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Leominster Crossings Showcases ‘Superb Dining Experience'

Leominster Crossings Showcases ‘Superb Dining Experience'

From left, Executive Director  Stephen Johnson , Harbor Care Director  Crystal Anderson , Dining Services Director  Jarrod Martin , Chef  Mario McKenzie , Server  Aisha Beauchemin , and Server  Moises Torres  staff the Leominster Crossing table at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Leominster, Mass.

From left, Executive Director Stephen Johnson, Harbor Care Director Crystal Anderson, Dining Services Director Jarrod Martin, Chef Mario McKenzie, Server Aisha Beauchemin, and Server Moises Torres staff the Leominster Crossing table at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Leominster, Mass.

For the second year in a row, the culinary team at BSL at Leominster Crossings won Best Entrée at the Cat’s Meow Speakeasy Tasting Gala.

Sponsored by the UMass Memorial HealthAlliance Foundation, tickets for the event raised more than $70,000 for emergency behavioral health services.

In the Speakeasy Tasting Gala, Leominster Crossings topped entries from health care companies as well as local restaurants. Benchmark chefs regularly compete in senior living and health care culinary competitions.

“Seniors place a lot of importance on enjoying three good meals a day,” says Director of Community Relations Nathaniel Gracie. “Some prospective residents assume that moving to senior living means giving up good, quality food.”

Nathanial, a former Benchmark Dining Services Director, says Benchmark’s culinary approach to creating surprising and inspired dishes that help residents live a healthy lifestyle is a big selling point for a lot of families.

“Events like the Speakeasy Tasting Gala let us show area families and industry professionals that we’re serious about giving our residents a superb dining experience.”

The Leominster Crossings team connected with many area businesses at the event and were invited by HealthAlliance Hospital to participate in several other fundraisers, including one at The International Golf Club and Resort in Bolton, Mass., the location of one of our three One Company Fund golf tournaments: The OCF Golf & Spa Invitational on Sept. 19, 2018.

Mario and Nate

Mario and Nate

The Best at the Cat’s Meow Speakeasy Tasting Gala

Best Appetizer:  Sodexo at HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital

Best Sweet Treat:  Aunty Ellen’s

Best Alcoholic Beverage:  The Fireplace Room at The International Golf Club and Resort

Best Side Dish:  DoubleTree by Hilton

Best Non-Alcoholic Beverage:  Aroma Joe’s

Best Soup, Chowder or Chili:  Rye & Thyme

Best Entrée:  BSL at Leominster Crossings

Best Decorated Booth:  Aunty Ellen’s

Best Overall:  Sodexo at HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital

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