December 30, 2022

Vitalia Active Adult Community – North Royalton’s Culinary Brings “The Twelve Days of Christmas” to the Table

Category: Senior Living

Author: Savannah Leggott, Culinary Director

Did you know “The Twelve Days of Christmas” is quite a unique song? Besides the fact the singer’s true love gives a lot of very bird-heavy gifts, it has a long and interesting history. The first written documentation of the song was in an English children’s book from 1780 titled Mirth With-Out Mischief and the lyrics were a bit different than they are now. For instance, it originally was Four Colly Birds, not Four Calling Birds. A colly is old English slang for blackbird. It wasn’t until 1909 when Frederic Austin penned the lyrics that we’re all familiar with and the song took on its more permanent version.

At Vitalia Active Adult Community – North Royalton, we are excited to celebrate “The Twelve Days of Christmas” and look forward to honoring the song through our unique takes on food. It’s a great opportunity to get creative and turn classic recipes on their heads! This is the second year we will be pairing food items with the song. We start on Christmas Day by incorporating pears into our menus to represent the Partridge in a Pear Tree and finish on January 5th by presenting unique breadsticks that represent the Twelve Drummers Drumming.

I am most excited about The Seventh Day of Christmas, December 31st, with Seven Swans a

Swimming! Our menu item for that day will be tuna tartare, served with wonton chips and a sweet and sour Asian dipping sauce.

My favorite all time meal is sushi. I know that typically residents are timid to try any sort of raw fish or seafood. To find a way to share my beloved foods with them, I thought incorporating it during the holiday could be the way to go, especially since they might be tired of the heavy, holiday foods by the time the 7th day comes around.

As the Culinary Director, I’m proud of these offerings and excited to share them! So, consider this my personal invitation for you to stop by on any of the days to give my specials a try.

VITALIA® North Royalton in North Royalton, OH offers 55+ villas, senior apartments, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include Weatherby’s Restaurant, a 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Comfortably located right on York Road just moments from a wide range of shopping, dining, and attractions.

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