Cooking with Calvin

A Community Of Cooking & Culture
Cooking With Calvin offers residents the chance to prepare their favorite family recipes in a social setting which promotes a sense of well-being, purpose and happiness in community living.
Leave it to Life Enrichment Director Calvin Williamson to spice up our always popular cooking club. He’s bringing his boundless energy, passion for food and inclusive approach to having fun into the kitchen…and the results are simply amazing.


Residents joining Calvin get a chance to work together and participate in recipe research, cooking discussions, ingredient prep, and the actual cooking of a dish. Bon appetit!

Family Traditions In The Kitchen

At Encore Healthcare and Rehabilitation at West Little Rock, our residents love to participate in the selection and preparation of cooking activities to learn a new skill, grow the mind, and stimulate the senses. For many, the act of cooking brings back fond family memories from childhood, including recipes passed down for generations. Cooking With Calvin invites residents to share their world-famous German, Irish, Greek, Italian or other native-dishes, teach other residents how to prepare the dish, and then cook and enjoy the meal together for a sense of connection.

Benefits Of Social Cooking

Food and cooking signifies culture, family history, traditions, holidays, celebrations, and feelings of love and positivity. So naturally, all the “ingredients” that make up social cooking have many proven benefits for our residents:

  • Stress Relief
  • Eases the Mind
  • Increases Appetite
  • Encourages Social Interaction
  • Improves Physical Function
  • Reduces Depression
  • Positively Changes Behavior in Residents with Dementia