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July 22, 2022

VITALIA Active Adult Community – North Royalton Thanks and Celebrates Its Culinary Team Members

Category: Senior Living

Author: Christine Serdinak , Executive Director

Fun Fact: The hat that chefs wear is called a Toque Blanche, which means white hat in French. It is believed that the height of the hat symbolizes the seniority and rank of the chef in the kitchen and the folds in the hat express the qualification of the chef.

Culinary art is the mastery of preparing, cooking, and presenting food. Culinarians, or Chefs, are experts in this field and can be found in hotels and restaurants around the world. The depth of their talent extends far beyond the kitchen. Chefs also have a profound understanding of design, food science, nutrition, and diet.

Culinarians Day, held annually on July 25th, is a day to thank and celebrate the people who impact our experience with food in such meaningful ways. Worldwide, this day is a time to appreciate the art of cooking and is often commemorated with events and competitions. At Vitalia Active Adult Community – North Royalton, we will be honoring our Culinary Team Members Savannah Leggott and Mike Lipnos.

Savannah, otherwise known as “Sweet Savannah,” is not only sweet in personality, she is our very own pastry chef. Her creativity shows in her work. She has several years under her chef hat, having worked multiple roles within the kitchen. Mike, one of our head chefs, comes to us with a fine flair for unique taste. The volume of herbs, spices, and seasonings in the kitchen speak for themselves. Mike has both fine dining and senior living experience. His child-like sense of humor is hard to find, but fun to have. They both have a large heart and unmatched skill sets.

When not working, Mike collects board games, enjoys spending time with his wife and friends, and playing games. He also loves to travel. Savannah enjoys spending time with her brother and husband. She also has dogs she enjoys walking.

The famous person Mike would like to prepare a meal for is Jerome Bettis. Savannah says she would love to cook for the Red Hot Chili Peppers!

The signature sweets Savannah prepares for our community are layered cake, mile-high cupcakes, and blueberry panna cotta. Her favorite dish to make is Pho, a Vietnamese soup.

Our restaurant shines for many reasons, including the aesthetics. It is simply gorgeous. We couldn’t ask for a better group of residents. They are very social, love to enjoy each other, and spend a lot of time in the restaurant.

We have only been open since March 1, 2022, and we are still growing our culinary team. We have three servers who are high school students, and this is their first work experience. So far, they love it, and the team atmosphere is amazing. We could not do what we do at Weatherby’s without this hardworking team!

If you want to join in the Culinarian Day fun, you can toast the day with your friends and family by cooking some new recipes! Embrace the celebration by sharing pictures or video of the recipe and your adventures on social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. tagged with #CulinariansDay.


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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