This year, we are incredibly thankful to be able to celebrate Thanksgiving at Bishop Gadsden as a Community. From a Culinary perspective, Thanksgiving looked and became a bit different than in previous years. Our 2020 plan included a takeout option, and for the first time ever, a heat and serve option picked up the day before Thanksgiving. As we’ve seen throughout this year, the ability to adapt and overcome has been one that continues to prevail.
According to Ryan Bentley, Bishop Gadsden’s Executive Chef, “The whole approach to Thanksgiving was completely out of the norm for us, instead of a grand buffet we set our sights on how to make it into a fine dining experience.” In past years, the Bishop Gadsden Culinary Team prepared 340-390 dine-in meals for the Thanksgiving holiday. This year, the Culinary Team served 204 takeout meals and 46 heat and serve meals for residents, approximately 100 less meals than in previous years.
In order to catch a glimpse at what Thanksgiving may look like, the Culinary Team surveyed residents to see what their Thanksgiving plans and interests were. This helped the team understand what was needed for everything from purchasing, all the way to properly staffing the needs for the week of Thanksgiving.
A Tasty Thanksgiving Menu
Thanksgiving at Bishop Gadsden would not be complete without a tasty menu developed by our talented Culinary Team. For the heat and serve option, residents received a prepared meal with heating instructions that consisted of turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and gravy, along with their favorite pie and bread. Residents also had the option of Executive Pastry Chef Anna’s famous moose munch and chocolate truffles.
For residents who chose the takeout option, the Culinary Team pivoted to offer a four-course meal including Pumpkin Butternut Squash Soup, a tasty Fall Harvest Salad, a traditional Thanksgiving meal, and their choice of Thanksgiving pie for dessert.
Team member Thanksgiving at Bishop Gadsden
In addition to the delicious preparations for residents, Bishop Gadsden team members who worked on Thanksgiving, were also treated to a complimentary appreciation meal. This kind gesture is one that our team members look forward to each holiday, but especially during Thanksgiving
Despite the fact that our numbers were less than years’ previous, the Bishop Gadsden Culinary Team put in twice as much effort into the menu and the food to still make Thanksgiving a fine-dining experience from the comfort of their homes. We are so appreciative of the incredible culinary team and their ability to be flexible and creative this holiday season, as well as the graciousness and kindness shown by our residents!