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Silver service lunch hits the spot


A table featuring freshly picked roses from the garden, a glass of wine and a delicious three course meal provide the perfect setting for the weekly ‘silver service’ lunch offered to residents at Calvary Flora McDonald Nursing Home.

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An initiative of hospitality manager David Purdue, the ‘special’ lunch is held in the boardroom every Wednesday and is attended by residents from one of the nine different houses at the Cowandilla village.

The mouthwatering menu includes fried camembert, Atlantic salmon on a bed of mashed potatoes and vegetables, followed by the always popular chocolate fountain for dessert. Alternatively, a traditional banquet is prepared when residents from the Vietnamese unit attend.

“We’ve had really positive feedback from the residents – it’s something a bit different and it makes them feel a bit special,” said Ryan Midgley, general manager for Calvary’s retirement communities in SA.

One of the residents, Sr Carmel Clarke rsj, said being a guest at the lunch was “wonderful” and the food was “delicious”.

“I couldn’t praise it enough and it’s been a great thing to do as many residents would never be able to go out to have a meal like this anymore,” she said.

Flora McDonald has more than 150 residents from diverse cultural and religious backgrounds.


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