Healthy foods used to prepare a meal

Posted: April 22, 2021

Community Life

Demaree Crossing’s Dining Program

Meet Our Chef

Melissa Jones’, Director of Dining Services at Demaree Crossing, passion for food started at a young age. She was introduced to the restaurant business by her paternal grandmother who once owned and operated a small Southern-style diner in the ‘70s and ‘80s. Melissa started her career as a teen in the ‘90s working alongside her grandmother in a small hotel kitchen. Melissa has spent over 20 years in the foodservice industry building memorable moments around culinary creations and continues to do so in her current role as the Director of Dining Services for Demaree Crossing. She enjoys treating residents, families and guests to a dining experience that inspires them to connect and engage. When she’s not creating vibrant dining experiences, Melissa enjoys spending time with her husband and two kids. She calls herself a ‘dance mom’ and a ‘football mom’!

Our Dining Program

If there was ever a time to develop knowledge of the medicinal qualities of food, this is it. The food we eat has a tremendous impact on our health, so the Duet Hospitality team at Demaree Crossing plays a big part in guiding the community towards understanding the potential power of every ounce of food and beverage served to residents and associates.

Teaching Kitchens are a great hands-on program where residents can explore food, culinary and nutritional literacy to positively impact food choices—especially when they feature Superfoods! Superfoods are foods that provide health benefits beyond their basic nutrient content. Residents are drawn to recipes that include nutrient-dense foods that give them more benefits for their calories.

One of those Superfoods just happens to be dark chocolate! This sweet treat comes with an antioxidant boost. Cacao is rich in flavonoids, which have been shown to help lower blood pressure, cholesterol and reduce other risk factors for heart disease.

Residents at Demaree Crossing recently enjoyed a dark chocolate Teaching Kitchen, where they coated peanuts (another Superfood) with dark chocolate. While dark chocolate is packed with nutrients, it’s important not to overeat and really savor the flavor!

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