Rising Trends in Senior Living Dining: Cloud Kitchens and On-Site Microfarms

Senior housing providers are embracing an ever-growing list of unique dining services and amenities in order to attract tomorrow’s residents and save on operating costs — including indoor hydroponic microfarms and offsite “cloud kitchens.” Two companies leading the way in this regard are Charlottesville, Virginia-based Commonwealth Senior Living, and Priya Living, a senior housing company […]

Social Media Food Pics Help Resort Lifestyle Communities Woo Culinary Talent

There’s an incorrect yet commonly held stereotype that senior living communities are where older adults go to wither away at the end of their lives. The same stereotype can even apply to people who work in senior living dining, according to Resort Lifestyle Communities (RLC) Executive Chef Jonathon Bolton. “There is a saying that senior […]

$216M Expansion Brings Host of Local Businesses, Health Care Providers to Mary’s Woods Campus

Mary’s Woods at Marylhurst used to take pride in being “the best kept secret” in Lake Oswego, Oregon. Not anymore. As a $216 million repositioning draws near completion, the nonprofit life plan community has raised its profile. Mary’s Woods is now more visible and more integrated with the greater Lake Oswego and Portland metro areas, […]

Harbor Retirement Associates Draws Inspiration from Modern Country Club Dining

Harbor Retirement Associates (HRA) doesn’t have “restaurant-style” dining venues, it has restaurants. That’s the philosophy adopted by Chris Thompson, who became vice president of hospitality for the Vero Beach, Florida-based senior living operator about one year ago. In that role, Thompson is directly in charge of the company’s food and beverage initiatives, including its daily […]

These Concepts Are Taking Senior Living Dining in New Directions

Senior living providers are reworking their dining programs to include wellness-focused menus, cost-efficient kitchen methods and even food trucks. And these are just a few of the recent forward-thinking ideas providers have shared with Senior Housing News. With half of this year behind us, we thought it would be worthwhile to revisit some of these […]

Beyond Meat Co-Founder Eyes Senior Living Market for Drink Brand Perennial

Beyond Meat co-founder Brent Taylor has a new beverage brand for older adults — and he hopes the senior living world takes notice. The new brand, Perennial, is a dairy-free drink formulated for older adults’ gut, bone, brain and muscle health. It’s made from pea, rice, almond and soy proteins, with added vitamins, minerals, and […]

Grace Management Rolls Out Resort-Style, All-Inclusive Dining

Grace Management has started to revamp its dining operations, introducing all-inclusive pricing and creating multiple venues throughout its 53-property portfolio. Minneapolis-based Grace is the operating company affiliated with CPF Living, the senior housing arm of private equity firm Chicago Pacific Founders. The Grace portfolio has been built up through a series of acquisitions, so one […]

Profits or Pushback: Opening Senior Living Restaurants to the Public

Senior living providers looking to make their dining venues viable revenue streams are finding themselves walking a tightrope between fostering intergenerational mingling and residents who prefer their restaurants remain an exclusive amenity. The growing pains behind this trend were discussed at Senior Housing News’ DISHED event in Chicago last month. All told, opening dining venues […]