The Social Aspect Of Dining Services
The Dining Services Department may be responsible for providing nutrition and hydration to the residents of a retirement community, but the social interaction is just as important as the quality of the meal and service provided. Dining Services is one of the few departments that interacts with all of the retirement community residents on a daily basis. Residents are able to dine with many different neighbors in the community, sharing conversations, reminiscing of memories in the past and discussing current events. Many times, this will lead to making new friends while sharing different experiences others have had throughout life. The interaction with the front of the house staff, Dining Room Managers, Hostesses, & Servers, is also part of that social interaction. The residents share their experiences with the staff and the staff share their experiences with the residents. Over time, the residents and staff become an extended family to one another. We have many part-time, highschool or college students who interact with the residents as they learn and grow in their education and service industry. Some of the residents even become mentors to the students throughout their education. Tears are often shed on both sides when the students graduate and go off to start their adult lives and careers. These are the types of bonds that are created here at Village On The Isle.
Dining Services in this retirement community also offers to help arrange a private meal or event for special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, or just a special meal with family or close non-resident friends. Village On The Isle has several private rooms available that can be reserved in advance, such as the Palm Dining Room, Venetian Room, Renaissance Room and Phoenix Room. Arrangements can be made for service off of the daily menu or a customized special menu can be created for a wonderful dining experience. Our residents also get together on a quarterly basis with their neighbors on their floor to have a light meal together, usually on a Sunday evening, to get to know each other and share good times.
Our Dining Services also works with the Programs and Activities Department providing food and refreshment support to the various ongoing programs. Programs include weekly social hours before dinner service, refreshments for entertainment programs, refreshments for weekly gatherings such as church service, Men’s Club, Saturday Evening Movies and special themed events. Many of the themed events include a Holiday Christmas Party, New Years Eve Party, Valentine’s Day High Tea, St. Patty’s Party, Cinco de Mayo Party, Luau Themed Party, Memorial Day/4th Of July/ Labor Day Party, Oktoberfest Party, in addition to many winter holiday themed events. Dining Services also supports refreshments or boxed lunches for when Programs & Activities schedules a day long trip to visit a local attraction.
While it is important to provide nutrition and hydration, the social experiences of Dining Services is what really helps the overall health and well being of our residents. We look forward to dining with you in the near future!