The Retreat at Sunny Vista brings fun and engaging meals to our residents. We have two dining venues in our community for residents to pick from. Whether enjoying a full-service dining experience in the Pike’s Peak restaurant or a casual meal in the Culebra Cafe, our chef prepared cuisine is delicious, nutritious, and made with the finest quality ingredients.
The dining program here at the Retreat is built upon the belief that a great dining experience has a foundation of customer service. We run a restaurant style dining program with freshly made soups and desserts. We have fresh daily specials created and executed by our talented culinary team. We believe in providing residents with choice. Our menus and daily specials travel the world of cuisine to keep the menu exciting and new. We believe in using organic and local products in our preparation as much as possible. We do wonderful holiday banquets to engage our residents in celebration to help enrich their lives.
Get to Know Chef Aaron Burke
Our Dining Department at the Retreat would not be the same without our Head Chef, Aaron Burke. Aaron Burke was born and raised right here in Colorado Springs CO. He has been in food and beverage in the hospitality industry for more than 20 years. He has worked in every position a restaurant can offer from front of house to back of house and received his culinary degree at the top of his class from Le Cordon Bleu in Austin TX.
Him and his wife own a dance studio here in Colorado Springs (The Peak School of Dance). They have been voted on Best of the Springs multiple years in a row. They have two beautiful little girls 6 and 3 years old. In the little free time that he has, he enjoys archery, the shooting range, and automotive work. For the peace and tranquility, he escapes the city to decompress in the mountains, with his two great dogs that love the water. They also accompany him on many creek trails around Colorado Springs.
After many restaurants and multiple hotels, he decided to shift course in his career. He started in healthcare seven years ago and found that the joy in cooking for those that paved the path for us is incredibly rewarding. He has been with The Retreat for almost a half a year now and he is incredibly enthusiastic about the future ahead of us.
The Retreat at Sunny Vista
At The Retreat at Sunny Vista our main goal is providing a life for our residents filled with purpose and joy. What better way to do that then through our engaging dining department? Chef Burke regularly hosts live action cooking demonstrations, where residents can learn and take part in the cooking process. The dining department will also provide special meals for big occasions and events in the community such as our life enrichment events.
Contact The Retreat to schedule a tour and learn more about the ways we engage our residents every day.
We want to share with you what we know now about the COVID-19 vaccine, how it will be distributed, what we are doing to keep associates, residents, and families of The Retreat at Sunny Vista informed about the process, and our continued commitment to testing, virus mitigation, and the overall quality of life for residents.
To stop the spread of coronavirus, health officials have instructed the public to practice social distancing, which means staying home, avoiding crowds, and keeping your distance—at least 6 feet—from others. Many people who have been self-quarantined for the past week feel lonely and frightened, although they know their isolation is for the greater good.
Senior living communities, if managed properly, can provide significant advantages to residents and their families with strong prevention protocols, access to medical monitoring, and safe socialization.
We are now implementing new federal directives aimed at stopping the spread of COVID-19 in senior living communities. The Centers for Medicare/Medicare Services (CMS) has determined that if the county we operate in or a county next to where we operate has a positive case of COVID-19 we MUST limit visitors to the assisted living and memory support neighborhoods within our community.
There’s more to health and wellness than the absence of illness. At the Retreat at Sunny Vista, we focus on healthy food while still giving our residents independence and choice.
The components of a balanced daily diet should be used as a guide. It is not a rigid diet plan, but a plan that emphasizes variety, proportions and moderation. Our residents are encouraged to eat healthy every day.