Cedar Crest Residents are now enjoying the newly-opened Garden Café. The Café offers fresh and delicious fare for a light breakfast, lunch, or afternoon snack. Residents can select from specialty beverages, including freshly ground coffee, lattes, cappuccinos, and espresso, chai and flavored teas, and made-to-order smoothies.
The “grab-and-go” display case is stocked with a great assortment of salads and sandwiches made fresh daily. Baked goods, grilled Panini, and hot soups round out the casual dining experience.
The Café is staffed by the Cedar Crest dietary staff members who mix the beverages to order, prepare the hot food, and make sure the refrigerated display case is always well-stocked.
Residents can choose to socialize in the Café’s seating area or take their refreshments with them. The Café is currently open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week.
The staples found at the Country Store – paper goods, milk, cereal, ice cream and the like – are still readily available, but dining director Steve Siggelkow said he is getting positive feedback from all who have enjoyed the transformation from a no-frills store to a contemporary café. Steve was the point man with architectural firm Angus-Young Associates to reinvent the Country Store. “We were able to expand using an adjacent vacant room, and we wanted the space to have fresh, clean lines and high-end finishes to reflect what our residents’ prefer. We have it equipped with a convection oven, Panini grill, coffee grinders and specialty coffee machines, blenders, and refrigeration units. It’s now a pleasurable spot for residents to enjoy anytime. It’s not just a convenience store anymore, it’s a destination.” Before coming to Cedar Crest almost seven years ago, Steve worked in the restaurant industry for 35 years. He is a graduate of UW-Stout with a degree in hotel and restaurant management. Steve oversees the Terrace Dining Room, the food prep for the assisted living and skilled nursing areas, as well as the Garden Café.