There had been a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the Tea Room, but I had taken so long to add our names that there was barely room at the bottom of the page. Actually, one member of our family had been through the kitchen, but Owen, at the tender age of 3, didn't have the vocabulary to tell us what he had seen. When he visited the Manor over a year ago, he appeared for one of the meals dressed in his Halloween chef costume and Juan had whisked him off to see where the Manor food is prepared.
Today we, along with Tim, were sitting in the Tea Room and Cindy, the Dining Room Supervisor, invited us to join the tour in place of some people who hadn't shown up at the appointed hour.
Lucky us! In trying to keep up with the group, my pauses to use my camera were hurried ones and I captured more blurry images than clear ones, but here's a little of what we experienced.
|Cindy began the tour outside of the kitchen, showing|
us where beverage orders are filled.
|Juan awaited the chance to explain his|
work area to us. Everything is kept
Cleanliness is maintained to such a high standard
that when the health inspector makes a surprise
appearance, Juan isn't the least bit nervous during the inspection.
|Cindy pointed out the different cutting boards, color-|
coded so that no cross contamination can occur.
|Blurry bread, but you can see the variety|
that is available at all times.
|It would be interesting to know how much ice cream|
the residents eat in the course of a day. This much
I know.........it's a lot!
|William's tallness comes in handy when there are|
things to be stored on tall shelves.
|Plenty of pans from which to choose.|
|Why am I surprised that our crockery is made in|
England? Probably because almost everything comes
from China in this day and age.
We emerged with a renewed appreciation of what goes into the preparation of our meals here at the Manor and were told that at the peak of serving, as many as 15 of the Food Services crew are in and out of the kitchen. Add to that the fact that the waitresses, along with serving us, are taking care of the residents' needs up to and including retrieving the walkers that are hidden away in a closet until each resident is ready to leave the dining table. They do a remarkable job.