MorningStar Assisted Living and Memory Care of Fort Collins is dedicated to making your retirement years carefree. Opening Fall 2015 across from Warren Lake and the Collindale Golf Course, we offer 55 assisted living, with spacious studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom floor plans (some over 800 square feet).
Within our Reflections Neighborhood, we also offer 23 suites devoted to the individualized care of those with memory impairment.
Assisted Living Fort Collins Seniors are Pleased to Call Home
Nestled on the southeast side of the city, MorningStar of Fort Collins is situated directly across from Warren Lake and Collindale Golf Course. We are convenient to banks, hospitals, shopping malls, churches, grocery stores and restaurants.
Executive Chef Edward Gilbert: A Passion
His solid American accent belies the fact, but Edward Gilbert, Executive Chef at MorningStar of Fort Collins, is Brazilian-born. His hometown is the city of Natal on the Northeast coast. “I grew up eating fresh, local bounty: mangos, fish, oranges, nuts and coffee. Farm-to-table wasn’t a trendy philosophy; it was a way of life. In those fertile soils my passion for food was born.”
Both parents being Brazilian, Edward and his sister spoke only Portuguese until they Immigrated to Nebraska when he was six. Despite the family’s frequent visits to Brazil, Edward’s Portuguese carried a definite American flavor. In fair trade, the Gilberts’ Nebraskan kitchen carried a definite Brazilian flavor. “Typical Midwest fare like pot roast and meatloaf was very limited. My mother preserved our heritage with dishes like feijoada, black bean and rice stew with various cuts of pork and linguiça sausage.”
Brazilian cuisine is distinguished not only by beans and rice, but the influence of African spices and techniques. A lot of nutmeg, garlic, and saffron…and with every dish, pimenta malagueta, a hot sauce condiment made from the malagueta chili pepper which is widely used in Brazil and throughout the Caribbean.
“From the time I was an underage dishwasher, I can’t remember a time when I haven’t worked in a restaurant.” Still he gave other pathways a try, only to return to the culinary arts in 2010. “I missed life in a professional kitchen.”
He graduated first from the culinary program at Southeast Community College in Lincoln in 2013. Immediately followed by a Bachelor’s Degree from New England Culinary Institute which required him to photograph every stage of his preparation, cooking and plating, completing the labs either in his own kitchen or in the professional kitchen of his then-employer, a restaurant on Orcas Island, Washington.
The Inn at Ship Bay offered farm-to-table fine dining. “We raised and butchered our own pigs (his meat of choice as a native Brazilian), joking that ours were the best-fed pigs in the Northwest, eating nothing but organic leftovers!”
With housing scarce on the island, the Gilberts sought greener pastures, and found them in Fort Collins. As for connecting with MorningStar, Edward saw the job on Craigslist. “The best thing I ever found on Craigslist! What grabbed my attention was MorningStar’s mission to honor God.” That’s unusual for any type of culinary work, for regrettably the attitude and atmosphere of a modern kitchen is often (paradoxically) unsavory. Contrary to Hollywood preconceptions, Edward attests, “You don’t have to behave badly to prepare amazing food!”
Come spring, come see what Edward has planned for our MorningStar garden. In advance of that, don’t be surprised to see microgreens sprouting under florescent lighting indoors. He’s also eager to begin monthly cooking exhibitions in our Life Enrichment Room.
“I want to present residents with dishes that bring back memories and offer an exceptional dining experience. Ours will not be a kitchen of reheating from cans or the freezer, but a true farm-to-table experience whenever and for whatever I can. I believe in sourcing ingredients locally, seasonally, and sustainably.”
When the time is right, allow us to share with you our passion for serving seniors.
MorningStar of Fort Collins represents the very best in senior living with a mission “to honor, to serve, to invest.” Our foundation is one built upon honoring God, valuing all seniors and selecting team members with a felt calling to serve. We invite you to schedule a tour to discover the finest assisted living and memory care Fort Collins has to offer.
Glimpses of the Heart
The stories residents share fill me with wonder and bring history alive…tales ofRead more
survival from the resident who was a WWII POW…delivering the mail with a team of horses in 45-below temperatures….the man who began painting oil landscapes at age 90…the woman with debilitating Parkinson’s who, as a former dance instructor, can still float like a butterfly when the music starts. All these and more encourage me to live life fully and courageously indescribable.
My grandparents were the first seniors I loved unconditionally. Their house was a Read more
place of comfort and security; their home represented all that my grandparents were to me: Faith, Family and Gratefulness. Working with seniors gives me the opportunity to make a real difference, for a warm and empathetic presence in their lives can change a dismal day to a bright one. When we honor and care for seniors, we are serving God as well.
Director, Community Relations
My grandmother was the first senior I ever loved. When she saw a need in her
community, she found a way to meet it by way of fundraising or donating her time. She was selfless. Grandma mailed me a letter almost every day containing clippings from The Daily Word with an “I love you” and an uplifting word of her own.
Life Around Our House
“Kindred Spirits, Living in Community”
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Testify to Love
“MorningStar has been a delight. I can say with complete confidence that my mother is in the best hands.”
“Wonderful experience. Highly recommended.”
“I would say there a culture of love and caring here unlike other senior living communities that I have visited.”Read more