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Hendersonville Chef Serves Up Smiles

Carillon Assisted Living of Hendersonville Chef Linda Allen receives top culinary honors

Carillon Assisted Living of Hendersonville’s Linda Allen receives her chef coat from Bill Furnas

The atmosphere in the dining room at Carillon Assisted Living of Hendersonville speaks volumes about what chef Linda Allen brings to the community in the way of her talent with food. Residents come early to meals, anxious to see what Linda has prepared for them today. They linger after the meal has been served and enjoyed, conversing with friends over a cup of coffee and dessert. They talk about food, reminisce about food, and look forward to their next meal together. Food is a big deal at Carillon of Hendersonville, and Linda Allen is at the heart of it.

“Linda’s dishes are great, but what makes Linda so great is that she cares very much about each resident’s dining experience,” says Carillon Executive Chef Bill Furnas. “She and her team go out into the dining room after every meal and personally speak to each resident to see what they enjoyed about their meal, what they maybe didn’t, and to see how the experience could have been even better.”

It was Chef Furnas’ pleasure to present Linda with her very own chef’s coat at Carillon’s 2014 Awards Banquet on February 8. Linda took home the award for best dining program that evening. With record-setting resident satisfaction scores in 2013, Linda is looking forward to finding new dishes to whet her resident’s appetites in 2014.

“I love what I do, and I think it shows,” Linda says. “I give it 100 percent because my residents are worth that. I love nothing more than to see their faces light up when the food is really, really good.”

And really good is exactly what it is. Those who are lucky enough to have had it say Linda’s pot roast is hands down the best anywhere. And her chicken parmesan could give any professional Italian cook a run for their money.

If you are in the Hendersonville area and would like to sample Linda’s delicious dishes, call the community and reserve your lunch seat: 1-828-693-0700.








Posted in Sage Stories on February 28, 2014

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