Beef tenderloin highlights latest Country Terrace Diners Club

Residents invited to the latest Country Terrace Diners Club meal were served a tasty beef tenderloin that was enjoyed by all.

Prior to the May 7 Diners Club meal, residents invited to the sitting were given the choice between beef tenderloin and seafood. They opted for the tenderloin, which nutritional care manager Alex Achillini prepared along with mashed potatoes and a vegetable dish consisting of potatoes, peppers and zucchini.

Alex also prepared ham-and-cheese empanadas with a dipping sauce for a starter and strawberry shortcake for dessert.

As always, everything was made from scratch.

Because the other nutritional care team members are busy preparing the regular meals for residents, Alex usually prepares the Diners Club meals on his own to dedicate more time to the food.

When the Diners Club meals are ready, staff members help Alex plate the food and serve residents.

The Diners Club is being hosted for small groups of residents in a rotation. Alex creates a menu featuring foods residents enjoy. Residents are served the meals in a way one would expect from a top-notch restaurant.

Due to restrictions in place to keep everyone safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, there is currently no large-group programming. To ensure all residents can enjoy a Diners Club meal, the program is offered in one area of the home every two weeks, with no more than six residents participating at a time.

Alex says he enjoys preparing the meals residents are served during the Diners Club program as much as residents enjoy eating the special food.

“We can develop a little more creativity on the (Diners Club menu) and on the dishes,” he tells The OMNIway.

“We also put a lot of emphasis on garnishing and sauces – even for the desserts; for (the latest Diners Club meal) I made flowers with buttercream to go with the dessert.”

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