Kind Dining Blog

Farm to Table Truth #4

Nutrition has always been a main concern in any community. Yet there is so much more to nutrition than vitamins and minerals. Kind Dining® training feeds the overall person, addressing the taste that goes into a resident, as well as what they see, hear, and feel. This includes foods that are culturally relevant, presented in the most engaging environment, and … Continue reading

Farm to Table Truth #2

New Regulations, Kind Dining Truths & More The stress on new regulations of participating in the Medicare and Medicaid Service (CMS) programs has arrived. While they extend for three phases, phase one’s spotlight, which began November 28, 2016 focuses on food, nutrition, and dining. It states just how critical these new rules are to the well-being of your residents. Remember, … Continue reading

Farm to Table Truth #1

In our series: 6 Truths About Your Business You Can’t Ignore Fresh local food on your table is an old idea made new again! Forming a good relationship is healthy. Forming a healthy relationship with your local farmers is a great way to benefit both of you.  The quality of food for your residents is another way of taking the … Continue reading

The #6 Truth That You Cannot Ignore!

Investing in Your Employees is the Most Effective Way to Accomplish Culture Change The company’s greatest asset is its people; people who are now facing change that is happening at the speed of light. Your employees need to thrive in this environment in order to meet the new demands that are coming. Employees properly trained in Kind Dining are productive, … Continue reading

The #5 Truth About Your Business That You Cannot Ignore!

Truth #5: You’re Most Dependent on Your Lowest Paid, Least Trained Staff. Raising dining standards most effectively means training all your staff to shine in the dining room. It does not mean adding a faux palm tree in the corner of the room. Your servers and ancillary staff are your direct link to your residents. The servers generally come to … Continue reading

Having Fun With St. Patrick’s Day While Honoring The Irish In Your Community

As St. Patrick’s Day rolls around this week we all have our own ideas of how to celebrate or not. As you move forward with preparations in your community to liven up the dining room on this day make sure you are aware of your resident’s perspectives. For some, the “Americanized” version of St. Patrick’s Day that is full of … Continue reading

How Are You Putting Your Best Fork Forward This Month?

March is National Nutrition Month, when the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics reminds everyone to return to the basics of healthy eating. It is also the time of year when the Academy celebrates expertise of registered dietitian nutritionists as the food and nutrition experts. “Put Your Best Fork Forward” is the theme for NNM 2017 which serves as a reminder that each … Continue reading

The #4 Truth That You Cannot Ignore!

Truth #4 The Individual Resident of this Generation is Different The younger Boomers are filling our communities today. A new ‘help-yourself cart’ on the side of the dining room will not satisfy their desires. Their refined palates want the variety of culture found in quality ethnic restaurants that their two-income households afforded them before retirement. They want espressos, lattes, and … Continue reading

The #3 Truth That You Cannot Ignore

Truth # 3 The Gap Between Expectation and Service. What makes my husband and I drive 1½ hours to dine at a particular restaurant when there are six good dining establishments within a mile of our home? Answer: the owners and staff will welcome us with sincere delight. Their service and food will be everything we anticipate. This created ambiance … Continue reading

Share What Makes You Proud This Week!

The week of February 6 – 10, 2017 is almost here and that marks Pride in Foodservice Week.  This recognition week applauds nutrition and foodservice professionals and other members of the nutrition services team for their hard work and dedication on the job. We’d love to hear success stories of what great things are happening in your community.  Share a … Continue reading