Fine dining as care home staff ‘retrain’
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