At John Clarke, our team led by Food Service Director Chef Scott Hahn and Sous Chef Joe Ponte provide a restaurant style dining experience that blends warmth, community, and delicious flavors and make every meal extraordinary.
Chef Hahn’s extensive culinary background includes employment with highly rated local restaurants like Christie’s of Newport, the former internationally acclaimed and Ivy Award winning Sea Fare Inn and early years at the Sportsman’s Restaurant in Portsmouth.
Sous Chef Joe’s extensive career include emplyment at the Officer’s Club, Naval Station Newport, preparing unique dining options for events, weddings and commissioned officer graduations. Joe worked at Edgehill Newport, and the prestigious New York Yacht Club, where he prepared events serving dignitaries, corporate executives, and celebrities. In 2004 he catered the Republican National Convention in New York City. Joe’s experience also includes several years at the Palm Grill, Shell Point Retirement Community near Sanibel, Florida, the second largest retirement community in the country. It was right here at the John Clarke Retirement and Nursing Center where Joe spent much of the early years starting at line cook and rising up to Food Service Director. Joe has come full circle and we are delighted that he has.
Supported by prep and line cooks, servers, and kitchen support staff our team strive to create wholesome, flavorful, bold and satisfying dishes that combine fresh, locally sourced ingredients to create healthy balanced meals. Our residents rave about the unique homemade recipes and we would love to share them with you. Look for our Chef’s Table recipes on this page.
It’s Chef Scott, Joe, and the team’s great love and commitment to providing the best dining experience to the John Clarke community that makes dining at John Clarke so special.