In our Fall 2016 newsletter, we introduced Unidine as our new food services provider as of October 2016. The selection of Unidine supports our mission of bringing the best of senior living to our residents knowing that dining is one of the most important factors to their health and wellness.
So far, our residents are very pleased with the seasonal and regional menu they are providing. There is a carving station for open-faced sandwiches, a hydration station of naturally flavored waters, and of course excellent cuisine at all meals.
I would like to introduce to three members of the Unidine team; and, urge you to inquire about any special needs. Please note that Nicole Moore, a registered dietician, will be available to the entire community.
Director of Dinning Services – Jeanette Choate
Jeanette Choate is a Director of Dining Services with Unidine Corporation. In this role, she leads the culinary and service team at Reutlinger to provide and exceed our residents’ expectations in menu creativity, service excellence and the dining experience. Jeanette is no stranger to setting goals to achieve strategic partnerships and excellence in customer satisfaction, having spent close to 30 years as a manager and director. Throughout her career she has worked for Guckenheimer, Compass Group and Unidine Corporation.
In her personal life Jeanette spends her time with her husband of 35 years, two daughters and 8 grandchildren (seven boys and 1 princess!). She thrives on cooking, hiking, camping and boating.
Executive Chef – John (Jake) Zetner
Jake Zentner grew up in a family where the focus was on “beef, it’s what’s for dinner”, after all his great grandfather owned and operated family-style steakhouses in Texas. From Jake’s roots he ate and cooked his way up through high school taking part-time jobs at the local valley food restaurants. After completing his academic education Jake followed the passion he knew was in his heart and enrolled at the prestigious Johnson & Wales University in Rhode Island. As a full-time student, Jake held various culinary and public health positions. Inspired by the lack of healthy options in the food service industry, he continued into the nutrition program and graduated with a bachelors in Culinary Nutrition. Upon completing his degree Jake began a career as personal chef and cooked for notable celebrities such as Candace Bergen, former Rhode Island Senator Myrth York, and businessman Thomas James Perkins.
Jake enjoyed 12 years on the East Coast; however, the cold winter weather made him long for the mild California weather. Last year’s Eastern winter storms convinced Jake to move back to California to pursue his culinary/nutrition career on the West Coast. Jake currently is a resident of Orinda. On his days off, you can find Jake cruising Highway 1 looking for the next great eatery or cooking for his future wife. Jake recently joined Unidine is very excited that his passion for nutrition and cooking goes so well with Unidine’s company mission of providing “made from scratch cooking” to the residents.
Register Dietician – Nicole Moore
Nicole Moore is a recent Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) graduate and transplant from Portland, OR. Prior to pursuing her dietetic Internship at OHSU, Nicole received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nutrition from California State University, Chico. Nicole’s interests in nutrition include, Motivational Interviewing, nutrition support, research and quality improvement and malnutrition.
For fun, Nicole enjoys traveling and exploring, trying new cuisines, crafting, and watching HGTV’s House Hunters. Nicole is very passionate about all things nutrition and is especially excited to serve the residents of The Reutlinger community.
Nicole will be available to the entire community to help and answer questions regarding dietary needs.
I am very excited to have this team who will ensure that every meal is an experience to be savored.
Jay Zimmer, CEO