Melody Living is proud of our culinary team and menu offerings that are available to our senior living residents. With the guidance and leadership of an excellent Executive Chef and Culinary Director, like Chef Cody Wolff, it’s easy to see why our residents love their dining experience. So, we took this as an opportunity to showcase the brilliance behind the menu to give you a better perspective of the passion behind the process.
Q: How do you create menus that are delicious and nutritious that appeal to all seniors?
A: I spent two years working in a skilled nursing facility with strict oversite and no freedom to make the menu changes that were constantly requested by the residents there. Coming into Melody I took all that I knew and consolidated that into four weeks’ worth of rotating specials for our growing population here. As we added more and more residents the menu began to change and mold to the population.
I am currently on my third set of cycle menu specials and second set of always available items. A lot of the ideas that make the menu change come from our food committee meetings that are held monthly with me, as many residents as would like to attend, and the Director of Life Enrichment. As for nutrition, I follow a very simple recipe for balanced nutrition, protein, starch and vegetable in some fashion with each special. Now that can look very different day to day for example: beef stew has all three items and is a complete dish as it sits but something like duck confit will need the addition of potatoes and a fresh vegetable to complete the dish.