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January 8, 2024

Unwrapping Culinary Delights: Vitalia North Royalton’s 12 Days of Christmas Feast

Category: Culinary

Author: John Danko, Culinary Director

‘Tis the season to indulge in Arrow’s most festive tradition, The 12 Days of Christmas. It’s time for Vitalia North Royalton’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 day five and five golden rings. It was fun to be creative with ring-shaped food. For me, the seventh day is the most challenging of the 12 Days. We had to make a tuna dish since we obviously can’t do a dish using seven swans a swimming.

The residents seem to enjoy the Golden Rings Happy Hour the most. They loved the variety provided. This seemed to be the staff’s favorite day as well. They went for the calamari.

Partridge and Pear Tree Salad- Red wine poached pears, toasted walnuts, goat cheese, dried cranberries, and mixed greens with a balsamic vinaigrette.

If I could make a change with any of the 12 Days, it would be day one, and try doing a dessert with pears.

We enjoyed Fried Chicken Drumsticks, Friend green beans, Cheesey Breadsticks & marinara and Drumstick Ice cream cones for dessert.

One of my family’s holiday traditions is to make eggplant parmesan for Christmas dinner. This is in line with my in-law’s Italian heritage.

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® North Royalton in North Royalton, 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 Parma Hospital and Southwest General Hospital with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Ridgewood Golf Course, Southpark Mall, Sleepy Hallow Golf Course, Cleveland Metro Parks, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, and Heavily Hills Farm.

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