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How Senior Dining Celebrates the Holidays in 2020

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Making Holiday Dinners Possible for Senior Dining

It’s no surprise that holiday dining looks a little different for December 2020. Senior Living Communities have continued to put the health and safety of residents first during COVID-19, rearranging large festive gatherings to accommodate social distancing. The holidays are an important time of togetherness, and with a dash of creativity we can still find ways to enjoy the season and delicious offerings. Recently, our Senior Food Service Director Bill Dalesandro shared his team’s creative efforts to offer a festive meal for residents at Beacon Hill, a Lifespace Community who thought their annual Holiday Dinner would be impossible to enjoy together this year.

Thomas Cuisine Senior Dining Manager
Bill Dalesandro

The annual Holiday Wing Dinner is a yearly tradition that goes way back at Beacon Hill. In the resident apartment building every hallway is called a "Wing" and the residents who live in that wing usually gather at Christmas time for a grand holiday dinner in the private dining room. Because of COVID the dining room is closed and everyone just assumed that there wouldn't be Wing Dinners this year. The culinary team at Beacon Hill refused to let this tradition slip away, and they found a way to bring the Wing Dinner Celebration to the residents’ homes where they served up a festive meal with holiday music.

- Bill Dalesandro, Thomas Cuisine Sr. Food Service Director,

Keeping Dining Traditions

It’s important to make efforts toward togetherness and maintaining healthy traditions whenever we can. Through big hearts and meaningful relationships with our residents, we can continue to brighten each other’s day through dining that serves and nourishes the mind, body, and spirit – even if times are unprecedented.