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October 14, 2022

Vitalia Senior Residences at Strongsville Culinary Honors Hispanic Heritage Month

Category: Senior Living

Author: Steven Stadnicar, Culinary Director

In 1968, President Lyndon Johnson signed into law a week-long celebration of the contributions and influences Hispanic Americans have made on the culture and history of the United States. This observance was expanded from a week to a month by President Ronald Reagan in 1988, to begin on September 15th, which recognizes the start of the Mexican War for Independence. All US presidents since 1988 have given a Presidential Proclamation to mark this historic date.

Today, there are roughly 63 million Hispanics living in the United States, that make up 19% of the population. They come from diverse countries and bring with them unique and different cultures and cuisines.

At Vitalia Senior Residences at Strongsville, we will be recognizing those culinary contributions by celebrating the food of Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, Saint Martin, and Uruguay.

It was hard to pick just one, so we took this chance to highlight as many of these diverse countries as we could. The dishes we are making include steak chimichurri, feijoada, Gallo pinto, la Bandera, tamales, chiles rellenos, carronades, arroz con pollo, arroz con glandules, codfish fritters, and chivito.

Through my research, I discovered that quite a few of the same dishes are made across many countries, some have minor differences and others vary greatly with ingredients and spices.

We hope you enjoy our interpretation of these dishes and learn a little more about these countries in the process!

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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