BATON ROUGE, La., November 21, 2016 – It’s no wonder Damien Cavicchi has devoted himself to the enjoyment of fine food. A native of New Orleans with an Italian heritage, Cavicchi has been surrounded by good food his entire life. Now the Director of Culinary Operations for Blake Management Group, Cavicchi incorporates state of the art dietary science into the menus of Blake’s Retirement, Assisted Living and Memory Care Communities like the one being built at The Grove in Baton Rouge.
A Certified Executive Chef [CEC] through the American Culinary Federation, Cavicchi executes his role throughout the entire dining experience, training chefs and dining room managers to bring a hospitality focused approach to the senior living dining experience. Damien is passionate about creating menus that reflect the food experiences that residents have enjoyed for much of their lives, while incorporating new foods that are both beneficial to body and mind.
Chef Cavicchi knows that healthy eating can mitigate the risk of high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease and diabetes. He carefully prepares food to maximize their nutritional value and incorporates “super foods” proven to have incredible health benefits. There is data to support that eating a diet rich in these foods may help the brain function better and slow memory loss in seniors.
“Our approach to dining is hospitality driven, which means restaurant style accommodations, gracious service, trained chefs with restaurant backgrounds,” said Cavicchi. “Food is a regular highlight for many of us throughout our lives, and our approach to dining at The Blake is from a place of not only comfort, and enjoyment, but also health.” He notes that it’s very important to recognize the impact that food can have on physical and mental wellbeing. “Some of our super food success stories include vegetable salads such as a raw, chopped Broccoli Caesar, Salmon Curry – that’s loaded with memory-boosting Turmeric, Olive Oil Carrot Cake with Walnuts, and adding fresh berries seasonally to salads and muffins.”
Cavicchi is no stranger to fine dining. After owning and operating several restaurants of his own, he worked at the famous Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC from 2008 through 2013, leading food and beverage operations for Biltmore’s restaurants, and garnering local and national press. Always the advocate for all things quality, Chef Damien worked to elevate the estate’s culinary offerings through partnerships with Biltmore’s own production gardeners and through relationships with regional purveyors. Residents at The Blake can expect cuisine and service with an inspired approach and attention to detail.
The Blake at the Grove will incorporate three individual, sit-down dining rooms, along with a Café and Coffee Shop featuring signature coffees, bistro plates and grab and go options, and will even have a full bar serving cocktails, beer and wine on the property. The community will host seasonal holiday celebrations, wine and cheese socials, and cookouts. A hospitality station will feature coffee, pastries, sweets and fruit. The Blake takes pride in delivering upscale restaurant-style dining experiences with highly trained chefs and food prepared purposefully for seniors.
Blake Management Group (BMG) is a privately owned senior living management company which operates all Blake communities with the goal to ensure residents receive the best care in every market they serve. With locations in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and South Carolina, Blake’s managed communities blend modern Southern sensibilities with compassionate care. Blake communities are staffed by a licensed Nurse 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and wellness programs incorporate customized care plans for each resident. Other amenities provided by the concierge-style approach of The Blake include housekeeping and scheduled transportation services, a swimming pool and indoor spa, media and card rooms, a fitness center and yoga studio, an onsite chapel, full-service salon, and the Blake’s signature Active Living program.To be completed by the summer of 2017, The Blake at The Grove promises to offer new and exciting living opportunities for seniors in the region. Strategically located in the new Grove community in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, The Blake at The Grove will offer seniors an experience unlike any other. Retirement and hospitality are blended to create an independent, assisted living and memory care community where residents will feel right at home.