Fine din­ing as care home staff ‘re­train’

Macclesfield Express - - BOSLEY TRAGEDY - TOM BUR­NETT

ACARE home was trans­formed into an el­e­gant res­tau­rant as a spe­cial treat.

Res­i­dents at Prest­bury House Care Home, in Mac­cles­field, en­joyed the ‘Fine Din­ing Din­ner’ af­ter home staff spent the week learn­ing the dif­fer­ent skills to be the per­fect hosts.

Se­nior care as­sis­tant Aranka Ma­chine and health care as­sis­tant Pe­dro Dias took waiter ser­vice train­ing to en­sure the evening ran as smoothly as pos­si­ble.

And the home’s chef and kitchen as­sis­tant, June Turnock and Wies­law Za­pala, were given a crash course in ex­quis­ite cook­ery by chef Scott Oliver, who runs Oliver’s Res­tau­rant and also loaned the staff some crock­ery to com­plete the ex­pe­ri­ence.

Michelle Wal­ton, a co-or­di­na­tor at Prest­bury House said: “The staff re­ally en­joyed get­ting in­volved and mak­ing the event spe­cial. (The res­i­dents) ab­so­lutely loved it.”

Prepa­ra­tions for the evening, held at the West Park Drive home, be­gan with res­i­dents go­ing into town to shop for ac­ces­sories and new out­fits for the meal. They also called into Ma­jes­tic Wines for a wine tast­ing to choose their wine to have with the meal.

On the night, staff helped res­i­dents pre­pare for the evening by help­ing with their hair and makeup.

The Mayor of Cheshire East, Coun Hilda Gad­dum, and Stu­art Pot­ter from the Food4­Macc char­ity also joined the din­ers at the in­vi­ta­tion of res­i­dents.

Michelle said: “The res­i­dents in­vited Food4­Macc be­cause they helped us in­stall our raised beds we grow pro­duce on and a lot of our res­i­dents are friends with the mayor.

“We will be hold­ing the Fine Din­ing Ex­pe­ri­ence ev­ery month from now on.”

Res­i­dent Sheila Thomas said: “It was a good ex­pe­ri­ence and the best event we have had and I am hon­oured to have been part of it.”

For their meal the din­ers were of­fered a choice of ei­ther pan fried goats cheese bon-bon or chicken pate as a starter.

This was fol­lowed by a Roasted Supreme of Free Range Chicken or Pan Fried Salmon Fil­let.

Dessert con­sisted of a trio of pud­dings.

●● Res­i­dents at Prest­bury House Care Home wel­comed Mayor of Cheshire East, Hilda Gad­dum, for a slap-up meal

●● Scott Oliver, owner of Oliver’s Restu­rant, showed June Turnock how to cre­ate an ex­tra spe­cial meal for the din­ers

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