Building Our Dining Experience

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At Senior Lifestyle, we believe the dining experience should be as meaningful as any other activity in our communities, and our approach to the dining experience, from locally sourced ingredients to menu input from residents, reflects our commitment to quality. From the moment a guest, resident or family member enters the dining room to the last bite of dessert and sip of coffee, our goal is to provide an unmatched experience in every community. Additionally, we recognize that fine dining isn’t just about food; nowhere is the word community expressed better than around a dining table in the company of friends.

While “restaurant style dining” is a current trend, we aim higher. We aim for a deeper relationship with our residents than the hospitality model, a relationship that allows our dining teams to tailor each resident’s experience to their personal preferences. Resident food committees actively collaborate with dining teams to evaluate and enhance the dining experience in each Senior Lifestyle community. In our quest to provide the exceptional fine dining experience our residents deserve, we are committed to recruiting, hiring and retaining talented food service professionals who are interested in furthering their careers.

David Cyplik, Corporate Director of Dining Services for Senior Lifestyle, shares that he sees a lot of growth opportunity in Culinary Management for the senior living industry. He also notes, “Senior Lifestyle is always looking to promote talent from within; when a team member shows a passion for their work and an interest in developing their skills, we want to help provide them with the means to achieve that professional development.” Dining Directors at Senior Lifestyle communities are often given the opportunity to assist with Grand Opening events at other communities as well as share best practices with peers at sister communities, an option that strengthens each community and provides dining services team members with a clear picture of the career paths available to them.

For team members interested in developing their skills, Senior Lifestyle’s goal is to provide consistent training and growth potential. To that end, David says, “We’re developing a comprehensive training program that maps the route to supervisory roles, from Dining Room Manager to Executive Chef to Dining Services Director. This aligns with our strong preference for developing and recruiting talent from within and gives team members a logical progression within their career path.” Sounds like a recipe for success.

Have an interest in pursuing a career in fine dining? Visit our website at www.seniorlifestyle.com for a taste of the career opportunities at a Senior Lifestyle community near you.

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