Nothing beats getting out and meeting friends over a quiet coffee or tasty meal. Which is why wewere delighted to open a community cafe in Balfour House in 2016. Providing fresh and nutritionally balanced meals as well as a great social space, our tenants can enjoy delicious delights including breakfast rolls, light lunches, homemade soups and home baking. This great meeting and eating place has brought many tenants together. The café has also helped reduce isolation to a group of tenants at Balfour House, enhanced the diet of a number of people who live with dementia, and allowed us to introduced activity themed days which have been a great success.
The best things come to those who wait and we’re delighted to announce that Croft an Righ has an all new feel to its kitchen and café. We asked tenants who use our meal service what improvements we could make to encourage them to use the service more. We then teamed up with Cedar Scotland, a consultancy company specialising in fresh ideas. They have a nutritionist who specifically designs healthy, hearty food for older adults and ensures that every meal has the required vitamins and calories needed in a day to keep the body and mind healthy. Together we held taster sessions to perfect the menu - which will now be seasonal, well balanced, and offer a vegetarian option. We even held a Stovie bake off competition to agree what recipe would be used as we discovered there are many variations to this classic dish. Vinnie is our new Cook and an expert at rustling up Cedar’s menus. Here is some feedback on his catering talent:
"The bacon rolls are to die for and the portions huge"
"Vinnie is lovely and cannot do enough for you"
"The French toast and bacon are cooked to perfection"
"All the meals are beautiful and the chef is very obliging, and comes into the dining room to talk to us"
"Absolutely brilliant, I even invited my friend to taste and share the experience"