Dining Services

What do you crave? The choices are yours—every day and at every meal!

At VMRC, you always get to decide what and where you eat! We feature three distinctive on-campus dining experiences—from quick and casual to informally formal:

Quick and casual: Main Street Café
This intimate café is located conveniently along our indoor Main Street and is open for breakfast, lunch and supper. Join the regulars who gather every morning for coffee and conversation. Sample menu items include country-breakfast fare—eggs, pancakes, and sausage gravy on biscuits—homemade, hearty soups, a fresh salad bar, and changing daily sandwich and salad specials.

Lovely and leisurely: Park Place Bistro
Bright, natural light fills this lovely lunch spot. Let our professional wait staff serve you gourmet sandwiches, grilled selections, hearty salads and entrées.

Informally formal: Hartman Dining Room in Park Gables
You’ll be proud to entertain company at our dinner venue that combines an elegant setting with a casual attitude. No jacket or tie required when you dine on fresh seafood, steaks cooked to order, down-home comfort foods, pastas, and heart-healthy selections. All à la carte, start with an appetizer or end with dessert—or both!

  • Fresh-picked. Fresh-made. Fresh-baked.

    No matter where you decide to dine, you can expect a menu of fresh and varied choices. We incorporate quality ingredients: In season, for the ultimate in freshness, flavor and nutritional value, we use vegetables and herbs grown from our very own Garden! Likewise, we also Buy Local as often as possible, contracting with Harrisonburg-area farmers and food producers. We roast our own meats. And we’re the only retirement community with a Bakery, for fresh-from-the-oven breads, rolls, pastries and desserts that we serve throughout the campus and make available for purchase at our Café! Our Bakery staff are also happy to take orders for special events, for special treats such as birthday cakes and cinnamon rolls.

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  • Our reputation exceeds us.

    A testament to how delicious and beautifully presented the food is at VMRC is the fact we have well-known Catering Services not only for members’ private events on campus, but for people and businesses outside VMRC! The same chefs that prepare the fine foods for our residents are hired to duplicate their magic for corporate meetings, retirement parties and even wedding receptions for neighbors in the Greater Harrisonburg community!

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  • Flexible “Dining Dollars.”

    Each resident of VMRC receives an allowance of "Dining Dollars" every month to use at any of our three dining venues. Spend them however you choose!

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  • Accommodating menus.

    We do our best to offer a large enough variety of food choices so that people with dietary needs never feel deprived or limited.

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  • Meeting Planning.

    VMRC offers premier Meeting Planning facilities for corporate events, organizations and personal celebrations.

    Need the perfect venue to host a business meeting, family reunion, special presentation, or milestone occasion? Click here for more information!

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  • Catering Services.

    The food at VMRC is so delicious and beautifully presented, and the chefs are so talented and accommodating, that VMRC is well-known for its Catering Services. Can you imagine a retirement community being selected by brides and grooms to cater their weddings? We can—because we have!

    Planning an event and have guests whose palates you want to please? Click here for more information!

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