Cooking Up Fall Favorites in the Kendal at Lexington Culinary Department

Pandemic, isolation, and supply chain issues have required creative adaptations for many of us, and the dining and culinary operations at Kendal at Lexington are no exception.

When the dining room was closed due to COVID protocols, the culinary department quickly sprang into action, providing home-delivered meals within three days. During that time, the Anderson dining room was undergoing renovation. Kendal residents were delighted not only to see the updated dining facility, but the opportunity also to socialize and dine together was especially welcomed. The dining room officially reopened for Easter Sunday Brunch earlier this year.

Seasonal Changes and Supply Challenges

The cooler fall temperatures mean more hearty stews and comfort food items will be on the menu.  Offerings include Beef Stroganoff and Vegetarian Shepard’s Pie just to name two. Judy Kurtz, Culinary Director, relies on resident’s comments submitted either through the comment box or the dining committee to make sure menus continue to live up to Kendal’s reputation for delicious food. Residents enjoy the variety, the portions, and especially the well-prepared meals.

Locally sourcing as many products possible is a priority for the chefs. However, some products have had a few delivery hiccups which means some alterations and substitutions. “We’ve had many shortages from our main purveyor, but we are holding our own so far,” Judy said. This has resulted in a few meal changes, but so far, they have not had to change an entire week’s worth of menus.

Celebrating with Food and Fun

One favorite of Kendal residents are themed meals. Octoberfest wrapped up recently and diners are looking forward to the holiday offerings for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s.

As far as supply allows, the plans are to include traditional dishes, such as Hoppin’ John for New Year’s Day.

The recent Octoberfest meals featured Sauerbraten, cheddar cheese soup, and Bavarian pretzels which was enthusiastically consumed. A second Octoberfest featured brats and kraut with an “awesome red cabbage soup with a hint of clove.”

Residents especially enjoy inviting friends or family to join them for holiday meals. “Despite also experiencing the food service staffing shortages the whole country is dealing with, we fully intend to have two seatings with reservations for the typical Thanksgiving meal as well as Christmas,” states Judy.

Whether it’s gluten-free, vegetarian, or other special request, the culinary department works with residents to ensure nobody goes hungry. From Succotash to Filet Mignon, Kendal residents are the first to admit, there is always a favorite.

View Photos of Delicious Meals Served in the Main Dining Room