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January 8, 2024

Unwrap the 12 Days of Christmas Delights at Vitalia Strongsville

Category: Culinary

Author: Anthony Hannis, Culinary Director

‘Tis the season to indulge in Arrow’s most festive tradition, The 12 Days of Christmas. It’s time for Vitalia Strongsville’s culinary team to get creative for each day of festivities. As residents, family, and friends join around the table. We’ll embark on a delectable adventure. It started with the iconic partridge in a pear tree and ended with the drummers drumming. Each day will be a culinary experience that truly captures the essence of the holiday season. Every unique dish tells tales of tradition, celebration, and the spirit of togetherness.

My favorite of the 12 Days of Christmas is two turtle doves on day two. I like the two turtle doves because they symbolize the Old and New Testament. No matter how many times you read. Something new seems to come to light or correlates with your life in the text. 

For me, the most challenging of the 12 Days would be on the seventh day, for seven swans a swimming. The challenging part about this day and dish is to make a tuna entrée that will go over wonderfully with all the residents. 

The residents enjoy all the activities and the beautiful creations of food. Christmas is the most enjoyable day for the staff. We get to see all the residents on the most magical day of the year and be a part of their traditions.

If I could make a change with any of the 12 Days. I would do all 12 days at the end in one epic brunch.

In my family, we all sit around on Christmas Eve and have Mimi and Grandma read the 12 Nights of Christmas to all the children and grandchildren. My family’s traditions stem back to Germany. We grew up hiding a pickle ornament on the tree. The person who found the pickle would get an extra gift!

The culinary team is immersed in the magic of shared meals, laughter, and holiday warmth that truly brings our community together. The 12 Days of Christmas has allowed the team to explore the diverse and vibrant spectrum of flavors that make this season truly magical. Here’s to a season filled with the warmth of friendship, the sparkle of joy, and the lingering tastes of the 12 Days of Christmas. Until next year, when we get the opportunity to use our creative flare once again, “Happy Holidays!” 

VITALIA® Strongsville in Strongsville, OH offers independent senior apartments, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include restaurant dining, 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Centrally located near Southwest General Hospital with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Mallard Creek, Southpark Mall, Strongsville Historical Society, The Greens of Strongsville Shopping , and Don’s Pomeroy House.

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