Residents laud new cafe for seniors

OCEANSIDE — Hot soup and deli sandwiches served at the grand opening of the MarketPlace Café inside the El Corazon Senior Center on Jan. 25 got a thumbs up from seniors.
“It’s tasty,” Oceanside senior Christina Strozyk said. “I like the vegetarian options.”
Reasonably priced soups and salads are now available for lunch at the senior center from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Salads are priced from $2.50 to $3.75, a bowl of soup costs $1.95, and deli sandwiches range in price from $3 to $3.75.
The café-style service is geared toward seniors’ nutritional needs, but anyone using the center is welcome to eat.
“It’s for 55 and over, but no one is checking IDs,” Doug Moon, recreation specialist with Parks and Recreation, said.
Food is prepared fresh daily by Food Service Management catering service. General Manager Derek Rippy said he is open to feedback and will adjust the menu to seniors’ requests. “If we’re pleasing 90 percent of the people, we’re doing a great job,” Rippy said.
Another lunch option for Oceanside seniors is hot lunches for about $2 a meal offered through the county subsided Senior Nutrition Program at the Country Club Senior Center.

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