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Cura Hospitality Chef Wins Longwood at Oakmont “Cooking From the Garden” Competition

Greater Pittsburgh area residents challenge their taste buds to find the best Summer dish Recently, greater Pittsburgh  area residents pronounced Chef Ryle David of Cura Hospitality the Grand Prize winner of the “Cooking from the Garden” competition hosted by Longwood at Oakmont, a Presbyterian  SeniorCare Continuing Care Retirement Community in Plum, Pa. The Pittsburgh native received a gift card to Williams-Sonoma.Additionally, Pittsburgh resident Nancy Noyes won a surf and turf dinner for two prepared by Longwood at Oakmont’s Executive Chef.

“As strong advocates of maintaining  a healthy, active lifestyle, we wanted to provide the greater Pittsburgh community with an opportunity to explore new ways to use their garden vegetables,” states Micheal Haye, Executive Director at Longwood at Oakmont.“We  are grateful for our culinary partnerships and their participation in educating the community on healthy eating options.”

For the competition, Chef David, Chef Mark Clink of Family Hospice and Chef Kevin Klingensmith of Six Penn Kitchen prepared light, delectable dishes with fresh garden ingredients for over 100 greater Pittsburgh area residents including:

  • Fruit for Compose Fruit Plate
  • Roasted beet salad with house smoked bacon, onion, apples, and sunflower seeds over red leaf lettuce with curry cream sauce
  • Garden Vegetable and Chevre Fritters with White Bean Pasta and Basil Lime Oil
Attendees were then invited to put their taste buds to the test as they judged each meal on entertainment, best overall, presentation and taste. Participants were also able to take home the recipes of their favorite dish to re-create it at home.
On August 14, 2012, Longwood at Oakmont will host a Jazz & Gelato celebration to cool off and enjoy a nice Summer afternoon.To RSVP or receive additional information about Longwood at Oakmont, please call 877-341-4379 or visit

About Longwood at Oakmont Longwood at Oakmont, an affiliate of Presbyterian SeniorCare, is an established senior residential Life Care community dedicated to enriching the lives of its residents by providing a full range of quality services and health care which promote individual dignity, security, wellness and independence. For more information, please visit

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