Cura Enters First Food and Beverage Contract In Virginia “Partners with The Chesapeake”

Canonsburg, PA, January 24, 2020 — Cura, a member of the Elior North America family of culinary management companies, is proud to announce a new dining services partnership with The Chesapeake, a Lifespire Community in Newport News, VA.  This is the first senior living community where Cura manages food service in the state of Virginia!

A leading specialist in senior living dining, Cura began services on January 20th.  The team is honored to serve top quality food, service and clinical expertise at this vibrant and premier continuing care retirement community that has served the Hampton Roads area for over 50 years!

Not a stranger to the southeastern part of the United States, Cura’s success is already experienced in South Carolina communities.   According to David Nicholson, Cura District Manager, “Cura’s operational excellence at these communities and others throughout our service areas, resonated with The Chesapeake administration.  They were able to experience our personalized management style, dedication to preparing fresh and quality food and our firm’s caring and nurturing culture.”

The Cura leadership team also took the time to meet and listen to residents who call The Chesapeake their home.   “Cura values and places a great importance on resident input.  This is their home, so as their food service partner, our goal is to create a resident-centered culinary experience that reflects their lifestyle, regional tastes and traditions of The Chesapeake community,” adds Nicholson.

“The Chesapeake family is excited about this new relationship. Our tradition of excellent food will be enhanced with this partnership. We are most impressed with the alignment of values and culture between The Chesapeake, a LifeSpire community, and Cura,” says David Loop, Executive Director for The Chesapeake.

 Cura’s nutritional standards throughout The Chesapeake will create a healthy, well-focused and most of all- delicious food experience.  Cura’s fresh and made-to-order food include a wide selection of chef-inspired entrees at each meal, made-to-order options including grilled seafood and steak, oven-baked pizza, entrée salads and homemade soups.  For those with special nutritional requirements, Cura provides gluten-free, allergen-friendly, vegetarian and vegan culinary options.

Through Cura’s Be Well wellness program and innovative marketing, residents will experience monthly food and seasonal promotions, in addition to encouraging personal growth and independence through hospitality-related activities and special events such as chef competitions, cooking classes, sustainable gardening, harvest days and brew clubs!

Cura’s contributions to therapeutic innovations and outstanding outcomes are also made possible by Handcrafted Delights and Puree Creations℠, which appeal to families researching optimal dining care.  Handcrafted Delights revolutionizes traditional nutrient-supplementing snacks with visually appealing and tasty treats that use pantry stables and produce already available in the kitchen!  Puree Creations℠ meets the challenge of adequately nourishing patients with dysphagia by preparing real foods, freshly prepared and attractively structured.  Studies show that residents who participate in these programs 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 will also offer its renovation consultation expertise to The Chesapeake’s future health center’s redesign.  Cura has supported clients whose renovations have received awards by the International Environments for the Aging, and WELL Certified, which improves the health and well-being of residents, staff and visitors.

Cura’s management team includes:  Bruce Molloy, Director of Dining; Idrain Brooks, Executive Chef; Emily Blake, Registered Dietitian; Patricia Johnson, Dining Room Manager and Chris Myrsten, Assistant Director of Dining.

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.

About Elior North America
Elior North America enhances people’s lives through culinary innovation and a commitment to providing exemplary service. The family of companies, with more than 20,000 team members, provides foodservice solutions and catering to more than 1,500 client accounts in five industry segments across the continental United States. Elior North America is among the top five contract foodservice companies in the United States. The company is part of the European contract catering firm Elior Group. Learn more at

 About The Chesapeake

At The Chesapeake, nurturing our residents’ minds, bodies and spirits permeates our culture in everything we do.  Life at The Chesapeake is about empowering you to chart your own course for retirement.  The maintenance-free lifestyle here gives you more time and more freedom, so whatever it is you love to do, you can do it.  Remain active in all the community organizations you enjoy, dive deeper into a lifelong hobby, explore a new interest, learn something new, or take advantage of The Chesapeake’s full calendar of activities, trips and social events.  For more information about The Chesapeake, please visit