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If you’ve ever asked a resident of The Chateau what their favorite part of living there is, the odds are pretty good that “the food” was on their list. With every option from casual meals to upscale dining, everyone has wonderful things to say.

One of the minds (and stomachs) behind this great, healthy food is Laura Vollink. As Assistant Dining Director, it’s Laura’s job to make sure that dining operations run smoothly--in other words, to make sure everybody eats well!

Laura’s work includes meal planning for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. “We try to make food we think our particular residents will like. We pay attention to what they prefer, and also work to make it a healthy balance.” Laura works with Chef Walter to make a 4-week menu plan that’s nutritious, not boring, and that makes sense. She says, “You know, like not to have a hot, heavy soup in the middle of summer.”

Even if she didn’t know the word dietitian as a little girl, Laura knew she wanted to work with food. “I love to eat,” says Laura. “I want to be healthy and active. My mom experimented with making exciting and healthy foods, and we had great meals.” She shared a story of her mom using soy instead of beef in Hamburger Helper--but she promises she would never pull a trick like that over on The Chateau residents.

Eating is a social occasion, Laura shared. She loves getting to know the residents, and watching them get to know one another. Her favorite part about what she does is learning what people like, what they have done, what they have seen, their history, and their insights to life. So next time you see her, say hello! She’d love to meet you.

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