Aldersgate Welcomes Wolf, Kerns to Culinary Services Department

Aldersgate welcomes new Culinary Services staff members to enrich quality dining experiences.

Charlotte, NC, October 26, 2013 --( Aldersgate United Methodist Retirement Community is pleased to announce the addition of two key members to its Culinary Services department: Jason M. Wolf as Director of Culinary Services and Thomas A. Kerns as Executive Chef.

The Culinary Services department plans and prepares meals for the community’s residential and assisted living areas. As Director of Culinary Services, Wolf will liaise with residents, guests and management to increase operational efficiency across all aspects of the department. Kerns, as Executive Chef, will plan and supervise the preparation of meals, supervise kitchen staff, and focus on ensuring product quality.

“One of the key benefits for older adults living in a community such as Aldersgate is access to balanced meals prepared with quality ingredients. It’s a vital part of maintaining good health and vibrancy as you age,” said Suzanne Pugh, President and CEO of Aldersgate.

With this benefit in mind, Wolf and Kerns were chosen to join the Aldersgate team because they both bring valuable experience to the table. Wolf’s experience, in particular, gives Aldersgate an opportunity to fully consider nutritional needs for seniors in the broader community.

Wolf comes to Aldersgate from Hope Haven, a non-profit organization that provides chemical-dependency rehabilitation programs in a residential setting. As Vice President of Food Services, he taught cooking skills, mentored potential chefs, and managed the catering and kitchen operations. He is also a Culinary Instructor for Salud! Cooking School in Charlotte’s Whole Food Market. Since receiving an Associate of Culinary Arts degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1995, he’s provided culinary services to The Grove Park Inn Resort and Spa, The Sheraton, Compass Group, and others.

Likewise, Kerns’ experience as Executive Chef for Terrace Café and previous experience at a retirement community makes him a perfect fit to manage kitchen operations in an environment that caters to a variety of needs. His experience brings knowledge of a wide range of cuisines and service methods. He holds a degree in Culinary Technology from Wake Technical College and a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management from Central Piedmont Community College.

“A lot of unseen, often unappreciated work happens to turn raw ingredients into a prepared meal for 350 people, but it’s crucial that we have top-notch staff members who provide the best possible meals,” said Pugh. “One of the things most people associate with a feeling of ‘home’ is a good meal. Our goal is to provide our residents with meals they’re proud to share with family and friends.”

In 2012, the community began renovation of all dining areas with an eye on revamping the dining experience in years to come. Moving into 2014, the community hopes to redesign the dining experience even farther by introducing more waited service options and revised meal plans to better meet the needs of the residents.

About Aldersgate
Since 1948, Aldersgate United Methodist Retirement Community has provided excellent continuing care services for older adults through independent living, assisted living and skilled nursing lifestyle options. For more information about Aldersgate, please contact Tim Rogers, Director of Mission Advancement, at (704) 532-7090 or visit our website at
Aldersgate UMRC, Inc.
Tommy Hudnall
(704) 299-8384