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Food your friends will envy

Signature Dining at Fox Run aims for—and achieves—higher quality

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October 14th, 2016
Fox Run’s dining services team cooks meals to order for residents at the Novi, Mich., community’s on-site restaurants.

Fox Run’s dining services team cooks meals to order for residents at the Novi, Mich., community’s on-site restaurants.

Over the summer, Fox Run’s on-site restaurants underwent a major overhaul. The community rolled out Signature Dining, a new Erickson Living-wide program that features fresh, made-to-order menu offerings. 

Signature Dining is the result of collaborative efforts between community members and dining services staff. Focus groups were held to determine which entrées residents most enjoy. 

Sales Manager Kristen Yaquinto says under the Signature Dining program, all food is prepared at the time of service, creating a more personalized and exceptional culinary experience. 

“The advantages to Signature Dining mean that meals are prepared especially for residents each night when ordered, rather than being cooked in large batches and kept warm,” Yaquinto says. “This program means the food will be hotter, fresher, and even better tasting.”

Most of residents’ favorite dishes, such as steak, pasta, and grilled seafood, are still on the menu, Yaquinto says. But now, the flavor and temperature is even better because food isn’t prepared ahead of time. 

Culinary boot camp

The dining services staff went through extensive training in preparation for the rollout of the Signature Dining program, and they are using new cooking methods and equipment to sauté and grill food as orders come in. 

 “The difference is that the quality is much better,” Yaquinto says. “There are more dessert options, which are all made to order, and a daily drink special is now offered as well.”

While the dining experience at Fox Run has always been impeccable, Yaquinto says the restaurants are getting rave reviews from residents since Signature Dining was implemented. 

 “Their family and friends, that do not live at Fox Run but come to join them for dinner, are also saying positive things about the new dining program,” Yaquinto says. “They think the food is better than ever.”

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