Fresh Harvest, Taking a New Approach to Dining

Source: “Fresh Harvest, Taking a New Approach to Dining” Johnstown Magazine. December 2018.

The Fresh Harvest Restaurant is taking a fresh approach to the senior living dining experience.

Read more about the farm-to-table restaurant located on the campus of Laurel View Village in Johnstown Magazine!

Community at Rockhill Resident Gardens Celebrated for Sustainable Practices

Source: “Community at Rockhill resident gardens celebrated for sustainable practices” Montgomery Media News. October 8, 2018.

Community at Rockhill resident gardens celebrated for sustainable practices

When Stan and Nancy Hagberg moved a decade ago to the Community at Rockhill, they weren’t sure they would be able to have a garden anymore. The garden they have now, though, is bigger and more productive than the one they had at their previous home, they said.

“We basically become vegetarians during the summertime,” Stan Hagberg said. “We just eat from our garden.”

On October 5th, a celebration to showcase the resident gardens and sustainable dining practices was held by Cura, which last year began providing dining services at the retirement community in West Rockhill Township. Strings of lights, booths with food samples, harp music by Rachel Johnston and local wines from Unami Ridge Winery greeted attendees.

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A Place to Showcase Fresh, Wholesome Menu Items

Source: “Building a healthy menu from scratch.” Food Management. September 18, 2018.

The Lunch Box Café is a healthy grab-and-go spot that was designed to upgrade food options at Cura client Fulton County Medical Center in McConnellsburg, Pa. Customers find berry smoothies with milk, coconut milk or almond milk (and greens added as well). There’s a varied selection of salads, soups and sandwiches.

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Sustainability at The Community at Rockhill

Sustainability at The Community at Rockhill

“Only fresh food and vegetables are used.  In fact, the culinary staff peel, cook and cut vegetables such as fresh red beets, which are highly nutritious and “cardiovascular health- friendly” root vegetables,” says Michele Doleniak, Cura general manager.

The Community at Rockhill, a picturesque 44-acre continuing care retirement community in Sellersville, PA, partnered withCura last year to provide culinary services for 205 independent living, 53 personal and 90 skilled care residents.  

With Executive Chef Curtis Law on board, fresh food is never wasted.  Chef Curtis and his production staff take great pride in “gathering their food for the earth.”  Vegetable waste, including large amounts of rinds, skins, seeds and non-edible food waste are composted onsite and returned to the gardens on campus for natural fertilization.  Chef Curtis estimates that 50-60 lbs. of produce are sent to Rockhill’s compost bin weekly.

In addition to helping Rockhill create a green environment, Chef Curtis plans to grow his own, a trend that has increased in popularity as older adults are keenly aware and educated on the key health benefits of the food they eat. “It’s important for them to know where their food is grown and harvested,” Chef Curtis says.

Chef and his team are planning to construct raised beds where he will plant tomatoes, peppers and herbs.  Gardening also improves residents’ health by helping to keep them active, while providing inspiration and enjoyment!

Cura’s First Partnership in South Carolina

Cura's First Partnership in South Carolina

As its first partnership in South Carolina, Cura was proud to be selected as the food service provider of choice for Presbyterian Communities of South Carolina (PCSC) in Clinton, Easley, Florence, Lexington, Summerville and West Columbia.  

PCSC shared that Cura’s mission and values were key factors in selecting a new dining services provider.

Residents have already experienced exciting additions including the July grand opening of The Café at Summerville at The Village at Summerville.   According to David Nicholson, Cura resident district manager, this is the first community of its kind that offers beer and wine.  “Open for lunch and dinner, the café is designed to be a social destination for residents to enjoy happy hour or just a glass of wine or a beer with lunch,” says Nicholson.

At the café, residents can also select from freshly prepared grab-and-go sandwiches, salads, fruits, cheeses, and non-alcoholic bottled beverages including sweet tea, the South’s quintessential drink!  A flat bread pizza operation also creates panini and personal pan pizzas.  “This will probably be a concept replicated throughout the other PCSC communities, providing residents with a casual dining option to more formal settings,” says Davidson.

Currently Davidson and his culinary team are developing a new winter menu based on resident feedback.  “We want our residents to feel at home, enjoying traditional foods of the south.  From shrimp and grits to pecan pie, we will strive to create the perfect southern dining experience!”

“We’re excited about this opportunity and to bring our expertise to PCSC as we enhance dining services, while promoting an experience that exceeds the expectations of the residents in South Carolina,” says Mitch Possinger, president and founder of Cura Hospitality.

Cooking Up Adventure

Source: “Cooking Up Adventure” My Haven. Summer 2018.

Jeff Gibson from Menno Haven
Culinary at Menno Haven is an adventure for your taste buds. Local produce makes this adventure an unexpected delicious experience! Cura’s Chef Josh Gibson is passionate about cooking with fresh and local ingredients in every dish.

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Healthcare Foodservice Trends

Source: “Healthcare Foodservice Trends” Foodservice Equipment and Supplies Magazine. August 1, 2018.

Box'd Chef

Retail, meal kits and wellness reign in healthcare foodservice! And, Cura is ahead of the trends in cafe design, menus and enhancing life around great food!

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Craving a Fresh Sandwich, Homemade Mashed Potatoes, or Yummy Smoothie? Try a Hospital

Source: “Craving a fresh sandwich, homemade mashed potatoes or yummy smoothie? Try a hospital” Public Opinion, Part of the USA Today Network. July 25, 2018.

Craving a Fresh Sandwich, Homemade Mashed Potatoes, or Yummy Smoothie? Try a Hospital!

You can’t run out to get a bite to eat when you’ve been admitted to the hospital, and when you’re visiting you want to stay close.  Cura is proud to partner with Fulton County Medical Center where the Lunch Box Cafe made its debut!

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Senior Dining Ditches One-Size-Fits-All Meal Plan

Source: “Senior dining ditches one-size-fits-all meal plan” Food Management. June 11, 2018.

Senior dining ditches one-size-fits-all meal plan

Multiple dining plan options that include flexibility and partnering with local restaurants have actually lead to increased revenue at Peter Becker Community in Harleysville, PA.

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Taste and Travel series takes seniors on a virtual road trip

Source: “Taste and Travel series takes seniors on a virtual road trip” Food Management. June 5, 2018.

Taste and Travel series takes seniors on a virtual road trip

Taste and Travel America, a new monthly dining series at Phoebe Berks senior living community in Reading, Pa., offers seniors a ticket for a virtual summer road trip all over the USA. Each month, Cura Hospitality chefs and cooks recreate the culinary traditions and trends of a different American city.

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