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January 8, 2024

Golden Rings and Culinary Delights: 12 Days of Christmas at Vitalia Montrose

Category: Culinary

Author: Hope Grubich, Culinary Director

‘Tis the season to indulge in Arrow’s most festive tradition, The 12 Days of Christmas. It’s time for Vitalia Montrose’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 was the fifth day, five golden rings. I enjoyed making all those golden rings. The most challenging day was the partridge in a pear tree because it had so many moving parts going on in the meal. I made poached pears and roasted cranberries. The residents were raving about it. Those pears took me a long time to peel!

The residents seemed to enjoy day five and the Golden Rings Happy Hour the most, and I witnessed them having fun with trivia. I love the residents; they are why I enjoy my job. Staff got to show off their goofy side on ugly sweater day.

Our culinary team made us five golden-themed foods for our happy hour. Donuts and Onion Rings

I don’t want to change any of the 12 Days of Christmas. They have all been fun. I love the staff here at Montrose, and it has been great seeing how excited they are about the holidays.

One of my family’s holiday traditions is celebrating Christmas Eve with delicious food and drinks. Having holiday meals for residents on a different day than the holiday would be nice, so they may enjoy it here and with their families.

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® Montrose in Copley, 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 with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Mud Run Golf Course and Driving Range, Summit Mall, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Summit County Metro Park, Stan Hywet, and Hale Farm.

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