At the Carillion in Boulder, hotel-style senior living features superb cuisine – Boulder Daily Camera
From the salon and spa and cinema to the expansive gym and saltwater pool, The Carillon at Boulder Creek offers upscale independent and supported living in a seniors’ community that functions as a retirement hotel. luxury and feels like home. And while Carillon’s commitment to excellence and personalized service permeates every niche in the community, for many residents, Carillon’s kitchen, designed by Culinary Institute of America graduate Chef Ron McPhall, makes life particularly pleasant Carillon.
Bryan Sanchez, Director of Community Sales at Carillon, explained, “The Carillon and its parent company, LeisureCare, pioneered upscale retirement living with a hotel-like atmosphere. This mission along with its location makes it a premier retirement community in the Boulder and Denver metro area. The Carillon is located just a two-minute walk from the University of Colorado Boulder campus.
Regarding the kitchen, he said, “Having our chef and his team, along with our home office culinary training program, provides an exceptional culinary experience that enhances the many facets of life here.
The restaurant manager greets residents one-on-one at the Carillon’s sit-down restaurant, Brookfield’s, and servers learn about community preferences. “We run an upscale restaurant,” Sanchez said.
Indeed, the Carillon kitchen is led by Chef Ron McPhall and includes a dedicated pastry chef and expert line cooks. McPhall meets monthly with the community’s resident-led Restaurant Committee, and residents love to share food ideas and recipes with him. “Many of our residents have traveled all over the world and eaten a wide variety of cuisines. There’s a wealth of information, stories and life lessons here,” said McPhall, who has been a leader in seniors’ communities for more than 20 years and has run his own restaurant consulting business and in menus. He particularly likes to serve dishes that evoke good memories and create bonds with the residents of Carillon. “Last week,” he recalls, “we served a Japanese dashi bowl with udon noodles, and one of the residents said afterward that it was even better than the dashi bowl they ate. in Japan.”
McPhall designs a weekly menu that incorporates “all the classics” while representing international tastes, he said. Breakfast offers daily specials, such as McPhall’s spinach and feta omelet, fluffy blueberry pancakes, and gluten-free vegetable hash, as well as hot and cold cereals, bagels, and pastries. Lunchtime favorites such as Korean-style ribs, fried catfish and butternut squash dumplings are community favorites, alongside crisp garden salads and hearty sandwiches.
McPhall rolls out an extensive menu of beloved dishes and fresh Boulder-inspired dinner offerings. Residents look forward to lingering over delicious food while chatting about their day. Lighter options, recently including Ukrainian beet salad and mini fishcakes, are inspired by the Carillon’s PrimeFit healthy living program, and whole entrees such as filet mignon, maple roast chicken, Colorado striped bass and pappardelle bolognese pasta are paired with side dishes as varied as baked sweet potatoes, onion rings, asparagus and fruit.
Although Carillon residents are in control of their own food choices, McPhall keeps residents’ needs in mind when preparing the menu. Vegan and vegetarian offerings are available, as are gluten-free and dairy-free selections. “We love our sweets – creme brulee, chocolate cake,” McPhall said, “but we also use a lot of agave – lower on the glycemic index and therefore more diabetic friendly.” McPhall works with the Carillon’s pastry chef to create desserts that are both scrumptious and healthy. One of its specialties is a chocolate pudding made with avocados, cocoa powder and agave nectar.
“Our residents are very satisfied and we continue to receive great feedback on our restaurant,” Sanchez said. All meals are included for assisted residents, and independent residents choose between meal plans. “This gives our self-catering residents complete flexibility to cook a meal in their apartment’s full kitchen, go out to nearby restaurants, or eat at our restaurant with friends,” he said.
“Food is such an important part of life in a community, and I believe every day should be a great day for our residents,” McPhall said. “They have worked their whole lives and deserve to be satisfied.” With that in mind, McPhall is planning a host of special dining events. The Easter brunch menu will begin with a glass of champagne and feature an elaborate buffet around roast lamb with spinach and fennel, au gratin potatoes, red rice, Provençal-style tomatoes, fruit stations seafood and omelettes, a variety of breads and pastries and a brilliant chocolate fountain. Birthdays are celebrated with joy and residents can order room service as they please.
McPhall plans to kick off the summer with several barbecues, and a mystery dinner, in which residents solve clues to solve a restaurant-related puzzle and win a bottle of wine, is in the works. A highlight for many is the McPhall White House First Ladies’ Luncheons: McPhall recreates the inaugural luncheon of a First Lady of the United States, and residents dress up to participate.
Finally, for residents who occasionally want a more low-key atmosphere, the Carillon’s indoor-outdoor hangout, Flatirons Pub, offers soups, wraps, pizzas, wine by the glass, and liquor. The patio opens onto the Boulder Creek Path, and residents often grab a morning smoothie or a quick sandwich before strolling up Twenty Ninth Street or Pearl Street.
“We really are a family here, a family with a resort feel,” Sanchez said. “There is always something to learn and enjoy – our programming includes over 100 activities per month and later LeisureCare trips.” Between meals, residents love the PrimeFit health program, weekday transportation and bus rides, book and game clubs, stimulating classes, cultural events, regular housekeeping, and hotel-style care. daily.
From breakfast, lunch, dinner, and every moment in between, the Carillon offers a lively and fulfilling senior living experience in the heart of Boulder.
To schedule a visit, call 720.565.6844 or email [email protected]
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