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At Sunrise, we're not only passionate about great food - we're passionate about our people. John Ratterman is our Dining Service Coordinator at Sunrise of Leawood, and we're proud to share his story:
"I grew up in Kansas City, MO watching my beloved Mom cook for my Dad and the seven of us kids. Later, when I married my wife, her beloved Grandmother "Nan" became another role model for my cooking and career. I have 33 years of experience in the food service industry. Much of that time has been spent managing people's nutritional needs at various stages of their lives.
I earned an Associate's Degree in Culinary Arts right after high school and became the manager of a few kitchens on the Plaza. I have fond memories of watching the Plaza Lights come to life on Thanksgiving night over the years. My favorite things to do are keeping up with my college aged kids, taking my dogs on walks, spending time with my wife and our extended family.
There are a lot of ways to impact the life of our residents here at Sunrise. Several times a day, myself and my team do our very best to ensure that every meal is not just a way to stay healthy, rather an event they can look forward to."
At Sunrise, we recognize that diet is one of the most important aspects of a senior's life. We focus on from-scratch cooking using fine ingredients that favor natural herbs and spices, as well as many local and fresh ingredients to serve our residents delicious and well-balanced meals each day. Our highly trained chefs talk regularly with our residents to learn what menu items they would like featured in the community as we strive to create a restaurant-style dining experience for all to enjoy. Contact us to see what's cooking in our community this week!
Learn more about Sunrise Signature Dining by viewing our latest sample menu, a photo gallery of our delicious meals and our dining video.
We are pleased to share that we offer purees made with whole ingredients for residents who require the ease of a pureed diet. Learn more about our pureed diet options.
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