September 2014 Dear Residents & Families: After a wonderful and delicious summer season, we are looking forward to the tastes of fall with Sunrise’s upcoming fall/winter menu, launching Sunday, September 28.
Some of the tasty, seasonal menu options you can look forward to include creamy pumpkin soup, butternut squash risotto, sweet potato casserole, and chicken and roasted vegetable turnover. Sweet potatoes, squash and carrots contain beta carotene, a powerful antioxidant known to help fight free radicals and help protect the eyes against macular degeneration. These vegetables, as well as the leafy greens you’ll find in many of our meals, are also high in fiber which helps maintain a healthy weight, lower cholesterol and control blood sugar.
You’ll also find that we have focused on making updates and improvements to our dessert menu. Going forward, our desserts will include fresh ingredients and toppings, such as homemade whipped cream, shaved chocolate and fresh berries. Some of our newest desserts include pumpkin gingersnap trifle, butterscotch pudding and cranberry cake.
During our last menu change, we introduced a five-week menu rotation
and an additional entrée, with the goal of giving you even more variety for your meal choices. This update has been very well received, and we will continue to look for ways to build on the choices of the home-cooked meals you love.
Another way we look to provide more variety is by hosting our annual Senior Eats® Nutritional Challenge in September
. We challenge Sunrise culinary professionals from across the U.S. and Canada to develop delicious yet nutritional items for our menus. We select five finalists and host a cook-off at The Fairfax, a Sunrise community outside of Washington, D.C. Resident judges select the winning recipe, and this year’s winner was miso-brushed cod with sautéed spinach. You can look forward to seeing this as well as the other finalists’ dishes in our upcoming menus.
As always, we appreciate honest feedback about dining at Sunrise and encourage you to get involved in your resident food committee, where you will have the frequent opportunity to discuss thoughts and suggestions with your dining services coordinator.
It is truly our pleasure to serve you, and our team is committed to ensuring you enjoy the finest dining experience. Be sure to let us know what you think of our new menu!
Vice President, Dining Services