Former Four Seasons Chef Leads Hospitality Team at Senior Living Community

Ke’o Velasquez

A young chef with more than a decade’s worth of hospitality experience is bringing fine dining to HarborChase of the Park Cities.

The new community of luxury senior residences recently opened its doors with Ke’o Velasquez as the director of hospitality.

The chef boasts an extensive resume, having worked across the country at various restaurants and hotels, including Dallas-based Urbano Café, Hotel ZaZa and most recently the Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas.

Now, he is transferring his hospitality experience to senior living, and giving residents at HarborChase of the Park Cities an upscale dining experience.

“Food is a major part of our lives, and I am excited to share my passion with the residents at HarborChase of the Park Cities,” said Velasquez. “I have conjured up cuisine for people of all ages, and seniors find intrigue in trying new things. I take that into consideration when I am building our creative menus. We want good healthy eating, which is why we stay away from processed foods and create dishes from scratch.”

Velasquez specializes in multi-ethnic cuisine stemming from his Hawaiian roots.

His diverse menus present dishes with familiar foods, such as a chicken breast or pork chop, while introducing new items for residents to enjoy like jeweled wild rice and apple ginger compote. He incorporates fresh fruits and vegetables into each meal along with herbs grown at the community.

“Ke’o has incredible knowledge of the food industry, and his passion for cooking inspires all of us,” said Denny Alberts, CEO, and chairman of Silverstone Healthcare Company. “His menus are creative and offer residents meals on par with a five-star restaurant. We are excited to have such a talented chef leading our hospitality department, and we look forward to tasting the different dishes he whips up.”

William Taylor

William Taylor, editor of Park Cities People and Preston Hollow People, shares a name and a birthday with his dad and a love for community journalism with his colleagues at People Newspapers. He joined the staff in 2016 after more than 25 years working for daily newspapers in such places as Alexandria, Louisiana; Baton Rouge; McKinney; San Angelo; and Sherman, though not in anywhere near that order. A city manager once told him that “city government is the best government” because of its potential to improve the lives of its residents. William still enjoys covering municipal government and many other topics. Follow him on Twitter @Seminarydropout. He apologizes in advance to the Joneses for any angry Tweets that might slip out about the Dallas Cowboys during the NFL season. You also can reach him at [email protected]. For the latest news, click here to sign up for our newsletter.