White Sands La Jolla Senior Living Community Promotes New Dining Experience
LA JOLLA, CA–Fresh salmon, asparagus and summer melons are on the menu at White Sands La Jolla senior living community. The luxurious beachfront community has partnered with foodservice organizations Morrison Community Living and Bon Appétit Management Company to redesign the dining experience for residents. Upgrades in the menu emphasize fresh, local and sustainable meats and produce.
“Residents want healthy choices and fresh, locally sourced foods,” said White Sands La Jolla executive director Gary Boriero. “As we see more and more baby boomers moving into White Sands La Jolla, we are hearing they want fewer processed food choices and more organic farm-to-table variety. They are better educated about the food they are eating and more committed to supporting local farmers.”
The dining upgrades to the recently renovated life plan community will change the way food is prepared and how it’s acquired. The menu will change every day as fresh and locally grown produce is selected and brought into Water’s Edge Dining Room at White Sands. The community will also redefine the dining experience to feature more buffets and a fast-casual atmosphere with more fresh selection on the menus, including introducing more vegan and vegetarian selections. Eventually touch-screen kiosks will be setup to display the selections each day for residents.
“The structure of the dining experience is changing in venues across the country, and that includes those in senior living,” explained Mary Platt, regional vice president of Morrison Community Living. “We’re excited to elevate senior living dining through practices such as farm-to-table menus that highlight local farmers and artisan peak-of-season products, use of antibiotic-free protein sources, fresh stocks and scratch cooking, as well as working toward reduced food waste and conservation of water.”
HumanGood, White Sands La Jolla parent company, plans to introduce new dining experiences in all its senior living communities, which reflect the organization’s belief in simplicity, innovation and sustainability. Morrison Community Living specializes in dining for senior living communities across the country. Bon Appétit Management Company has a deep background in taking a local, sustainable approach to dining. HumanGood, White Sands La Jolla parent company, plans to eventually launch the same dining experience in all its senior living communities.