Unity Place of Monmouth is known for nourishing its clients back to health through counseling and compassion. Now the facility has a new chef, Dena, and its clients’ palates have been most pleased with the dishes coming out of the kitchen since she started. Dena is imaginative in the foods she prepares for the more than 100 clients at the facility. As good as the meals taste, they are also healthful, vital for the clients as they work on their mental health or substance use issues.
Dena learned her trade at culinary school in Atlantic City, but the beginnings of her love of cooking can be traced to her time at her grandmother’s knee helping her with family meals.
A recent treat, her homemade banana bread, made for a delectable snack gobbled up by both clients and the staff. See her offerings be so enjoyed brings her a great deal of satisfaction: “It’s a great feeling when people like and appreciate my cooking.”