The cheapest lunch in town is going bistro.
Actually, itâ€™s been going that way for a while, says Larry Grimaldi of the R.I. Department of Elderly Affairs.
The biggest kitchens of the stateâ€™s Senior Nutrition Program have slowly been tweaking their menus to cater to the more sophisticated, health-conscious tastes of baby boomers, the fastest-aging segment of the population.
â€śThe senior center isnâ€™t just a place you go to have lunch and play bingo,â€ť says Grimaldi. â€śThat concept is long gone.â€ť
Now itâ€™s official: the regional dining centers where hundreds eat thousands of lunches a year are prepared for the stateâ€™s seniors and homebound elderly have changed their names to reflect modern sensibilities about food. In the northern Rhode Island area, the Leon Mathieu Senior Center of Pawtucket has morphed into â€śThe Cafe at Leon Mathieu Center.â€ť The dining hall at the Woonsocket Senior Center has become â€śThe Cafe at Senior Services.â€ť
Full story appears on page A1 of Saturday's Call and Saturday's Times.