Staff Spotlight: Chef Adam Pouncey

By Sarah Sexton | Publish Date May 23, 2023

Growing up in sports, Adam Pouncey didn’t see his future including a career in the culinary world. It wasn’t until he threw his arm out playing baseball in college that he discovered his love of cooking.

“I found a Weber grill for $5 at a place called Dirt Cheap, and just started cooking. My roommate and I would experiment with different recipes. I loved it, so I decided to go to culinary school.”

Adam, who is from Montgomery, enrolled in culinary school at Trenholm State. He spent three years working at Wynlakes Golf and Country Club before moving to Birmingham, where he completed his culinary studies at Jeff State and worked at Inverness Country Club. After a few years, he joined the team at Ocean, an award-winning seafood restaurant in downtown Birmingham.

“One of my favorite experiences in the restaurant was when George Reis decided to develop a whole new concept, which is now 5 Point Public House and Oyster Bar,” Adam said. “I helped build that restaurant – developing the menu, reupholstering chairs, construction, wiring, everything. It was awesome to be a part of building a restaurant from the ground up.”

In 2015, Adam took a step back from the restaurant scene as he became a father. He worked as a sous chef at another retirement community in the Birmingham area, then worked at Greystone Country Club for five years before coming to Kirkwood.

“I love working at Kirkwood,” Adam said. “Kirkwood is like a country club without the golf course. My background suites my role here.”

When Adam is out of the kitchen, he enjoys spending time with his son Reid (7), his daughter Finnley (3), and his wife Bailey on their 52-acre farm in Pell City.

When asked his favorite thing to cook, Adam went back to his roots. “I really like working with barbecue. But I also love sauces – experimenting with different sauces, coming up with new recipes. There is so much you can do with a sauce that will change the concept of a dish.”

For more information on culinary experiences and all of the amenities available at Kirkwood, visit www.kirkwoodbytheriver.com.


The Residents

Our residents come from different backgrounds and bring their unique qualities, talents, and life experiences to complete the Kirkwood community. Here are just a few reflections from some individuals who call Kirkwood their home.

My time at Kirkwood was spectacular; they taught me how to walk again. The staff was outstanding, and the care was beyond reproach. When I arrived, I had a long way to go. I was very sick. The first night, they had to lift me as I could not move by myself. When I left, they were chasing me down the hallway. They taught me how to perform the activities of daily living again. It was the best care I could have prayed for, and on top of that, the food was spectacular.

Eli Gold Past Resident

I fell in love with the cottage and the view from my back porch. I am excited to have a yard for Ginger, my poodle, to play in and my own garage, all within an established retirement community!

Charlotte Hamilton Current Resident

My husband and I looked at a number of places when deciding to move to a retirement community. For the most part, we found communities that said, ‘We’re going to take care of you.’ But Kirkwood was different. It wasn’t just about taking care of us. It was also about having fun, having friends, and living life to the fullest. The attitude at Kirkwood was positive and the atmosphere was comforting. We simply couldn’t resist. Without a doubt, the location was ideal. The Cahaba Room that overlooks the river, the mountains, the trails – there were just so many things about life. The community was lively. It was alive.

Alice Brooks Current Resident

We realized we were approaching an age where we might need more assistance than what just downsizing could provide. Knowing we have my sons nearby and the levels of care should we need it is comforting, and the beautiful hillside, river, and the woods makes it that much more appealing. We don’t know of any other community that has the woods, the various levels of care, and so many different amenities.

Phyllis and John Guschke Current Residents

We were moving my parents down from the Cleveland area to be near us. I looked at almost every retirement place in the Birmingham area. The second I turned into Kirkwood’s drive and drove up the hill, I knew that I’d found the perfect place for my parents to live in Alabama. In the six years that my parents have been at Kirkwood, I have always felt nothing but love and helpfulness from every staff member. Everyone is always helpful with a pleasant attitude. You can truly see and feel the family atmosphere. I’m happy that my parents can call Kirkwood their home.

Brenda Sheehan Kirkwood family member

When we learned that Cedar Ridge was being developed, that seemed to fit our needs very well. It is the ideal place for the next phase of our retirement.

Carol and Arthur Stephens Current Residents

One thing that we feel is very important here at Kirkwood by the River is the relationship that we have between the staff and the residents. They are dedicated to making our life here as safe and secure and pleasurable as possible. That goes a long way.

Fred Rogers Current Resident

The community's cottage living surrounded by a wooded, natural environment with access to future healthcare services is what attracted us to Kirkwood!

Rick and Jane Ricketts Current Residents