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Appreciating the Art of Cooking and Fine Dining

As part of our exclusive Engaged Living™ program, the Culinary Institute of Applewood™ (CIA) hosts monthly cooking demonstration events, culminating in a Food Network–style cooking competition for residents.

Due to the program’s popularity, the CIA is held in the Performing Arts Center, where our executive chef and director of dining services lead engaging demonstrations on the selection, preparation and presentation of many different foods. At least one program during the year focuses on wine, including types, care and food pairing suggestions, finishing with a festive wine tasting.
The presentation also encompasses meal planning, food sourcing, selecting ingredients and senior nutrition education.

Each event concludes when Applewood residents have the opportunity to prepare their own tableside meals, based on the presentation. With provided ingredients, participants can learn to create simple and healthy meals at home to share and enjoy with family and friends.

“Recipes from Home”

“The wonderful diversity of our residents offers a wealth of delicious family recipes that are meant to be shared,” says Heath Braunstein, director of dining services. “So we launched a monthly contest, Recipes from Home, inviting submissions of family favorites.”

Health says that each month a winner is chosen and their favorite dish, ranging from appetizers to entrees to vegetables and desserts, is prepared for the whole community. A copy of the recipe is also provided during the meal for those who would like to make it at home.

“This program is one more example of our goal to provide residents with the creature comforts of home, including favorite family recipes.”

Learn more about Dining Services at Applewood in Freehold Township, NJ