Cedar Crest wins highest honor at ‘A Taste of Senior Living’ competition

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December 19th, 2019
Cedar Crest Executive Chef Harris Gondelman wins the Silver Spoon award at LifeSpan’s “A Taste of Senior Living” competition.

Cedar Crest Executive Chef Harris Gondelman wins the Silver Spoon award at LifeSpan’s “A Taste of Senior Living” competition.

Cedar Crest’s dining program is on the map. 

Pequannock Township, N.J., community’s Executive Chef Harris Gondelman and his team have won the Silver Spoon Award, the highest honor at the “A Taste of Senior Living” competition sponsored by LifeSpan Network. 

The event, held in Clarksville, Md., featured the culinary creations of 28 senior living communities from around the mid-Atlantic area.

Gondelman and team members—Cedar Crest Executive Chef Josh McBee, Manager of Catering Arianne Pazmino, and Executive Chef David Connolly from Cedar Crest’s sister community, Seabrook in Tinton Falls—created a braised lamb Barbacoa topped with prickly pear cactus salad, pickled radishes, avocado-lime purée, and queso fresco served in a toasted hand-pressed taco. 

The dish won the hearts and taste buds of celebrity judges and more than 250 guests in attendance.

‘Delicious cuisine’

“Congratulations to Chef Gondelman and his team for bringing home the coveted Silver Spoon Award and representing Erickson Living with delicious cuisine,” says Cedar Crest Director of Dining Services Paul Cimins. “I am so proud of our chefs for their dedication and commitment to providing residents with an extraordinary experience every time they dine on campus.” 

Gondelman and his team’s efforts weren’t just for show. Cedar Crest’s Signature Dining program ensures they deliver an exceptional dining experience at every meal with fresh, made-to-order, resident-focused menu offerings, executed at the moment of service. Chefs are empowered to cook with creativity and meet special requests of their diners.

“I am humbled by the talent of our chefs showcased daily in our communities as well as at events like the Taste of Senior Living,” says Philip Maloney, director of culinary for Erickson Living.  “As we continue to build and cultivate our food integrity, it is exciting to have the opportunity to lead our culinary teams creating a culture where reputation matters.” 

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