Upcoming Kind Dining Class

Our next Kind Dining® Hospitality Training will be at The Heights at Columbia Knoll in  Portland, Oregon. If you would like to book a session for your community, give us a call at 503-913-1978 or sign up for more information through our contact form on our Higher Standards website. Save Save … Continue reading

Happy July 4th – Whats on the BBQ in your Community?

I enjoy talking with residents and family members about their favorite summer time foods and especially love to share July 4th BBQ stories. Inevitably the discussion will circle back to conversations about grilled corn on the cob, and how much it is missed as many communities shy away from serving it. In this picture it is grilled and served with … Continue reading

Are You Heading to Sacramento for CALA?

Yes? Don’t miss our session on June 7th, 2016 from 10:30 to 12:00 noon! Cindy is presenting, “Are You Making the Most of Mealtimes,” focusing on the 6 Truths About the Future of Dining You Can’t Ignore, 3 Hospitality Secrets That Can Increase Occupancy, and 5 Low-Cost Changes That Can Raise Service Quality Quickly.    We can’t’ reveal the Truths or Secrets yet, however, … Continue reading

May 2016 – Older Americans Month

Older Americans Month 2016 May is a month of fresh beginnings. Perennials bloom once again, blazing a trail of bright color. May is also when we celebrate Older American’s Month (OAM), acknowledging the perennial contributions of older adults to our nation. The 2016 OAM theme is Blaze a Trail. The Administration for Community Living will use this opportunity to raise … Continue reading

April 14th – Leading Age Washington

Speaking Newsflash Learn how to make the dining experience in your community so unique you beat your competitors hands down.  Come join the fun and education at the 6th Annual LeadingAge Washington-HPSI Food Service Professionals Workshop coming up on April 14, in Washington State. The full agenda, location and registration is below.  I look forward to seeing you there. Come … Continue reading

Prepare for National Nutrition Month® – March

Once again the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is sponsoring a month-long campaign of nutrition education and information. Visit Prepare for National Nutrition Month®—March  The theme for 2016 is “Savor the Flavor of Eating Right,” which encourages everyone to take time to enjoy food traditions and appreciate the pleasures, great flavors and social experiences food can add to our lives. … Continue reading

Valentine’s Day – February 14

History of Valentine’s Day Every February 14, across the United States and in other places around the world, candy, flowers and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine. But who is this mysterious saint, and where did these traditions come from? Find out about the history of this centuries-old holiday, from ancient Roman rituals … Continue reading

Pride in Foodservice Week

Save The Date February 1-5, 2016 is designated “Pride in Foodservice Week” by the Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals (ANFP). This recognition week applauds nutrition and foodservice professionals and other members of the dietary team for their hard work and dedication on the job. Now in its 25th year, Pride in Foodservice Week is celebrated in facilities across the … Continue reading

Glass containers filled with pine cones and twigs that have been spray painted white and artfully arranged.

Holiday Celebrations & Centerpieces

  Happy Holidays From Our Team To Yours Elegant, Frosty Centerpieces Create a stunning winter centerpiece this holiday season: Gather twigs, pine cones, and glass vases. Lightly spray paint the twigs and pine cones white. You’re not trying for full coverage, it is better if some of the natural coloring shows through. Let the paint dry completely. Fill each glass … Continue reading

Thanksgiving Centerpiece Idea

Thanksgiving, November 26, 2015 “Each day comes bearing its own gifts. Untie the ribbons.” – Ruth Ann Schabacker In this season of Thanksgiving, share gratitude for what we have and the possibilities before us. Here is an idea for the table centerpiece, as you discover other options, share ideas on our Higher Standards facebook page. Nature’s Bounty Centerpiece Wish diners … Continue reading