The NACC is recreating the original Coronation banquet to give its service users their own memorable Jubilee celebrations. Janie Manzoori-Stamford reports
As the UK gears up for four days of right royal knees-ups to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee, the National Association of Care Catering (NACC) will serve a menu fit for the Queen.
Keen to give its service users their own memorable celebrations, the NACC decided to recreate the original Coronation banquet served to Her Majesty and her guests in 1953.
NACC member Christine Beesley-Reynolds wrote to Buckingham Palace to request a copy of the original menu and also to gain permission for the NACC to adapt the meal for the specific needs of the care environments. It didn't take long for Mark Flanagan MVO, royal chef and assistant to the master of the household, to write back to support the initiative.
But adjusting the dishes on a royal banquet so that they meet the many and varied nutritional requirements of the elderly in care is no mean feat, particularly when you take into account the strict budget restraints.
"It was important to include all of our service users across the UK and the team worked hard to create a menu that could be adapted for nutritional requirements," explains Karen Oliver, the NACC's chairman. "For example, the meal can be fortified with additional calories for those in need of nutrient dense meals and we've provided recipes for members to follow.
"For those requiring vegetarian or ethnically diverse menus, we have also developed menu ideas to support these specific needs."
The Diamond Jubilee menu was trialled in four Nottingham care homes and was met with very positive feedback, particularly as the NACC members took the time to talk to residents about their Coronation experience and memories during the service.
The event has been six months in planning, with NACC members, families and service users all consulted to ensure an inclusive approach, with the menu expected to be used as a launch pad for reminiscence sessions in day centres and care homes across the UK.
"Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation was a significant and highly memorable event in the lives of our service users. It came at a time when Britain still had food rationing and it was the first coronation to be watched on tiny nine inch black and white televisions," explains Oliver.
"Households were given an extra pound of sugar and four ounces of margarine for the celebrations. The majority of our service users were either youngsters or in their early teens at the time and have strong memories of the occasion. By recreating the scenes of 59 years ago, it will help stir happy memories within our service users, and importantly with those who have dementia."
The original Coronation banquet
â- Filet de boeuf mascotte (fillet of beef garnished with quartered artichokes tossed in butter with cocotte potatoes and slices of truffle)
â- Glace a la mangue (mango ice-cream)
The NACC Diamond Jubilee menu
â- Chicken soup with croutons
â- Roast beef with croquette potatoes and mushrooms, with salad or green cabbage
â- Mango mousse or vanilla ice-cream
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