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Unity chef giving clients a vote on lunch, and they’re never disappointed

April 16, 2019 by Daniel Meara0

Unity Place of Monmouth clients are really looking forward to lunch these days. That is because they are treated to delicious and creative meals virtually every day since the facility’s new chef, Dena, came on-board last fall.  Dena gives her all to coming up with meals the clients will enjoy and has recently given them a say what will be served.

Dena decided Unity’s clients should have choice in the lunches at least one day a week. Beginning last month, she has been giving Unity clients a choice of their Wednesday lunches.  Among the selections for them to pick from: barbecue brisket or stuffed peppers, tacos or Italian hotdogs, cheese steaks or fried chicken. They really couldn’t go wrong.

Unsurprisingly, Dena’s offerings have met with enthusiasm by most of the clients. She works hard to try “to appease everyone,” and she comes very close to doing so.

She is aware of different religious diets that need to be respected. During Lent, for example, she and her staff have honored the tradition of not eating meat on Fridays. All meals provide balance, with a vegetable and fruit served as side dishes every day.

Dena, who operates a catering business, Dee-Lish in Farmingdale, tops of the main courses with desserts that will delight everyone. For the end-of-the-month party that Unity Place regularly holds, she serves up such dishes as cakes, ice cream Sundays. Even the regular day desserts sound delectable: blueberry cobbler or peach turnover.

With Dena in the kitchen as a complement to Unity Place’s outstanding counseling staff, the clients are having both their spirits and their bodies well nourished.


At Unity, our goal is to provide a therapeutic environment where each client can learn how to successfully handle life’s challenges.

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