Beach Club Bistro Serves 10th Meal to Remember at David Simpson Hospice House

Greg Jurcisin, owner of Beach Club Bistro, has donated and served 10 dinners to patients and families at David Simpson Hospice House. This month, he and his staff were serving up oven-roasted turkey with all the trimmings. 

Hospice of the Western Reserve welcomed Beach Club Bistro to David Simpson Hospice House for an April Meal to Remember. The program invites Cleveland’s top chefs to participate in providing a meaningful dinner together for patients and their families. All of the food and culinary talent are donated by the restaurant. This marked the 10th dinner owner Greg Jurcisin and the culinary staff at Beach Club Bistro have generously donated, prepared and served since the program’s inception!

The restaurant prepared a sumptuous “Thanksgiving in April” dinner, complete with mixed green salad, oven-roasted turkey breast with pan gravy, classic sage stuffing, mashed potatoes, mashed sweet potatoes, green bean casserole and chocolate cannolis. Patients, family members and their guests were delighted to enjoy the delicious comfort food on a chilly spring evening and many had second helpings! Bridget Assing-Marok of Scoperta Importers donated a wonderful selection of wines to accompany the meal.

Following the dinner in the Atrium, volunteer Nicky Bucur played America the Beautiful on the piano and announced to guests that a special Veteran’s Recognition Ceremony for one of the residents of David Simpson Hospice House would follow. Veteran volunteer Ron DeMeza honored the patient, who had served in the Coast Guard during the Korean War and presented him with a special commemorative pin and certificate while his family looked on with pride.   

A dedicated team of volunteers makes the Meal to Remember experiences possible. Their duties include setting up, assisting with serving, creating centerpieces for all the tables, providing entertainment, taking commemorative photographs for families and much more. Volunteers participating in the Beach Club Bistro dinner included Pat Korchek, Jean Maurer, Bridget Assing-Marok, Elizabeth Mary, Andy and Judy Carran, Eileen Groh, Cynthia Hairston, Terry Krause, John Martinich, Wendy Gray, Meg Licursi, Brenda Evans, Beth Knaus, Roy and Jane Page, Steve Ayzenberg, Susan Walters, Meg Shelling, Michelle Dean and Nicky Bucur. This group of volunteers, month over month, year over year, delivers an exemplary and memorable experience for patients and their caregivers. Hospice of the Western Reserve is grateful for all involved in making this meaningful experience possible for patients and their families.

Laurie Henrichsen

Patricia Bennett is the Volunteer Service Manager at David Simpson Hospice House.

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Volume 11, Issue 5, Posted 10:48 AM, 05.05.2019