Enjoy Fresh Cuisine at Our Retirement Communities in California
Delicious Meals Made from Local Ingredients
Did you know that over a third of the United States’ vegetables and two-thirds of its fruits and nuts are produced in California? It produces massive amounts of strawberries, pistachios, tomatoes, oranges, and avocados. That means we have access to plenty of fresh produce at our California senior retirement communities in the Golden State. Our chefs make the most of our access to these delicious ingredients to create delicious and nutrient-dense meals for our residents.
In our communities, we love to reflect the cuisine of California in our meals as well, which shows the state’s diverse culture. Its cuisine is primarily influenced by Eastern Asian, Oceanian, Western European, and Hispanic American roots, providing variety. Below are some iconic Californian dishes made with local ingredients that you might find in our California retirement living communities:
If you or your loved one are a pizza lover, then California is the right place for you! California pizza is a style that combines New York and thin Italian crust and pairs it with toppings found across California’s vast agricultural production. These toppings often include avocado, chicken, goat cheese, tomatoes, artichoke, and bacon, among other things. Here are just a few of the many examples of delicious California-style pizzas:
BBQ Chicken Pizza: grilled chicken, cilantro, mozzarella cheese, red onions, and a BBQ sauce
Hawaiian: pineapple, applewood smoked ham, and scallions
Margherita: crushed tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, and parmesan
California Club: bacon, grilled chicken, mozzarella, avocado, arugula, tomatoes, and basil
Because California-style pizza incorporates such fresh, healthy, local ingredients, the Chefs at our California senior living communities are happy to include it on the menu. Our senior residents can enjoy this fresh take on one of America’s favorite foods right in their community’s dining room.
Avocado on Anything
Did you know that California is the biggest producer of avocados in the United States? It’s no surprise, then, that San Diego County is referred to as the Avocado Capital of the U.S. The Chefs at our retirement communities in California love to incorporate fresh avocados into our meals. Not only is avocado tasty, it’s full of healthy fiber and plant-based fats for energy throughout the day. Our seniors enjoy avocado along with many of our chef-prepared meals, including with eggs or on toast for breakfast, in our daily-made fresh salads, or as a burger topping. One of our Chefs’ favorites is freshly prepared guacamole; it makes a great dip or topping for so many of our fresh, healthy meals!
California is a hub for fresh, delicious American-Mexican cuisine. If you or your loved one can’t get enough Mexican-inspired meals, then California will be heaven for you! Our Chefs use traditional herbs and spices like cilantro, cumin, garlic, and more to season fresh produce and lean meats and create absolutely delicious Mexican-inspired meals for our senior residents. Every single dish is a hit—after all, who doesn’t love a good burrito bowl or taco bar? Our dining teams are experts at using fresh California produce along with traditional Mexican recipes and spices to create mouth-watering meals you can’t get anywhere else.
Chef-Prepared Meals to Please Any Senior
The best part of our dining program at our California retirement communities? Our seniors get to dine their way! They can enjoy incredible, chef-prepared foods at any time of day with our 24/7 dining program. No matter when hunger hits, there’s something tasty waiting for them. And with our restaurant-style dining rooms, they can sit back and relax with their neighbors while leaving the cooking, serving, and cleaning to us!
If you’re looking for a community that provides fresh and delicious meals, then be sure to check out our independent living and memory care communities in California. We’d love for you to join us for a meal to experience our California cuisine for yourself!
Contact our friendly team today to learn more about our retirement living communities in California.
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