How to Create ‘Ratatouille Moments’ in Memory Care Dining

A surly restaurant critic takes a bite of the French vegetable dish called ratatouille and his heart melts, as he is transported back to eating his mother’s version in his childhood. This is a climactic moment of the animated film “Ratatouille,” and it’s the kind of dining experience that chefs around the world aspire to […]

Fast Casual Dining Could Be Senior Living’s Next Big Food Trend

To glimpse the future of dining in senior living communities, one might only need to step inside a Chipotle. More and more senior living providers are opening “fast casual” eateries with customized food orders, stylish menus, kitchens that are visible from the dining area and modern decor. The idea of incorporating fast casual dining a […]

Themed Dining Pairs Food with Resident Engagement in Senior Living

The old saying “variety is the spice of life” is being embraced by more and more senior living operators in the dining programs they offer residents. One Atlanta-based food service operator’s new dining program for senior living communities is serving dinner with a side of fine arts, as part of an effort to not only […]

From the Front Lines: Meet Brookdale’s Competitive Chef

From the Front Lines is a new Q&A series from Senior Housing News. Our aim is to get out of the C-suite from time to time to focus on some of the interesting and dynamic people who work at the forefront of the senior living industry. Have a colleague who does something cool and works in a senior […]

Dished: Maplewood’s Farm to Provide More Than Fresh Food

Maplewood Senior Living has ambitions to create top-flight urban senior housing, but is also undertaking a project far from the bustle of the city. The Westport, Connecticut-based provider has big plans for a farm that the company owns, which provides ingredients for its culinary operations. Farm-to-table cuisine is important to Maplewood CEO Greg Smith, who […]

New Report: Inside The Rise of Multi-Venue Dining In Senior Living

Today’s senior living residents demand restaurant-style dining. And today’s communities have not one or two, but in many cases, three or more restaurant-style venue options — from bistros to stations and fine dining. This shift toward high variety presents an opportunity for operators to exceed the expectations of incoming residents. Through design and operations, successful […]

Dished: A First-of-its-Kind Senior Living Dining Event

Does your community want to have more fun with food? Dining is the second-largest expense among senior living organizations, and if it’s not one of your selling points, it should be. That’s why we’re excited to announce a brand new event: Dished. Dished is a first-of-its-kind event that will bring together the leading operators and […]

Dished: Hot New Trends in Memory Care Dining

(Thrive Dining photo courtesy of Watermark Retirement Communities) The way some memory care programs feed their residents is rapidly changing. At many senior living communities, the standard mealtime practice for seniors with dementia is for caregivers to feed them things like chicken nuggets, fish sticks, french fries and purees. Those foods are easily identifiable and don’t require utensils to […]

Dished: Homestyle Meets Healthy to Improve Senior Living Dining

Finding the balance between much-loved comfort foods and healthier options is one of the struggles faced by senior living chefs nationwide—even award-winning ones. After all, serving healthy grains instead of fried chicken to senior living residents in Birmingham, Alabama, is likely to be met with resistance and complaints, St. Vincent’s Birmingham Executive Chef Mike Coots […]