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October 14, 2022

Vitalia Active Adult Community – Solon Culinary Honors Hispanic Heritage Month

Category: Senior Living

Author: Jason Glessner, 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 such diverse countries and bring with them unique and different cuisines.

At Vitalia Active Adult Community – Solon, we will be recognizing those culinary contributions by celebrating the food of Cuba, Mexico, Brazil, and Argentina. We are preparing Cuban sandwiches, plantain chips, traditional tamales, provoleta, feijoada, empanadas, traditional salsas, and a few other small staple foods that we find from these countries right here in the States.

We chose these countries because we wanted to showcase a couple of dishes from the traditional cuisine of the region and how approachable they are and correlate them with some of the things we do here in the United States.

I have learned in doing this, but also especially over the past few years of working with different ethnic foods, that certain things utilize a lot of very familiar ingredients, but they are utilized in a way that can create something far different. I have also learned different ways to use ingredients in a simple way to create something just as great as what we do daily.

We hope you enjoy our interpretation of these dishes and learn a little more about Cuba, Mexico, Brazil, and Argentina in the process!

VITALIA® Solon in Solon, OH offers senior apartments, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include The Lake Effect Restaurant, a 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Conveniently located just southwest of Hwy 77 and 480 just moments from Ahuja medical with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Signature of Solon, Uptown Solon, Cleveland Metro Parks, Rollhouse Solon, and Chagrin Falls Shopping District.

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