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Photo Gallery: Assisted-living communities step up their culinary game

Executive chef Andre Fournier sautés fresh zucchini and peppers as he prepares lunch at Newport Terrace Senior Living in Newport Beach.

 (Photo by Susan Hoffman)

Head chef Daniel Perez whips up cheesy polenta to accompany braised short ribs for lunch at the Crown Cove senior-living community in Corona del Mar.

 (Photo by Susan Hoffman)

Residents and guests fill their plates with lobster tails, fried chicken, cinnamon rolls and desserts during Sunday brunch at the Crown Cove senior-living community in Corona del Mar.

 (Photo by Susan Hoffman)

At the taco, pancake and omelette station, Ashley Diaz flips an omelette filled with cheese, bacon, peppers and spinach for diners at Crown Cove in Corona del Mar.

 (Photo by Susan Hoffman)

Tabitha Nevers, chef at the Newport Plaza senior-living community in Newport Beach, prepares a mahi mahi dinner entree.

 (Photo by Susan Hoffman)

Andre Fournier, executive chef at Newport Terrace Senior Living in Newport Beach, displays a lunch of penne pasta ragu with grilled vegetables, topped with feta cheese.

 (Photo by Susan Hoffman)

Samples of the daily specials are displayed alongside the menu in the dining room at the Crown Cove senior-living community in Corona del Mar.

 (Photo by Susan Hoffman)

Braised short ribs and grilled lobster tail were featured entrees at a recent Sunday brunch at Crown Cove in Corona del Mar.

 (Photo by Susan Hoffman)

An array of desserts tempts residents and guests during Sunday brunch at Crown Cove in Corona del Mar.

 (Photo by Susan Hoffman)

Marion Miele, marketing director at Crown Cove in Corona del Mar, sits on the senior community’s spacious upstairs patio that is used for outdoor events.

 (Photo by Susan Hoffman)
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