Culinary expressions popular with Victoria Landing residents


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Chef Sara Beth Marsala delights residents during a cooking demonstration. Marsala offers a weekly demonstration of culinary recipes for residents to enjoy.

Courtesy of Victoria Landing

Victoria Landing now offers residents a chance to view the creation of the delicious, unusual meals they enjoy eating each day.

During a live cooking demonstration, residents watch as recipes are concocted by dining room hospitality director Sara Beth Marsala.

“Culinary expressions is a way for residents to see how the cuisine is prepared,” said Julie Iris, the resident services director at Victoria Landing.

During this event, Marsala offers a weekly demonstration of culinary recipes for residents with tasty samples for participants to enjoy.

“We so appreciate the creations she comes up with,” Iris said. “She literally puts on a cooking show every week for all of us.”

Recently, on National Cereal Day, Marsala made cereal from scratch, then used the cereal in a crust for mini lemon cheesecakes.  The residents were treated to the freshly made delicacies, which received rave reviews.

“No other assisted living in the county offers this,” said Gwyneth Shick, the marketing executive for Victoria Landing.

The food creations can be found in the dazzling new demonstrational chef’s kitchen at Victoria Landing.  Residents will soon be donning aprons and participating in the cooking themselves.

Victoria Landing residents also are expanding their horizons with weekly excursions around the county every week.

On Fridays, Iris provides a fun way for residents to enjoy special outings to some of Brevard’s treasured destinations. In March, excursions to Sebastian Inlet, the Barrier Island and the Veterans Memorial Center provided a time where residents were inspired to engage in conversations about their own lives.

“During these outings, folks really converse with each other and have more in-depth discussions about their lives and experiences,” Iris said.

Victoria Landing prides itself on continually striving to enrich and expand the horizons of residents with an evolving pallet of activities and unique events. Its waterfront location provides a peaceful setting for residents to enjoy each other’s company at the end of the day.

A Friday evening spent roasting marshmallows with the river breeze recently has become a favorite for residents.  The scene creates an intimate atmosphere where casual conversations evolve as people come and go throughout the evening.

“We do things that really enrich the lives of our residents, not just scheduled activities,” Shick said. “We make it personal and interesting for our residents.”