Oak Park and River Forest Townships Senior Services Select Hoffman House
as new Food Services Vendor
On October 1st, 2019, the Nutrition Program of Oak Park and River Forest Townships Senior Services began serving meals from Hoffman House Catering in Batavia. This catering company has been providing meals to seniors since 1986 and prepares over 4,000 meals daily. Madeline Pietryla, the Nutrition Program Manager, said that Hoffman House was chosen after taste tests were conducted with several vendors. “Jim, the owner of Hoffman House, has worked closely with other Age Options sites. We’re excited to offer more options to all of the seniors; we value their feedback.” Hoffman House also is able to accommodate clients with different dietary needs and will provide a variety of menus at an efficient cost.
Our congregate lunch program is held Monday to Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the 1st floor dining room at 130 S. Oak Park Avenue, Oak Park. There is a suggested donation of $1.50 per meal. Qualifying guidelines for patrons: 1. Age 60 years and over; 2. The 60+ participant’s spouse regardless of age, if the eligible spouse is or has been an active participant of the program; 3. Individuals who are disabled and under age 60 if they reside in a housing facility for older adults and persons with disabilities at which congregate nutrition services are provided; 4. Individuals with disabilities who reside with a person over 60 in a non-institutional household. For more information, please call 708-383-8060 or visit our website at https://oakparktownship.org/senior-services/#meal-programs.
Bio on Hoffman House
The original Hoffman House started in 1946 in Madison Wisconsin by seven Hoffman brothers. Hoffman House Catering once owned by Henrici’s Management Corp. was established in 1981 and has been providing senior meals in Illinois since 1986. As a result of a long history and commitment to quality and customer service, Hoffman House has stood the test of time. Personally, I have been with Hoffman House since 2004 and am now the current owner of the Batavia location with over 30 years of experience. I have worked closely with my predecessors and continue to work with them with an ongoing relationship.
Hoffman House Catering in Batavia is a contract catering operation that specializes in preparing and delivering nutritional prepackaged and congregate meals for senior nutrition programs and private school lunch programs. In addition, we also provide special events for our contracted clients as well as off premise private catering such as weddings, graduations, picnics and private events.
We have proudly been providing meals for senior nutrition programs in Illinois and Wisconsin since 1986. We are currently serving several agencies, counties and independent providers in the following counties: Suburban Cook, DuPage, Kane, Will, Kenosha and Racine. In addition, we provide roughly 500 meals a day for two school lunch programs; Mooseheart in Mooseheart IL and Lakeland School in Elkhorn WI. In summary, we are currently serving an average of just over 4000 meals a day.
Our 6-week cycle menus and analysis are approved by a state registered dietician. We create our menus based on several nutritional criteria as well as color, texture and customer feedback just to name a few. The menu cycles are Fall Winter (October-March) and Spring/Summer (April-September). The fall/winter menus feature many of the all-time favorite comfort foods and the spring/summer menus feature those, as well as our popular cold menus. We also have developed several other menus to fit out senior clients evolving needs, such as congregate deli choice menus that feature our popular soups and salads or sandwiches.
Our staff of 35 employees has extensive food service and culinary experience with many of our employees working here since our move to our current location in 1995/96. The Batavia commissary has a 6200 square foot commercial kitchen that is located close to I88 to serve our surrounding communities.