Mike Colter, Dining Services coordinator at our Fullerton, CA, community who has worked with several top chefs including Wolfgang Puck and Emeril Lagasse, recently shared his experience working the Oscars and other Hollywood events - and what it’s like to now cook for our residents!
According to Mike, working major events such as the Oscars and the Emmys was fun, but rigorous, and required strict guidelines on what to wear, how to serve and celebrity confidentiality agreements. The days were also very long, beginning at 6:00 a.m. and not ending until 4:00 a.m. the next morning. Mike recalls working a celebrity house party where he and the rest of the catering team were transported to and from the house in a vehicle with the windows blacked out so they wouldn’t be able to identify the exact location.
Mike eventually found himself at Sunrise after craving more satisfaction from his job and according to him, that’s exactly what he got. “I enjoy getting up to go to work every day,” he says. And the feeling is certainly mutual with the residents. Mike is known for making a delicious teriyaki glazed pineapple salmon, a resident favorite that is frequently requested. He not only makes delicious dishes, but also works with residents and their families to ensure their diet requirements are being met.
While he no longer works the Hollywood circuit, Mike says he now gets much more job satisfaction from creating a special menu for events such as a resident’s birthday party. “There are a lot of gratifying moments, but the most gratifying part of my job is seeing the residents’ faces and satisfied smiles after eating a meal,” he says.
Professional designer Emily Henderson knows a thing or two about personalizing spaces. The winner of HGTV's "Design Star" stepped in to amp up one lucky Sunrise Senior Living resident's style, and further the community's dedication to helping all members feel at home.
When unexpected circumstances happen, our team members at Sunrise of Johns Creek go above and beyond. We are very proud of our team, especially after receiving this letter from Mary Ann Radke, a family member of one of our residents:
This Valentine's Day, people prepare to celebrate new relationships as well as love that has seen many seasons. The latter is certainly true for Kenneth and Carol Meyer - two residents of the Sunrise Senior Living community in Gurney, Ill., who commemorated 60 years of marriage this February. To honor six decades together, the Meyers participated in a renewal of their vows at their community with fellow residents Daniel and Dorene Dunkleman, who have themselves been married since 1953.
Dear Family & Friends of Sunrise: Since opening its very first community more than 30 years ago, Sunrise has been firmly focused on providing the very best in senior living. We are always looking at opportunities to strengthen our organization, and for this reason, we are pleased to share exciting news about our future.