WITH LIMITED KOSHER restaurants in Orange County, keeping kosher has always been a home-based tradition. Families keeping kosher become accustomed to the unique requirement and it becomes second nature. It’s an integral part of life as a Jew. So as we age, selecting a senior living community that keeps kosher lets us stay connected to our cultural and religious heritage.
Mission Viejo’s Heritage Pointe is Orange County’s only Jewish senior living community. “This is home for our Residents. For many, home means kosher, so we feel a special responsibility to provide an experience that honors that tradition and lifestyle. That includes kosher meals for all Residents in independent living, assisted and memory care,” says Mike Silverman, Heritage Pointe’s Chief Executive Officer. “We even provide kosher meals for Residents who have difficulty swallowing”.
Looking to Culinary Experts
Heritage Pointe has partnered with Morrison Community Living starting in February 2018 for its dining services program. MCL’s the nation’s largest provider of food services to the senior living industry. It also has particular expertise in kosher services. MCL serves some of the largest Jewish senior communities in the country, like Miami Jewish Home and New York’s Jewish Home and Hospital.
The special training programs they provide for associates emphasize the unique preparation and serving needs kosher foods present. They also have nutritional and menu development programs that put a new twist on kosher. Homemade wild mushroom ravioli in a sweet corn saffron broth with leeks or lamb meatballs and peppers on flatbread boost flavor while remaining culturally consistent.
At Heritage Pointe, MCL will serve more than 250,000 kosher meals each year to some of the most discriminating palates around. “Food is very important to our Residents. MCL does a fabulous job of creating a varied menu. And, they’ll take advantage of the wonderful fresh produce we get here in California. They also ‘import’ kosher specialties from New York to make sure we get the best possible quality,” says Silverman.
Catering Services Extend Community Reach
As one of the largest kosher kitchens in Southern California, Heritage Pointe is a culinary center for the Jewish community. “With MCL now as our partner we are planning to provide meeting and catering services for many events in the area. Our groups can range from as small as 10 people up to 100 participants,” says Silverman. “And our menus are especially popular during the High Holidays.
“We’re happy to design a custom meal for any meeting. Our catering manager will make suggestions to make your gathering a successful one. Whether it’s a bat mitzvah, a brunch or grandparent’s birthday, we take care of the food, smallwares and service delivery. Our catered events are going to be memorable and trouble-free,” says Silverman. “This expansion of our food service program will be in place in the near future.”
Traditional Passover Seder
This Passover, Heritage Pointe will be planning a Seder meal filled with the traditional delicacies like gefilte fish, matzo ball soup, pea soup, borsht, brisket, roast chicken, potato kugel and tzimmes. With the ocean close by and easy access to delicious halibut and fresh salmon, seafood will feature prominently on the menu.
The holidays are when everyone gets nostalgic about kosher food because it’s an important part of our past. Heritage Pointe wants to make sure it stays an important part of our future as well.
Mike Silverman, CEO, Heritage Pointe