Any ideas or suggestions would help.

Discussion in 'Food & Cooking' started by arugula, Nov 4, 2012.

  1. arugula

    arugula

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    Hi all,

    I'm at the beginning stages of launching a project out of an already established restaurant. I have discovered that in my area that there are alot of people (mostly elderly) that don't have the means or time to cook for themselves. Since I have never targeted this kind of market before I am a little in experianced when it comes to the ins and outs of the needs and food interests. If any one has any insite or suggests as far as menu ideas please.

    Keep in mind the project will be selling frosen pre prepped pre cooked dinners.

    Thanks alot

    Arugula
     
  2. chefbuba

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    A casserole seems to perk up the ears of many elderly. From my observations, just about anything can be called or turned into one.
     
  3. maryb

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    Comfort foods are great, stews and soups(with a nice sandwich), spaghetti, various casseroles(hotdish in midwestern speak) like tator tot hotdish are good. Keep it simple, see if anyone has any food allergies or special diet requirements first. Probably go lower salt that normal restaurant fare to compensate for those who may have high blood pressure.
     
  4. ed buchanan

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    Heed both answers you received they are on the mone for older folk. If you gave them filet of sole veronique they would not have a clue. Five them fried or broiled sole, potato and veg and they are in heaven.
     
  5. purplesalad

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    I would also focus on healthy meals but not "exotic" ones. Just good stuff without frying etc. Food that brings back memories is also good for elderly people - I mean food that would look and taste like looked and tasted 50 years ago.

    +1 to 'lower salt' advice from MaryB.
     
  6. koukouvagia

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    I am relatively young (in my 30's) so it is hard to imagine what kind of eater I will be in about 30yrs.  I wonder if food will be so different to what I am accustomed to that I will need "casseroles" "simple food" and "food that brings back memories" and will I be afraid of "exotic food."  I'm veering a bit off course but does getting older make one distrust contemporary food?  At what age do people stop trying new foods and only want to eat what they ate 50yrs ago?  Will we all become early-bird special seekers?  Sorry to hijack the thread, I'm just genuinely interested in what the future of food is.
     
  7. arugula

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    threw all the research i have done it always comes up the same. elderly people are looking for food with no extra additives, healthy food that tastes good, comfort food, also a big thing i have been finding is that this market need food how should i put this. a little ways past al dante.

    thanks for the help so far. there all good ideas.

    how does polentia go with the older croud? has anyone done this?