An Elevated Dining Experience at The Village at Gainesville

Jul 22, 2022 | Amenities, Community News

New trends in senior living have transformed traditional dining. The Village at Gainesville has been at the forefront of these changes, providing residents with amenities to meet their practical needs while offering a high-end culinary experience.

“Dining isn’t just about food anymore,” says Jesus Neira, The Village at Gainesville’s director of culinary and dining services. “The rise of the ‘foodie culture’ and a shift toward a generation of seniors who have higher expectations than previous generations has challenged us to reimagine what good taste means.”

Keep reading to learn about how The Village at Gainesville enhances residents’ quality of life through our first-class dining experience.

An Array of Dining Options

The Village at Gainesville offers a variety of culinary choices to residents and is expanding the dining experience to keep residents satisfied.

“Today’s seniors have an appreciation for a wider variety of foods,” says Joshua Fuller, The Village at Gainesville’s director of facilities. “They not only expect culinary diversity; they want choices, and that’s what we’re giving them.”

Options include:

  • Seasons offers elegant ambiance and a fine dining experience.
  • Bistro 27 West serves Starbucks® coffee and casual meals.
  • Center Pointe Dining Room provides full-service, restaurant-style dining.
  • Fresca Eatery dishes up fresh, flavorful food in a casual setting.
  • Citrus Bar & Marketplace mixes smoothies and cocktails and prepares small meals.

Fresh, Farm-to-Table Menus

More and more, seniors expect fresh fruits and vegetables and locally sourced ingredients. Retirement communities are responding to this desire by being very intentional about the way they source their food.

“At the Village at Gainesville, we use fresh ingredients in all our recipes,” says Jesus Neira. “We serve fish from the Gulf of Mexico and source almost everything locally. This commitment to fresh food elevates our resident experience and promotes continued good health.”

Visionary Dining Director

The role and expectations of the dining director at a senior living community has evolved over the years. Now it’s common to find a true restaurateur at the helm, managing professional chefs and a whole culinary team to meet the needs of their patrons.

The Village at Gainesville is no different. Jesus Neira brings culinary expertise and a commitment to hospitality and excellence in his leadership role. He has a vision for the myriad ways to elevate lifestyles through dining.

“Enhancing and enriching life for our residents is always a top priority at The Village,” Jesus Neira says. “The new dining experiences are designed to do just that.”

Restaurant-Style Dining

One misperception about dining at a senior living community is that residents eat in a cafeteria that only serves food via a buffet line. While this was the norm some years ago, increasingly, seniors receive the full service of a restaurant.

The Village at Gainesville offers upscale dining venues where you’ll be seated by a host; waited on by a server; and receive an artfully plated, made-to-order meal. You can sit with friends or your spouse in an elegant setting, ordering appetizers, drinks and dessert as you please.

A Grab-and-Go Option

Another trend in senior living dining is offering residents a convenient meal option to take on the go.

Whether you’re headed out on the town or are attending one of the many activities or events offered at The Village, you can stop by Bistro 27 West for a quick bite and Starbucks® coffee.

Ambiance and Variety at The Village at Gainesville

The Village at Gainesville is a rental senior living community that offers independent living, assisted living and memory support. Our dining program not only serves great food but also provides inspiring experiences and innovative variety. Contact us today to become an Association Club Member for full access to our comprehensive community services and amenities.