Resident favorites and culinary creations highlight menu
Wesley Palms residents are looking for a taste of the good life, in more ways than one. Whether based on traditions from their kitchens or dishes from favorite residents, Wesley Palms residents share their passion for good food.
“Residents tell us that dining well is very important to them,” said Muhannad Sofi, Wesley Palms dining room manager. “At Wesley Palms we take that to heart by creating a unique dining experience. In some ways we are reinventing retirement living cuisine.”
Executive Chef Sean O’Leary, his food and beverage professionals, and Muhannad, create high-quality dishes from scratch paying attention to culinary trends and resident requests.
“We’ve introduced a new bistro menu that features 16 items mostly made from scratch,” said Sean, a graduate from the Western Culinary Institute. “Among them are salmon, beef tenderloin, chicken, shrimp, barbeque, seasonal items, a variety of salads, homemade soups and breakfast anytime.”
Just like fine dining restaurants, Wesley Palms features a seasonally inspired menu of creative dishes and old favorites. And with an ever-changing array of fresh daily specials, boredom doesn’t stand a chance. In celebration of the community’s revitalization project, each Tuesday night the dining rooms serves a “Redevelopment Special” entrée that rotates among lamb shank, beef tenderloin, lobster, jumbo shrimp, large sea scallops, prime rib, Alaskan Halibut as well as other resident favorites. Lunch time on Thursdays features a barbeque menu and residents enjoy happy hour Mondays through Fridays with a pianist.
Sean and Muhannad take pride in using superior, locally sourced ingredients, including fruits, vegetables and herbs. Gluten-free, sugar-free and low-sodium items are offered for all types of dietary needs and tastes.
“Our residents are always number one,” Muhannad said. “Communication is key among dining room staff, kitchen staff and the residents. We have consistently received above average scores on resident satisfaction surveys when it comes to dining. We want to make sure we maintain those high scores.”
Regular discussions with the dining room manager and executive chef ensure that residents have the opportunity to provide feedback. “The residents get involved in the dining experience,” Sean said. “We rely on their feedback and suggestions to always improve. We even have a menu suggestion box.”
Residents can choose to sit indoors or on the adjacent patio overlooking Mission Bay and enjoy a colorful garden salad or a delectable entrée and mouthwatering dessert. The dining room and patio are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Residents can always expect the dining experience at Wesley Palms to be a special treat.