There’s no better time of the year to enjoy comfort food than November and at East Ridge, the life plan community located in Cutler Bay, the community’s menus reflect the change in season while tapping the long list of American favorite comfort foods.
“We call the East Ridge version of comfort food, comfort food light,” said Director of Food Services Robert Ibgui. “We want to make comfort food healthier but still just as good and with just the right seasoning.”
Comfort food is defined as food that is satisfying because it is prepared in a simple or traditional way and reminds you of home, family or friends. It is usually nostalgic or sentimental. People enjoy foods that evoke memories.
“When comfort food is on the menu—whether it’s macaroni and cheese, meat loaf, pot roast, fried chicken, mashed potatoes, spaghetti, or chicken soup—we anticipate hearing, ‘It’s good but not as good as my mother’s or my wife’s,’” said Ibgui.
At East Ridge, healthier versions of comfort food are served as the culinary team strives to provide heart-healthy food that also tastes great. Diners may find selections that include lasagna, chicken cacciatore and calves liver for entrees and favorite sides such as roasted fingerling potatoes, creamed spinach and macaroni and cheese are on the weekly menu. Apple pie, bread pudding and triple chocolate cake are among residents’ popular desserts.
The East Ridge menu is also famous for delicious mouthwatering, homemade soups and there is a different selection each evening. Popular among residents are crème of cauliflower, barley vegetable, and butternut squash soup.
“The Thanksgiving holiday seems to have people craving comfort food and East Ridge’s chefs will be hard at work to bring the spirit of the holidays to dining at East Ridge,” Ibgui added.
The East Ridge dining room located in the Three Palms building is open daily for lunch from 11:15- 1:15 p.m. and dinner is served from 4:15-7:15 pm. Brunch is available on Sundays.