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The Love of Garden Fresh Food, Fine Dining and the Culinary Institute at the Applewood retirement community

May 5, 2023

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Applewood’s dining venues feature a team of professional chefs who craft delicious recipes using fresh, healthful ingredients used with excitement. You can expect memorable meals that place a savory twist on our dietary needs and preferences. Our award-winning chefs are committed to making every meal a scrumptious experience with flavorful, fun, nutritious and creative dishes served daily.

Whether it’s a casual meal at The Bistro, sit-down dinner in the Applewood Dining Room, or an exhibition cooking event at the Bistro-Bar, there is always a focus on the freshest, best produce and meats the Garden State has to offer. If it’s fine dining and cooking that catches your eye, our Culinary Institute of Applewood (CIA) is yet another dining activity that our residents enjoy.

Through CIA, our residents gather to explore cuisine trends and cooking techniques offered as part of our exclusive Engaged Living™ program, our CIA hosts monthly cooking demonstrations, educational presentations and even fun cooking competitions among residents (a popular event for those of us who love to watch cooking shows on television!).

At least one CIA program during the year centers on wine and food pairing, and our presentations also encompass meal planning, food sourcing, selecting ingredients and senior nutrition education — once again drawing on the rich agricultural offerings of the surrounding area.

A vital part of healthy living, of course, is a commitment to healthy eating, and we educate residents on how smarter eating promotes better health and well-being. The chefs at Applewood have made it their mission to present our residents with more nutritionally-conscious choices each day by creating recipes focusing on “clean foods” — foods that promote healthy brain function and improve cognitive ability.

At Applewood, you’ll also find heart-healthy, sugar-free, and no-salt-added options available at each of our communities. We know that food is more than just nutrition and fuel; it’s a reason to come together and share stories and connect with those around us. It’s a foundational part of community, and we take care in knowing each step of the journey is delicious.

Interested in seeing the Applewood community and touring the dining options? Book a tour today!

Are you ready to take advantage of all that Freehold, New Jersey, has to offer? Get in touch with us today. Call us at 732-303-7416 to learn more and schedule a tour.