Case Study: Hallmark Care Homes
British seasonal food is an important part of daily life for older people and 2014 was the 4th year that Hallmark Care Homes, who have eighteen homes, have been taking part in British Food Fortnight.
Traditional meals utilising seasonal British produce is what older people remember and the smells from cooking these foods will often trigger happy memories from their past. The Fortnight also helps engage residents in numerous food related activities that that take place in Hallmark Care Homes and is an excellent way to celebrate the excellent produce that can be sourced locally.
Some of the events taking place in the homes include:
- Themed menus
- The Great British Breakfast
- Residents making their own sausages utilising British produce
- Around the world tasting days
- Traditional British afternoon teas
At Greenhill Manor there were themed meals with table decorations and their chefs took inspiration from different areas of the country for their menus, which culminated in a British Isles Buffet celebration with entertainment. The residents also had the chance to work on their cooking skills with a Great British Pie Off competition. Each community within the care home drew a country and made a pie from that part of the world, but only using British ingredients. There was an award ceremony and presentation of certificates at the end of the week.