A Taste of Willow Valley Communities

From Our Kitchen to Yours

We’re honored to have an award-winning culinary program at Willow Valley Communities. Together, our amazing team of chefs create unique and delicious senior living dining menus for our campus’ 12 culinary venues. We’re excited to share some of those great dishes with you.

Featured Chef: Chef Josh Manny
Featured Recipe: Holiday Cranberry Cake & PEI Mussels with Tomato and Fennel

About Chef Josh:

Chef Joshua Manny is the executive chef at Local Table, the full service gourmet restaurant at The Clubhouse at Willow Valley Communities. Chef Josh is expert at creating local, seasonal cuisine and ensuring that the menu stays fresh and exciting. Residents and their guests enjoy fresh and delicious “farm-to- table” creations paired with selections from the full service bar in an elegantly relaxed environment.

Chef Josh admits he fell into cooking by accident. When he was 15 he joked with the owner of a restaurant he was bussing tables at about working in the kitchen. The owner called his bluff and that’s how he started. Josh says he is naturally artistic and cooking is a wonderful way for him to channel that energy.

Chef Josh has been with Willow Valley Communities for 5 years. He received his culinary education at the Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College. He spent much of his career in Philadelphia with notable stops along the way like Matyson BYOB and Terrain at Styers Garden Café. But he says that he loves the Lancaster food scene, especially the abundance of fresh produce and availability of quality, sustainably raised meats.

Chef Josh's Holiday Meal

Itching to cook along with Chef Josh? Click the button below to download recipe cards with ingredients and directions for Chef Josh’s Cranberry Cake and Mussels.

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  • Ripe avocados, whole 8
  • Red onion, finely diced 1/4 cup
  • Tomatoes, diced 1 cup
  • Cilantro, chopped 1/8 cup
  • Salt 1 tbsp.
  • Olive oil 1/8 cup
  • Lime juice 2 limes


  1. Cut Avocados in half, discard the seed, peel skin off and place avocado in medium sized bowl.
  2. Mash avocados with fork but leave lumpy.
  3. Add red onion, tomato, cilantro, salt, oil, and lime juice.
  4. Mix together until fully integrated.
  5. Serve with chips and enjoy!

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