Having spent nearly two years as executive chef of Biltmore Estate, Damien Cavicchi was pretty sure he knew how to make cornbread. He’d perfected a mountain-style preparation that involved bacon and a cast-iron pan.
But in the eyes of the residents of a Mississippi senior home operated by Blake Management Group, which in 2013 hired Cavicchi away from The Biltmore and its hoity-toity tendencies, that deliberate Old South homage didn’t belong on a plate with plain black-eyed peas or cooked-down collards. They wanted dense buttermilk cornbread that crumbled on command. Or they wanted the kind of cornbread that’s as sweet and moist as birthday cake.
Cavicchi knew his recipe didn’t stand a chance. Yet he also hesitated to side with either cornbread camp. So he dutifully baked cornbread both ways until residents had a chance to fight out their philosophies in a monthly meeting of the Culinary Council, a resident board that’s become a fixture of life care facilities.
CHARLESTON, S.C. (July 31, 2017)— Senior living communities are rarely lauded for their dining programs but with a resident-focused, chef-driven approach to dining, thoughtfully planned menus and a hospitality-minded vision led by Chef Damien Cavicchi, Blake Management Group (BMG) has brought a fine dining experience to South Carolina’s senior housing industry. This vanguard dining program is in place in BMG’s three locations across the state.
“Our approach to dining is hospitality driven which means restaurant style accommodations, gracious service to our residents and trained chefs with restaurant backgrounds,” said Cavicchi, Director of Culinary Operations for BMG. “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.”
Like his colleagues in fine dining establishments, Chef Cavicchi updates menus frequently, incorporating seasonal ingredients and balancing the menu with a mix of signature dishes and specific requests from residents. His challenge is in delivering fresh, flavorful meals that are both familiar yet exciting to BMG’s senior residents. “To maintain the healthy value of our meals without compromising taste, a lot of considerations are made in preparation,” Cavicchi explains. “Cooking techniques are diverse and important to our chefs. We generally prefer to gently cook a fresh vegetable just to the point of bright green tenderness, rather than boil it with pork for hours.”
Cavicchi understands healthy eating can mitigate the risk of high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease and diabetes. He carefully prepares food to maximize its nutritional value and incorporates “superfoods” proven to have incredible health benefits and likely aid in improved brain function. He notes the importance of recognizing the impact food can have on physical and mental wellbeing.
“Some of our superfood success stories include vegetable salads such as a raw, chopped broccoli salad or salmon curry, loaded with memory-boosting turmeric.”
Chef Cavicchi is passionate about creating menus beneficial to the mind and body that reflect the food experiences residents have enjoyed for most of their lives. South Carolina BMG residents can expect a menu of traditional Southern fare with low-country influences, executed in a healthier way by incorporating local ingredients and dietary science.
Cavicchi is no stranger to the Carolinas. After owning and operating several restaurants of his own, he worked at the esteemed Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C. from 2008 through 2013, leading food and beverage operationsfor Biltmore’s restaurants, while garnering local and national press. Always the advocate of quality, Chef Cavicchi 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 an approach to dining inspired by the thoughtful attention to detail that makes restaurant style dining a joy.
“I was drawn to The Blake because I saw an opportunity to change an industry,” explains Cavicchi. “We are creating a special dining program at BMG and will continue to improve upon it and deliver the best possible experience for our residents.”
BMG intentionally follows a restaurant model when staffing each community’s dining program, an approach unique to the senior housing industry. Each property has dedicated dining employees including servers, a dining room coordinator and executive chef. Many members of BMG’s culinary team have received formal training at culinary school or worked years in fine restaurants. The dining team is provided with ongoing training in order to achieve and maintain the quality level of product and service that one would expect from a great restaurant.
BMG communities typically include several well-appointed dining rooms, in addition to a café and coffee shop featuring signature coffees and grab-and-go options. Communities host seasonal holiday celebrations, cookouts and wine and cheese socials. Hospitality stations feature coffee, pastries, sweets and seasonal fruit. BMG understands the connection between food and socialization, making special efforts to customize dining services and events to best serve their residents.
BMG has three South Carolina senior living communities including The Blake at Woodcreek Farms (TBAWF) located in Northeast Columbia; The Blake at Carnes Crossroads (TBACC) in Summerville, scheduled to open this summer; and The Blake at Edgewater (TBAE) in the Indian Land development just south of Charlotte, N.C., scheduled to open later this year.
Blake Management Group
Blake Management Group is an independently owned senior living operator with communities in the Southeastern United States (Ala., Fla., Ga., La., Miss., S.C., Tenn.). Focusing primarily in assisted living and memory care units and programming, BMG also manages approximately 300 independent living units. BMG’s motto is “A New Tradition in Care,” which encapsulates the company’s desire to be traditional yet modern in the service and amenities brought to seniors and their families. BMG currently has approximately 600 employees and 10 communities. For additional information on BMG, please visit bmgseniorliving.com.For additional photos, recipes or interviews with Chef Damien Cavicchi, please contact Kristin Allen: 601.622.3447.
AUGUSTA, Ga. (June 1, 2017) — CR Properties, LLC recently broke ground on The Claiborne at West Lake, a premier senior living community located at 557 Furys Ferry Road. The Claiborne at West Lake will be a high-end, resort-style community, offering assisted living and memory care residences. This community as with all Claiborne communities will be managed by Blake Management Group (BMG).
CR Properties, is a privately owned real estate development company based in Hattiesburg, Miss., CR Properties has a diverse portfolio including apartments, retail, hotel and additional senior living facilities in Mississippi and Louisiana.
“We are thrilled to bring The Claiborne to Augusta and look forward to serving seniors in the community,” said CR Properties Principle, Craig Tatum. “Augusta is well-known as an ideal retirement destination and we believe The Claiborne’s thoughtful approach to hospitality will make our facility a perfect fit for this community.”
The Claiborne at West Lake will feature suites designed for comfortable, safe and enjoyable senior living, and will have 100 units, 70 of which will be assisted living units in two-bedroom, one-bedroom and studio suite configurations. An adjoining memory care support facility focusing on Alzheimer’s and dementia care will feature an additional 30 suites specifically designed to provide a home-like environment where memory care residents feel safe and free of frustrations. Each residence includes housekeeping and maintenance services, as well a host of remarkable amenities and additional services.
Common areas in the master-planned retirement community will include a library, theater, activities room, fitness and rehabilitation rooms, medical examination rooms and two full-service salons. Dining facilities will include several options for assisted living residents, two separate memory care dining rooms and a bistro. Landscaped courtyards will provide safe and comfortable solace outdoors.
“Our communities have broad experience in both senior living and the hospitality industries, and we have designed amenities with this worry-free resort model in mind,” explains Jeremy Cole, BMG CEO. “As a result, the lives of seniors are enriched by an environment that promotes healthy living and the highest level of service to our residents. I look at every service delivered, every meal served and every care plan we create for residents through the lens of if it would be good enough for my mother.”
BMG, a privately owned senior living management company operates all Claiborne communities and will operate The Claiborne at West Lake upon completion. With locations in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and South Carolina, BMG is excited to bring its managed communities to
Georgia, as they blend modern Southern sensibilities with compassionate care. The Claiborne communities are staffed by licensed nurses 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and wellness programs incorporate customized care plans for each resident. A full-time activity director creates engaging, customized opportunities for exercise, entertainment and group activity. Also, The Claiborne takes pride in delivering upscale restaurant-style dining experiences thoughtfully prepared for seniors by highly trained chefs.
BATON ROUGE, La., May 12, 2017 – Blake Management Group is pleased to announce that Regina Hatcher has been named the 2017 Advocate of the Year by the Louisiana Assisted Living Association (LALA). Hatcher is the Executive Director of Blake’s newest senior living community, The Blake at The Grove, scheduled to open this August in Baton Rouge. LALA’s Advocate of the Year Award is presented to an individual volunteer or Community who has performed significant advocacy service on behalf of LALA, and must have demonstrated an unusual commitment to educating others about preserving the dignity, well-being, and independence of senior living residents.
A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Hatcher is no stranger to Baton Rouge, as she has lived in the area since graduating from LSU with a degree in Medical Technology. She has over eleven years of experience in senior living, having served the past five and a half years as the Executive Director at Sunrise of Baton Rouge. Hatcher has volunteered and served on numerous, relevant community boards to include the Junior League of Baton Rouge, Alzheimer’s Association, and the Louisiana Assisted Living Association. She has also been recognized by Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital area with its prestigious Rosemary Award.
The senior community she leads, The Blake at The Grove, will feature suites with upscale amenities designed for comfortable, safe, and enjoyable senior living. The 111 independent living and 67 assisted living floor plan options include two-bedroom, one-bedroom and studio suites. An adjoining Memory Care support facility focusing on Alzheimer’s and dementia care will feature an additional 35 suites specifically designed to provide a home-like environment where those residents feel safe and free of frustrations.
“We are so proud that Regina has been acknowledged as a leader in our industry,” said Jeremy Cole, BMG’s CEO. “Our independent, assisted living and memory care residents will certainly enjoy her award-winning experience and astute sense of southern hospitality. We’re lucky to have her on our team!”
“I’m honored to be named Advocate of the Year by LALA because I think it is so important to work for and provide the best possible standard of care for our treasured seniors,” said Hatcher. “My favorite part of working with seniors is interacting with my residents, it is the best way to put a smile on my face,” she added.
The Blake at The Grove is expected to open in the summer of 2017 and a sales office has already opened on site.
Blake Management Group (BMG) added Michell Boska as vice president of wellness.
Boska will focus on elevating the sophistication in how BMG communities deliver care and measure outcomes, including resident experience. She will work to leverage current technology to enhance support and training of care teams across the country.
Boska formerly served as regional director of operations for Brookdale Senior Living (NYSE: BKD) and area director for Autumn Leaves Senior Living.
BMG is an independently owned senior living operator with communities in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina and Tennessee. The company is based in Ridgeland, Mississippi.
Originally published at Senior Housing News.
SUMMERVILLE, SOUTH CAROLINA: Blake Management Group (BMG) is pleased to announce the hiring of Kathryn Daugherty as executive director and Stephanie Crane as the director of sales for The Blake at Carnes Crossroads. Daugherty and Crane come with a wealth of experience within the senior living industry, having both spent the last decade working with various senior organizations.
Daugherty began volunteering at a local assisted living community at the age of 8 and has not looked back since. Following her undergraduate studies in child and family development at Georgia Southern University, she went on to receive a master’s degree in gerontology from the University of Missouri. Throughout her career in senior living, Daugherty has held roles in her communities ranging from activities assistant to director of sales to executive director, and she brings with her experiences from all areas within the assisted living community. Her love of life and creating and enjoying new experiences with those around her are what make her such a valuable addition to the BMG team.
Much like Daugherty, Crane has had a heart for the senior population from a young age when she would volunteer at the nursing home where her mother was a nurse. Upon graduation from East Carolina University in 2007, she went to work for the Gaston County Department of Social Services and has remained in senior care ever since. Crane is an active member of the Low Country Senior Network and is devoted to ensuring our senior population is being cared for, which makes her a perfect fit for The Blake at Carnes Crossroads.
The Blake is prominently located in the Carnes Crossroads development at 4015 2nd Avenue. The on-site sales center is now open and can be found directly across from Northwood Church. Call Stephanie Crane today at 843.494.0630 to schedule an appointment. Early residents will have the ability to reserve their exact apartment and take advantage of move-in specials. Visit blakeliving.com for upcoming news regarding the opening of the facility in the summer of 2017.
Blake Management Group 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-managed communities blend modern Southern sensibilities with compassionate care. Blake communities are staffed by a licensed practical nurse 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Also, The Blake takes pride in delivering an upscale restaurant-style dining experience with highly trained chefs and food prepared purposefully for seniors. Blake signature dishes are prepared by the executive chef and delivered to residents by dedicated servers. BMG looks forward to serving the seniors of the Low Country by building a new tradition in care.
February 1st 2017 - The Claiborne Retirement Communities today announced that two of its properties, The Claiborne at McComb and The Claiborne at Thibodaux, partnered with HeartLegacy® for video marketing and family engagement technology.
A unique amenity for senior communities, the HeartLegacy technology solution showcases senior communities and connects residents with families through video.
Claiborne communities, part of B.M.G. Senior Living, leverage HeartLegacy for video marketing, social media outreach, staff video profiles, resident video messaging, legacy preservation, and family engagement.
The Claiborne at McComb and The Claiborne at Thibodaux will utilize HeartLegacy to address lead generation, resident engagement, and family connectivity initiatives. These two Claiborne communities are the most recent of several B.M.G. properties to implement the HeartLegacy service.
B.M.G. Senior Living C.O.O. Phil Benjamson says: “It’s important that our communities remain dynamic in all facets of resident and family engagement. Adding HeartLegacy to our communities helps us in a variety of areas – life enrichment, resident and family engagement plus gives visibility to the Blake Experience. We’re excited to bring new technology and amenities to our residents and families. HeartLegacy is another contribution in that area.”
HeartLegacy C.E.O. Walt Armentrout adds: “We’re thrilled to expand our partnership with B.M.G. and Claiborne communities. They are on the cutting edge of senior living. HeartLegacy’s technology is a perfect fit with their Life Enrichment Initiative, allowing us to bring value to their residents, families, and community operations.”
RIDGELAND, Miss. — Blake Management Group has hired Phil Benjamson as chief operating officer.
Benjamson was formerly the chief operating officer of Parc Senior Living and managing director of Holiday Retirement Senior Living. Glenn Barclay, the company’s co-founder and current COO, will continue working with the board of directors.
“Glenn has been instrumental in leading BMG from the very first community to our current vision of over 30 communities,” says Jeremy Cole, CEO of Blake Management Group. “Phil is a seasoned senior living executive who has had oversight to 70+ communities before, while recently helping a small operator in Atlanta implement a Ritz brand of hospitality.”
Blake Management Group is an independently owned senior living operator with communities in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina and Tennessee. The company currently manages 12 communities, but plans to open five new communities in 2017. Additionally, Cole and Benjamson plan to open a new corporate office in Nashville, Tenn., this year.
Kingsport, TENNESSEE (January 12, 2017) – Coming to the foothills of The Blue Ridge Mountains, Quality Senior Living, LLC (QSL), Elcan Associates Inc., along with Blake Management Group proudly introduce “The Blake at Kingsport”, a premier senior living community.
Kingsport Mayor John Clark states, “The Board of Mayor and Alderman is very excited about the Blake at Kingsport senior living community development! We thank the Elcan and Associates developers for their significant investment in Kingsport to improve the quality of life for our senior citizens who deserve the very best life has to offer. The new first class facility and amenities along with 70 full-time employees will be another wonderful destination city asset to retain and attract residents to Kingsport!”
The Blake at Kingsport will be located at 915 Holston Hills Drive. This area is known for an abundance of shopping, dining and medical service options. Glenn Barclay, COO for Blake Management reveals, “The Blake features a full continuum of services in richly appointed Assisted Living and Memory Care residences. All of those options will be housed within one resort-style community. If needs change, the people who live here stay here. I am proud to bring a new tradition in senior living to Kingsport.”
When fully occupied, The Blake anticipates creating 70 full and part-time jobs and will become an integral part of the Kingsport community. Arrive Architecture Group based in Dallas, Texas is providing architectural design. The Blake at Kingsport, LLC is applying for a TIF in support of full build out of the facility.
The Blake will offer a vibrant active lifestyle for individuals who are fully independent, but want an easier lifestyle; as well as offering care and support to individuals that need an additional level of care. “We take care of the details, so our residents can enjoy the finer things in life” says Barclay.
Options for Assisted Living residences include one-bedroom residences as well as two bedroom, two bath residences with full kitchen, walk-in closets, and a balcony or porch. Memory Care options include studio and one bedroom residences with walk-in closets. “Pricing will be based on service needs and apartment selection, but will be affordable and competitive with other options in the area. There is no “buy in” fee, and Assisted Living monthly rates start as low as $2,700,” says Barclay.
Along with luxury accommodations, The Blake at Kingsport will provide elegant dining options, concierge service, 24-hour nurse staffing, and an active social program. Other amenities will include a full-service bar and lounge, a coffee shop and ice cream parlor, salon & spa services, onsite therapy, a fitness center, a sunlit chapel, putting greens and outdoor activity courts, a theater room, activity rooms, courtyards with an outdoor fire pavilion, fountains and raised gardens, a business center, library, indoor/outdoor dining, transportation, and on-site parking.
For more information, visit www.theblakeatkingsport.com
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Charlottesville, VIRGINIA (December 6, 2016 – Coming to the number one city for retirement, Quality Senior Living, LLC (QSL) along with Blake Management Group proudly introduce “The Blake at Charlottesville”, a premier senior living community.
The Blake at Charlottesville will be located on the Oakleigh site off West Rio Road. Oakleigh is being developed by George and Jane Ray at Insignia Development Services, Inc., along with Oakleigh Albemarle, LLC. Suzanne Jessup Brooks, a member of Oakleigh Albemarle says “we are excited about working with this group to bring the Blake to our community. It will be a wonderful addition to the Albemarle County and Charlottesville area, providing much needed accommodations for seniors especially in the area of memory care. This will truly be a first class facility.”
Glenn Barclay, COO of Blake Management Group reveals, “The Blake features a full continuum of services in richly appointed Assisted Living and Memory Care residences. All of those options will be housed within one resort-style community. If needs change, the people who live here stay here. I am proud to bring a new tradition in senior living to Charlottesville.”
The Blake offers a vibrant active lifestyle for individuals who are fully independent, but want an easier lifestyle; as well as offering care and support to individuals that need an additional level of care. “We take care of the details, so our residents can enjoy the finer things in life” says Barclay.
Options for Assisted Living residences include one-bedroom residences as well as two bedroom, two bath residences with full kitchen, walk-in closets, and a balcony or porch. Memory Care options include studio and one bedroom residences with walk-in closets. Pricing will be based on service needs and apartment selection, but will be affordable and competitive with other options in the area. There is no “buy in” fee, and Assisted Living monthly rates start as low as $2,900.
Along with luxury accommodations, The Blake at Charlottesville will provide elegant dining options, concierge service, 24-hour nurse staffing, and an active social program. Other amenities include a bar and lounge, a coffee & ice cream shop, salon & spa services, onsite therapy services, a sunlit chapel, custom putting greens and outdoor activity courts, a theater room, activity rooms, beautifully landscaped courtyards with an outdoor fire pavilion, fountains and raised gardens, a business center, library, indoor/outdoor dining, fitness center, transportation, and on-site parking.
Sue Friedman, President and CEO of Alzheimer’s Association for Central and Western Virginia, states, “Additional capacity, such as the Blake provides, will be an asset to our community and our citizens, as the challenges of Alzheimer’s and dementia are thrust upon more and more of our friends and neighbors.”.
Memory Care offers specialized care and programs for individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. The Blake at Charlottesville’s Memory Care offers a secure residential neighborhood dedicated to memory care, with a care philosophy centered on building trusting relationships with residents that foster emotional well-being.
“With a growing and aging population, we must provide more housing opportunities, particularly in the urban ring where people are closer to services and programs. We also need a wide variety of housing options from independent to assisted living to memory care and continuing care communities” says Peter Thompson, the Executive Director of the Senior Center serving Charlottesville, Albemarle County and beyond.When fully occupied, The Blake anticipates creating 70 full and part-time jobs and will become an integral part of the Charlottesville community. Arrive Architecture Group based in Dallas, Texas is providing architectural design.