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Firefighters and chefs compete in Kew Gardens culinary competition

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Atria Kew Gardens


Atria Kew Gardens, a senior living facility in Kew Gardens, hosted a Culinary Competition Cook-Off on July 29 along with members of the Fire Department in celebration of National Culinary Arts Month.

Barry McWilliams, Richard Nerko and  Martin Vanschil, all firefighters and firehouse chefs from the Forest Hills fire station (Engine Co. 305 and Ladder Co. 151), competed against Atria Kew Gardens’ Director of Culinary Services Amanda Ciniglio and Chef Kevin Hernandez.

A crowd of Atria residents watched the competition and eagerly sampled each of the four appetizers the two teams made. The firefighters prepared guacamole, a hot spinach artichoke dip, salmon mousse on crackers and Moroccan carrot and beet salad. The Atria team also served guacamole, as well as salmon mousse on toast, a cold spinach artichoke dip and lemon ricotta with beet.

The Atria team won the cook-off — and a trophy — by a slim margin.

“They were very worthy competitors,” Ciniglio said. “They were very into their dishes. They took it very seriously, which was very nice. They really took pride in their food. They were so engaging with the residents, and the residents were so happy to have them. They were very good with them. The interactions were very good.”

In addition to the cook-off, Atria will also be celebrating National Culinary Arts Month by preparing recipes for the residents provided by the residents themselves.

As a token of appreciation for the firefighters’ visit and participation, the Atria Kew Gardens culinary team will be serving lunch and dinner at the firehouse during the following week, including a pork crown roast.


Seniors keep fit at Atria Kew Gardens

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Kind & Gentle Yoga

Who says you need to slow down as you age?

You will find many Atria Kew Gardens residents doing yoga or T’ai Chi, or participating in a fitness program based on dance or mobility. In fact, these and a variety of other health and exercise activities are a regular part of daily “Engage Life” programming at Atria.

Popular programs like “Kind and Gentle Yoga,” T’ai Chi, “Movement for Life” and “Dance for Health” are all presented by skilled professionals who specialize in geriatric exercise. In addition, twice-weekly sessions of “Mobility, Fitness and Fun” are offered by physical therapists from Metropolitan Physical Therapy, Atria’s on-site provider for physical therapy and rehabilitative medicine.

A number of residents have already earned Active Lifestyle Award certificates from the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition in connection with the President’s Challenge national physical fitness initiative, and more are participating every day.

Residents are also presented with knowledge vital to their well-being in Atria’s ongoing “Your Health” series, which regularly features guest speakers offering important information on a variety of subjects, from fall prevention to diet and nutrition, memory loss, balance, diabetes, chiropractic and more.

Many Atria Kew Gardens residents are living proof of the value of remaining physically and mentally active at all stages of life, and Atria’s “Engage Life” program is dedicated to providing them every opportunity for continued good health and happiness.

Atria Kew Gardens is home to an active and diverse group of accomplished individuals, including a number of Holocaust survivors, and features programming that provides residents with an exceptional senior living experience every day.

Atria Kew Gardens is located at 117- 01 84th Avenue in Kew Gardens, and at www.atriaseniorliving.com. It is kosher under the Vaad of Queens. For any additional information, call 718-441-0300.