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Come for lunch - The Stafford is cooking

Boutique retirement center is now preparing meals served at WLACC

Cooking lunches for the seniors who frequent the West Linn Adult Community Center requires culinary skills, an even temper, patience and a thick skin. It’s nearly impossible to satisfy every person’s food preference when cooking for a large group. So when the center lost its most recent cook to relocation, the staff wasn’t sure where to find a replacement.

Into the breach stepped Stafford Boutique Retirement Community, a senior living facility located in Lake Oswego across the street from Lakeridge High School. The facility opened in 2008 with a full, on-site restaurant called The Mélange. In 2010, the restaurant began catering for a variety of community events, and this year, the WLACC opted to have its three weekly lunches catered by the Stafford too.

Melissa Danielson, The Stafford’s catering and outreach coordinator, determine the weekly menu in consultation with the Stafford’s chef.

The chef then prepares the meals, and Danielson delivers the food, ready to eat, to the WLACC. The reviews have been excellent.

Danielson is a North Carolina transplant who started out as a massage therapist and pool lifeguard. Her husband is a sous chef at The Stafford who wanted to come west after the two were married. She found work at Portland Seafood Company serving and bartending, and ultimately moved into a management position.

As outreach coordinator at The Stafford, Danielson also helps teach etiquette to Lakeridge students, an effort we should all applaud gratefully.

When Danielson isn’t working, she and her husband like hiking with their two dogs, going to restaurants, wine tasting and watching movies. She says she misses her family and the beaches in North Carolina, but she’s already lost whatever Southern accent she might have once had.

We at the WLACC like her with or without her accent, and we think you’ll like her lunches as much as we do. Join us at noon any Monday, Wednesday or Friday for a $5 meal and say hello to Melissa Danielson. Questions? Call Tiffany Carlson at 503-557-4704. We are located at 1180 Rosemont Road in West Linn.

The lunch menu this week features pulled pork on pretzel rolls on Friday, July 1: and a bangin’ birthday brunch on Wednesday, July 6. The center will be closed on Monday, July 4.