Bona Vista

FRESH — Bona Vista Bistro team member Kim R. slices up strawberries she will use in their new strawberry jam recipe.

The Bona Vista Bistro. You’ve heard me talk about them many times. They’ve won awards. They’ve had booths at community events. They’ve catered private parties. They’ve refined recipes. They’ve learned customer service. They’ve practiced business economics. They’ve got some experience under their aprons.

It keeps getting better, though! Now, thanks to obtaining their official food permit from the Howard County Health Department, they are making jams/jellies, chocolate covered pretzels/Oreos, cupcakes, and so much more to sell to you! Their items are currently available at The Corner Décor gift store (Monday-Friday), Kokomo Farmers’ Market (select Saturdays), and any other place they can find to set up. They have tried-and-true recipes they have found that work for them and for their customers, and they want to make sure you know about it.

Our staff has worked extremely hard to get to this place. We are not traditionally in the “food business.” We are in the people business. That’s why their customer service is so spectacular. When you have to dive head first into an area you’re not totally comfortable in, you get stretched. Some days our staff looked like silly putty stretched from one open arm to the other. However, they are better people for having gone through the process, and our persons served will be better at serving the community because of the new knowledge everyone has gained.

In addition to items you can pick up from them, they also cater. Everything is prepared in a licensed kitchen and then delivered to you whenever the time is most convenient. They’ve made food as simple as cheese/cracker, fruit and cookie trays, to more detailed treats like parfaits, energy bites, and custom orders. They take requests! If you have something you like to eat, but don’t like to make, just ask them!

If you’d like to talk to someone about having the Bona Vista Bistro cater your next event or office party/meeting, please call Adult Day Services Director Kim Zehring at 765-454-5344 or email kzehring@bonavista.org. She will be happy to talk to you about different options and listen to what needs you may have.

Have I mentioned how all of these items are made and prepared by the adults in our Habilitation programs? So not only are they tasty and delish, but they also are made with that special ingredient… love!

Their smiles while they are working on these items make it so worth it. When they deliver the items or see you enjoying the item, they are grinning from ear to ear because they are so proud of what they have accomplished and get joy out of watching you enjoy them, too. The Bona Vista Bistro program is one of my most favorites (sure, I may say that about all of them), and I think you’ll find that to be true about you, too, if you give them a chance.