Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Reflections of the Final Theme Meal: 1950's Soda Shoppe!

Windsor Dining Room:  Hostess Stand

Our last rotation of the internship was 6 weeks at Riderwood Senior Living Community.  As you may know, this is the rotation where all the interns plan, prepare and execute a theme meal for about 150-200 of the residents.  Since we were the last set of interns to come through this particular rotation, we knew we wanted to plan a theme meal so that the 2012-2013 UMD Dietetic interns went out with a bang!

Maria Tadic, Chef Derrick, Nikki Bolduc and Manager Otto
We decided to create a theme meal that would really resonate with the residents - something that would remind them of their childhood and growing up in the '40s and 50's.  It was important to us to find a theme that they would really enjoy.  After some research and chatting up our parents and grandparents we ultimately decided to go with a 1950's Soda Shop with diner-style food.  This theme really allowed us to get creative and come up with some really tasty recipes - especially for the desserts!

The final menu included:

  • Chicken & Dumpling Soup
  • Diner-style Mac & Cheese
  • Baked Stuffed Tomatoes
  • French Fries
  • Cheesy Bacon Meatloaf Sandwiches
  • Tuna and Potato Chip Casserole
  • Caprese Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
  • Root Beer Floats
  • Malted Milkshakes
  • Banana Splits
We tried to come with as many dishes that were popular in the 1940's and '50's as possible.  And from the resident comments, we were right on target!  Our menu was super fun to plan, cook and eat too!  Something both of us highly recommend for future interns - make your menu and theme fun!  

Looking back, I think we hit our goal of exiting Riderwood with a bang!  The residents really loved our meal and the theme.  Plus we met a lot of great employees and made some wonderful friends while we were here.  It was an amazing experience filled with tons of learning and of course, a lot of fun!

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