Category: Dining

September 13, 2018

Watermark’s Thrive Dining™ Program Enables Iowa’s Elderly to Dine with Dignity

An article was recently published in the Des Moines Register on August 20th, 2018. To read the full article, please click here. Put down the utensils and prepare for a meal of bite-size hors d’oeuvres that pack a flavorful punch. The innovative Thrive Dining™ program, exclusive to Watermark Retirement Communities® is geared toward residents with cognitive and […]

November 13, 2017

Welcome, Chef Linda Siriphan

Linda Siriphan was born in Raleigh, NC and moved to Iowa at the age of 6. Fluent in the Lao language, Linda enjoys foods from all over the world and strives to expand her knowledge of international cooking and techniques. Her hobbies include cooking, fishing, hanging out with friends and family and listening to some […]

June 12, 2017

This Week at Vintage Hills: Creating Masterpieces and Taste-Testing Super Foods

It was a busy week at Vintage Hills. Several ladies created canvas masterpieces! Each painter chose a different picture to paint. We also held a super foods taste testing. Residents tried quinoa, sprouted grains and red lentils. Sprouted grains are "seeds" that have partially started the growth process. This deactivation of anti-growth enzymes leads to greater availability of vitamin […]

February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine’s Day from the Residents and Staff at Vintage Hills

The residents of Vintage Hills enjoyed a wonderful Valentine's day. At lunch, each lady was presented with a red carnation and all the men received chocolate hearts. Chef Eli prepared a wonderful meal with your choice of Italian Sausage Pasta Bake or Smoked Ribs with tossed Salad, Garlic Bread and Chocolate Mousse. In the afternoon, residents enjoyed a […]

December 9, 2016

Holiday Family Potluck for Memory Care

Vintage Hills is hosting a holiday potluck for residents and their families. The Memory Care potluck will be December 19th at 5:00pm. We will provide the main dish. Please bring a side dish, salad or dessert to share. Please RSVP to Angelia McCright, Community Life Director by Monday December 12th. She can be reached at 1-515-639-2179 or […]

November 23, 2016

Bon Appétit with Thrive Dining™

Thrive Dining™ is a revolutionary dining program designed to restore the dignity and enjoyment of mealtime for individuals with cognitive or physical challenges. Thrive Dining™ features Watermark Communities’ Chef recipes and high quality, freshly prepared gourmet menu items, transformed into incredibly tasty, nutritionally balanced, protein packed meals. Watermark Chefs start by using the Grind Dining “patent-pending” […]

May 14, 2015

Baking with Stephanie – Peanut Butter Popcorn Balls

Today during our Watermark University class Baking with Stephanie, we made Peanut Butter Popcorn Balls. We had many busy hands rolling the popcorn balls! Join Stephanie for a fun afternoon of baking every 1st and 3rd Wednesday at 3:00pm. We will explore different creative baking ideas and use the convection oven right in the neighborhood to […]

May 13, 2015

Thrive 5 Granola Recipe

Ingredients: 1/3 cup maple syrup 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar 4 tsp vanilla extract 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 cup vegetable oil 5 cups old-fashioned rolled oats (do not use quick oats) 1 cup raw almonds, chopped coarse 1 cup cashews, chopped coarse 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes 1/3 cup dried cranberries 1/3 cup dried […]