Akshay Talwar may not win any kind of award, but the popular owner of the ever-expanding Briarcliffe Campus created what could be called a special slice of summer.
It all started on Memorial Day weekend and concluded last Friday, with everyone from residents to super staffers enjoying an old-fashioned, backyard-style cookout complete with Cowboy Cookies made from a recipe of the late first lady Barbara Bush.
“There is nothing like sunshine, good food and fellowship to feed the soul,” said Talwar, Briarcliffe’s owner and CEO, as he removed his sports jacket and picked up a spatula to help grill the day’s hamburgers. “Everyone looks forward to the cookout each week.”
Throughout the summer, Briarcliffe Campus residents, staff, short-term rehab stay patients and caregivers enjoyed a season of fun and music-filled cookouts – weather permitting, of course.
However, the Briarcliffe Campus cookouts require lots of preparation. Talwar said those efforts “start early in the morning with the setup of tents to protect our people from the day’s sun and, of course, our outdoor kitchen.”
The secret recipe for making the cookouts special is, as Talwar emphasized, “every department coming together to make each event a great success.”
He also explained that the Friday cookouts are now hosted in four different areas on the Briarcliffe Campus, which is located off Old Pocasset Road in Johnston.
The season’s finale began with staffers like Jennifer Rossi pouring freshly made lemonade, while other attendees and some guests were seated in chairs at long banquet-like tables, which were covered by blue canopy tents.
Briarcliffe Campus employees like Sharon Botelho, Henary Yan and Brian Razzino assisted Talwar at the large propane grill that was covered with hamburgers.
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