Bennett chosen as food service specialist at Monette Manor

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Town Crier News Staff

Dixie Bennett of Monette has been promoted to fill a new position, food service specialist, at Monette Manor.

Bennett has been working in the dietary department at Monette Manor for three years and has years of experience in the restaurant business.

She worked 30 years in factories before opening her own restaurant in Monette. She moved from Monette to Marked Tree where she opened her home for a bed and breakfast and catered parties and receptions. She also served as manager for Traveler's Restaurant.

She returned to Monette after being gone for 14 years with the thoughts of retiring. It only took her a few weeks to realize she was not ready for retirement.

"I like working with food, I like my co-workers at Monette Manor and I really enjoy helping the residents," Bennett said.

Marla Layne, Monette Manor administrator, said the food service specialist is a first at Monette Manor.

"We are very excited and feel very fortunate to have someone with Dixie's qualifications to fill the new position," Layne said. "She will be able to bring the years of experience and knowledge she has gained in the restaurant business to this position and be a mentor to the dietary staff. This will benefit not only the staff but the residents. They cook for a large number of people with different needs and we want our residents to receive nutritious, home-cooked meals. Dixie is a wonderful asset to us.

"Creating the new position will help dietary manager Reginia Ballard. This will give Reginia time to visit with family and residents to make sure their food needs are met and give her more time to take care of the heavy load of paper work necessary.

"Dixie has a lot of enthusiasm for her work and works well with other staff members. She is always willing to help where she is needed.

"The position is new to us but we know we have the right person in position to help us get a good start."

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