Six different dining venues at River Landing at Sandy Ridge offer residents and staff a huge variety of culinary delights. For Joseph Burdette, Director of Dining Services, it’s all about keeping the menus and the ingredients fresh.


“The number one comment of residents in every community everywhere is ‘not enough variety,’” says Joseph, who has been at River Landing for the last 8 years of his 23-year senior dining services career. “Our approach is a little different,” he adds. “I’m excited by change and trying different things.”


When Joseph came to campus, the community’s dining options were already well regarded. The main dining room featured a buffet. Later a 1950s-style café was added featuring short-order items like chicken tenders, burgers, fries and a salad bar. Since then, the dining options have evolved to include six unique venues with their own menus. While you can find similar items across a few of the menus, they all have their unique twist and flavors.


The café was expanded and transformed four years ago into Bistro 1575 which added a brick, wood-fired oven for pizzas and hot sandwiches and more to the already popular grille and salad bar.


The Deep River Coffee and Creamery is a favorite morning and afternoon hot spot due to its scrumptious ice creams, gelatos, sorbets, along with skillful baristas ready to whip up a specialty coffee or smoothie to go.


While these grab-and-go options have become favorites of residents and staff alike, they are just the beginning. The Water’s Edge offers an elegant but never stuffy restaurant atmosphere with dishes made to order and an always friendly, full-service wait staff. The menus change with the season, combining the best ingredients with skill and creativity.


Close by, the Wayfarer offers flavors inspired by different cultures and regions, complete with digital vistas to complete the ambiance. “We typically feature a theme for around eight weeks,” Joseph explains. “Italian, Pacific Rim, German, Cajun, Low Country, Texas Steakhouse…If it’s a hit, we might keep it for longer. If it’s not, we’ll move on to something else.”


Put on pause during the pandemic, look for the popular Wayfarer to open again this January featuring one of Joseph’s favorite themes, a West Coast menu inspired by the beaches of La Jolla.


A quick stroll over to the Clubhouse offers its own rewards — namely, the Overlook restaurant and the Hilltop Pub. Joseph calls the Overlook’s vibe “country club casual” with indoor and outdoor seating in view of the ninth green of River Landing’s own golf course. Steaks and seafood are popular choices here, expertly prepared to order with a seasonal spin. The Hilltop Pub includes dialed-up pub favorites and, of course, beverages of choice, in a relaxed setting.


With so many options, residents are able to find plenty of choices that satisfy their dietary needs as well as their taste buds. Joseph’s staff prepares and serves up to 30,000 meals per month through the six venues, plus an entirely unique dining venue, Bistro 1675, that serves healthcare residents and staff.


“You could eat something different every day,” says Joseph. “And by the time you got through it all, the menus would have changed again.”


Still, Joseph looks to raise the bar even higher. “Residents now will tell you what they think and what they like,” he explains. “So we like to stay fresh. I’m a little crazy, but we want to be the best at what we do. We want to make River Landing the community that others want to be.”

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