearby Liberty, Mo., and taught culinary classes at The Culinary Center of Kansas City. He is a frequent guest chef on local television.

“I like to offer something adventurous or unusual along with traditional fare, and it seems the residents like that, too,” says Chatfield. “Having said that, the residents enjoy good beef, well-prepared seafood, and always a variety of desserts.” 

Priorities matter

Many guests attending Chatfield’s luncheon were priority list members—individuals interested in moving to Tallgrass Creek. All it takes to join is a fully refundable $1,000 deposit and a $150-per-person, nonrefundable application fee. When prospective residents submit their deposit, that date is noted as their priority list date. Once their preferred floor plan becomes available, the sales team gives first right of refusal to priority list members based on their joining date. 

“We have only a handful of apartments available, so we’re encouraging priority list members and other interested people to make decisions while their preferred residence is available,” says Marshall. “Some have said they want to move in the spring, but with so few residences available, this is the time to start making plans and get on the priority list.”