Pasta cooked in olive oil with grape tomatoes and basil

The Dining Experience at Chartwell Colonial in Whitby

What’s on the menu at Chartwell Colonial? Delicious food, a warm and comfortable dining room, and a highly satisfying dining experience at every meal. We focus on preparing tasty, nutritionally-balanced meals, appealing to your palate. Our diversified feature menus showcase fresh ingredients and made-from-scratch dishes. Whenever possible, we source produce, eggs, cheese, fish, poultry, and meats from local suppliers, rotating our menus on a seasonal basis. You will never see a daily lunch or dinner feature repeated twice in a four-week period!

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.

For example, you might start dinner with chicken vegetable soup or tomato cucumber salad, followed by an entrée of roasted herbed chicken leg (served with pan gravy, mini red potatoes, grilled asparagus, and parsnips). If you have room, try some black cherry ice cream for dessert. If our daily featured menu isn’t pleasing, our à la carte menu surely will be, with a selection of popular entrées, soups, salads, sandwiches, and tempting desserts. If you need a little pick-me-up during the day, freshly prepared snacks are also available.

Residents and staff enjoy themed nights too, celebrating holidays or the cuisine and culture of different nations. You are also welcome to invite guests, or use our catering services for larger groups of friends or family.

ice cream with caramel sauce on top

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

We like to think of our residence as a family at Chartwell Colonial, a small, supportive community of residents, their families, and our staff. Our servers are a crucial part of that family, and a key ingredient in our dining experience. Friendly and attentive, they’ll get to know your preferences, likes, and dislikes. You’ll also meet our Food Services Manager, who will ask for your feedback on making your experience the best it can be.

  • Butternut Squash Soup for starters
  • Chartwell Colonial's dining room
  • 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