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ATLANTA—With COVID-19 making an impact right now, one thing we need to ensure is that we are keeping older populations engaged and connected during this time.  At Clermont Park, a Life Plan Community in Denver, they are keeping their residents involved with their new “Cooking with Marco” series.  Clermont Park partners with Morrison Living, the leading hospitality service provider in senior living.

“Cooking with Marco” features classically trained executive chef Marco Valadez highlighting locally sourced ingredients, cooking techniques, and the chef’s family recipes.  This bi-weekly virtual event keeps residents inspired during these difficult stay-at-home orders. They are encouraged to share feedback and offer ideas for the next featured presentation.  Shows are recorded and shared through in-house channel, making it available to 300+ residents.  Residents can also taste the food just before and after the presentation.

Chef Marco has a degree in Culinary Arts from Johnson & Wales University, and his team at Clermont Park has a 5-star rating in food safety and sanitation from Steritech. The Food and Beverage team is also being certified as a center of excellence with Compass Group USA, the leading food support services company in the country.  Of the 17,000 properties Compass supports, only 68 receive this distinction.

There is also more to come from Morrison Living. Morrison Living and Chef Bal Arneson, Compass celebrity chef and Food Network star, will begin a series, “Clean and simple – Morrison Living’s Virtual Teaching Kitchen,” exclusively for Morrison Living. The lessons will focus on flavor, spices and ingredients and their individual power to boost health and immunity. Chef Bal will create recipes each episode, featuring the main ingredients of the week. This is part of Morrison Living’s Move your Mindprogram about the six pillars of cognitive health, one of which is to eat smart. The schedule includes one episode every two weeks and will be made available to clients to feature on their internal TV channel or via video.

About Morrison Living

Morrison Living, a member of Compass Group North America, is the nation’s leading provider of inspired dining, wellness, environmental, and hospitality services to over 400 senior living communities across the country. Thanks to decades of experience and data-driven strategies, we’ve transformed the senior living landscape with innovative programs and smart solutions. Morrison Living employs over 350 executive chefs and registered dietitians, and 7,300 hospitality professionals who are actively committed to serving fresh, local, and authentic foods through socially responsible practices and superior customer service. Our clients and their valued residents depend on us for a consistent service experience that makes everyday living the best it can be. To share in our hospitality experience, visit us at MorrisonLiving.com.

About Clermont Park

Clermont Park is a Life Plan community serving south east Denver since 1972. The community is nationally recognized as a leader in culture-change with resident directed programs and services. Clermont Park is one of the Christian Living Communities, a Colorado based senior living company providing management and consulting services for 24 communities in the southwest, mid-west and western regions of the United States. To learn more visit clermontpark.org or call 720.974.7275.

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