Entertaining with ease

Hosting family and friends has never been easier thanks to Highland Springs catering services

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November 22nd, 2019
Robert Miles oversees catering services at Highland Springs.

Robert Miles oversees catering services at Highland Springs.

Everyone loves a good party. For the host, however, the planning, shopping, cooking, and cleanup can add up to days of work for a few hours of fun.

At Highland Springs, the Erickson Living-managed community in North Dallas, community members enjoy the delights of entertaining without the work.

Catering services, led by Robert Miles, offers full-service event coordination, everything from menu planning to cleanup.

“We can do anything you’d like at a reasonable cost,” says Miles. “You’re able to entertain while we do the work.”

From an intimate dinner party for 8 to a large birthday or anniversary bash for over 100 guests, Miles says catering services can accommodate groups of all sizes.

“We cater events in residents’ apartments, in our two private dining rooms, or in the larger venues on campus,” he says.

Highland Springs has two private dining rooms. The private dining room in the Hillcrest Clubhouse accommodates 16 guests and can be reserved for lunch or dinner. The private dining room in Reunion Grille is available for luncheon reservations and seats 21 people.

“Residents typically book their events anywhere from several months to two weeks out,” says Miles. “We’ll work together to plan the menu and identify any special requests. We can order wine through our vendors, and we order cakes from a local bakery. As long as we can procure an item, we can make it happen.”

For parties in a resident’s apartment, Miles says the dining services team handles all the prep work, service, and cleanup.

“We’ve done everything from charcuterie boards to hors d’oeuvres and wine to elegant sit-down dinners with fine china and stemware,” he says. “We want the party to be everything you want it to be.”

‘Par excellence’

Margaret Bogle has worked with Miles on a number of occasions. As chairperson of the Arkansas Club, she plans quarterly dinners for club members.

“When it comes to menu planning, Robert is par excellence,” says Margaret. “He keeps track of what’s served at every Arkansas Club dinner, so we have a good variety of meals. The food is always served on time, at the appropriate temperature, and there’s plenty for everyone.”

Margaret’s background in food service gives her unique insight into the details of planning and executing an event. She ran a catering program based out of Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

“I know quality food and I know quality service, and we have both,” she says. “Robert goes above and beyond to meet every request, and the charges are extremely reasonable for the value received.”

Margaret has also hosted three large parties since she and her husband Bill moved to Highland Springs. The parties, in honor of family birthdays and anniversaries, were held in the Willow Ridge community room, the Arts and Enrichment Center, and the Arbor Room in Magnolia Place, with each event drawing more than 100 guests.

“We’ve had four generations at these parties, and I can’t say enough about how the servers accommodate my preschool-age great-grandchildren,” says Margaret. “Everybody in the family has a great time, and no one has to worry about cleaning up when it’s over. It’s a fantastic way to entertain.”