Residents at a Sanctuary Care home in Hatfield were joined by their local Mayor to enjoy the ultimate fine dining experience, as part of a national culinary competition.
Dressed to impress and special guests
The team and residents at Hatfield Residential and Nursing Home were dressed to impress for an evening of black tie and three-course dining, while rubbing shoulders with VIP guests – the Welwyn Hatfield Mayor, Councillor Lynne Sparks and her husband Ian.
Following Thursday’s event Lynne said: "Ian and I always love visiting Hatfield Residential and Nursing Home, we thoroughly enjoyed our evening. The food was absolutely amazing and we really enjoyed chatting with the residents. We are looking forward to visiting again soon."
Gleaming crockery and mouth-watering menu
The team at the Tamblin Way home, which provides dementia and nursing care, ensured the evening was a night to remember with gleaming crockery, beautiful dresses, smart tuxedoes and a mouth-watering menu, which was influenced by the residents’ favourite dishes – highlights included a ballotine of chicken and a medley of seafood.
Resident Edna Errington, who is 102 years old said: “It was a very entertaining evening and I really enjoyed it. I loved all the food.”
Meanwhile fellow diner and resident Harry Dye, who is 95 years old added: “It was all so tasty and everything about the food was really nice – the sweet was my favourite and it was lovely to have the Mayor there.”
Head chef on the day Mark Ord, Sanctuary Care’s Hospitality Manager – Commissioning concluded: “The Fine Dining Experience was a great success and everyone had a lovely time, especially the residents – seeing their faces light up made all the hard work worthwhile.
“The entire event was a real home effort as everyone pulled together, from the residents helping to organise the menu to three care assistants volunteering to waitress on the night, which all equated to a magical evening of fantastic company, food and a great ambiance. It was really rewarding to be a part of it!”
The Fine Dining Experience was part of a national competition hosted by The National Activity Providers Association (NAPA). The aim of the project is to create an amazing fine dining experience that will be a unique and memorable occasion for those who attended – winners will be announced later this year.
The guests for the Fine Dining Experience comprised Councillor Lynne Sparks, husband Ian Sparks, Sanctuary Care’s National Operations Director Jennie Azizi, Sanctuary Care’s regional manager Stacey Meredith, national accounts manager at Steelite International Greg Fawke, volunteer Jayne Lewis and residents Harry Dye, William Parker, Lewis Badham, Phyllis Griggs and Edna Errington.