Willow Glen Resident

October 24, 2014

Willow Glen Resident

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Silicon Valley Community Newspapers $1.00 Volume 28, Issue 43 October 24, 2014 www.community-newspapers.com 175 An edition of the $1.00 BY LEETA-ROSE BALLESTER Following a two-year hiatus from "home" cooking, meals cooked on site rather than catered will return to 11 of 13 San Jose community centers, including Almaden and Willow Glen, serving seniors lunch on a daily basis. The "home-cooked" meals are slated to make a comeback as early as January, and regular lunch-goers like John Bonfillo say it can't come soon enough. The 92-year-old has been coming to the Willow Glen Com- munity Center for lunch nearly every day since 2005. "There used to be a great cook named Lester," he said. "He did outside barbecuing for us. He knew what everybody liked." Those tailored meals are exactly what city officials and Bateman, the company responsible for the senior lunches, hope to provide once again. Two years ago, on-site meals were replaced with catered fare at most of the senior centers. "We cater our service based on the needs of the seniors," said Bateman general manager Lisa Jackson said of the move back to cooking at the centers. "It is more personalized." Helen Cain, 88, who enjoys sitting down with friends at the senior center and having a hot meal about four days a week, said she is really happy to see the catered meals go. "The food was just as good as any restaurant," she said of the former cook's meals. "They had all the flavors. Now, sometimes the flavor isn't so good." Having cooked in a hospital, Cain said she under- stands the limitations when cooking in mass quanti- ties—and that she knows they have to hold the salt and spices, too. She is hoping returning to meals cooked on site will open up more variety for the senior lunches. On average, 75 seniors eat lunch at the Willow Glen Community Center, according to volunteer staff. The change will also add some costs to the city and county, which were discussed at an Oct. 7 San Jose City Council meeting. The estimated cost of the cook on-site model, once it has been fully implemented, is approximately $1,934,000 annually. That's $534,000 more than the current catered model budget. Santa Clara County, which partners with the city for 'HOME COOKING' WILL RETURN TO MOST SENIOR CENTERS IN SPITE OF COST INCREASE Almaden and Willow Glen centers to return to onsite cooking A NEWSPAPER PHOTOGRAPH BY JACQUELINE RAMSEYER 20twenty in Willow Glen: There's beer and wine, but cheese is the star............................ page 6 Foreign Exchange Student: Ha Kim Vong owes his success to year at Willow Glen High .......... page 16 Senior, page 8 A representation of 'Catrina,' one of the most popular figures of the Día De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebrations in Mexico, is seen here at the Ay. Dios. Mio! boutique at San Pedro Square Market. The iconic image of an elegant female skeleton dressed in a beautiful hat was created just over a century ago by José Guadalupe Posada, a Mexican printmaker and engraver. Indigenous Mexican holiday gains popularity locally popularity locally page 12 page 12 Indigenous Mexican holiday gains popularity locally popularity locally page 12 page 12

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