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City of Menifee announces Chefs for Seniors as April Business Spotlight

Menifee City Council recognizes Chefs for Seniors. Photo provided by the City of Menifee.

The City of Menifee announced Chefs for Seniors of Riverside & Temecula as its April Business Spotlight, a program that is of the Economic Development Department’s Building Better Businesses (B3) program.

Chefs for Seniors of Riverside & Temecula (Chefs for Seniors) launched in July 2023 as an in-home meal preparation program for seniors. Chefs for Seniors aims to provide a convenient and personalized dining experience for senior citizens in Menifee and the surrounding region, bringing culinary expertise directly into homes with nutritious meals catered to dietary needs.

With a focus on fresh, high-quality ingredients and a commitment to, Chefs for Seniors strives to make mealtime a joyous and hassle-free occasion for seniors. Chefs prepare the meals in each client’s own home, providing companionship and fostering connections. This personalized approach sets Chefs for Seniors apart from traditional meal delivery services. This one-on-one approach allows for genuine relationships to form.

Offering more than just pre-made delivery meals, Chefs for Seniors can take care of everything from shopping and menu planning to packaging, cooking, and clean-up.

Chefs for Seniors is owned and operated locally by Chef Juliet Barcia, while her husband Ramon fulfills the role of manager. Recognizing the necessity for dietary adjustments to improve her grandfather’s health, Barcis identified the need for meals tailored to his nutritional requirements. Originally starting as a service for her family, this initiative quickly grew into a broader project, fueling her passion and providing assistance to others.

Contributing to the community is a key aspect of what makes Chefs for Seniors stand out. The business has participated in various community groups such as the Lake Menifee Women’s Club, Menifee Boy Scouts, Rotary Club, Veterans Golf Tournament, St. Vincent’s, and the Menifee Valley Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, they have been nominated for the “Emerging Business of the Year” award at the upcoming 45th Menifee Chamber Awards Gala.

“In a world where seniors may sometimes feel isolated or forgotten, Chefs for Seniors shines as a beacon of support, showing that we value and appreciate our elders and their well-being here in Menifee,” District 1 Councilmember Bob Karwin said. “Chefs for Seniors not only provides a valuable service that nourishes the bodies of our seniors but also their spirits.”

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