We recognize how important maintaining a healthy, well-balanced diet is to the healing process. We also understand that your appetite and tastes may change during cancer treatment.
The culinary team at Southwestern Regional Medical Center (Southwestern) provides healthful, specially prepared meals to suit your culinary desires and selective tastes.
Our culinary team
Executive Chef Kenny Wagoner leads the culinary team at Southwestern in menu creativity and selection. With his culinary expertise and experience, the culinary team collaborates hand-in-hand with the hospital's Nutrition & Metabolic Support Department to provide delicious and nutritious immune boosting and anti-inflammatory meals for patients each day.
Born in Ireland, Wagoner moved to the United States with his mother, father and siblings. His career in the culinary field began as a culinary apprentice in 1990. After working his way up through kitchen positions at resorts, and working as the fine dining chef in top hotels across America, Wagoner joined CTCA in July 2003. Like many others who choose to work at CTCA, Wagoner has a family tie to cancer. His mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1997.
“It’s all about delivering the best product to our patients,” he says. Wagoner is dedicated to providing CTCA patients with nutritious meals that are equivalent to food served in fine dining establishments.
Kalli Castille, Director of Nutritional Support and Culinary at Southwestern, adds: “Kenny is a huge advocate for the culinary profession. We are fortunate to have his innovative talents and team here for our patients every day.”
Wagoner holds Certified Executive Chef® and Certified Culinary Administrator™ designations from the American Culinary Federation (ACF). These designations certify a chef’s mastery of culinary skills and cooking techniques, leadership, production of multi-course menus, and management of a food services operation. Wagoner has participated in the ACF through different chapters across the country for the past 10 to 15 years.
At Southwestern, you will find a wide variety of fresh, whole food choices. We use fresh, local and organic fruits and vegetables; herbs and spices; poultry, beef, and fish to create anti-inflammatory meal options.
Some menu items include: ancho-honey glazed salmon with corn and black bean relish, pecan crusted turkey with a side of whipped sweet potatoes, and grilled rib eye and natural turkey enchiladas. We also offer comfort foods, such as Yankee pot roast, gluten free macaroni and cheese, and homemade mashed potatoes. In addition, every day, we feature a different soup, salad, and homemade dessert.
If you have a special request or if you are on a specific diet, we will make every effort to accommodate you. We have Gluten free, diabetes friendly, and heart healthy options daily.
You and your caregiver will receive discounted rates on breakfast, lunch and dinner. Average costs are as follows:
- $2-4 for breakfast
- $4-6 for lunch
- $4-6 for dinner
The Café is open seven days a week, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.