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Windsor Run welcomes director of dining services

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February 19th, 2018
William Bremer is Windsor Run’s director of dining services.

William Bremer is Windsor Run’s director of dining services.


Windsor Run, an Erickson Living community soon to open in Matthews, N.C., is pleased to announce William Bremer as the director of dining services. 

“Everything excites me about this position,” says Bremer. “Erickson Living is the most genuine, caring group I have worked for, and each person I have met has reaffirmed my decision. I look forward to working with our residents to create and mold a unique dining program that encourages input in shaping our menu, recipes, and specialty events.”

Bremer will oversee the staff of the community’s three distinct dining venues, including chefs, restaurant managers, service managers, catering staff, and servers. He will also manage the marketplace, a convenient shopping venue for residents and employees.

Wealth of experience

Prior to arriving at Windsor Run, Bremer spent 25 years managing collegiate dining operations at Oberlin College, Case Western Reserve University, University of South Carolina, and University of North Carolina–Charlotte.

“In those positions, I made it my mission to create dining programs that resident students wanted to see each day,” he says. “At Windsor Run, while the demographic of our residents may be different, the opportunity to deliver an evolving program with great customer service is very similar. My mission at Windsor Run is to develop relationships with our residents that encourage direct, instant feedback to steer our dining program.” 

Hitting the ground running

In the few short weeks since Bremer arrived at Windsor Run, he’s jumped right into developing Windsor Run’s industry-leading Signature Dining program, an initiative designed by Erickson Living to reimagine the culinary experience.

The vision of Signature Dining at all Erickson Living communities can be summed up in a single statement from the company’s corporate vision statement:

“Simply put, our goal is fresh, made-to-order, resident-focused menu offerings, executed at the moment of service to deliver an exceptional dining experience.”

“There is nothing better than a freshly prepared meal—a steak hot off the grill, stuffed shells from the oven garnished with fresh Parmesan and parsley, country fried steak straight from the pan to the plate with piping hot gravy,” says Bremer. “At Windsor Run, our kitchen is being designed and built to allow our dining staff to cook the food after it is ordered, not before. This layout allows us to prepare each plate exactly to the specifications of our resident—the right temperature, the right ingredients (removed, if there are allergy issues) and the right presentation.  

“For years, our residents have cooked their meals exactly how they wanted them,” he adds. “Now they have earned the right to have someone else do that for them and to exceed their expectations.”  

Enjoying life

When not at Windsor Run, Bremer enjoys spending time with his family – wife Jessica and sons William and Derek, most often rooting on his favorite Pittsburgh and West Virginia University teams. A self-proclaimed reading buff, he enjoys delving into nonfiction and presidential biographies, as well as anything written by Michael Connelly, Nelson DeMille, or David Baldacci. 

“I’m thrilled to be a part of the Erickson Living team at Windsor Run,” he says. “I look forward to working with my team to bring new ideas to life, meet our first residents, and make dining at Windsor Run a wonderful experience.”  

Something for everyone

By offering three separate dining venues, Windsor Run is prepared to meet the changing dining needs of its residents. For those looking for a casual meal, Tavern 1876, a pub-style restaurant, will offer small-plate items, including pizza, quesadillas, sandwiches, and burgers.

The second dining option, Woodside Café, is a deli or Panera-style restaurant serving a variety of menu items in a fast, casual environment. 

And the third restaurant, The Grove, will provide guests with the more traditional sit-down dining experience enjoyed over three or four courses. Each course will be prepared “a la minute,” or when it is ordered.

True dining experience

“Our emphasis will focus on serving fresh, hot entrées, prepared as they’re ordered,” says Director of Dining Services William Bremer. “Our goal is to create a true restaurant experience. Many retirement communities meet the needs of serving a large number of diners by pre-cooking meals and placing them in chafing dishes. We want more for the community members at Windsor Run.”

Guests may also choose to relax in the restaurant’s bar and lounge area offering a specialty menu of small-plate options and signature cocktails. Outdoor seating is also available for dining under the Carolina blue sky. 

“Our Dining Services staff is excited about providing top-notch meal options for community members at Windsor Run,” says Bremer. “I am confident that our community members will enjoy daily delicious meal options for every palate.”