Crane’s Mill Blog: Heartwood Cafe

Happy New Year from Crane’s Mill!

Happy New Year to you and yours! Our residents are ringing in the 2018 in style. First, there’s a special New Year’s Cocktail Party in Towne Square. It’s an annual tradition, complete with passed hors d’oeuvres and a raw bar with ice sculpture. Then, dinner is served in the Candleberry Dining Room and Heartwood Cafe, where residents are welcome to bring the wine or spirit of their choice. Finally, the night really takes off with a performance from the Dean Tomanelli Jazz Trio. Mr. Tomanelli has performed at Carnegie Hall, The Rainbow Room, The Plaza Hotel, The Waldorf Astoria, and …Read More »


Lunch at the Heartwood—Something for Everyone!

Essex County Senior Living Community Crane’s Mill offers its residents the freedom of a flexible meal plan so they can dine where and when they please. Crane’s Mill residents enjoy the freedom of enjoying freshly cooked meals for breakfast, lunch, or dinner by using their flexible meal plan. The meal plan features enough money each quarter so a resident can enjoy a five-course meal in the Candleberry Dining Room every single night. However, many residents choose to use their meal plan for breakfast, lunch or dinner at the Heartwood Cafe—a cafeteria-style eatery that offers a wide array of a-la-carte choices, …Read More »


Election Day 2016: Crane’s Mill Residents Head to the Polls

Remember to vote today! At Crane’s Mill, transportation is always included, and election day is no exception. In fact, the Crane’s Mill buses are heading to the polls at four different times throughout the day—a convenient point for those taking advantage of other amenities such as the 10:00 a.m. morning lap swim or having lunch with friends at The Heartwood Cafe. Speaking of the Heartwood Cafe, as the weather gets cooler, the cafe’s seven-day selection of spectacular soups is becoming even more popular. Resident and staff favorites include Italian wedding, cream of turkey, Manhattan clam chowder, and minestrone. Want to try …Read More »


Towne Square: Our Community’s Central Spot

Any visit to Crane’s Mill starts with Towne Square—the community’s central spot for activities, dining, entertainment, and more! A short, indoor walk from every apartment, Towne Square boasts a number of important destinations for our residents’ daily life. Each of our dining venues are located right in Towne Square. So, if you’re interested in a five-course, restaurant-style dinner in the Candleberry, a quick a-la-carte bite from the Heartwood Cafe, or groceries from the Corner Market, you simply follow the signs toward Towne Square. Fitness and exercise are paramount as we age, and our gym and indoor pool are located just …Read More »


The Crane’s Mill Flexible Meal Plan – Here’s How it Works

We get a lot of questions about the outstanding dining experience here at Crane’s Mill, many of which concern how our meal plan fits in to our residents’ monthly fees. Dig in to the info below—it should provide you with a solid overview of how the plan works. If you have additional questions, please reach out to us via email at cranesmill@lsmnj.org. The Crane’s Mill Flexible Meal Plan is designed to give residents an array of choices in how and when they dine in the community. Each resident has the flexibility to choose to eat more than one meal per …Read More »


Watch: Dining Options at Crane’s Mill

Watch this video for a colorful look at the dining options available at our community. Crane’s Mill residents enjoy an array of dining options including a restaurant-style, five-course experience in the Candleberry Dining Room, casual fare three times a day in the Heartwood Cafe, grocery shopping in the Corner Market, happy hour in the Cherry Blossom Lounge, and private dining in the Mill Room. …Read More »


March is National Nutrition Month

It seems like every month is now “national something month,” doesn’t it? With that said, here’s one we are happy to get behind: National Nutrition Month! Every March, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics leads the country on a campaign “designed to focus attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.” For Crane’s Mill residents, nutrition and physical activity are paramount, and they’re happy and lucky to have the tools to succeed. For instance, in the Heartwood Cafe and Candleberry Dining Room, our independent living residents have healthy choices available to …Read More »


Soup’s on! Twice a day, in fact!

Crane’s Mill residents, staff and guests LOVE the delicious, homemade soup options available at the Heartwood Cafe and Candleberry Dining Room. Autumn is one of our favorite seasons. There’s an array of colors on, and falling from, the trees, the kids are preparing to trick or treat, and there’s a slight chill to the air. There are few things we love more on a cool fall afternoon than a delicious bowl of homemade soup. To satiate our need for a delicious way to warm up, Crane’s Mill offers one delicious homemade soup at lunch, and another at dinner, every day …Read More »


What’s for Lunch in The Heartwood Cafe?

Crane’s Mill Retirement Community in West Caldwell, New Jersey offers its residents an array of options with its innovative Flexible Meal Plan. The flexible meal plan at Crane’s Mill affords its independent living residents the ability to dine in the Candleberry Dining every single night, with enough left over each quarter for some goodies from the Corner Market, or a special evening or two in 4 Five 9. However, many residents enjoy the freedom of using the flexible meal plan in many different ways, including taking advantage of the outstanding food and service at the Heartwood Cafe. Open three times …Read More »


Crane’s Mill Residents Enjoy Active, Healthy Days with Friends While Northern New Jersey Faces Coldspell

While the Northeast copes with lows in the teens, Crane’s Mill residents enjoy highs with friends. As late January rears it’s ugly head here in Northern New Jersey, our residents’ social lives are heating up! They are staying active, healthy and engaged with one another and the friendly staff here at Crane’s Mill. This morning, our Activities Director lead a fun morning exercise class in Hinman Hall. Located in Towne Square, Hinman Hall is a short, indoor walk from every Crane’s Mill apartment, so it’s no wonder that the class was very well-attended. At 10:30, one of our friendly drivers …Read More »