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Every day is a celebration in Devonshire's clubhouse

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March 14th, 2018
A chef talks to diners at one of Windsor Run's on-site restaurants.

The Windsor Restaurant offers an elegant dining experience at Devonshire. 

 

Known for its five-star service and world-class cuisine, Devonshire at PGA National, Erickson Living’s senior living community in Palm Beach Gardens, provides a resort-style atmosphere and a commitment to excellence that doesn’t exist at other communities.

That excellence is on display every day in Devonshire’s lively clubhouse lounge where community members enjoy fine wines and custom cocktails.

The clubhouse also boasts five restaurants, each distinct from the next in both décor and cuisine.

Executive Chef Joe Marinelli overseas all five restaurants. He brings a breadth of experience in fine dining and his 15 years as executive chef at Erickson Living’s Seabrook retirement community at the Jersey Shore helped him exceed expectations at Devonshire.

“Fresh and local” describe the ingredients in Devonshire’s entrees.

“If I have it, you will get it,” describes Marinelli’s response to requests. “I want people to be happy,” he says.

Coupling his attitude with the kitchens’ expertise means that whether people are in the mood for formal or casual dining, sizzling steaks, fresh-caught seafood, or a sumptuous buffet, Devonshire’s menus will pamper their palates.

“Each restaurant has a team that specializes in menu planning, steps of service, and nuances that make that restaurant unique,” says Director of Dining Services Jim Tallman.

“We also add a personal touch to the dining experience by providing opportunities for our culinary team to connect with diners,” Tallman says. “Our chefs come out and mingle with guests at wine dinners, and for Cinco de Mayo, our servers come out in Mexican garb and make guacamole tableside.”

As an example of Erickson Living’s ongoing commitment to Devonshire’s success, last year the restaurants all received facelifts at a cost of over $3 million in upgrades, new amenities, and designs.

Always something to celebrate

Something exciting is always happening at the clubhouse, and Devonshire’s dining experience is usually at the heart of it.

“Never will a holiday go by uncelebrated at our restaurants,” Tallman says. “We pull out all the stops in terms of special menus, compatible drinks, and decorations.”

People laud the creativity and enthusiasm his team brings to each special event.

Hello 2018

Dining Services’ creative minds and culinary artistry will ensure that Devonshire’s 2018 celebrations are events to remember.

New Year’s Eve 2017 was especially festive, rivaling what you’d experience at an upscale hotel and played to rave reviews.

The revelry began with an exceptional dinner in Devonshire’s Stratford Performing Arts Center and continued with exciting musical performances at venues throughout the clubhouse.

A dance band performed in Churchill Lounge, a jazz band performed by the swimming pool, and a DJ and karaoke highlighted the fun in the Cavendish restaurant.

This spring will bring Maine Lobster Night. Held in every restaurant, the menus will also feature red boiled potatoes, corn on the cob, and, of course, delectable desserts.

Devonshire has a reputation for opulent and all-too-tempting desserts. They’re presented most abundantly at the community’s Sunday brunches.

‘Chef tip with Joe’

Devonshire’s Dining Services has launched a cooking demonstration program that’s so popular it routinely has a waiting list.

At “Chef tip with Joe” sessions, Executive Chef Joe Marinelli prepares some type of dish, anything from an appetizer to a dessert, and makes a complementary alcoholic beverage. As he works, he explains what he’s doing. Then he serves the food and drink to everyone in the audience.

As people eat, conversation ensues. Diners ask whatever is on their minds regarding dining at Devonshire, and they review what they’re eating.

“These are wonderful casual conversations,” says frequent attender Shirley Diuro. “Joe is wonderful. He’s a very, very special person.”

He’s also an excellent chef. The food he prepares at his demonstrations tends to show up on Devonshire’s evening menus.

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