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January 8, 2024

12 Days of Christmas Delights: A Culinary Journey at Vitalia Mentor

Category: Culinary

Author: Tami Wooten, Culinary Director

‘Tis the season to indulge in Arrow’s most festive tradition, The 12 Days of Christmas. It’s time for Vitalia Mentor’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 was day nine, with nine ladies dancing because I love making desserts from scratch, and Tiramisu is one of my favorites. For me, the most challenging of the 12 Days was the seven swans a swimming on day seven and trying to get fresh tuna from our supplier.

The best day was the feast of seven fishes. We had many special family reservations, and they enjoyed the experience. It was also a creative day, with everything made from scratch. It was an opportunity for our entire team to contribute something unique. Staff seemed to enjoy the Chicken Drumstick Happy Hour the most. These weekly Happy Hour events are becoming busy for our new community.

If I could make a change with any of the 12 Days, it would be the four calling birds because it just calls for chickens. However, we did get to make some Coq au Vin, which was delicious.

I tied the 12 Days of Christmas in with my own family by making eclairs for the eleven pipers piping. This is something I have made for my kids since culinary school. For next year, Arrow could include staff and family members in the celebrations. I suggest inviting them to some of the Happy Hours or crafts.

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!”

The V Living Experience in Mentor, 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 Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Little Mountain Country Club, Pinecrest Shopping and Dining, Lake Metroparks, James A. Garfield National Historic Site, Headlands Beach State Park, and Rock n Roll Hall of Fame.

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