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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Family members and residents get together twice a month for a fun time at The Gardens. On March 14th, we got together to celebrate St. Patrick's Day a little early, and had a themed BBQ! We got to enjoy BBQ shrimp, along with rice and veggies. We all enjoy getting to spend time and visit […]
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 […]
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 […]
The Fountains at La Cholla opened its door in December of 1987 and quickly earned a reputation as one of the best retirement options available in the nation. In the years that followed, our community has been the recipient of numerous awards and today we remain the largest community of its kind in Southern Arizona. On May 24, 2018, we hosted a […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Wishing all of you a Happy Easter! We had a delicious Easter Brunch that was enjoyed by families and friends. The food was spectacular!
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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!
The Inn and Gardens had their annual Black and White Dinner at the end of January. The kitchen staff dressed the part and served up a delicious meal that included lobster tails! The residents loved this special resident choice meal.
Chanukah is the Festival of Lights and Miracles. The word means "to dedicate". On Chanukah, the Maccabean Jews regained control of Jerusalem and rededicated the Temple only to find enough oil to light the eternal lamp for one day, miraculously the oil lasted for eight days. We light a candle on the menorah each night […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Watermark was recently featured on Senior Housing News in the article Dished: Hot New Trends in Memory Care published on July 25th, 2017. To view the article, please click here. Unintentional weight loss and unhealthy meals like chicken nuggets, fish sticks and French fries, all lacking any nutritional value, are a thing of the past. […]
Residents and family members at The Gardens really loved our BBQ yesterday. Dinning Manger Rafael did a great job manning the grill filled with delicious kabobs! The beef tenderloin was tender and cooked to perfection. We also enjoyed asparagus, rice and then peach cobbler! Yum! We can't wait to taste what he will cook at […]
We started celebrating Independence Day with a pancake breakfast. The morning started off with Cassidy Peeples and Abbie Stone leading a very historic and parotic game of trivia in our lobby. At 7:30am the Catalina Dining Room opened it doors to a festive room with delicious food and patriotic music. The dining room was decorated and breakfast was […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
This month the residents voted on having a delicious Oktoberfest menu that included brats with sauerkraut, cheese blintz with apples and warm German potato salad. It was delicious! And to make this meal even better, we served Sam Adams Boston Lager, Leinenkugel Oktoberfest Beer and wine! It was wunderbar!
Beer, pretzels, bratwurst and great German music provided by The Bouncing Czechs! This is what was available in the lobby today as we celebrated our Oktober Festival. Residents gathered and danced the polka and enjoyed delicious brats, beer and other culinary treats. It is one of our favorite fall traditions here as we usher in […]
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 […]
We have a chef demo on the last Thursday of each month. Our chef was on an amazing vacation to Peru so we missed him in June. For July he came back with a Peruvian dish that was delicious! The families were so excited to see Roger back and shared their own memories of their […]
Joyce and Don Plummer celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on June 23rd, 2016. Their daughter, Ann, who lives out of state, worked closely with associates at The Fountains to ensure that this anniversary was special for her parents. A picture from when Joyce and Don first met was transformed into a banner and displayed front […]
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.
Dining Services Director John Luzader demostrated his culinary talents by making chocolate truffles for a popular Watermark University class offering. Attendees not only learned the intricate process of creating these delicious chocolate treats, they were lucky enough to eat them too!
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!
At the last food service meeting the residents at The Inn requested an Italian themed menu, complete with tableside wine service! The Spaghetti and Tiramisu were a hit! It was such a great night thanks to John and Rafael in dining.
To celebrate the rodeo the reisdents decided to eat like a cowboy for their choice meal. With mouth watering ribs, chili, cornbread, beans and then a delicious chocolate cream pie who wouldn't love this meal? The Community Life girls also passed out beer or root beer. It was a rootin' tootin' good time y'all!
On Thursday, January 14th, 2016 we honored all the residents who have generously given their time as dedicated volunteers in our community. Over 50 residents gathered at the Ocotillo Clubhouse for a delicious lunch and the gift of great company. Each committee was recognized for the outstanding contributions they have made over the year. To be a […]
We are all grateful for a day filled with thankfulness and delicious food! Picture: Thanksgiving ice carving welcoming guests for an extraordinary dining experience!
Thank you Inside Tucson Business for your thorough coverage of Thrive Dining. This is the most in-depth reporting we've seen yet! Thrive Dining is currently found at only one place in the state of Arizona, The Fountains at La Cholla and we are proud to introduce this new dining concept to the public. Inside Tucson Business […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
We embrace the opportunity to celebrate here at The Fountains! Associates Abbie, Laurie and Kim enjoying a moment in the Gallery Café while residents indulge in the culinary offerings including Bison or Angus Beef Burgers for National Cheeseburger Day. Delicious!
At The Gardens, we like to make lots of fresh breads and treats for our residents. Most of the time they supervise, but today Luella decided to throw on an apron and help us out! Thanks to her we had the best banana bread we have ever made! Thank you Luella!
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. […]
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 […]