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Made-from-scratch meals served in senior-living style
by DJ Kauffman Correspondent · November 2nd, 2017

Past a plantation-style rocker setting and open layout designed lobby, at Summit Pointe Seniro Living in Marion is a hidden-from-view, stainless steel wonderland. There a host of culinary experts and wait staff work diligently to produce and serve three, made-from-scratch meals for 115 of their senior residents each day.

According to Summit Pointe Senior Living Outreach Coordinator Cathy Weber, included in the center's three-meals-per-day plans are continental or made-to-order breakfasts. She said, "Tenants receive a continental breakfast and either lunch or dinner each day; while other tenants receive all three meals in their service package. If a tenant would like to purchase extra meals, it is applied to their monthly bill."

Center meals are served as follows: Breakfast from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.; lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and dinner from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. each day.

According to Weber, besides a lunch, dinner, and an evening fish special, they also "have an alternate menu with multiple choices for our tenants to choose from," she said. They do have room service for $3.50 per meal, as well as snacks for their Memory Care tenants.

In addition, "tenants do offer recipes," Weber said. "They will give us suggestions like pea salad and potato salad, which we truly enjoy."

Summit Pointe also hosts a Fresh Conversations Senior Lunch at Lowe Park located at 4901 Alburnett Road from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. once or twice a month, depending on the month.

According to Weber, Summit Pointe Culinary Director Terrie Winslow, as well as their Sous Chef and other cooks, also spend time preparing food for each Senior Connections Lowe Park event. "Depending on the time of year, we offer anything from soup and sandwiches, to hamburgers or hot dogs as well as chips, a side dish like pea salad or pasta salad or jell-o salad, and a cookie for dessert," she said.

Along with the meal, a different Senior Connections speaker offers advice on various wellness topics and healthy recipes to those present at each meeting. Attendance is free; however, $4 cash is charged per lunch at the time of purchase.

For more more information, contact Summit Pointe Community Outreach Director Cathy Weber, at 319-730-8271.
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