Independent Living Passion Program
Food feeds more than just the body — it feeds the soul. Food is culture, identity, family, and fellowship. It’s the focus of much of our lives. Food, in a word, is passion. That’s why we are dedicated to providing our independent living residents with a personalized and delectable culinary experience at every Civitas Senior Living community, every day. We understand the importance of food.
Our My Food program connects our residents to their Food and Beverage department and actively engages them in our culinary offerings. Residents love participating in interactive cooking demonstrations, themed dinners, and recipe tastings — especially when friends and family are invited, too.
Civitas’ My Recipe program lets our residents shine by including residents’ personal recipes in our monthly menus. This program features resident recipes or meals of choice in Civitas communities. Through My Recipe, each new resident and their family meets with the community Food and Beverage Director to offer personal recipes and meal preferences.
Together, they select a day when the recipe will be featured on the menu. A recipe dropbox is also available to all residents so that they can submit recipes for consideration at any time. This program ensures that at least one resident’s recipe or meal of choice is featured each month. Family members are invited to attend when that meal is served.
My Community Signature Dish
Breaking bread is a gift given to us multiple times a day. It’s an opportunity to strengthen relationships, as well as minds and bodies. My Community Signature Dish does even more. When we engage residents in selecting a meal that represents their community, we empower them with feelings of belonging.
Once a quarter, our Food and Beverage Director creates four to five meal options as contenders. Residents taste them and vote on their favorite through a secret ballot, and the winning dish is added to the menu.The My Community Signature Dish program, with its buzz about dish creation and selection, fulfills our mission to act holistically. By bringing together multiple departments, team members, and residents, we fill our communities with pride.
My Birthday Celebration
We celebrate every day at Civitas, but birthdays are meant to be spectacular! We want to celebrate these special milestones with our residents and make these days an exceptional and memorable time. That’s why we take one day each month to celebrate our residents with a birthday event especially prepared for all the birthday honorees.
Each resident with a birthday that month enjoys a festive party setting and is given a card signed by the staff. Additionally, they are encouraged to invite one guest to join them for this special meal.
There’s nothing like a perfect afternoon spent in the company of friends enjoying great times and conversations. That’s why at Civitas, we’ve added Seasonal Sips selections to the mix. These refreshing beverage creations are made with the best ingredients of the season, specially blended for our independent living residents to enjoy and savor throughout the day.
New Seasonal Sips roll out with each menu cycle and are rotated weekly. Some of our residents’ past favorites include the summery, bubbly Strawberry Cooler and the toasty-warm Pumpkin Spice Chai.
Our Chef Selections menu is full of delicious, made-to-order dishes offered at every mealtime as potential alternatives to the regular daily menu specials. It is composed of five selections called “Chef Specialties.” It’s also where the My Community Signature Dish is listed.
Our Themed Dinner program incorporates festive, multi-tiered meals that engage residents with entertainment, excitement, and plenty of unique opportunities to celebrate the fun things in life. Themed Dinners are inspired by things like holidays, celebrity birthdays, international cultures, world news, and community events.
In addition to the meal, the Recreation Director schedules coordinating daily activities leading up to the event to build anticipation. These social moments are more than just a great meal. They’re a memorable event..
Independent living seniors will thoroughly enjoy our new Twenty12 Bistro for café-style dining, sipping, and gathering with friends and family. Our casual setting offers a specialized menu featuring light fare not available in the main dining room. Residents will enjoy the laidback bistro-style atmosphere where enjoyment and fun are served up daily.
Additional options may be offered through our grab and go selections, where salads, sandwiches, wraps, and more are available for takeout or to take home. Whatever the choice, whatever the time, there’s something for everyone to enjoy!
*Please note that the Twenty12 Bistro is only available at select Civitas communities.
Healthy selections that impact overall physical wellness and improve brain health are crucial components of our MINDful Menu program. These menu offerings have been created to bring our residents foods that benefit and boost brain health, enhance cognitive skills, and improve physical abilities.
As we continue to learn about the effects of nutrition’s role in our overall health and well-being, new foods and methods of preparation are found to have positive results. Our MINDful Menu is a combination of two well-known diets — the Mediterranean Diet and DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) — both which provide a wide variety of items containing vital overall benefits.
Along with our other dining outlets and options, our independent living residents may be able to take part in our Sunday Brunch. During this community-scheduled event, our team of culinary experts create a brunch service inspired by fine hotels and resorts. The menu features a wide variety of breakfast items, hot entrées, and an assortment of appetizers and desserts so there is something for everyone to enjoy.
We encourage residents to invite family and friends to join them during this brunchand enjoy our many delicious selections. Please note that guest pricing for this meal will vary from the standard meal pricing. Additionally, the availability and frequency of Sunday Brunch varies by community. Talk to your Recreation Director to find out if your community participates and how often.
Sometimes, it’s good to dine at home. That’s the inspiration behind our in-room dining. Our independent living residents simply call the front desk to specify which meal and what time they’d like it delivered, and the rest is up to us. The meal may be ordered from any of our existing menus and is delivered already detailed in presentation, ready to be enjoyed! Once finished, the resident calls the front desk for pickup. Please note that an in-room dining fee may apply.
A visit from the chef is a treat indeed, and our Chef’s Table does not disappoint. This special offering is by request only and allows residents to experience a full, four-course, culinary experience served in our private dining area.
Our Chef’s Table dinner is designed to offer a delightful tasting menu for the resident and their guests to enjoy. Our chef will create a unique offering with certain courses of the meal prepared tableside. The entire evening is narrated by the chef to give residents insight into the techniques and flavors used to produce the fabulous fare before them.
Please note that residents must submit a Chef’s Table request through the front desk receptionist at least 30 days in advance of the chosen date and that the experience includes an additional charge.
Weekly Chef Feature
Our chefs work hard to make mealtime an exceptional experience for our independent living residents. They create fare that is both flavorful and fun, with a special emphasis on preparing delectable dishes that can be enjoyed in our dining room each week.
The Weekly Chef Feature brings the community chef into the dining room at least once a week for a lively and interactive experience. This is a great time to invite family members to join in on these special days devoted to enjoyment and fabulous food.
From culinary conversation and cooking techniques to the fun and fellowship enjoyed over great food, the Weekly Chef Feature is the perfect way for neighbors, friends, and families to celebrate mealtime.