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World-renowned chef hosts wild game feast to give back to community’s elders at Augustana Care

Chef George Serra brings many honors to the table — wherever that table happens to be. On Saturday, February 26, he will create a mouth-watering wild game dinner to help support spiritual care at Augustana Care, where he is director of food services. It will be held from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. at the Interlachen Country Club at 6200 Interlachen Boulevard in Edina, Minnesota. Those who attend will help expand Augustana Care’s capacity to provide spiritual care to residents and families of all faiths and traditions.

Diners at the wild game dinner will savor the cuisine of a world-renowned chef. Serra has cooked for presidents, presidential campaigns, and professional baseball players at the Twins All-Star Baseball Fantasy Camp. He also welcomed celebrities to his restaurant Pasta Time, mentored Iron Chef winner Gavin Kaysen, and founded Chef magazine. He finds great satisfaction in serving the community’s elders through his work at Augustana Care.

Augustana Care Center’s master chef George Serra will provide a wild game fundraising dinner for the facility. Photo provided by Augustana Care Center

Every morsel of the Tucker Wild Game Dinner will benefit others by helping to provide spiritual care and hope to those Augustana serves.

One of only 58 internationally certified chefs in the world, Serra was born in France, raised in Brazil, and immigrated to the U.S. in 1962. After two years of military service in Vietnam, Serra graduated from St. Ainge Culinary D’Arts in Bordeaux, France, and interned under the world’s premier saucier at the Ambassador Hotel in Milan, Italy. He then worked for Hilton Hotels International where he played pivotal roles in startups in Kenya, Singapore, and Hong Kong and worked at the world-famous Waldorf Astoria in New York.

Serra cooked for President Ronald Reagan and the Democratic presidential campaign of 2008. One of the things that makes him happiest at Augustana Care is how appreciative diners are and how much they love his cooking. “Food is a high point of the day to people here,” he says. “It is very important to me to make them happy.”

The Tucker Wild Game Dinner will give Serra the opportunity to make even more people happy. And every morsel will benefit others by helping to provide spiritual care and hope to those Augustana serves. For information and reservations, e-mail ksmith@augustanacare.org or call 612/385-1710.

Augustana is a community where spiritual care is available to all residents and families and is respectful of all faith traditions. Fostering a meaningful spiritual life dramatically enhances the quality of life, increasing vitality while reducing fear and isolation. At Augustana, spiritual care provides a lifeline for individuals needing hope and unconditional support.

Augustana Care’s mission is to foster fullness of life for older adults and others in need. It provides services that help elders celebrate life as they live it to the fullest — through new experiences, giving back to their communities and staying connected to family and friends. Augustana Care provides a full spectrum of residential communities ranging from independent or assisted living to memory care or long-term care; home modification and transitional care services to help with mobility and independence; and adult day centers to enrich people’s lives with social interactions.

Jenna Zark is a freelance writer living in Minneapolis.

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