Chartwell Dining experience Beef Bourguignon

The Dining Experience at The Sumach by Chartwell in Toronto  

Our residents have a diverse array of preferences, schedules and tastes, which is why we offer so many choices at The Sumach by Chartwell. First, you choose your meal plan, whether you’d like to join us for one dinner a week or for two meals a day. We also offer flexible times and open seating in our dining room. And then there’s our menu: a wonderfully wide range of chef-created selections that have been dietitian-approved, too.

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.

Our menus have everything from classic comfort-food fare like fish and chips and coq au vin, to delicious healthy salads like our popular spinach and strawberry with poppyseed dressing. We also feature offerings from around the world, like butter chicken with basmati and naan or Moroccan roasted lamb. We always have daily features, like a chopped salad with pesto chicken sandwich for lunch! Since our diverse recipe collection has been approved for nutritional balance, you can count on your meals to be equally appetizing and wholesome.

ice cream with caramel sauce on top

Service is just as important to us as the quality of our meals at The Sumach by Chartwell. 

Our friendly servers are here to make every meal memorable. Whether we’re pouring you a glass of wine, helping you decide what to order (it’s hard sometimes with so many great options!) or communicating with the kitchen to relay your special requests, you’ll always feel cared for. We love serving your guests as well, either in our main dining room or in our lovely private dining area.  

  • Butternut Squash Soup for starters
  • The Bistro of Chartwell The Sumach 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