When you think of a senior living community, you don’t immediately think of fresh, delicious dining. But Executive Director, Betsy Smith of The Gables asked, “why not?”
Founded in 1954 by Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus (a political activist who also founded the AARP and was eulogized by President Lyndon Johnson), The Gables has been called part retirement community and part resort.
Along with its eight acres of gardens, pool and clubhouse, there’s a lovely dining room decorated in fine-dining restaurant fashion.
Salvador Ramirez, who started as a dishwasher and worked his way up the food chain, has been The Gables Executive Chef for fourteen years. He prides himself in serving the residents the fresh food they enjoy and it’s important to him that they have a say in the ever changing menus. He encourages them to meet once a month to give him feedback on their likes and dislikes. He also takes them on culinary adventures from different parts of the world by serving dishes from exotic places such as Africa and, during the World Cup, from Brazil.
Chef Ramirez is also an artist who not only paints, but does wood and soap carvings.
Believing that cooking is also an art form, he applies his carving talent to fresh vegetables and fruit.
Last year at the Taste of Ojai, Chef Ramirez served refreshing carved fruit bouquets.
Whether young or old, to meet this dedicated and talented chef and taste his latest work of art, just look for The Gables booth while you’re grazing at the Taste of Ojai.
By: Ilona Saari
701 N. Montgomery St.
Ojai, CA 93023
Visit The Gables online at: www.gablesofojai.com