Kitchen Traditions

Family Recipes Spur Social
Connections & Memories
Encore’s signature Kitchen Traditions program encourages resident participation in a fun-spirited cooking class to support social connections, cultural ties, and memory care in the kitchen.
Kitchen Traditions was first introduced years ago when a group of ladies showed an interest in sharing their love of cooking with other residents and staff. Not only are residents provided with a chance to share their beloved recipes, they also have the opportunity to prepare favorite family recipes in social settings, which promotes a sense of well-being, purpose, and happiness in community living.


Whether our residents are beginner chefs or experts in the kitchen, Kitchen Traditions is a monthly fun, interactive, and self-paced cooking club led by one of our Life Enrichment Directors. From gourmet grilled cheese, to nana’s lemon icebox pie, and Dad’s top-secret seafood gumbo recipe, anything is fair game – and always irresistibly delicious.


Residents meet ahead of time to map out their next group recipe venture. Kitchen Traditions is a time for friends to gather in the kitchen, cook their cherished recipes, while telling stories and sharing joyous memories. And since the group always shares their tasty creations with their community residents, everyone gets a taste of Kitchen Traditions – even if they’re unable to participate.