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May 20, 2022

VITALIA Active Adult Community® – North Royalton Culinary Department to Honor Asian American Pacific Islander Month

Category: Senior Living

Author: Mike Lipnos, Culinary Director

May is Asian American Pacific Islander month, or AAPI for short, a time to celebrate the Asian and Pacific Islanders in the United States and their contributions to the history of this country. By recognizing the culture, history, and achievements of Asian American and Pacific Islanders, we can broaden the understanding of their countries and cultures, as well as enhance the appreciation for all that they have given to make this country great.

As is the case with many commemorative months, AAPI originated with Congress. In 1978, Congress passed, and President Jimmy Carter signed into law, a joint resolution declaring a week in May as “Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week.” This was later expanded to a month, and in 1992, May was designated as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month.

At VITALIA Active Adult Community® – North Royalton North Royalton, OH, we will be celebrating by honoring the countries China, Japan, and India and the state of Hawaii.

These are the dishes I will be making. From China it will be egg rolls, crab Rangoon, pot stickers, and sesame cucumber salad. The menu from Japan will offer sushi, gyoza, marinated edamame, and spring rolls. Chicken tikka kabobs, samosas, lentils, and some curries will be my dishes from India. And from Hawaii residents will enjoy luau pork, Spam musubi, ahi poke, and fruit kabobs.

I chose these dishes because, honestly, these were the most flavor-inducing countries to me. I eat these foods biweekly if not weekly and I think the residents will enjoy trying some new foods.

As a culinary director, I feel we should celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month. As a human, I feel we should celebrate all cultures. Every group has their own rich history that should be honored and respected.

We are honored to have the opportunity to celebrate these countries, their contributions, and their foods this month! And we would be even more honored if you would join us. Give us a call to learn more about how you can get a seat at the table this month!

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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