Candlelight Dinner

By: Audrey Slate, Bugle Staff Writer

January 2015, Issue 397

A beautiful evening for 170 Independent Living residents began with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres presented in the Great Room. Music was provided by Paul Anderson, who sang both traditional Christmas carols and popular Christmas songs.

Then dinner was served in McGowan Auditorium. PVN Executive Director Ron Kelly welcomed the guests, and Assistant Chaplain Brent Ashby gave the opening prayer.

Tables were set with beautiful linens and china. Even the chairs were special for the season. Flowers on each table were arranged by Dietary Assistant Carmen Goode. The menu matched the elegant décor. A roasted-grape, toasted-almond, and kale salad was accompanied by crusted goat cheese and citrus vinaigrette. The main dish was filet of beef tenderloin and tuna bourguignon. A large slice of sinful double chocolate cake completed the dinner.

Bill Cobb, a familiar pianist and singer (he performed for the PVN Style Show in May and for the Dinner At The Ritz in September), presented both traditional carols and popular songs. His rendition of “Oh Holy Night” was particularly moving.

Trinity Staffing Services helped serve, set up, and clean up. Deb Howard, our Assistant Director of Nursing, stayed busy photographing the entire evening.

The entire event was made possible by the extraordinary coordination between the Life Enrichment Office and Dining Services. Lisa Englander and Letty Valdez were the principal coordinators for the Life Enrichment Office, and Carmen Goode, Ron Reczek, Chef Kevin Neff, and Dining Services Director Dane Cummins for Dining Services.

Helping with the set-up of the rooms were Tamara Moore, Kristian Henderson, Shannon Radford, Heather Ashby, Kami Hemphill, Heather Porch, Carolyn Mitchell, Mary Bean, Connie Scott, Terri Browning, and Nancy Menton.

The Candlelight Dinner was a truly memorable event. As one resident put it, “For one night, PVN was a Five Star Restaurant.”