HALLOWELL, ME--(Marketwire - January 18, 2011) - In its traditional celebration of Valentine's Day, Granite Hill Estates (GHE), the Kennebec Valley's premier continuing care retirement community, will conduct its Annual Taste of Chocolate on Thursday, February 10, 2010, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. The event will be held in the Maine Lodge Dining Room. Admission is free and open to the public.

"This event is one of the highlights of our year," said Kathy Jorgensen, GHE's Executive Director. "It's warm and inviting. It gives us another chance to celebrate, just a month after the year-end holiday season. And it allows us to share Chef Joey's wonderful work with the greater community. It's as much a treat for us as it is for those who attend."

Chef Joe Thornton, known affectionately as Chef Joey, has been at Granite Hill for more than eight years. After getting his start selling hotdogs in Freeport, Maine, Chef Joey received formal training in the U.S. Army, serving as a Food Service Specialist with the 101st Airborne Division. After tours in Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Storm -- and in Homestead, Florida, in the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew -- Chef Joey left the Army to earn in a degree in Culinary Arts from the Florida Culinary Institute in West Palm Beach. The Taste of Chocolate will feature an array of Chef Joey's desserts and other chocolate treats.

To get to Granite Hill Estates, take exit 109 from the south or 109B from the north off I-95 (Winthrop). Head west on Route 202. Take a left onto Edison Drive. GHE is on the right.

About Granite Hill Estates
GHE is a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) nestled on 135 wooded acres in the heart of the Kennebec Valley. Offering cottage homes and apartments, GHE provides a full complement of amenities and services, including an indoor heated swimming pool; a fully equipped fitness center; snow shoveling, lawn care, and exterior home maintenance; housekeeping; and appliance maintenance. GHE received its CCRC designation from the Maine Bureau of Insurance in November of 2004. And GHE provides a complete continuum of care, on campus, through the MaineGeneral Health System. For additional information, please visit www.granitehillestates.com.

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