Our Home’s Kitchen
A home would not be a home without a kitchen. It is said that the “kitchen is the heart of the home”. So too at Queen of Peace. Our commercial kitchen provides three nutritious and delicious meals a day for all of our Residents and Sisters each and every day. In addition, when our volunteers are allowed to return to service in our Home, they can once again count on lunch being prepared for them by our kitchen staff. Many of you have experienced the culinary talent of our kitchen staff when you attended our annual Garden Party event in September. All the food and baked goods served that day are prepared in our kitchen.
If they were not busy enough, our kitchen staff prepares all the food for our special celebrations which include not only Thanksgiving and Christmas, but our annual Profession luncheon, Employee Appreciation dinner, St. Patrick’s Day, St. Joseph’s Day and the Feast day of Jeanne Jugan, just to name a few.
All this activity requires not only a lot of food, but a lot of pots, pans, serving trays, food carts, buffet tables, utensils, dishes, glasses, cups, and above all, a tremendous amount of talent and dedication.
So who are these talented folks of our kitchen staff? They are technically employees of our food service provider, Unidine Corporation, which is a nationally-recognized expert in the foodservice industry. In reality, they are part of our family and they have a special bond with our Residents, staff and Sisters. To a person, they take their jobs very seriously but above that, they take great pride in their service to our Residents.
So a big thank you to: our Executive Chef, Eric Maack, our Director Angela Ajide, our experienced Diet Aides, Angela, Glenda, Dion, Dominique, Melissa and Omar. Also a big thank you to: our talented cooks, David, Carmen, Donovan, Idrees, Nesly, Patrick, Wisely and Kogeme, and to our splendid Utility Crew of Vinish, Donovan and Albert.
Of special mention is Kyle Taylor, of our Utility Crew, who was called up as an Army reservist at the beginning of the pandemic and is now busy building hospitals throughout the United States.
“Kitchens are made for bringing families together.” – Emma Reed