10/9/2020 | By Seniors Guide Staff

Enjoy the following recipes – shrimp oreganata and poached salmon – shared by executive chefs at some of the area’s finest senior living communities!

Old School Shrimp Oreganata


  • 2 lbs. of U-15 shrimp
  • 2 cups of Focaccia Bread crumbles
  • ½ tsp of minced garlic
  • 2 ounces of shredded Parmesan Cheese
  • ¼ cup of olive oil
  • 1 tbsp of Oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 zucchini squash
  • 2 yellow squash
  • ½ tsp of minced garlic
  • Blended herbs


  1.  Heat olive oil, herbs, minced garlic, salt and pepper in skillet.  Add the zucchini and yellow squash.  Grill to perfection!
  2. De-vein the shrimp; open in the back and butterfly them
  3. Put the fresh Focaccia bread in a blender until crumbled
  4. Add all the ingredients together.
  5. Take a soup spoon of the mixture and place it on top of the shrimp and place in the oven for 5-7 minutes at 350 degrees.

About the Chef: Jose Salvador

Executive Chef, Sycamore Reserve

Chef Jose brings over 22 years of culinary experience to Sycamore Reserve. He began as a Sous Chef at Ruth’s Chris Steak house, has a degree in Culinary Arts from The Chef’s Academy of Indianapolis and has continued to hone his culinary skills in the kitchen as a banquet chef at Kahn’s Catering. He has a true passion for the foods people love and enjoys helping them try new things.

Recipe: Poached Salmon in Parchment Paper


  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Fold Parchment Paper in half and cut into a semi-circle
  3. Open and drizzle olive oil inside
  4. Place salmon filet skin down, season with salt & pepper & garnish with thinly sliced lemon and sprigs of dill
  5. Close and crimp around the sides like a Stromboli or empanada
  6. Cook for 10-15 minutes depending on how done you like your salmon

The packages should puff up and it makes for a dramatic presentation and salmon will be delicious and moist!

I like to serve mine with sautéed broccolini or asparagus. Don’t forget to blanch your vegetables to keep them vibrant and green! You can add just about any starch you’d like.

About the Chef: Chris Nowacki

Executive Chef, Discovery Commons

Executive Chef Chris Nowacki embarked upon a new chapter in his life and career some 4 years ago after working as an interior trim carpenter for the 20 years prior. Driven by his passion for cooking, Chef Chris attended The Art Institute of Indianapolis, and has been turning out delectable entrees and desserts here at Discovery Commons since January 2020.

When he’s not making magic in the kitchen, he enjoys rock and roll music, muscle cars and is an avid woodworker. Chris and his wife, Sherry, have been together for 25 years and have 4 children.

About the Chef: Makenzie Jessie

Pastry Chef, Discovery Commons

Makenzie is a 2011 graduate of the Chef’s Academy and joined our culinary team in June of 2020.  She has a close-knit family and loves spending time with them, along with her two pets, “Charlie Waffles” and “Gizmo 2.0.” 

Makenzie is an avid reader, an adrenaline junkie and dreams of eating pastries in Paris, in front of the Eiffel Tower!

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Seniors Guide Staff

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