Senior center menu includes some unique tastes
August 17, 2009 · Updated 11:50 PM
The Bonney Lake Senior Center’s lunch menu now includes such unique tastes as baked pork marinated with lemon pepper, olive oil and Worcestershire sauce. There’s even a Bavarian Oktoberfest.
Those are just some of the many selections center cook Lara Wheeler has added to the menu since the beginning of summer.
“June was a ‘new tastes month’ for the seniors,” she said. “We tried new flavors and some were a big hit.”
Wheeler came up with the changes after the center changed from publishing its monthly newsletter to a quarterly format.
“To come up with this menu, I kept in mind my budget and what I’d served over the past couple of years,” she said.
Known for serving seniors’ favorite meals – her recipe for liver and onions is a continual crowd pleaser – Wheeler sought out several resources to aid her in planning 60 lunch ideas at a time.
Through the menu planning process, she double-checked each recipe to make certain it featured a “variety of foods and flavors to whet the appetites of our senior citizens,” she said.
“With help from the Internet, recipe books, seniors’ suggestions and past menus, three months of menus were successfully created,” she said.
One of those creations will be served Thursday when the senior center hosts a luau.
On the menu are Kahlua pork, an island yam bake, steamed rice, Hawaiian slaw and dessert.
Like all of the center’s lunches, the public is invited. Meal prices are $3 for seniors or $5 for nonseniors.
As for the Oktoberfest – set to take place Sept. 21 – diners may view it online, along with Wheeler’s other menus selections, at www.ci.bonney-lake.wa.us/section_community/community_resources/senior_center.shtml.
The Bonney Lake Senior Center is located at 19303 Bonney Lake Blvd. E. and its phone is 253-863-7658.