Kids, Seniors Bake in Iron Chef’s Challenge

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Residents and their grandchildren took it to another culinary level during Laurel View Village’s (LVV) first Iron Chef’s competition held during the community’s annual Grandkids Camp!  Offered to grandchildren of residents and staff, the weeklong camp at the Davidsville, PA, community, offers fun activities and a variety of events including a bird and reptile show, movie night and a cupcake decorating class.

According to Kelsey Vann, Cura catering manager at LVV, the Chef’s Challenge was a huge success providing fun, as well as a little education, around food!   Styled after the Food Network’s popular “Iron Chef” show, two teams of five children (with two assisting adults) were challenged to prepare the best macaroni and cheese and dessert – cupcakes, of course!

Teams were given a head start with provisions including the macaroni and cheese sauce, freshly baked cupcakes and whipped cream.  The ultimate decision was to select only three ingredients that would help them to create an entrée and dessert deserving of top culinary honors!

Children selected from broccoli, bacon, onions, carrots, peas, ham, chicken, hot dogs, and chives.  While dessert options included chocolate chips, white chips, coconut flakes, sprinkles, Oreo cookies, buttercream and chocolate buttercream icing, and chocolate syrup.

Teams were led by Josh Truitt, Cura executive chef and Megan Heiser, baker (LVV staff) who competed against Kevin Shedlock, Cura director of dining and Josh Swalligan, Cura sous chef.  Teams were only given 15 minutes to prepare their entrée and dessert!  Once created, teams prepared a show plate for a panel of four LVV resident judges who awarded based on presentation and taste!

“It was a difficult decision, but we felt that Team Josh, along with their junior chefs, executed their dishes the best,” says Ms. Vann.  To the amusement of the children, Chef Kevin received a pie full of whipped cream!

The Chef’s Challenge demonstrates Cura’s LivingLife philosophy, a commitment to nourishing the body and spirits of our seniors.  “We believe our responsibility to our residents and guests goes beyond serving fresh, healthy and delicious food.    Through LivingLife, we offer activities and food entertainment events that increase socialization, wellness and memory support among older adults.  Most importantly, these activities enhance life around great food,” says, Shedlock.

Holy Redeemer Partners with Cura

Holy Redeemer Partners with Cura

Holy Redeemer Health System, which offers a wide range of healthcare and health-related services, including an acute care hospital, personal care and retirement communities in Philadelphia, PA, was proud to announce their partnership with Cura, a food service provider specializing in senior living and healthcare dining!

“In selecting a new dining services provider, our goal was to partner with an organization whose culture mirrors ours.  Cura’s LivingLife wellness component complements our holistic approach to healing by meeting the emotional, spiritual and social services needs of those we serve.  We believe, as a key partner, Cura has the exceptional culinary and clinical nutrition skills along with the commitment and approach to people that will help us deliver high quality customer service and great food to our residents, staff and guests,” says Don Fox, senior vice president, real estate management, corporate business development for Holy Redeemer.

 Cura’s culinary team provides personal-centered care to the Holy Redeemer Hospital at the Meadowbrook campus, and to St. Joseph’s Manor Care.  At its LifePlan continuing care retirement community located on the Lafayette Campus, Cura involves residents, families and staff in developing exceptional menu options to 168 personal and assisted living residents, as well as 250 independent living residents.  In addition to dining, Cura manages a country store which provides an additional dining option for fresh grab-and-go food, sundries and other essentials for residents, guests and employees.

Cura’s industry knowledge, combined with their years of experience in guiding clients during café renovations, will provide Holy Redeemer with ideas for stylish and trend-forward dining and bistro options.  Future renovation plans include an open dining concept featuring a gastro pub, wood-fired pizza operation and a specialty drink station.

“We’re excited to bring our expertise to Holy Redeemer and will strive to continually enhance dining, while promoting an experience that exceeds true person-centered care at all levels of service,” says Mitch Possinger, and founder of Cura Hospitality.

ABOUT CURA
Cura is a highly responsive and innovative dining services and hospitality provider dedicated to a mission of Enhancing Life Around Great Food. As part of Elior North America, the Cura team enhances peoples’ lives through culinary innovation and a commitment to providing exemplary service.   Curahospitality.com

ABOUT HOLY REDEEMER HEALTH SYSTEM

Holy Redeemer offers a wide range of healthcare and health-related services, including an acute care hospital, home health and hospice services, two skilled nursing facilities, personal care, a retirement community, low-income housing, an active living community, and a transitional housing program for homeless women and children. With corporate offices in Huntingdon Valley, PA, Holy Redeemer Health System is a Catholic healthcare provider, serving southeastern Pennsylvania and 12 counties in New Jersey, from Union County south to Cape May County.

 

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Grace Zarnas-Hoyer, Manager of Public Relations

Mobile: 610-349-0844; ghoyer@curahospitality.com

Cura Welcomes SpiriTrust Lutheran; Fulton County Medical Center

SpiriTrust Lutheran

The Cura team was excited to announce its partnership with SpiriTrust Lutheran, a York, PA-based social ministry organization.  The agency provides an array of programs and services to more than 25,000 people in 20 Pennsylvania counties and three bordering counties in northern Maryland.

Cura officially began serving SpiriTrust Lutheran in December of 2017.  The culinary team focuses on creating exceptional resident-centered dining options beyond “three great meals per day” for the more than 1,300 residents who call one of six SpiriTrust Lutheran senior living communities home.

In addition, Cura provides lunch five days a week to approximately 40 SpiriTrust Lutheran LIFE program participants. Plus, team members can also enjoy meals and snacks at the various cafés and bistros located throughout its senior living communities located in Gettysburg, York, Chambersburg, Shrewsburg and Hanover.

According to Michael Markey, Cura vice president of business development, “SpiriTrust Lutheran was impressed by the comprehensive personalized dining program we offer for all levels of care, including our signature Handcrafted Delights.”

 Handcrafted Delights, an idea inspired by Cura, revolutionizes traditional nutrient-supplementing snacks with visually appealing and tasty treats that use pantry staples and produce already available in the kitchen!

“Cura’s contributions to therapeutic innovations and outstanding outcomes through Handcrafted Delights, as well as Whole Body Menus, Puree Creations, Enriched Foods and Connections Memory Care Dining, appeal to families researching optimal dining care,” said Angela Dohrman, senior vice president and chief operating officer,  SpiriTrust Lutheran.   “These were key factors in the selection of our new dining services partner.”

Cura was also proud to begin dining services at Fulton County Medical Center in McConnellsburg, PA, a non-profit corporation which owns and operates a 21-bed critical access hospital and 67-bed skilled nursing care facility.

According to Kimmi Campagna, Cura director of business development, we are excited to serve their acute care center’s cafeteria, and help guide them on their culture change journey, a national movement for a conversion of the institutionalized system of care to person-directed values and practices.

“Fulton County is beginning to experience Cura’s Completely Satisfied patient-centered meal program which continues to achieve high patient satisfaction ratings through attention to the individual patient’s health, dietary and nutritional needs with healthy and fresh cooking,” said Ms. Campagna.

Cura is also honored to be a part of Fulton County’s new Center for Advance Medicine which includes a pharmacy, cardiology, respiratory, radiology and other specialty services.

A new bistro is also being constructed to appeal to staff, patients and visitors.  Under the direction of Jon Norris, Cura hospital district manager, “Our goal is to create the look, menu and feel of a contemporary bistro that offers fresh, made-to-order food, while providing a quick and nutritious meal to go,” says Norris.

 

ABOUT CURA
Cura is a highly responsive and innovative dining services and hospitality provider dedicated to a mission of Enhancing Life Around Great Food. As part of Elior North America, the Cura team enhances peoples’ lives through culinary innovation and a commitment to providing exemplary service.   Curahospitality.com

 

MEDIA CONTACT
Grace Zarnas-Hoyer, Manager of Public Relations
Mobile: 610-349-0844; ghoyer@curahospitality.com

New Brick Oven Pizza Restaurant Unveiled at Lutheran Community

New Brick Oven Pizza Restaurant Unveiled at Lutheran Community

Let’s Go Eagles” was chanted by residents at the Lutheran Community at Telford (LCT) in Telford, PA, during a recent tailgate party where they enjoyed the football game in the newly renovated Founder’s Fare restaurant!

Founder’s Fare boasts a new brick oven pizza operation as the restaurant’s centerpiece where chefs hand craft fresh-dough personal pizzas designed with toppings that include herbs (when in season) grown in the community’s onsite gardens.

The celebration jump-started week-long promotions featuring breakfast, grab-n-go lunch and dinner prepared by Cura’s culinary team.

Staff and residents can also select from a variety of grab-and-go deli items, freshly made pre-packaged salads, fruits and yogurt.

A menu of made-to-order hot sandwiches and entrees are also available at the grill station making it easy to pre-order and pick-up (or order) at the convenient walk-up window for lunch!

Founder’s Fare is also a food and beverage destination for a refreshing breakfast in the morning where residents can sit and enjoy everything from bagel sandwiches to traditional eggs and pancakes!  A full menu of options and entrees for dinner are also prepared fresh and served by wait staff in the evening.

According to LCT President and CEO Daniel McKee, “Founder’s Fare is a unique dining venue where the space transforms to suit the time of day, while trands from the restaurant and hospitality industries are featured and adapated by Cura for both staff and residents to enjoy!”

 

ABOUT CURA
Cura is a highly responsive and innovative dining services and hospitality provider dedicated to a mission of Enhancing Life Around Great Food. As part of Elior North America, the Cura team enhances peoples’ lives through culinary innovation and a commitment to providing exemplary service.   Curahospitality.com

MEDIA CONTACT
Grace Zarnas-Hoyer, Manager of Public Relations
Mobile: 610-349-0844; ghoyer@curahospitality.com

New Grille Opens at Longwood at Oakmont

New Grille Opens at Longwood at Oakmont

The MarketPlace Grille at Presbyterian SeniorCare’s Longwood at Oakmont Community in Verona, PA, received a new look for the new year!

The updated MarketPlace Grille was a complete tear down, transitioning to a scatter-station food court like system.  The Marketplace Grille now offers several food choices including pizza, grilled items, soup, deli as well as a barista.

“When we met with architects, we focused on creating a more contemporary design that would eliminate long waits in line and incoporate lots of natural light,” said Dea Tomsic, district manager.

“The new look is inviting and more spacious to accommodate more scooters and walkers.  Plus, the new venue is open for all meal parts to independent, assisted and skilled residents, as well as Longwood at Oakmont staff.”

The barista features breakfast including coffee, espresso, cappuccino, chai, lattes, smoothies and milkshakes.  Guests and residents can a enjoy breakfast sandwiches, bagels, English muffins, pastries, fruit, yogurt and parfaits.

For lunch, residents have their choice from three different kinds of pizzas, turkey burgers, fresh deli and made-to-order sandwiches and wraps.  At dinner, you can find many fresh selections including beef medallions, grilled salmon, as well as comfort food selections such as meatloaf.

A new turbo chef, flat top and grill were added so that everything from salmon to a fresh brioche can be prepared at time of service,” said Ms. Tomsic.

Residents are also treated to a live action station where Cura Executive Chef Christian Olson cooks food prepared-to-order and in front of residents. “We want our menus to be fresh and full of variety– but more importantly, it’s about choice,” added Ms. Tomsic.

The team includes:  Mary Kay Grippa, general manager; Christian Olson, executive chef; Andrea White, assistant director; Michelle Cypher, dining room manager; Greg Perkins; healthcare manager; and Robyn Dillner, dietitian.

 

ABOUT CURA
Cura is a highly responsive and innovative dining services and hospitality provider dedicated to a mission of Enhancing Life Around Great Food. As part of Elior North America, the Cura team enhances peoples’ lives through culinary innovation and a commitment to providing exemplary service.  
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MEDIA CONTACT
Grace Zarnas-Hoyer, Manager of Public Relations
Mobile: 610-349-0844; ghoyer@curahospitality.com

Cafe 100 Opens at Messiah Lifeways

Cafe 100 Opens at Messiah Lifeways

Messiah Lifeways at Messiah Village in Mechanicsburg, PA, recently celebrated its $80 million “Project Envision” expansion which features 84 apartment homes, wellness and enrichment centers, a saltwater pool – and two new restaurants, Café 100 and Kathryn’s on the Square! The expan

“We are excited to have the two new dining venues on campus, because along with our current two venues, we are now able to offer four distinct dining destinations for our guests to enjoy on campus,” said Franklin Oiler, general manager of dining services.

The new Cafe 100 area offers a comfortable and vibrant setting for guests to enjoy many fresh and healthy menu options for breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as grab-and-go options.  The pastry chef creates an assortment of fresh made pastries and desserts for the cafe that guests enjoy with fresh brewed coffee from the Starbuck’s We Proudly Brew program.

Samples from the grand opening celebration featured:

  • Poached organic egg on sourdough toast with grilled asparagus and lemon chive beurre blanc
  • Spinach, tomato, egg white and feta on whole wheat flatbread
  • Toasted opened face muesli round with almond butter and granny smith apple topped with crisp prosciutto (the muesli rounds are homemade by our pastry chef!)

Diners enjoy watching Cura chefs prepare seasonal salads and sandwiches beneath a canopy of angled wood beams!

Residents can also frequent Kathryn’s on the Square where all menu items are prepared fresh – even pastries are baked onsite!

When the weather gets warmer, residents will eat “al fresco” in the Carr Courtyard!

Our opening team included Chef/Manager Judy Ingram; Cura Chefs Keenan Alexander, Ramon Resto, Greg Hozel, Geoff Timothy and Mariah Anderson.  Baristas and servers included Steph Huth, Laura Stanish, and Marcy Thompson.

Read more about the new Village Square in the Central PA Business Journal.

 

ABOUT CURA
Cura is a highly responsive and innovative dining services and hospitality provider dedicated to a mission of Enhancing Life Around Great Food. As part of Elior North America, the Cura team enhances peoples’ lives through culinary innovation and a commitment to providing exemplary service.   Curahospitality.com

MEDIA CONTACT
Grace Zarnas-Hoyer, Manager of Public Relations
Mobile: 610-349-0844; ghoyer@curahospitality.com

St. Clair Hospital’s Fresh New Look

St. Clair Hospital's Fresh New Look

It’s inevitable that healthcare staff spend hours upon hours at a hospital or care facility, which is why they frequent the cafeteria or dining hall on premise.

As dining services, hospitals such as St. Clair are starting to step up their game by working with Cura to add creative menu items, upgrade food options and provide convenient services.

As part of St. Clair’s recent renovation to its main cafeteria, a display action station was added where Cura Executive Chef Rich Costanza makes everything to order!  According to Joe Landolina, Cura general manager of dining, “we also added a new charbroiler which is an amazing style of cooking equipment that scorches foods giving meats, fish as well as vegetables that great off the grill flavor!”

Landolina is also offering more upscale fare including gourmet sliders, carved tenderloin and crab cakes. You can also find mezze Mediterranean favorites such as hummus including black bean roasted red pepper, as well as new vegetarian items and a breakfast buffet on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Guests can also select from pizza, menu items from the grill, self-serve soup and an extensive salad bar.  Menus are always kept fresh by rotating the menu cycle every five weeks.

One of the most exciting changes is the on-line “express order” service, which was initially offered to hospital staff and guests while the renovations in the main cafeteria were underway.  During this time, staff and guests were able to order lunch and dinner online and pick up at Café 4, which is a smaller café located on the fourth floor of the hospital.   “The service was so popular that we kept it to offer limited daily menu items including soups, salads and sandwiches,” said Landolina.

Back by popular demand —  BOX’D CHEF!  St. Clair Hospital was selected as one of the first U.S. hospitals to offer BOX’D CHEF, delicious take-home meal kits, during test pilot days in the fall of 2017!  BOX’D CHEF was developed by Elior UK, which is part of Elior Group, Cura Hospitality’s global parent company.

New BOX’D CHEF recipes will soon be added providing yet another dining offering at St. Clair!

In addition to Chef Rich, the following team members support Cura at St. Clair:  Colleen Rivera, retail manager; Chef Joel Morgan; Maria Martinez, Emir Balic, Laura Wolschlager, Victoria Kelly, Zulfiya Binaileva and DI Hers Glotfelty, cafeteria team members.

 

 

ABOUT CURA
Cura is a highly responsive and innovative dining services and hospitality provider dedicated to a mission of Enhancing Life Around Great Food. As part of Elior North America, the Cura team enhances peoples’ lives through culinary innovation and a commitment to providing exemplary service.   Curahospitality.com

MEDIA CONTACT
Grace Zarnas-Hoyer, Manager of Public Relations
Mobile: 610-349-0844; ghoyer@curahospitality.com

Peter Becker Community Designs New Dining Plans

Peter Becker Community Designs New Dining Plans

Dining plans are a huge part of what residents are looking for in their living experience.   Today’s resident needs are different and require flexible dining. Some might still be working, some residents care to eat with us every day, while some residents may only join us once a week.

“Our goal was to involve our residents to create multiple dining plans that meet their lifestyles,” said Josh Crandall, Cura general manager of dining at Peter Becker Community (PBC) in Harleysville, PA.   “As part of our commitment to the residents at PBC, we are always looking for new and better ways to meet dining services expectations.”

Crandall and his culinary team began the process by conducting a series of 12 focus group sessions with PBC residents to encourage an open discussion and gather feedback on resident dining meal plans to determine:

·        Residents Living on PBC Campus

·        Dining Experience and Eating Behaviors

·        Daily Eating Habits

·        Types of Food Eaten Most Often

·        Most Frequented Dining Environment

·        Most important in Selecting a Dining Venue

·        Dietary Rules or Restrictions

The result:  Several dining plans featuring multiple levels of participation, flexibility and opportunities designed to accommodate residents best suited for occasional dining, weekly dining as well as daily dining at all four PBC campus restaurants.

The plans offer nine dining packages (three for cottages and six for apartment living) that start off with a base package of $100 dining dollars per month.  Each plan increases in increments of $50 up to the $450 maximum monthly spend.

In accordance with their plan, residents may receive rewards such as discounts on purchases, restaurant exchange gift card allowance, annual birthday meals, guest meals and special events, as well as complimentary fountain beverages and coffee.

 

 

ABOUT CURA
Cura is a highly responsive and innovative dining services and hospitality provider dedicated to a mission of Enhancing Life Around Great Food. As part of Elior North America, the Cura team enhances peoples’ lives through culinary innovation and a commitment to providing exemplary service.   Curahospitality.com

 

MEDIA CONTACT

Grace Zarnas-Hoyer, Manager of Public Relations

Mobile: 610-349-0844; ghoyer@curahospitality.com

Fulton County Medical Center Partners with Cura Hospitality

Fulton County Medical Center

Fulton County Medical Center, a McConnellsburg, PA non-profit corporation which owns and operates an 21-bed critical access hospital and 67 bed skilled nursing care facility, was proud to announce their partnership with Cura Hospitality, a leading specialist in acute care and senior living dining.

According to Michael Markey, Cura vice president of business development, we are excited to serve their hospital’s  cafeteria, and to help guide them on their culture change journey, a national movement for a conversion of the institutionalized system of care to person-directed values and practices.

“Fulton County is beginning to experience Cura’s Completely Satisfied patient-centered meal program which continues to achieve high patient satisfaction ratings through attention to the individual patient’s health, dietary and nutritional needs,” says Markey.

Cura is also honored to be a part of Fulton County’s new Center for Advance Medicine which includes a pharmacy, cardiology, respiratory, radiology and other specialty services.  A new bistro is also being constructed to appeal to staff, patients and visitors.  Under the direction of Jon Norris, Cura hospital district manager, “Our goal is to create the look, menu and feel of a contemporary bistro that offers fresh, made-to-order food, while providing a quick and nutritious meal to go,” says Norris.

“Our goal was to partner with a quality-driven dining specialist whose goals mirror ours on providing the highest quality, safety and satisfaction,” says Kim Slee, FCMC Chief Operating Officer and Interim CO-CEO. “We believe Cura’s culture change expertise, Living Life Wellness and preparing fresh and nutritious food helps us to continuously improve the health of our community.”

About Cura

Cura is a highly responsive and innovative dining services and hospitality provider dedicated to a mission of Enhancing Life Around Great Food. As part of Elior North America, the Cura team enhances peoples’ lives through culinary innovation and a commitment to providing exemplary service.   Curahospitality.com

 

ABOUT FULTON COUNTY MEDICAL CENTER

The Fulton County Medical Center (FCMC) is a Pennsylvania non-profit corporation, which owns and operates a 21-bed critical access hospital and 67-bed skilled nursing care facility. Founded in 1949, FCMC is located at 214 Peach Orchard Road, McConnellsburg, Pennsylvania.  FCMC has an active medical staff of nearly 100 physicians, 500 employees and sixty active volunteers. For more information visit FCMC online at www.fcmcpa.org

 

MEDIA CONTACT

Grace Zarnas-Hoyer, Manager of Public Relations

Mobile: 610-349-0844; ghoyer@curahospitality.com

Cura Announces New Partnership with SpiriTrust Lutheran

SpiriTrust Lutheran

Cura Hospitality, a leading specialist in senior living dining, is pleased to announce its partnership with SpiriTrust Lutheran®, a York, PA-based social ministry organization. The agency provides an array of programs and services to more than 25,000 people in 20 Pennsylvania counties and three bordering counties in northern Maryland.

Cura officially began serving SpiriTrust Lutheran in December of 2017.  Its culinary teams focus on creating exceptional resident-centered dining options beyond “three great meals per day” for the more than 1,300 residents who call one of six SpiriTrust Lutheran senior living communities home.

In addition, Cura provides lunch five days a week to approximately 40 SpiriTrust Lutheran Life program participants.  Plus, team members often enjoy meals and snacks at the various cafes and bistros located throughout its senior living communities.

According to Michael Markey, Cura vice president of business development, “The SpiriTrust Lutheran team was impressed by the comprehensive personalized dining program we offer for all levels of care, including our signature Handcrafted Delights.”

Handcrafted Delights, an idea inspired by Cura,revolutionizes traditional nutrient-supplementing snacks with visually appealing and tasty treats that use pantry stables and produce already available in the kitchen!  Studies show that residents not only increase their food consumption when they enjoy the meals they are served, but also feel a greater sense of dignity when they can rely less on medications and nutritional supplements.

“Cura’s contributions to therapeutic innovations and outstanding outcomes through Handcrafted Delights, as well as Whole Body Menus, Puree Creations℠, Enriched Foods and Connections Memory Care Dining, appeal to families researching optimal dining care,” said Angela Dohrman, senior vice president and COO – SpiriTrust Lutheran.  “These were key factors in the selection of our new dining services partner.”

Cura also provides a wellness component, LivingLife, which encourages personal growth and independence through hospitality-related activities and special events such as chef challenges, farm tours, harvest days and brew clubs!

“We’re excited to bring our expertise to SpiriTrust Lutheran and will strive to continually enhance dining services, while promoting an experience that exceeds the expectations of those we serve,” said Mitch Possinger, president and founder of Cura Hospitality.

About Cura
Cura is a highly responsive and innovative dining services and hospitality provider dedicated to a mission of Enhancing Life Around Great Food. As part of Elior North America, the Cura team enhances peoples’ lives through culinary innovation and a commitment to providing exemplary service.   Curahospitality.com

About SpiriTrust Lutheran®

SpiriTrust Lutheran® began serving the community in 1951 by providing outreach services to families and seniors in York County. Today, SpiriTrust Lutheran provides senior living options in Chambersburg, Gettysburg, Hanover, Shrewsbury and York; home health care, hospice care and in-home support; a program designed to enhance the ability of seniors to live safely in their homes; and a broad spectrum of other life-enhancing services. The SpiriTrust Lutheran service area includes Adams, Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Centre, Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Fulton, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Perry, Schuylkill and York counties in Pennsylvania and Carroll, Frederick and Washington counties in northern Maryland. Visit www.spiritrustlutheran.org for more information on any of the programs or services offered by SpiriTrust Lutheran.

 

MEDIA CONTACT

Grace Zarnas-Hoyer, Manager of Public Relations

Mobile: 610-349-0844; ghoyer@curahospitality.com