Kendal’s new a “zen-inspired” senior community with noted veg restaurant

May 21, 2021 – Ben Butler, vice president of culinary services for senior community operator Kendal, talks about its newest site and the special dining program planned for it.

By Mike Buzalka 

Pennsylvania-based Kendal, which operates over a dozen CCRCs around the country, is in the process of developing Enso Village, a $300 million continuing care retirement community in Healdsburg, California, in conjunction with Greenbrier Development and the San Francisco Zen Center. The company describes Enso Village as “a zen-inspired life plan community [that will] focus on mindful aging, the joys of nature, environmental stewardship, contemplative care and healthy life choices for adults 60+”.

As part of that focus, Kendal is partnering with Greens, a landmark vegetarian restaurant in San Francisco’s Fort Mason district. Greens will work with Kendal on recipe development and fostering and expanding relationships with area growers as a big focus of the dining program will be on locally sourced, fresh product.

In this FM One On One podcast interview, Ben Butler, Kendal’s vice president of culinary services, talks about Enso Village and the plans for its dining component. He notes that as planning for the community proceeds, he will be looking for an executive chef with the experience and expertise to manage its very specialized dining program.

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