“Chef Action Station” sounds a bit like a superhero activity. However, at Willow Valley, the heroes are simply our chefs, and the activity is preparing healthy and delicious cuisine right in front of your eyes.
This open-air kitchen area is where chefs such as Kristin Holloway craft everything from salmon to stir fry, and is just one of eight dining venues, along with two specialty cafés, available throughout Willow Valley’s four residential communities. Each venue has its own chef, but they are all united by an emphasis on starting with fresh ingredients sourced from Lancaster County’s many nearby farms.
For example, at Willow Valley’s Lakes community, chefs utilize a spectacular stone hearth oven. As expected, this open flame oven is often used to create delicious pizzas, but it also adds a delicious roasted flavor to fish, casseroles, meats, and vegetables, notes Sharon Habanec, Corporate Director of Dining Services.
The Lakes campus also offers al fresco dining on the patio two times a week during the warmer seasons. Instead of prepping food in the kitchen and bringing it outdoors, chefs create their masterpiece meals right on the spot utilizing the outdoor patio grill station, and offering a bit of theater along with dinner. For a more formal feel, many residents choose Spring Run’s grand Four Seasons restaurant. Decorated in the style of an elegant, four-star hotel, this is where the Chef Action Station is the main attraction. Watching the chefs bustle about, chopping, slicing, sautéing, and more, not to mention catching the aroma of their culinary creations, is sure to inspire you to enjoy your favorite dishes and also to try something totally new.