The Legacy Senior Communities is pleased to announce the appointment of Wesley Helms as director of corporate food and beverage. Melissa Orth, president and CEO of The Legacy Senior Communities, made the announcement. Helms joins the Jewish not-for-profit organization with nearly two decades of experience in the dining industry through various roles including within the senior living industry. In his new role, Helms will provide residents across the organization with the kind of high-quality experience The Legacy Senior Communities is known for.
“Wesley’s experience in the restaurant industry is an incredible asset to our team, and we’re excited to see what his expertise in the kitchen will bring to those we serve,” said Orth. “When it comes to senior living, one of the most important aspects is meal services, and we’re always seeking new ways to cater to residents’ preferred tastes and desires. Today’s residents want modern restaurant-style dining, and we are dedicated to providing five-star services. We know that with Wesley’s experience we will be able to take hospitality across our organization to the next level, as his knowledge of the restaurant industry in the Greater Dallas area perfectly meets the needs of those we serve.”
“I’m honored by the opportunity to take on this role and provide residents at our communities with memorable and delectable dining options,” said Helms. “My experience in the restaurant industry enables me to pursue my passion for good food and hospitality, and now with The Legacy Senior Communities I have the opportunity to take that one step further. Today’s seniors are coming to us looking for hospitality-centered meal services, and I’m excited by the team we’ve put together to provide that.”
The Legacy Senior Communities has long held a philosophy that caters to each resident by getting to know what they want from a meal. Such attention to diners’ tastes has greatly influenced the team and how they create meals that provide a delightful experience while infusing fresh and nutritious ingredients. The kitchen is well-known among residents for combining fresh fruits and vegetables with hearty meats that, when paired correctly, offer quality flavors with a nutritious twist. Helms and his team are dedicated to providing the perfect balance. The culinary team, led by the community’s executive chef Roberto Madrid, designs its menus to cater to all palates, allowing for residents to make the final decision.
In addition, one of the most important aspects of dining at The Legacy Willow Bend is the community’s commitment to the Jewish faith. As a Jewish-sponsored community, The Legacy Willow Bend believes in the importance of observing Jewish traditions, and that includes traditional meals. For this, the community has an entirely separate kitchen for kosher meal preparation. After all, food is a reminder of who we are and where we come from, and the dining team believes in highlighting tradition.
“We believe in providing our residents with variety in their food choices,” said Helms. “With Chef Madrid’s knowledge and expertise, we’re looking at new ways to promote healthy habits and create new experiences. Our job is to go above and beyond in our offerings, and we’re not going to limit ourselves when it comes to delicious and memorable dining experiences. In the end, we’re not focused on any sort of industry standard but The Legacy Senior Communities’ standard and meeting our own high expectations every day.”