See how others have discovered the PDN difference!

"It is amazing what two weeks of dedicated teaching from a caring professional can do for a struggling dietary department. I would highly recommend PDN’s services to any dietary department, whether struggling or not!" - Kjerstin, RD

Transition from contract to self operated foodservice

Oak Ridge Place, Stillwater, MN

  • Negotiate contract exit with management company

  • Kitchen cleaning, equipment repair and replacement, workflow improvement

  • Build new staff - interviews, hiring and training

  • Replace food and supply inventory, write menus and recipes

  • Engage with residents and become part of the Oak Ridge family for three months

  • Cook, serve and work alongside new staff during the exit and takeover

"Thank you guys for everything! I’m SUPER EXCITED for the positive changes that are happening." - Anna, Director of Housing


CentraCare Health; Care Providers of MN; Leading Age MN

  • Managing during staffing challenges

  • Elevated dining and menu enhancement

  • Achieving quality through resident engagement

  • Practical approaches to scratch cooking

"Appreciated the practical examples and real-life stories."

"You were inspiring, gave me my hope back."

"Best session of the day."

- Care Providers program feedback

elevating the dining experience

CentraCare Health, St. Cloud, MN

  • Partnering with Action Pact on Nursing Home Performance-Based Incentive Payment Program (PIPP)

  • Hands-on training of Nutrition Services staff at four regional sites

  • Menu development and resident engagement

  • Customizing recipes and processes for neighborhood cooking

"Patrick’s knowledge and expertise has been invaluable to our facility and staff. Building on the skills and knowledge the staff already possessed, Patrick elevated their skillset to a new level, bringing fresh new ideas to the way we prepare meals and serve our residents." - Diane, CDM, Director, Nutrition Services

Warroad Senior Living, Warroad, MN

  • Fundamentals training with the kitchen staff; understanding ingredients and building flavor

  • Rescue chef during staffing challenges

  • Training and consulting with new Dining Manager

"You know how sometimes you just know... I have had that feeling about working with you... Watching a little, listening to what my team has said and just feeling the energy build in the kitchen has been a real confirmation of that fit." - Mark, Executive Director

"Without a doubt I have learned the most in the shortest amount of time, more than any job or learning situation. I look forward to learning more in the future." - Vincent, Cook

visiting chef event - See the Photos in our gallery

Madonna Living Community, Rochester, MN

  • Planned 4 course, from scratch, dinner event with the Director of Culinary Services

  • Created menu using all fresh ingredients; wrote order and production lists

  • Worked alongside kitchen staff producing and serving the meal

"Thank you, you're a good teacher." - Fred, Prep Cook

"He's not just a good teacher, he's an awesome teacher!" - Brianna, Cook

Training and consulting

Oakland Park Communities, Thief River Falls, MN

  • Trained new Food and Nutrition Director

  • Created order guides, production lists and recipe books

  • Helped build staff confidence with cooking from scratch and proper use of equipment

"Patrick was a blast to work with, ...he put some (much needed) systems in place, and I think everyone enjoyed the food and will continue benefiting from his teaching." - Laura, Administrator

"Our staff is now significantly more confident in their skills, organization and capabilities! It is incredible how much our cooks learned about recipes, cooking from scratch, and making the highest quality menu items. Other departments and even our residents are noticing the improvement in not only food quality but also department morale." - Kjerstin, RD

rescue chef

Interlude Restorative Suites, Fridley, MN

  • Filled in cooking shifts during transition to new chefs

  • Provided time off for Chef Manager on weekends and holidays

  • Cooked to order from restaurant menu for 50 Transition Care Unit patients

interim director and chef

Edenbrook Edina Care Center, Edina, MN

  • Took over management of Food and Nutrition Services department

  • Cooked open to close and weekends to stabilize operation

  • Assisted in hiring and training new chefs and Food and Nutrition Director

"Patrick worked long hours cooking meals and managing every aspect of the dietary department with remarkable ability." - Jill, NHA Practicum Student

"PDN stepped in a made a huge difference at our facility. Patrick's management direction was extremely helpful and the residents at our facility were very pleased with the meals he prepared." - Charlene, Director of Nursing

corporate culinary director

SilverCrest Properties, St. Louis Park, MN

  • Opened two new senior living properties

  • Standardized food ordering procedures and reduced operations cost by 10%

  • Planned and executed 5 course Alzheimer's Research Fundraiser that raised $70,000

"Under Patrick's leadership, Dining Services has experienced significant financial success and a tremendous increase in overall resident and employee satisfaction." - Debbie, VP Operations

"You know how to spark the energy in people. You lead by showing you are part of the team. You love what you do and it shows. Thank you again for your help." - Steve, Dining Director

Guardian Angels, Elk River, MN

  • Elevated menus with scratch cooking and open breakfast

  • Implemented tools to track meal counts, food spend, plate cost and labor cost

  • Developed department policies and procedures to ensure compliance with MDH and CMS regulations

"The culture of our food service and dining experience changed under Patrick's leadership to become a professional and competitive community restaurant." - Kathy, Marketing Director