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The Bistro is the new hot spot at Meadow
Ridge Senior Living Community. Residents are loving this casual café
located just off of the award winning Atrium.
Previously, the only meal option was the main restaurant. Diners could eat in a smart casual atmosphere (jackets for the men) or choose a less formal buffet meal.
Executive Chef Corey Siegel wanted to create a standalone a la carte menu with a variety of delicious food in a quicker and less formal atmosphere.
Siegel has been with Meadow Ridge for almost two years. The decision to create this new entity predates him but he was happy to be there in time to shape it. He equates the Bistro with a town center hub where people gather in a warm, friendly and inviting atmosphere.
The design and lighting encourage social interaction between the residents. Siegel explained that shared food is a bond maker.
He credits his team with making this a success because they are highly vested in making everything just right. Jeff Ventura is the Assistant Food Service Manager who oversees the Bistro. Lindsay Brown is the Bistro Supervisor and John Dykeman is the sous chef who manages and runs the kitchen under the Executive Chef’s direction. Siegel said his team used their vast experience to create an environment in which they could all be proud.
Residents visiting families also love the Bistro as a comfortable place for all ages.
So far, the Bistro has been a wild success with occasionally a wait time to sit.
Residents can choose from a menu or from a board of daily specials. Each meal is made to order and then served by the pleasant wait staff, including Garry, who has been working at Meadow Ridge since it opened 16 years ago. He works in both the main dining room and the Bistro. Garry said he loves how there is now a choice between dining that is fancy and casual.
Executive Director Michele Bettingole said it is a joy to see how much the residents are enjoying the new spot.
On a recent visit, I was treated to a lovely lunch at a sunny table in the Bistro. Residents and staff greeted me warmly.
Lunch started with a Mediterranean platter with dips that was as good as any middle eastern restaurant around. Next was a large salad with shrimp on top. The salad was so fresh and crisp and the shrimp was grilled to perfection. I remarked that I wished the Bistro was open to the public!
Lindsay proudly served a sampler for dessert. My sweet tooth was delighted with the the carrot cake, the edelweiss cake and the assortment of macaron.
Meadow Ridge is a vibrant community peopled with residents who appreciate the finer things in life. They are enjoying their new gourmet adventure: the Bistro
left: Executive Chef Corey Siegel and Assistant Food Manager Jeff Ventura discuss menu options with diners
right: Sous-chef John Dykeman and Bistro Supervisor Lindsay Brown display some of the delicious dishes
Daily special boards