Pasta cooked with marinara sauce served with garlic bread

The Dining Experience at Chartwell Harwood in Ajax

At Chartwell Harwood, dining is more than appreciating a homemade breakfast, lunch, or dinner while enjoying the lively conversation around your table. Naturally, it’s about the quality of the food, featuring fresh fruits, vegetables, dairy products, fish, poultry and meats, and seasonal ingredients. It’s also the way we prepare our dishes to achieve optimal taste and nutrition, offering residents’ favourites, as well as new choices to tempt every palate. Imagine roast pork loin with thyme au jus, or carrot soup with just a subtle hint of ginger. We also understand that you may have special dietary needs, and are pleased to accommodate you.

3 Plates of food -one with a pie, one with fish and one with salad. 3 assiettes de nourriture - une avec une tarte, une avec du poisson et une avec de la salade.

Your dining experience at Chartwell Harwood is also very much about the setting. You’ll find the dining room is spacious and elegant, yet also warm and inviting, with large picture windows overlooking manicured gardens and graced by our lovely grand piano. We love to celebrate special occasions and host themed nights, often decorating the dining room, creating a wonderful sense of occasion. Interested in hosting a family dinner or catered meal? Feel free to book our private dining room.

ice cream with caramel sauce on top

Service is just as important to us as the quality of our meals at Chartwell Harwood.

From the Food Services Manager to each member of the serving staff at Chartwell Harwood, ours is a dining team dedicated to selecting, preparing, and serving a wonderful meal experience for you. Our friendly and professional servers, many of whom have been with us for years, look forward to getting to know you and your preferences.

  • Butternut Squash Soup for starters
  • country kitchen at chartwell harwood retirement residence
  • Chartwell server serving omelette to the senior resident

Get a taste for Chartwell’s dining experience

What makes dining in a retirement residence special? It’s a combination of service from friendly staff who come to know your name, the delicious food on your plate, and the social connection that comes from gathering around a table to share stories over a good meal. Don’t forget fun themed meals, the chance to celebrate cherished traditions with family, and the opportunity to enjoy homestyle menu favourites as well as something new you mightn’t have tried if you were on your own. Watch our series of dining experience videos to understand what you can expect in a Chartwell retirement residence!

Explore our eye-catching seasonal menus

Did you know? Chartwell changes their menus to reflect all four seasons of the year! We have more than 750 tried-and-tested recipes that we reflect on our menus throughout the year, many of which incorporate seasonal ingredients that have you looking forward to your dining experience each day. Browse our sample seasonal menu to get a glimpse of what you can expect—including food photography of the meals you’ll see at our retirement residence!

Front page of Chartwell's seasonal menus document

Learn some fun facts about dining at Chartwell

There are so many assumptions out there about what retirement living food is—and most of the time, they couldn’t be more wrong! Explore our interesting infographic for true facts and figures about the dining experience at Chartwell—you may be surprised by what you learn.

Fact Image: We serve over 28, 000 cups of coffee per day - that's 10 million cups per year. We crack over 7, 500 eggs per day - that's 2.5 million eggs per year