Chardonnay poached salmon, stuffed portobello mushrooms, chicken andouille jambalaya and from-scratch clam chowder served in a flaky bread bowl. On any given day, these are just a few of the dishes found on the menu at The Quarry Senior Living in Vancouver.
“You hear all of these horror stories about retirement living, of heating up boxed frozen lasagna,” said Paul Lemke, Executive Chef at Silver Falls Restaurant, The Quarry’s full-service dining. “It’s neat that there are retirement communities out there that have broken away from that stigma.”
It’s safe to say that The Quarry is one of those retirement communities. Just ask Alice McPeak, a 90-year-old resident. She said that the restaurant played a big part in her recovery from a broken bone a few years ago that left her without an appetite. McPeak said she loves to eat and raves about the ossobuco, spaghetti with meat sauce and stuffed bell peppers – a meal she and her daughter-in-law often share together.
“They helped me get my appetite back,” she said. “The food is outstanding. It’s well flavored and good variety. You’ll always find something you like.”
The reason so many mouthwatering flavors and decadent combinations are regularly offered is because the residents and the entire kitchen staff get a say in what is served. Each resident, waiter and line chef is invited to attend a monthly food committee meeting where everyone is encouraged to voice their opinion and ideas about what the restaurant should make.