10 OutreachNCOutreachNC • August2011 • August2011 Retirement community defends Culinary Cup Chicken, potato and pumpkin. For Penick Village, a continuing care retirement community in Southern Pines, it came down to these three ordinary ingredients for their win in the 2010 Culinary Showcase in Southern Pines. Of course, the chicken was a Cornish hen in an applecranberry compote, and the potatoes —a crispy wrap zinged with horseradish— were mere dressing for the dish’s star, perfectly seared scallops. A moist pumpkin cake frosted generously with cream cheese icing topped off Penick Village’s entry into the contest. Started in 2007 and organized by the Moore County Chamber of Commerce, the Culinary Showcase brings area restaurants together under a single roof for one night. Through this event, the chamber hopes to entice new customers for its members – one taste bud at a time. “The quality of restaurants in Moore County is astounding,” says Linda Parsons, vice president of the chamber. “The showcase gives the community a time to come together and sample all their foods while enjoying a fun night out.” The competitive aspect of the showcase adds to the event’s appeal. Chefs whisk their best creations to the judges, who are food professionals and local people of note. They rate the dishes on taste, presentation and originality. Awards are given for best entrée, appetizer and dessert with the Culinary Cup going to the eatery with the highest score in all three categories. Last year’s win for Penick Village came as a surprise to many. Penick’s win against formidable opponents shows how far institutional food has come. “You just don’t think of a rest home, for lack of a better word, as having that kind of cuisine,” says Tom Cruce, a Pinehurst man who enjoys the showcase every year. “The dish was excellent. I’d order it at a restaurant.” Jeff Hutchins, chief executive officer of Penick Village, says the showcase gave executive chef Scott Margolis a chance to put his creations up against “amazing restaurants.” “They’ve got great vision,” Hutchins says of Margolis and his team. “Scott is committed to making sure our residents get a great dining experience. I was thrilled the dining team got that honor.” On top of the official judging, everyone who attends the showcase gets a chance to weigh in on the best food. The People’s Choice award goes to the eatery with the most votes. In the event’s first year, Rhett Morris of Rhett’s Restaurant in Southern Pines, took home that prize. Last year, his chicken cordon bleu By Melanie Coughlin Special to OutreachNC with collard greens received rave reviews from the more than 300 guests. “It’s fun to compete against the big boys,” Morris says of the larger restaurants that participate in the showcase. Indeed, the challenge of going up against renowned chefs like those at the Carolina Dining Room and Elliott’s seems to be part of the appeal for smaller restaurants to compete. Bonnie Black, owner of The Market Place in Southern Pines, is entering the Culinary Showcase for the first time this year. “I’m a competitive person,” says Black, who is known for her chicken salad on a croissant. “I want to get the word out that we’re not just a sandwich shop. We have really good food, and we can compete with the big restaurants.” Due to its growth, the Culinary Showcase moves to the Carolina Hotel this year. It will cap off Pinehurst Resort’s 23rd annual Labor Day weekend Food and Wine Festival. “They (the Moore County Chamber of Commerce) have established a brand for the Culinary Cup and have a really great format to showcase some of the better restaurants in the area,” says Kerry Andrews, director of marketing communications for the resort. “We felt it would be a great fit.” The Carolina Dining Room will still showcase its dishes but has bowed out of the competition this year because of its home turf advantage. Bonnie Black is ready no matter who the competition is. “Yeah, we can hang with the big boys,” she says mischievously. This year, the “big boys” will include Penick Village, no doubt eager to hold on to its shiny Culinary Cup. The showcase will be held on Sunday, September 4 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person and available at www.moorecountychamber.com or by calling (910) 692- 3926. A portion of the proceeds go to scholarships for students in Sandhills Community College’s culinary arts program with the remaining proceeds supporting member programs. Penick Village executive chef Scott Margolis will have to top last year’s cornish hen to hold on to the Culinary Cup at the 2011 Culinary Showcase on Sept. 4. Photos courtesy of David Nicoll Photography www.OutreachNC.com
Make time for activities that mean most OutreachNC This time of the year I am always reminded of going back to school and those extracurricular activities that came with it. Once the responsibilities of career and children have passed, there is more time for the fun things of life again. I see my Dad, who is retired, playing cards with friends, attending church breakfasts, gardening and eating out with friends on a regular basis. My grandmother, at 85 years old, has a social group that gathers once a month. They take turns meeting at someone’s house or going out to eat. They all have different life experiences and are at different places in their lives too, but they remain close and supportive. Extracurricular activities add spice and meaning to our lives. Most include spending time with other people. As people age, isolation may occur. Isolation can cause depression. The symptoms of depression affect every aspect of life, including energy, appetite, sleep, interest in work, hobbies and relationships. Interaction with people and getting the support you need plays a big role in lifting the fog of depression and keeping it away. You may not feel like reaching out, but make an effort to connect to others and limit the time you are alone. If you cannot get out, invite loved ones to visit you, or keep in touch over the phone or e-mail. Lots of group activities are available for seniors to attend. Local park systems often have different groups offering a variety of activities. Churches, travel agents and community centers are also places to start the search for what group activity fits your needs best. Whether you are attending a church meeting, a garden club or joining a bus tour to see major league baseball games all over the United States, enjoy your extracurricular activities. www.OutreachNC.com OutreachNC • August2011 11 Independent Living Jill Murr Murr, Community Educator at Preferred Living Solutions, a care management team, can be reached at (919) 535-8713 or email@example.com.