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Our residents enjoy seasonal food that not only looks and tastes delicious, but is also nutritious

A wide variety of home cooked meals are prepared by our in-house Chefs for residents to choose from. Only high quality and fresh ingredients from accredited suppliers are used.

Our food and dining service consists of breakfast, morning tea, a hot lunch with vegetables or salad or sandwiches and dessert, afternoon tea and a hot dinner with vegetables or salad or sandwiches and dessert. Some of our residents prefer their main meal to be lunch while others prefer their main meal to be dinner – so we offer both options. Fresh fruit, yoghurt and snacks are also available 24/7.

All meals are served with tea and coffee and fresh juices. For lunch and dinner, a selection of beers and wines are also available.

We are happy to accommodate individualised meal plans for our residents with specific dietary requirements.

We also offer food molds for residents who are on texture modified diets because of swallowing difficulties.

Residents can choose to have their meals in the main dining room, delivered to their room or another location (such as the garden or outdoor areas) if they prefer.

Our menus are endorsed by Dieticians and each meal is nutritionally evaluated.

Meet our Executive Chef

No one knows the importance of food presentation and taste and is more passionate about making sure our residents continue to derive pleasure from their meals than our Executive Chef, Dean Stapleton.

Dean Stapleton is a highly qualified chef with more than 30 years in the food industry. He has been heading up the catering department at CraigCare since 2015. Over that time he has won the hearts and tummies of our residents through his mouth watering and restaurant quality dishes. His signature dishes for this Autumn/Winter include:

  • Hearty Winter Steak and Kidney Casserole
  • Sweet ‘n’ Sour Pork Rissoles, and
  • Irish stew.

For Dean, the most rewarding part of his job is not only in the words of thanks from our residents and families, but the empty plates left after meal time and the requests for seconds.

Explore a sample of our Autumn / Winter menu


  • Continental (5-6 days) – hot porridge, 5 cereals, toast (white, wholemeal, wholegrain) and crumpets, fruit salad, yoghurt, prunes
  • Cooked breakfast (1-2 days) – eggs (scrambled or poached), sausages, bacon, baked beans, grilled tomatoes and mushrooms
  • Choice of 4 juices, a variety of teas, coffee, milo and hot chocolate


  • The choice of a hot meal or salad or sandwiches.
    • Example hot meals include: baked fish lemon and thyme crumb, steak and kidney casserole, chicken schnitzel, quiche Lorraine , silverside and mustard sauce, apricot chicken, pasta bolognese, ricotta spinach frittata, Shepherd’s pie, egg and potato salad, roast lamb mint jelly, spinach ricotta tortellini Napoli sauce, chicken parmigiana, Dijon mustard meatballs with sweet potato mash and beans.
    • Example salads include: egg and potato salad, mixed bean salad, ham or chicken or tuna salad, Greek salad, roast meat and salad, pasta salad
  • Dessert – examples include crème brûlée, bread and butter pudding with custard, strawberry mousse, lemon cheesecake with whipped cream, chocolate cake and custard, fruit salad and yoghurt, peach melba, apple rhubarb and cream, golden syrup pudding and custard, lemon sponge and cream
  • Choice of 4 juices, a variety of teas, coffee, milo and hot chocolate
  • Selection of wines and beers

Afternoon Tea

  • Selection of fresh fruit, sandwiches, cakes or slice. Examples include: butterscotch pudding and custard, fresh fruit and jelly, chocolate mousse, poached pear with caramel sauce, ham cheese onion muffin, shortbread, ginger cake, ham and cheese pin wheel
  • Choice of 4 juices, a variety of teas, coffee, milo and hot chocolate

Morning tea

  • Examples include: banana cake, cinnamon tea cake, caramel slice, marble cake, coconut raspberry slice, sugar cinnamon doughnuts, fruitcake, cheese and bacon muffin, butter cake with lemon frosting, chocolate chip muffin
  • Choice of 4 juices, a variety of teas, coffee, milo and hot chocolate

Three Course Dinner

  • Example soups include: Pumpkin, cream of tomato, barley and vegetable, beef or chicken and vegetable, cream of mushroom, scotch broth, pea and ham, French onion, vegetable
  • The choice of a hot meal or salad or sandwiches.
    • Example hot meals include: pickled pork with white parsley béchamel, seasoned roast chicken, roast pork with apple sauce, lambs fry and bacon, chicken capsicum and mushroom casserole, sweet potato fritter topped with salsa, meatloaf wellington, asparagus and mushroom vol au vent, curried sausages with mash potato and beans, honey soy chicken fillet with savoury rice and mixed bean, chicken schnitzel with scallop potato and coleslaw
    • Example desserts include: strawberry mousse, fruit salad and yoghurt, stewed apples and custard, crème brûlée, profiteroles, golden syrup pudding and custard, bread and butter pudding, chocolate cake with custard, ginger pudding and custard
  • Choice of 4 juices, a variety of teas, coffee, milo and hot chocolate
  • Selection of wines and beers


  • Fresh fruit and snacks are available 24/7

Food Celebrations

At CraigCare, we celebrate many occasions with food. Each month we organise between 3-7 special events which we highlight through our food. Aside from the obvious special days such as Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Anzac Day, Christmas and Easter, some of our other events include:

  • Remembering Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens
  • Celebrating Elvis Presley’s birthday
  • Octoberfest
  • Greek Independence Day
  • Mad Hatters Tea Party
  • Italian National Day
  • International Nurses Day
  • Celebrating Judy Garlands Birthday
  • World Chocolate Day

… And the list goes on!

We also cater for family functions.