An article was recently published online at The Reminder, posted on April 6th, 2017. To read the entire article, please click here.
Chef brings ‘Thrive Dining’ to East Village Place
Jeff Ross, Food Service Director and Executive Chef, recently unveiled an innovative program called Thrive Dining™. Thrive Dining™ aims to restore the joy of dining for individuals living with physical and cognitive changes. By using our own, high quality, freshly prepared menu items, we transform them into incredibly tasty, nutritionally balanced, protein packed meals that are served as bite size hors d’oeuvres intended to be eaten by hand.
This preparation method not only preserves the flavors of the individual components of the recipe – something pureeing does not do – it also breaks down the connective fibers in the proteins, making the resultant dish easier to digest. Ross said the reaction from those residents targeted for the program overall, has been “very positive,” with resultant clinical improvements in nutrition and weight stabilization.
The public will have the opportunity to experience Thrive Dining™ when Chef Ross and East Village Place present a tasting to the Memory Café at East Longmeadow’s Pleasant Valley Senior Center on April 19th at 4:30pm.
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