Monthly Archives: February 2015

Klaus Richter Named Executive Chef at Covenant Village of Turlock

CONTACT: Laura J. Bemis, 209-632-9976, LJBemis@covenantretirement.org

KLAUS RICHTER NAMED EXECUTIVE CHEF AT COVENANT VILLAGE OF TURLOCKTURLOCK, Calif.— Klaus Richter has been named executive chef at Covenant Village of Turlock, a faith-based, not-for-profit continuing care retirement community located at 2125 North Olive Avenue, Turlock, Calif. He is employed by the community’s dining services provider Sodexo and will report to Covenant Village of Turlock Dining Services Director Anne Dean.

In his new position, Richter will manage day-to-day food operations for the resident community, including casual and formal dining in the residential and assisted living and healthcare settings. He is responsible for managing and training a kitchen staff of 60, creating innovative, healthful menus, and managing the community’s catering services.

“Chef Klaus brings an international flair to our cuisine at Covenant Village, and our residents are already raving about his Mediterranean snapper dish,” said Executive Director Bob Howell.  “We’re pleased to have him on board.”

Born and raised in Vigo, Spain, Richter graduated from Escuela de Hosteleria San Javier Culinary School in La Coruña, Spain where he earned his Culinary Arts diploma. He brings to Covenant Village 25 years of culinary experience, during which he worked at The Arona Gran Hotel and Hotel Paradise Park, both four-star hotels in The Canary Islands, and trained with Swiss-born Chef Reto Demarmels in Boca Raton, Fla. Most recently, he was executive chef at Harbor’s Edge, Delray Beach, Fla.

Richter lives in Turlock, Calif.

To learn more about Covenant Village of Turlock,  visit www.CovenantVillageofTurlock.org

 

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Bethany Home Hosts “As I Age” Wall at Almond Blossom Festival

Contact: Rob Wagner, Bethany Home
209-481-9995

In between the carnival rides and vendor displays, visitors to Ripon’s Almond Blossom Festival are invited to reflect on aging. Chalk in hand, they will complete the phrase “As I age…” on a large chalkboard wall. The “As I age” wall is an adaptation of the popular Before I Die installations by artist Candy Chang. The walls that have been installed in more than 70 countries.

Bethany’s Director of Development, Rob Wagner, first saw the wall at conference on aging in Nashville. “It is our hope that, by inviting individuals to complete the sentence, ‘As I age,’ we will motivate others to live the lives they are meant to live each and every day,” said Wagner. “We want to spark a discussion about the process of growing older, and allow people to express how they hope their lives will evolve as they age.”

Any passerby may participate in the project by picking up a piece of chalk at the wall and completing the sentence “As I age …” Those not able to make it to the Almond Blossom Festival to write on the wall in person can contribute to it virtually on their favorite social media platforms using #AsIAge.

On Friday February 20, at 11 AM, Bethany Home and the Ripon Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon cutting to celebrate this project. Please join us!
The wall will be at Mistlin park through the weekend before coming back to Bethany home for a stint.

More information about the Before I Die walls and other works by Candy Chang is available at www.candychang.com. More information about Bethany Home can be found at www.bethanyripong.org. For more information, please contact Rob Wagner, Director of Communications at 209-481-9995.

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A Valentine’s Day Story – Wilmer and Beulah

One of our members, Valle Verde in Santa Barbara, shared a lovely story with us about a couple celebrating their 71st Valentine’s Day together:

VV The HaasesWilmer and Beulah Haas met in high school, and one year later at just 19 years old, were married. Now the couple is on their way to celebrating their 71st Valentine’s Day together.

Valentine’s Day traditions are usually the same for the Santa Barbara couple. For as long as she can remember, Beulah has been making her husband’s favorite dessert for him, her special pecan pie, and they always share an intimate and romantic night together, just like they did more than 70 years ago.

Through all the cross-country moves, new jobs, anniversaries, fights, make-ups, tears and laughter the Haases have been through it all. They say the secret to a successful marriage is respect, and admitting when you’re wrong – it’s all about the give and take. In a time where separation and divorce rates are so high, they’ve always lived by the rule that they were in it for the long run, no matter what obstacles came their way.

Today, Wilmer and Beulah live happily together at their home at Valle Verde, and are blessed with eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Their five children see them as role models for what marriage should be like, and aspire to have the same kind of commitment years down the road, just like their parents.