We all have our food memories. Whether it’s gathering for a Thanksgiving meal or making cookies from scratch with your grandmother, food brings people together in a way that no other experience can. That’s because the taste, smell, and texture of food can evoke memories not just of eating, but also of place and setting.
The familiar smells and flavours experienced when cooking a meal can be very therapeutic for both healthy seniors and those with dementia. It’s not just about scent and taste, though. The act of preparing a meal gets residents moving and has been known to improve mood.
What Is Chef’s Table?
With this in mind, All Seniors Care created the Chef’s Table event for the inaugural Summer Camp in 2019. Residents who signed up during the two day event, happily listened to a Chef reveal their baking secrets before dispersing to their cooking stations to try their hand at the recipes.
And so, the monthly Chef’s Table was born.
Each month, Red Seal certified Chefs choose one of dining services’ gourmet recipes to showcase. After learning about how the dish is made, residents are invited to test their own culinary skills by recreating the meal under Chef’s constant professional guidance. Throughout the activity, the conversation and reminiscing generated by Chef’s Table draws on deep memories, adding to the joyful atmosphere.
And, of course, everyone gets to enjoy their efforts at the end. It’s the perfect program for anyone who’s curious about cooking — and anyone who appreciates a good meal!
So, sign up for this poplar group, pull up a chair, and get ready to learn our Chef’s secrets. You won’t want to miss it.
The Importance of Shared Meals
Sharing meals also means sharing memories of day’s gone past and building new ones for the future. To celebrate those memories and the family history they represent – not to mention the valuable culinary history – All Seniors Care published an intergenerational cookbook. A compilation of recipes from across Canada, the book shares resident recipes, traditions, and stories that embody the unique cultural and geographic character of each province.
Available free of charge to anyone interested in this valuable book of Canada’s food lore and history, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. All that we ask is that you donate a “tin for the bin” at your local food bank.
Stay In Touch
There are plenty of exciting activities like Chef’s Tables happening at All Seniors Care Living Centres all year long. Take a look at the website’s News + Events section. Catch up on the latest news with senior homes in Ottawa, the Lakeridge Heights community and much more.
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