At Oakmont of Santa Clarita, senior residents can experience restaurant-style fine dining at every meal thanks to the community’s head chef, Jonathan Schwartz.

With a winter menu currently being offered in addition to daily specials, an executive chef from Oakmont Senior Living’s home office works with the chefs at each Oakmont community to create a variety of menu options. “We even grow our own herbs, so we can use a lot of our own herbs and vegetables in our menu,” said Mary Dembkowski of Oakmont of Santa Clarita.

The dining room is open all day long, and the dinner menu is offered from 4:30-7 p.m., with a bistro stocked with freshly baked cookies, granola bars, fruit and other snack items after hours. “You can always help yourself to a snack in the bistro if it’s after the kitchen has closed,” Dembkowski said.

The culinary team at Oakmont of Santa Clarita is preparing a special Valentine’s Day menu for this week, which will offer a cream of asparagus soup with parmesan breadcrumbs, a choice of two entrees, and a carrot cake roll with cinnamon cream cheese filling for dessert.

Entree options include prosciutto wrapped roasted pork tenderloin with dried fig compote served with mushroom and forbidden rice pilaf, or duck confit and seared muscovy duck breast with rosemary garlic potatoes and brandied carrots.
At Oakmont of Santa Clarita’s two-year anniversary celebration, the culinary team even whipped up an Italian feast.
“We had an Italian wine tasting event with a full Italian feast and some great wine and music,” Dembkowski said. “It was lovely.”

Ed. Note: This article is a KHTS Community Spotlight based on a recent radio interview with Oakmont of Santa Clarita.

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