Award-winning chef serves up something special at Calgary retirement community

The hum of pleasant conversation fills the room as you approach your table, complete with crisp linens and upholstered dining chairs. The delicious aroma of food fills the dining room, and just one glance at the daily menu confirms a diverse offering of flavours and fresh ingredients. An appetizing meal is served to your table, expertly prepared by an award-winning chef. This isn’t the trendy new restaurant in town, but rather the superb dining experience at Chartwell Fountains of Mission Retirement Residence.

“Meals are one of the most important features of retirement living,” says Kevin Van Vuren, Regional Food and Beverage Manager at Chartwell Retirement Residences. “Our goal is to exceed the expectations of our residents on a daily basis—and that means not only serving delicious meals, but also delivering exceptional service.”

Chartwell’s dining rooms change up their menu selections daily, while also offering a variety of á la carte dishes. The mouth-watering menus manage to infuse meals with fresh, healthy ingredients without sacrificing quality or flavour.

Chef LeeFor Chartwell Fountains of Mission’s award-winning Food Service Manager, Chef Lee Ngo, quality and flavour are top priorities. Certified by The Canadian Culinary Institute as a “Chef de Cuisine,” Lee brings experience, dedication and creativity to the table with his deliciously-inventive dishes. He has a unique flair for cuisine and a list of accolades to show for it, including gold medals from the Annual Hotel Culinary Competition and the Canadian National Judging Committee in the Hors D’oeuvre category. At the residence since 2004, Chef Lee’s distinct, high-quality dishes cater to the tastes and preferences of his residents and leave them feeling satisfied.

Chartwell Fountains of Mission’s focus on food is also a focus on health, specifically designed for seniors. “I want residents to be excited about their dining experience,” says Chef Lee, who carefully considers every aspect of his menu. In fact, one of the things you’ll first notice in his kitchen is fresh, seasonal ingredients. By collaborating with the best providers, as well as sourcing local ingredients, Chef Lee and his team ensure residents enjoy savoury, homemade meals that are flavourful, delicious and reflective of local preferences. “The seasons certainly influence my menu,” explains Lee. “If it’s fall, don’t be surprised to see apples, squash and roast meats incorporated into my dishes. Summer means it’s time to experiment with more salads, farm-fresh fruit pies and, of course, barbequed dishes. It’s important to embrace not only the season, but the local offerings.”

Keeping healthy and diversified dining options in mind when considering retirement living is a step toward better overall health. This choice is simple at Chartwell Fountains of Mission Retirement Residence.

To learn more about this unique and vibrant community, designed for independent individuals looking to remain engaged in their retirement years, call us today or book a personal visit at 587-287-3946.