Foodservice Equipment & Supplies

AUG 2018

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location has four dining options including a large dining room, a private dining room for up to 16 guests, a coffee shop and a garden room. In total, the facilities serve 58,000 meals monthly. The annual budget is $21 million, which includes catering for 26 events. The 275-person staff breaks down into 60 full-time employees and 215 part-time employees. One unique chef offering is the Culinary Classics series, where chefs recreate menu items from now-closed local restaurants. "Our residents, and an increasing number of seniors, are sophisticated diners," Darrah says. "They want us to listen to them, and they no longer want premade, processed products out of a box. They want to feel pampered, have a hand in their menu selections and feel that they are going to a different restaurant every night when they eat here." Darrah and his team work hard to stay ahead of the curve and offer menu options that appeal to Baby Boomers who expect fresh, innovative entrees. "They expect us to keep up with trends, like sushi; nouveau cuisine; locally sourced, farm- to-fork and grass-fed, and additive- and antibiotic-free foods; grass-raised meats, and grab-and-go items," he says. The dining services team has also introduced more flexible and longer din- ing hours. Residents can eat dinner between 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. compared to 6 p.m. before. All dining is fine-dining style. Display cooking at breakfast and special events, where Legacy residents can invite guests, has become popular. Residents also like the facility's approach to cooking trans- parency; they watch staff prepare menu items though an eight-foot window. Rogue Valley Manor also offers display cooking in Manor dining room during breakfast, lunch and dinner. Offering retail services is becoming a more important part of the service portfolio for senior living. Rogue Valley Manor's quick-service bistro offers a small cooked-to-order menu in addition to grab-and-go menu items, coffee drinks and other beverages for staff and residents. For employees, Time Out Café features a full buffet-style menu, including salads, pizzas, sandwiches and grilled entrees. Darrah relies on benchmarking services through the SUNNY WEATHER. SUNNY WEATHER. 800-452-4462 | Inspired by patio gatherings, Terrace comes in four lively colors: citrus, aqua, gray, and pink. Each hue is perfect for dining al fresco or for bringing the brightness of summer indoors—no matter the season. ANY TIME OF YEAR. "Food brings them back to memories of smells and taste, and I think there's more we can do with food for these patients." Robert Darrah, Legacy Retirement Communities

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