Culinary Excellence

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Sharing delicious meals with family and friends is a deeply meaningful part of life. That is why we place a high priority on ensuring our residents dine very well and in excellent company.

We create delightful dining experiences based on our residents’ personal tastes. That means creating unique, flavorful menus. Offering a variety of options every day. Making nearly everything from scratch. Using fresh, seasonal, local ingredients. Presenting it all with full table service. And of course, accommodating special dietary requirements.

Directing the show in many Atria kitchens, you will find chefs trained at the Culinary Institute of America, Johnson & Wales or Le Cordon Bleu. Of course, we realize that quite a few of our residents are expert cooks, too, and we welcome them to share their cherished family recipes with us.

Our featured culinary programs include:

Creative Culinary Events

Our chefs create inspired new dishes while continuously sharpening their skills. Every year, they showcase their talents and innovation in our Chef Showdown, an event that delights residents with displays of culinary mastery. It’s a fierce – and fun-spirited – competition.

The Chefs Table

Watch our culinary staff create your meal. Our chefs regularly construct elegant action stations for cooking displays during breakfast, lunch or dinner. Some of the more popular themes for our Chef’s Table include carved roast beef, pasta bars and gourmet desserts.

Master Cooking Classes

Many of our residents are already gifted cooks, but for most chefs, there are always new tricks and trends to learn in the kitchen. Our educational and healthy eating events guide residents through a variety of cooking topics, including special preparation techniques, tips for exploring new styles of cuisine and the nutritional benefits of choosing healthier ingredients.

Local Flavors from Local Vendors

Nothing brings a community together like warm food and fellowship. Our culinary staff embraces this idea and supports local vendors by utilizing their fresh ingredients in our recipes. We also invite them to visit our communities from time to time to share their offerings.

Guest Chef Events

We love hearing new perspectives from within the larger culinary community. That’s why we often invite guest chefs to show off their talents for our residents. Whether hosting a culinary team from one of our sister communities or inviting resident family members to display their skills, our guest chef events always bring happy times and happier stomachs.

Cuisine from Around the World

Spanish tapas, Japanese sushi, Indian curry – the world is full of flavors, and we make it a point to bring many of them to our communities. Our global cuisine selections vary throughout the year and offer residents the opportunity to explore new tastes and styles from countries around the world.