Evanston-based Meals on Wheels Northeastern Illinois (MOW NEI), which provides nourishment and support services to seniors and homebound and disabled persons, named Sam Landman its inaugural food service director. He will lead the introduction of an expanded recipe and flavor-profile menu as part of an operational overhaul that includes an organization-operated food service operation.
“Sam’s background with Meals on Wheels in Colorado punctuated his broader food service management experience,” says Executive Director Debi Genthe. “He demonstrated culinary skills that embrace a wonderful control of flavors and ideas. Importantly, his plates tasted great both on immediate service and through the hold time of our delivery process. We can’t wait to get him started building our menus.”
Mr. Landman, who learned cooking at the side of a master chef from Johnson and Wales University culinary school, comes to MOW NEI with more than a decade of experience in the senior healthcare field.
“I am extremely excited about this opportunity to create the Meals on Wheels menu,” Mr. Landman says. “Creating home-cooked, comfort-food meals and bringing new flavors to those with dietary specifications is one thing, but I fully appreciate this role of providing nourishment for those who can’t provide for themselves. It is a stress off of their minds.”
By the end of 2020, MOW NEI expects to run 56 routes each day compared to the 14 routes today.