Residents Travel the World Without Leaving Home
Imagine visiting Ireland, Holland, Mexico and other destinations without leaving the comfort of your own dining room. Residents at Overbrook Pointe have the opportunity to do just that by participating in the Travel the World Dining Journey, a 12-month cultural and culinary excursion.
The program is executed by Amanda Goldie, café manager and chef at Overbrook Pointe, under the guidance of Morrison Senior Living, food service provider for Lutheran SeniorLife. “Morrison gives me some suggestions about what to serve each month, but I have creative reign when it comes to decorating, games and other items for each dinner,” Goldie said, adding that each meal is made from scratch. The dining program is offered at other Lutheran SeniorLife locations as well.
The Dining Journey features a different country each month. Authentic cuisine is served, festive decorations cover the tables and trivia-type information is given to the residents. Every resident has their own ‘passport,’ which is stamped at each of the monthly dinners, and prizes will be awarded to some lucky residents at the journey’s end. In March, the St. Patrick’s Day celebration included marinated brisket, potato soup and potato pancakes. Traditional Irish music played throughout the dining room. All of this, Goldie said, encourages residents to share stories about their heritage or travel or military experiences. April’s theme was Tulips in Holland.
“All of our residents have really enjoyed the monthly themes so far,” Goldie said. “The dinners have helped to create a family atmosphere here. When I stand back and watch everyone enjoy these dinners it is worth the little bit of extra effort it takes to organize them. There’s nothing better than seeing people come together at a dinner table!”
Pictured at right: Overbrook Pointe residents (top of photo) Ruth Buffington, Lois Deah, Paul Deah, Margaret Rosenberger, Len and Cassie Burrows enjoy their authentic Irish meal.