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ARTFUL Dining is…


It’s not unusual for us to hear from prospective assisted living residents that eating has become boring, too much trouble and a chore they avoid when possible. What happens? A reduction in the number of daily meals. Taking supplements versus eating real food. Loss of weight. A decline in health.

Because nutrition is so vital for seniors, SRI Management, Heron East’s management company, created their signature “ARTFUL Dining” program and proudly implements it in each community they serve, to re-inspire value in one of life’s most important functions – dining.

SRI Management has been operating senior housing communities for almost two decades, and has gained valuable insight into the programs and activities that enhance and extend the lives of today’s seniors.

While the concept may be executed in different ways from community to community, ARTFUL Dining happens when talent and passion merge. Wait staff take pride in serving happiness, not just food. Chefs that demand meals be as appetizing to the eyes as to the palate. Management that believes a restaurant-style atmosphere elevates the morale of patrons and staff in a way that a typical dining hall cannot. The result is a upscale dining experience unlikely to be found at other assisted living communities – and that’s ARTFUL!

Chef preparing meals for assisted living residents

Culinary art is about more than just cooking


Food is a science, an art and a social experience. The science is about creating healthy and well-balanced meals. Today, however, culinary preparation and presentation has become an art form, combining the best of taste and appearance. And, whether snacking in a cafe or dining in a restaurant, food is more often the common ground over which people get together to socialize – a happy soul is a healthy body!

Good setting
Good food
Good nutrition
Good friends

SRI Management’s chefs pride themselves on preparation techniques that are beautiful, savory and healthful. As a result, residents often experience immediate and direct benefits from this ARTFUL Dining philosophy. Attractive presentation of meals and an enjoyable atmosphere stimulates interest in eating from seniors who previously avoided dining for various reasons. Better eating leads to better nutrition. The outcome is improved overall quality of life.


Good food doesn’t have to be
fancy or complicated…fresh
ingredients are the key.


The color of food, dishes,
table linens and wall color
can all have an effect
on your appetite.


Healthy foods fuel the brain
and body, directly affecting our
mental and physical health
and stability.


Studies have shown that
increasing variety can
increase food intake and
alter energy balance.


A friendly environment and
stimulating conversation at
mealtime is almost as
important as taste.

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