Category: Dining

May 15, 2017

Cinco de Mayo Celebration!

Every year on May 5th we gather early in the morning on the Catalina Patio to celebrate and honor Mexico’s victory at the Battle of Puebla that took place on May 5, 1862. Despite having a small army of fighters, the Mexicans were able to defeat the massive French army. We had delicious food and Mariachi […]

April 14, 2017

Passover Seder at The Fountains

The Passover Seder (meaning order) is the most celebrated and beloved of Jewish holidays. This holiday is rich in traditions and customs passed from generation to generation. Most Jews hold cherished memories of family times spent at a Seder. Telling the Passover Story is believed to be an obligation observed by Jewish ancestors ever since the Jews fled from slavery […]

February 16, 2017

Valentine’s Day 2017

We had a great Valentine’s Day celebration here at The Fountains. Community Life gave red and pink carnations to all the residents, while we were entertained by the talented Wild Bill. Special home made treats were courtesy of our very own Laurie DiBella, the supervisor at our Gallery Café. Laurie made red velvet cupcakes with pink cream […]

September 6, 2016

Cruise Night at The Fountains

Last Thursday evening we a hosted Cruise Night. It was a delightful evening of musical entertainment, delicious food and nautical decorations including an anchor ice sculpture. The Desert Divas, Lisa Otey and Diane Van Deurzen, delivered the delightful music to the 125+ guests who attended. Our dining room offered a special menu including Lobster Bisque, Prime […]

May 6, 2016

Cinco de Mayo 2016

Following a long standing tradition here at The Fountains, we all celebrated Cinco de Mayo with a yummy breakfast, including Huevos Rancheros, Chilaquiles, fresh Fruit, assorted Churros and Mexican Pastries. The beautiful morning on the Catalina patio was the perfect setting for the Mariachi band that provided enjoyable entertainment.

May 4, 2016

Celebration of Independence

Last we held our Annual Passover Seder, retelling the Passover story and celebrating our freedom and independence. Cantor Janece Cohen officiated the Seder having many residents read from the Haggadah. Fountains resident Bernie Greenapple chanted the blessing over the first cup of wine. A traditional meal was served including delicious chocolate covered matzah for dessert!

November 6, 2015

Thrive Dining makes headlines again!

With such an extraordinary program we shouldn’t be surprised that the media is taking notice. We are so happy Thrive Dining, a dining program designed to restore the dignity and enjoyment of mealtime for individuals with cognitive or physical challenges, is being recognized time and time again. Wilcox Range News published an article on Wednesday, November 4th, […]

October 29, 2015

Barbara Eiswerth Founder of the Iskashitaa Refugee Network joins Chef Roger for a demo!

Barbara Eiswerth, the founder of Ikashitaa Refugee Network, joined our very own Chef Roger to showcase products locally produced from the harvested crops in Tucson. Ikashitaa is a grass roots organization that helps rebuild refugees lives by creating partnerships within the community. The network was originally created to harvest citrus that was going to waste in our […]

October 27, 2015

Fountains Chefs Discuss Thrive Dining™ Program with The Morning Blend on KGUN9

The Fountains at La Cholla Chefs, Pat Caffery and John Luzader, sat down with The Morning Blend from KGUN9 on Monday, October 6th to discuss Thrive Dining and how its benefits are bringing the joy back to dining for individuals living with physical and cognitive changes. To get an in-depth look at Thrive Dining, its benefits and a […]

October 27, 2015

Fingers are the new fork!

How do you create a positive dining experience for seniors living with physical and cognitive changes? Sarah and Stone, the co-founders of Grind Dining challenged past entrepreneurs attempts to answer this question by excluding the use of adaptive or specialized equipment. Stone says, “The best utensils in the world are the ones you were born with.” With […]

October 21, 2015

Thrive Dining on TV

Tune in to KOLD Fox 11 News on Friday, October 23rd at 8:15am or KGUN 9 Monday, October 26th at 11:00am to see The Fountains Chefs, Pat Caffery and John Luzader, talk about The Fountains all new Thrive Dining program. They will discuss this innovative dining experience for memory care residents and how The Fountains is using […]

October 14, 2015

German Pancake Social

Here at The Inn & Gardens we love our socials, so naturally we had to have a potato pancake social for October. Residents enjoyed watching Dining Room Director Rafael, cook up the pancakes right in front of them. Served with apple sauce or syrup and with a ginger ale or a beer this was a great […]

July 10, 2015

Our Special Nathan

Nathan works in our kitchen, cleaning, shelving products, breaking down boxes, etc. Like all kitchens, it is a hot area and when the large floor fan broke, Nathan took it upon himself to spend his own money to buy a new fan. When Nathan’s supervisor Pat realized what Nathan had done, he offered to reimburse Nathan. […]

June 22, 2015

Father’s Day at The Fountains

We honored and celebrated Father’s day at The Fountains with a culinary feast which was a delight to all who attended the special brunch. Thank you to our talented Chef Pat Caffrey who was not only responsible for the delicious food, but also the festive ice carving! Many folks continued celebrating with a Father’s Day concert […]

April 6, 2015

A Beautiful Easter Buffet

The Easter buffet was amazing. The food that Chef Roger Kingsbury had on the menu for the Easter buffet had a large assortment of great food and was beautifully arranged. The Easter ice sculpture (an Easter basket) done by Dining Services Director, Pat Caffrey was one of the best we have seen, all done with a chain saw. The servers in the dining room […]

December 9, 2014

Thanksgiving Buffet

The Thanksgiving buffet was delicious, elegant and abundant. Residents were very pleased with the buffet and enjoyed dining with friends and family. The ice sculpture artistically crafted by Pat Caffrey, Director of Dining Services was spectacular!

November 4, 2014

An Ice Smile

Pat Caffrey, Dining Services Director, demonstrates his ice carving skills for a local preschool. The 300 pound block was carved in 30 minutes with a chain saw. Pat has been sculpting ice for 30 years, and has completed over 1000 carvings. This marks the 17th year the school has invited him to teach their students about […]