Category: Dining

April 25, 2019

Passover Seder

The eight-day festival of Passover is celebrated in the early spring. Passover commemorates the Israelites escape from slavery in ancient Egypt. It is observed by avoiding leaven products, and highlighted by the Seder meals. In Hebrew Passover is known as Pesach (which means “to pass over”). On Tuesday evening we hosted our annual Passover Seder […]

April 22, 2019

Food Trucks and Music!!!

It is spring, and the perfect time to enjoy bluegrass music and incredible food! We had a Food Truck Roundup with five food trucks and the talented Ocotillo Rain & Thunder Bluegrass Band. The food vendors included, Road Running (wood fired pizzas), Haus of Brats (delicious german food and brats), Burgeritto (which served everything from fried […]

April 8, 2019

Look Who’s In The Kitchen!

The Fountains welcome culinary students from nearby Marana High School so they could get a birds eye view of our community's commercial kitchen. The students had great curiosity and enthusiasm as the met with Mike Beck, Head Chef at Town Center and Rafael Rodriquez, Assistant Dining Director. The two shared their joy and passion with […]

February 25, 2019

All We Need Is Love

We celebrated Valentine's Day starting with a special surf and turf buffet that got rave reviews. In the evening, The Desert Diva's nationally known entertainers, Lisa Otey and Diane Van Deurzen, provided us with songs celebrating love through the ages. There was dancing, a mobile photo booth, singing, champagne and delicious sweet treats for all […]

August 24, 2018

A Luau Feast!

We had our annual Luau Dinner at The Inn & Gardens. Residents were greeted Hawaii style with an "Aloha" and a Lei. Residents enjoyed Pork, Rice, and Egg Rolls served by the dining staff while the gals in Community Life served up Rum & Cokes. The residents enjoyed this event and can't wait for the next […]

May 11, 2018

Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo (the fifth of May) is celebrated to honor Mexico's victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. Despite having a small band of fighters, the Mexicans were able to defeat the massive French army on May 5, 1862. A long-standing tradition in our community we started the day […]

April 24, 2018

Extraordinary Overnight Trip to Phoenix

A group of us ventured north to Phoenix for an extraordinary adventure. We visited the world famous Heard Museum located in downtown Phoenix, enjoyed a delicious lunch at SWITCH, a new restaurant. Our overnight stay included fine Italian dining and wonderful accommodations with a full continental breakfast before heading out to the Phoenix Musem of Art. We had an […]

April 9, 2018

Passover Seder at The Fountains

The Passover story is from the Biblical book of Exodus, which tells the story of the ancient the Jews enslavement in Egypt. Passover is a holiday about freedom because it celebrates the Jews' liberation from slavery. Because the Seder (the traditional Passover dinner) is focused around telling the Passover story, it's an opportunity for Jews to […]

March 30, 2018

Centenarian Birthday Celebration!

Family and friends gathered to celebrate Fountains resident Martin Allen's monumental one-hundredth birthday this week. Martin is very active in the community and an avid reader. He can be found reading the local newspapers as well as the New York Times in our community library. He enjoys visiting the Tucson Public Library when we visit every other week. […]

February 22, 2018

Family Meal at The Gardens

Every month we have a family meal at The Gardens. It is a great way to spend time with loved ones and a wonderful way to connect with other families. This month we had a special meal that was catered by El Molinitos that consisted of delicious steak or chicken fajitas, tortillas, rice, beans and […]

February 15, 2018

Love is in the Air!

Valentine's Day at The Inn & Gardens was celebrated by having an amazing performance by Amber Norgaard. Residents listened to her great music while eating tasty Valentine treats. There was also a delicious dinner menu of Spaghetti, Shrimp Scampi and Wine. The residents were also impressed with the amazing ice carving as they entered the […]

February 14, 2018

Pancake Breakfast

To kick off Valentine's Day, residents from The Inn and Gardens enjoyed a delicious pancake breakfast. Rafael, the assisted living Dining Manager, was cooking up fresh pancakes and then topping them with strawberries or blueberries. It was the perfect treat to start off Valentine's Day!

November 6, 2017

Omelet Bar

Residents are loving the new omelet bar that our dining services team has started. The staff make each omelet made to order; providing a variety of fresh vegetables to choose from. The preparation table is set up in front of the dining room so residents are able to watch their omelets being made. The feedback has been […]

October 19, 2017

Making Popcorn Balls

Earlier this week we used The Gardens kitchen to make a fall time favorite treat; popcorn balls! The residents helped with every step, from mixing up the popcorn and marshmallow mixture to forming the popcorn balls and decorating them. We had melted chocolate and Nutella to cover the popcorn balls in as well as peanuts, sprinkles and M&M'S […]

September 29, 2017

Chef Demo at The Gardens

The Gardens was filled with an amazing aroma from todays Chef Demo! Chef Mike made a Fountains original, Bosnian Chicken. The recipe was created by the cooks at Town Center and then named after one who is from Bosnia. This flavorful chicken dish is covered in a delicious creamy mushroom sauce. Everyone absolutely loved this dish! It […]

August 31, 2017

Luau Resident Choice Meal

Residents at The Inn & Gardens enjoyed a delicious Hawaiian Luau inspired meal! The dining staff went above and beyond with delicious food such as Hawaiian chicken and shrimp. A big hit was also the edible fruit centerpieces at each table. Not only did they look great but tasted great too! All employees were decked […]

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!

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. “The magic of Thrive Dining is that we can use […]

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 […]