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Edgemere’s Executive Chef Shares Exclusive Recipes and Healthy Eating Tips to Promote National Nutrition Month

March 27, 2017

Eating healthier should be on the agenda for everyone regardless of age, but senior adults often need to adopt healthier eating habits due to doctor-mandated dietary restrictions – or perhaps the axiom “with age comes wisdom” includes eating smarter. To help promote National Nutrition Month in March, Victor Jaime, executive chef at Edgemere, an SQLC retirement community, is offering tips he uses in his own kitchen and is also opening Edgemere’s exclusive recipe vault to share some of the residents’ favorite dishes. Chef Jaime is French-trained in the culinary arts with more than 20 years of experience serving fine diners – including personally prepared meals for four United States presidents – at some of the world’s finest hotels and restaurants.

“Eating healthy is not difficult nor is it a sacrifice,” said Executive Chef Jaime. “It’s simply a matter of making conscious, informed decisions to cook differently and allow your taste buds to experience foods in a new way. Here at Edgemere, we use only the very best fresh foods and ingredients – including organic – which is the foundation of good nutrition. We believe that healthy eating is not only better for you, but you will actually feel better. I absolutely love cooking for Edgemere residents, and the ultimate compliment is when they ask us to serve particular dishes again. We’re sharing some tips and three of these favorite dishes with the public for the first time in an effort to help residents of Dallas find healthier options.”

Some of Chef Jaime’s practical tips are:

  • Salmon is better for you when it’s seared, steamed or broiled. The chef’s secret: Most restaurants will prepare it for you this way, even if it’s not on the menu. Just ask.
  • Serve sandwiches open face on one slice of bread and make taco salads in taco bowls instead of shells. The chef’s secret: Less bread and taco shell means fewer calories.
  • Poultry is good for you when prepared properly – baked or broiled is best. Buy fresh chicken that has never been frozen. The chef’s secret: Fresh chicken has the best texture and flavor.
  • When preparing ground meat for any dish, cook it without seasoning first, drain the meat thoroughly, then re-cook it with any desired seasonings. The chef’s secret: Seasonings retain grease.
  • On salads or on the side, try red Fuji organic apples and you’ll be hooked on them for life. The chef’s secret: Apples will satisfy your sweet tooth.
  • Adding too much salt to foods isn’t good for anyone. Instead, use different spices and condiments such as cumin, cayenne, paprika, fresh black pepper, oregano, lemon peel, garlic powder, onion powder and rubbed sage. The chef’s secret: Mrs. Dash is a salt-free product made of blends of different herbs and seasonings.

Executive Chef Jaime joined Edgemere in 2015 after previously serving as the executive chef for the Magnolia Hotel in Dallas. He has more than 23 years of experience in developing progressive and inventive selections for the menus of four- and five-star hotels, as well as resorts and restaurants in The United States, Mexico and France. He attended culinary school in Strasbourg, France, between the ages of 15 to 19 because, Chef Jamie says, “They only take young students who haven’t had time to form bad habits.”

“At Edgemere, quality is imperative in every detail of our community, and this includes having an executive chef who really enjoys his craft and truly cares about our residents’ overall health and dining experience. One of Chef Jamie’s strengths is his uncanny ability to create great recipes, as well as his talent for customizing these recipes and culinary experiences to the palates of various individuals,” said Luis Argote, executive director of Edgemere. “Chef Jaime aspires to create and present new and exciting dishes that are amazing and healthy. We hope the sharing of his tips and a few our residents’ favorite recipes will inspire a healthier lifestyle for the Greater Dallas community.”

Executive Chef Jaime presents three recipes he selected, perfect for the coming summer and favorites of Edgemere residents: Dijon Rosemary Salmon, Zucchini & Cherry Tomatoes with Basil, and Summer Quinoa Salad. (Recipes Courtesy of Edgemere)

 

Dijon Rosemary Salmon

4 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds salmon filets, 8 oz. portions
  • 1 ounce chopped fresh rosemary
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon of black pepper

Procedure

  • Whisk together the chopped rosemary, virgin olive oil, white wine, kosher salt, black pepper and Dijon mustard to create a marinade.
  • Marinate salmon for 20 minutes to one hour. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Remove salmon from marinade, place on baking sheet, and baste salmon with more Dijon mustard.
  • Bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees, then turn over and broil for 2 minutes.

 

Zucchini & Cherry Tomatoes with Basil

4 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds zucchini, cut in half-moon size
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 5 ounces chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped, peeled garlic
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ tablespoons ground black pepper
  • ½ each chopped red onion (peeled)
  • 1 teaspoon of zested lemon

Procedure

  • In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onions and garlic and sauté for 2-3 minutes until softened and slightly translucent.
  • Add the zucchini, squash and black pepper. Stir to combine and place in pan with a tight-fitting lid.
  • Cook 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally until vegetables have softened slightly.
  • Add the cherry tomatoes, fresh basil and stir to blend.
  • Cook an additional 8-10 minutes with the lid on the pan, stirring occasionally.
  • Toss with lemon zest and fresh basil.

Summer Quinoa Salad

4 servings

Ingredients

  • ½ tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup cut fresh corn kernels
  • ½ tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 diced avocados
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon chopped green onion
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup cut cherry tomatoes (halved)

Procedure

  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet until shimmering.
  • Add the corn kernels and cook on medium-high heat for 3 minutes, letting them brown (do not touch or stir them).
  • After one side is charred, toss the kernels and let another side cook, undisturbed, for 2-3 minutes, repeating until the kernels are evenly charred on all sides. Toss with chili powder, then set aside to cool.
  • In a large bowl, make a basic guacamole: mash the avocado, half of the cilantro, half of the green onions and juice of one lime.
  • Stir in the cooled corn, quinoa and cherry tomatoes into the guacamole. Toss with the remaining cilantro, green onions and lime juice, then add salt and pepper, to taste. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

Edgemere Spotlights Jeanne Grubbs for National Women’s History Month “Honoring Trailblazing Women in Business” As One of America’s First Female Auto Dealers

March 22, 2017

As a young girl during a time when most women pursued careers such as homemakers, school teachers, and nurses, Jeanne Grubbs had already decided she wanted to own her own business. Following her father’s encouragement and having the support of her husband and lifetime business partner, her childhood dream – and unwavering determination – enabled her to achieve her goals and become a legendary automobile dealer. March is National Women’s History Month, with the theme “Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business,” and Edgemere, an SQLC community, recognizes resident Jeanne Grubbs who, among many accomplishments, became Nissan’s first female new auto dealer in the Dallas/Fort Worth metro area – thus also making her one of America’s first female dealers.

“My father took me to his office where he did bookwork every Saturday, and I was a very curious child,” said Jeanne, who was raised in East Dallas. “One time, I sat in the company president’s chair and told my father I wanted to own and manage my own business. He replied, ‘You can do anything that you set your heart to, but do your best – and you must love what you do.’”

Most young men were taken aback when Jeanne told them she intended to pursue a business career, but then she met George Grubbs when they were students at Southern Methodist University. When her future husband discovered Jeanne aspired to be a business owner, he replied, “I think that’s wonderful. That’s what I want to do. We’ll make a great team.”

After dating for a year and a half, Jeanne and George married in 1949, marking the beginning of a strong marriage and a very successful business partnership. With the goal of owning a new car dealership in the Dallas area, they began by selling used cars in Dallas from 1949 to 1956 – first from their apartment, then from 15 spaces rented on a used car lot, and later on a lot they rented on Ross Avenue. But to open a new car dealership required a lot of capital and, on the advice of one of George’s professors at SMU, they moved to Roswell, N.M., in 1956. Living in a trailer home on the back of their used car lot, George and Jeanne ran the business together and saved, waiting for the right opportunity. Jeanne said, “My husband pushed me forward, making sure I knew everything. George always told me I could do anything he could do. He would go to Dallas to buy cars, and I would run the car lot myself. He was a great partner and teacher.” By day they sold cars, but those days were long. George washed cars early in the morning and polished them at night. Their young son, George Jr., also pitched in, already learning the ropes, too. It was truly a family business.

The Grubbs reached their goal of owning a new car dealership when, in 1965, they got the opportunity to buy a Volkswagen dealership in Roswell. But they also yearned to return to Texas and be closer to family in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, and thus they seized the opportunity in 1968 to buy a Volkswagen dealership in Waco from a retiring owner. While in Waco, encouraged by her husband and mentored by a Baylor University professor and friend, Jeanne honed her skills in management, including recognizing potential in people others might pass over and coaching many of them on to lead very successful careers. In 1971, son George Jr. was fresh out of college and was selected to open a dealership in Corpus Christi.

In 1977, the Grubbs family reached their ultimate goal – to own an automobile dealership in the Dallas/Fort Worth area – when they were awarded a Datsun (now Nissan) dealership in Bedford. George Sr. and George Jr. sold their respective dealerships, becoming partners. By this time, younger son Eric was a high school student washing cars and performing other chores during summers. Later, after graduating from SMU, Eric joined the family business full time. The family was now united, living in the same area and working together.

Although Jeanne had already achieved her childhood goal of business ownership, the pinnacle of her own personal career growth occurred in the early 1980s when she applied for and was appointed as dealer of the Nissan store in Bedford which the family already owned. Jeanne said, “You can own a dealership and hire a qualified, top manager, but becoming an operating dealer – the highest management position in the dealership – requires the manufacturer’s approval. When the family was opening other new dealerships, I applied for the Nissan dealer position. I could hardly wait to go to work. They had high standards and watched me closely. After a short time of proving myself, I was approved. Nissan told me I was the first woman dealer in the Dallas/Fort Worth area they had appointed.”

Jeanne and George always said they would work in the business as long as they could do so together, which lasted until he became ill in 2002. After caring for him for several years at home, Jeanne’s sons encouraged her to move to Edgemere in independent living and her husband moved to skilled nursing at The Plaza, the community’s health services neighborhood. Jeanne was at George’s side from early morning until late at night, and she actively did all she could to care for him with help from Edgemere’s team. With Jeanne faithfully at his side, George Grubbs Sr. passed away in 2012. They were partners in life and in business for 62 years.

With sons Eric, George Jr. and grandson George III now at the helm, today the customer-focused business includes Grubbs Nissan on Airport Freeway in Bedford, which was the original Datsun dealership, as well as Grubbs Infiniti on State Highway 114 in Grapevine, the largest Infiniti dealership in the United States. Although retired from the automobile business, Jeanne admits she still keeps tabs on the business.

“With my father, my husband, and now my sons and other family members in the business, I’ve been very blessed. I give my mother credit for teaching me the rewards of hard work, discipline and the Bible. I loved what I did and looked forward to going to work every morning,” said Jeanne, whose large family includes five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. “After George became ill, I was further blessed by my long-time church family at Prestonwood Baptist Church, as well as the excellent care by the staff at Edgemere to my husband and me. These were blessings for me during a difficult time with my husband’s illness. After George passed, I had to turn a new chapter in my life. I decided Edgemere is my home and where I want to be. I’ve made many new friends here. This is a most wonderful place to live.”

“Without question, Jeanne Grubbs must be at the top of any list of accomplished business women in Texas,” said Luis Argote, executive director of Edgemere. “The ideals upon which she and her husband managed their automobile dealerships are exactly in line with our guiding principles at Edgemere, which include providing extraordinary service, being attentive to every detail and hiring and developing great talent. I have no doubt whatsoever that Jeanne Grubbs can successfully run any business, right now, if she wants to do so.”

Edgemere Appoints Luis Argote as New Executive Director

February 23, 2017

Senior Quality Lifestyles Corporation (SQLC), a nationally recognized nonprofit organization that sponsors and operates life care communities, named Luis Argote executive director of Edgemere, its premier senior living community in Dallas.

Stan Waterhouse, president and CEO of SQLC, made the announcement, adding that Argote will play a strategic role at Edgemere, which is in the midst of an extensive $36 million renovation and expansion project set for completion in the first quarter of 2018. Argote was selected based upon his stellar performance with luxury brands in the hospitality industry, excellent leadership skills and detailed attention to serving residents and guests.

“Luis is a tremendous asset to SQLC and to Edgemere, bringing decades of extraordinary leadership and accomplishments rooted in a strong desire to continually elevate the living experience through hospitality,” said Waterhouse. “He is a person who believes that seeking perfection is a goal that never ends, and his values are reflective of SQLC’s vision that Edgemere will always be the community of choice in Dallas.”

“This is an exciting and tremendous opportunity to serve the residents of Edgemere and work with SQLC, an industry leader in senior living,” said Argote. “At the root of the exceptional living experience at Edgemere is a never-ending desire to create outstanding service – always striving to be better – and having the intuition to know and deliver what our residents desire and deserve. In my experience in the hospitality industry, I would create magic in our guests’ minds for the few days they would stay with us. Now, at Edgemere, we can create that same feeling over many years, and we have the chance to truly get to know each resident and cater to individual likes and personal nuances. We will accomplish that in part by ensuring our team has the best work environment, which will enable us to attract and retain talented people who are highly focused and dedicated to serving our residents.”

Argote is a seasoned international hospitality executive, having managed Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts properties in Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Costa Rica and the United States over a span of 30 years. He also held general management positions with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company and management positions with Westin Hotels. Under his leadership, numerous properties received prestigious industry recognitions and awards.

In addition to operations responsibilities at Edgemere, Argote will oversee the completion of the community’s expansion, which will add more than 75,000 square feet to the community, including 35 new residences, eight new assisted living apartment homes, 12 new memory care suites and 15 new private skilled nursing suites. The community currently offers 304 independent living apartments, 60 assisted living apartments, 31 memory care suites and 72 private skilled nursing suites. Bridging the gap between the Italian elegance that Edgemere is known for and the modern luxuries that current and future retirees desire, the project also included the addition of a state-of-the-art performing arts theater. The nearly two-story, 6,000-square-foot building is located in the center courtyard and has a bar and lounge, arched ceilings with exposed wooden beams and a stage fit for world-renowned speakers and performers. The Plaza’s common areas will also be updated with indoor/outdoor courtyards and renovated dining areas, and an underground parking garage will be added to provide additional parking for family members and guests.

The World-Renowned Yale Whiffenpoods Perform At Edgemere Retirement Community

January 30, 2017

Edgemere, an SQLC retirement community, recently celebrated its new performing arts center by hosting a concert featuring The Whiffenpoofs, a renowned collegiate a cappella group comprised of 14 senior Yale men. The group performed its unique blend of jazz standards – including works by Whiffenpoof alumnus Cole Porter – for residents and invited guests to enjoy.

“Edgemere feels honored to host such a prestigious group of talented performers in our community’s state-of-the-art performing arts center,” said Vanessa Curtright-Bowles, director of sales and marketing at Edgemere. “It’s a beautiful experience to watch our residents and invited guests enjoy music that’s been performed around the world, and now right here at Edgemere.”

Founded in 1909, the “Whiffs” began as a senior quartet that met for weekly concerts at Mory’s Temple Bar, the famous Yale tavern. Today, the Whiffenpoofs are one of Yale’s most celebrated traditions, having performed around the world from France to New Zealand to Iceland.

The Yale Whiffenpoof’s performance is an extension of the community’s Masterpiece Living® philosophy, which promotes successful aging by providing residents and invited guests opportunities to enhance their spiritual, mental, social and physical wellness, including exposure to noteworthy performers, artists and speakers.   

Edgemere Health Services Neighborhood Kicks Off Major Renovation And Expansion Project

January 30, 2017

Edgemere, an SQLC retirement community, is pleased to announce that it’s moving into the second phase of construction on its extensive $36 million expansion and renovation project. The second phase of the multimillion dollar project will focus on building an additional 35 apartment homes in Edgemere’s premier health services neighborhood – The Plaza. Edgemere will add eight new assisted living apartment homes, 12 new memory support suites and 15 new skilled nursing private suites. The Plaza’s common areas will also be updated with indoor/outdoor courtyards and renovated dining areas, and an underground parking garage will be added to provide additional parking for family members and guests.

“Throughout the local community, Edgemere is recognized and respected for our ability to provide the residents with exceptional levels of living,” said John Falldine, managing director at Edgemere. “The Plaza offers a warm, friendly environment, along with innovative programs and a full calendar of activities intended to help the residents thrive. We believe that the completion of this expansion project will continue to allow us to provide area seniors with state-of-the-art care that’s unsurpassed in Dallas.”

Aside from creating additional space for more seniors looking for luxury living and care, the $36 million renovation and expansion project will add at least 30-40 new full-time jobs by the project’s completion to the local economy and support the growing senior population. The first phase of the project involved the addition of a 6,000-square-foot state-of-the-art performing arts center located in the center courtyard, which includes arched ceilings with exposed wooden beams and a stage fit for world-renowned speakers and performers. In addition, Edgemere added a bar and lounge, the Portabella Café, a learning center, a creative arts studio and a new game room. Edgemere’s foundation is built on the community’s Masterpiece Living® philosophy, which promotes successful aging by providing residents with opportunities to enhance their spiritual, mental, social and physical wellness, including exposure to noteworthy performers, artists and speakers.  

The renovation project is designed to bridge the gap between the Italian elegance that Edgemere is known for and the modern luxuries that current and future retirees are looking for. “Baby boomers are changing the way we look at senior living,” said Falldine. “They want a vibrant environment – something different from their parents’ generation, and with these renovations and expansion Edgemere will certainly exceed their expectations.” 

Upon completion, the project will add more than 75,000 square feet to the community, including extensive expansion of The Plaza at Edgemere. Edgemere, a Senior Quality Lifestyles Corporation (SQLC) sponsored community, currently has 304 independent living apartments, 60 assisted living apartments, 31 memory care suites and 72 private skilled nursing suites.

The project is scheduled for completion in the first quarter of 2018.

  
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