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Village Shalom Engages Morrison Senior Living For Dining Services

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Village Shalom has engaged Morrison Senior Living as its new dining-services provider. The partnership with Morrison will bring greater variety and quality to the meals served each day to the more than 200 residents of the continuing-care retirement community. It will also expand the menu choices and service at Kansas City’s only full-time kosher restaurant, Rachel’s Café, which is located on the Village Shalom campus.

Village Shalom’s mashgiach (kashrut supervisor) Binyomin Mazer (right) assists customers in Rachel’s Café.

“As our industry evolves and the needs and desires of our residents change, it is critical that we have a dining-services partner that is truly focused on the senior-living industry and is able to help us plan strategically for the future,” said Karin McCrary, Chief Operating Officer for Village Shalom. “Morrison has a ‘can-do’ attitude, a focus on quality and resident satisfaction, and expertise in serving Jewish-sponsored communities and clientele that all align perfectly with the mission, vision and values of Village Shalom.”

Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, Morrison Senior Living is exclusively dedicated to providing food, nutrition and hospitality services to the senior-living industry. Morrison serves more than 450 facilities in 41 states, including 30 Jewish-sponsored retirement communities that operate kosher dining services.

“We went through an in-depth due diligence process before selecting a new dining-services provider,” McCrary explained. “In addition to carefully reviewing Morrison’s proposal, our management team visited several other Morrison partner communities across the country. We were able to speak with these clients and see firsthand the collaborative relationships they have developed with Morrison.”

The company’s “proven operating procedures, recipes and expertise with kosher dining” were key factors in Village Shalom’s decision to partner with Morrison, she added.

“We have a lot of experience working with kosher communities all over the country,” said Kelly Kuhn, Director of Business Development for Morrison Senior Living. “Some are glatt (highly stringent) kosher and some are more kosher style. But we adhere to the principles that our clients request and require.”

With regard to Rachel’s Café, Kuhn said, “We want to make it a gathering place for the Jewish community. We plan to increase the variety, improve quality, and make it more inviting and retail oriented. We are also looking to offer resources for kosher catering services to the community.”

She added that Morrison Senior Living is “very excited to partner with a premier senior-living community like Village Shalom. We appreciate their culture and values, and we look forward to collaborating with them in a variety of ways.”

The change in dining-services providers is one of several initiatives under way at Village Shalom, McCrary noted. “We are beginning construction of a new hospitality suite for our residents, family members and visitors. We are also about to start renovating our employee lounge – an extremely important amenity for our staff members who provide the exceptional resident care for which Village Shalom is known. It’s an exciting time. Village Shalom and the community we serve have a lot to look forward to!”