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October 14, 2022

Vitalia Active Adult Community – Rockside Culinary Honors Hispanic Heritage Month

Category: Senior Living

Author: Nick Gutendorf, Culinary Director

In 1968, President Lyndon Johnson signed into law a week-long celebration of the contributions and influences Hispanic Americans have made on the culture and history of the United States. This observance was expanded from a week to a month by President Ronald Reagan in 1988, to begin on September 15th, which recognizes the start of the Mexican War for Independence. All US presidents since 1988 have given a Presidential Proclamation to mark this historic date.

Today, there are roughly 63 million Hispanics living in the United States, that make up 19% of the population. They come from diverse countries and bring with them unique and different cultures and cuisines.

At Vitalia Active Adult Community – Rockside, we will be recognizing those culinary contributions and celebrating the food of Haiti by serving poul nan sos (Haitian chicken stew), pikliz (Haitian slaw), and coquito (rum and eggnog drink).

I chose Haiti because my sous chef has been there before and enjoyed the cuisine. Looking through different ideas on what to make, I learned they eat a lot of stews and comfort foods.

We hope you enjoy our interpretation of these dishes and learn a little more about Haiti in the process!

VITALIA® Rockside in Seven Hills, 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 Mary Mount with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Top Gol Cleveland, Cleveland Metro Parks, Spiva Center for the Arts, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland Zoo, and A Christmas Story House.

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