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New Chef Brings Comfort Food To Regional Hospice In Danbury

Aaron Swart, a new chef at the Regional Hospice and Home Care Center in Danbury, will also cook food at a gala on May 29.
Aaron Swart, a new chef at the Regional Hospice and Home Care Center in Danbury, will also cook food at a gala on May 29. Photo Credit: File

DANBURY, Conn. -- Aaron Swart, a chef who believes that freshly-cooked food can bring comfort to hospice patients and their families, has moved from cooking at four-star resorts to making meals at the newly opened Regional Hospice and Home Care Center for Comfort Care & Healing in Danbury.

“As a chef, I have always taken pride in my work,” he said. “But you don’t always feel like you are doing good. This is not only nutritional work but work that is good for the soul of patients and their families. It’s been very inspirational.”

Swart is bringing his experiences cooking at resorts, cruise lines and vacation meccas to Regional Hospice, where he feeds patients, families, nurses and staff who are at the hospice center either providing or receiving end-of-life care. He endeavors to nurture those around him, who are nurturing others, by providing comforting, nutritious meals and snacks, and also fulfilling food wishes.

“Patients are encouraged to order whatever they want,” he said. “I will get it.” Recent requests have included veal cutlets, hamburgers and chocolate cake.

To showcase Swart’s talent, his zuppa Toscana course will be featured at Regional Hospice & Home Care’s upcoming gala, “An Evening in Tuscany,” to be held May 29 from 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. at The Waterview in Monroe, Conn.

Swart will be cooking alongside The Waterview executive chef, Nino Martino, who will create a one-of-a-kind five-course meal that brings a bit of Italy to Connecticut, including Penne alla Boscaiola, Maiale Brasato al vino rosso and Limoncello cheesecake.

“This is a meal that has never been created at The Waterview,” said Cynthia E. Roy, president and chief executive officer, of Regional Hospice & Home Care. “Old Italy will inspire new aspirations as we transform the ballroom into a Tuscan garden party, complete with a specially created wine pairing and several other surprises.”

To sample Swart’s soup and all the other Tuscan offerings at the gala, contact Felicia Saraceno at (203)-702-7435 or fsaraceno@regionalhospicect.org or log on to regionalhospicect.org/Events .

Individual ticket price for the gala is $150 and includes cocktails, dinner and drinks, and dancing. Sponsorship opportunities include a $20,000 Diamond Presenting Sponsor, $7,500 Silver Photographer Sponsor, $5,000 Bronze Dessert Sponsor, $2,500 Copper Sponsor, $1,000 Green Sponsor and $500 Patron Sponsors. Donations of raffle items are also welcome.

For more information, visit www.RegionalHospiceCT.org

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