ARTFUL Dining is…
SRI Management has been operating senior housing communities for almost two decades, and has gained valuable insight into the programs and activities that enhance and extend the lives of today’s seniors. As a result, it’s not unusual for us to hear from prospective residents that eating has become boring, too much trouble and a chore they avoid when possible. What happens? Reduction in the number of daily meals. Supplements versus eating real food. Loss of weight. A decline in health. Because nutrition is vital, SRI created our signature “ARTFUL Dining” program and implements it in each community, to re-inspire value in one of life’s most important functions – dining.
While the concept may be executed in different ways from community to community, ARTFUL Dining happens when talent and passion merge. Wait staff take pride in serving happiness, not just food. Chefs who demand that meals be as tasty to the eyes as to the palate. Management that believes a dining atmosphere elevates the morale of patrons and staff in a way that atypical dining hall cannot. The result is a dining experience unlikely to be found at other senior living communities – and that’s artful!
Culinary art is about more than just cooking
Food is a science, an art and a social experience. The science is about creating healthy and well-balanced meals. Today, however, culinary preparation and presentation has become an art form, combining the best of taste and appearance. And, whether snacking in a cafe or dining in a restaurant, food is more often the common ground over which people get together to socialize – a happy soul is a healthy body!
SRI Management’s chefs pride themselves on preparation techniques that are beautiful, savory and healthful. As a result, residents often experience immediate and direct benefits from this ARTFUL Dining philosophy. Attractive presentation of meals and an enjoyable atmosphere stimulates interest in eating from seniors who previously avoided dining for various reasons. Better eating leads to better nutrition. The outcome is improved overall quality of life.