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Rare find: Avant-garde cuisine at skilled nursing facility

May 9, 2019

If you ever thought the meals at a nursing home were bland and dull, the team of culinary experts at Houston Transitional Care are shattering that perception with every meal they prepare.

Cooks Bryce Barbabosa and Erick Arevalo are not your typical dietary team for a skilled nursing facility. They represent a “Rare find: Avant-Garde Cuisine At Skilled Nursing Facility” for the guests while in rehabilitation. They offer the most palatable meals for all, as well as those with special diets. Debuting now is the Springtime menu which includes items such as Spinach Salad with almonds and strawberries, fresh Gazpacho, Tex-Mex taco bowls, and Peruvian chicken just to name a few.

When Barbabosa and Arevalo were asked what makes them most happy about the work they do at Houston Transitional Care, they both agreed it was the “free style” aspect of their work and their ability to apply their skills to a variety of meal preparations on a daily basis.

Linda Woltman, dietary director, gives these young men the freedom to create delicious food combining their talents.

Both Barbabosa and Arevalo share a sense of humor, even sarcasm at times, which lends to the chemistry they have in the kitchen even though their backgrounds are quite different. Bryce received training at the Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Austin. There he was taught the “hands on” French style of cooking.

Meanwhile Arevalo stated his experience started at a young age cooking at home and then learning culinary skills from a variety of chefs during his time cooking at the Revival Market. Arevalo enjoys preparing traditional Mexican dishes, including a great variety of the taco.

Menus may include dishes like Pho, Vietnamese noodles, Indian curry, Italian, Peruvian, or a fusion of any mentioned. Rest assured the meals will be fresh, innovative, and pleasing to the palate, even for our guests requiring a pureed diet.

Houston Transitional Care is a four-star rated skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility. For more information about our services, please visit our website at www.Houston-TC.com.