As a Chef, I had the opportunity to serve Presidents, Cabinet Members, Supreme Court Justices, Members of Congress, Foreign Heads of State, the Dalai Lama, Muhammad Ali, Hank Aaron, Whitney Houston, Tom Hanks, and others in settings from private tables for two to plated events for 2,000. Throughout my career, I learned they are no different than you or me. Some are gourmands that love food; some eat specialized diets; and some have simpler tastes.
At an inaugural ball in 2000, for example, President George W. Bush asked for a bologna sandwich. And former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s breakfast routine often includes a chocolate donut.
Prior to joining Brightview Senior Living as Corporate Director of Dining Services, I worked in a number of roles – as Senior Executive Chef at The House of Representatives and as the Executive Chef at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the National Museum of Natural History, Gannett/ USA Today corporate headquarters, and the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. I prepared and served meals at numerous special events including Inaugural Balls, the Kennedy Center Honors, the NBA All-Star Game, and the 50th Anniversary Celebration of NATO at which 44 heads of state sat down together in one room and shared a meal.
One thing is clear: dining is very subjective, very personal. Everyone is an expert when it comes to what they like to eat and how and when they like to eat. This simple concept is a key component of Brightview’s philosophy: provide our residents with fresh, high-quality food, friendly and efficient service, abundant menu choices, flexible dining hours, and customized offerings based on individual preferences.
So enjoy a meal with us, and see for yourself how Brightview is exceeding the expectations of food service in senior living and beyond.