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Ready, Set, Cook: 3 LeadingAge Communities Offer Culinary Challenges to Residents

by Published On: Apr 02, 2012
Peter Becker
A team of residents from Peter Becker community.

Reality television cooking competitions and celebrity chefs are more popular than ever, and 3 LeadingAge member communities are putting their residents’ culinary skills to the test.

  • St. Cabrini of Westchester, NY, staged a commercial food show that gave its residents and patients an opportunity to taste and give first-hand feedback on nearly 100 different vendor-served foods to be considered as menu additions. Staff identified types of food to offer, developed a simple questionnaire, and set a schedule to accommodate food tasters and escorts within a 2-hour time period.

  • Pickering Manor Cottages of Newtown, PA, recently sent 10 residents to “Culinary College” offered by the community’s dining services provider Cura Hospitality. Dressed in chef coats and hats, the residents took part in 6 free sessions with topics including breading techniques, meat cookery, baking and pastry arts, and how to pair wines with food to complement a meal. 

  • Peter Becker Retirement Community of Harleysville, PA, pitted residents against each other in an “Iron-Style” culinary chef’s challenge. The teams of residents had one hour to prepare a meal and were given a basket of produce and everyday ingredients as well as a secret ingredient that was announced by the community’s CEO Carol Berster. The teams were judged by a panel including Russ McDaid, vice president of public policy for LeadingAge PA.

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