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October 14, 2022

Vitalia Senior Residences at Westlake Culinary Honors Hispanic Heritage Month

Category: Senior Living

Author: Del Robinson, 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 Senior Residences at Westlake, we will be recognizing those culinary contributions by celebrating the food of Haiti, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Columbia, Spain, and Latin America. We will be serving joumou, empanadas, barbacoa, arroz con coco, sauteed artichokes, and tri leche cake. I chose these countries and these dishes because they best align with the preferences of my residents.

Through my culinary experiences, I have learned Hispanic cooking is my preferred style.

We hope you enjoy our interpretation of these dishes and learn a little more about Haiti, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Columbia, Spain, and Latin America in the process!

VITALIA® Westlake in Westlake, OH offers independent living +, 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 UH St. John Medical Center and Cleveland Clinic Avon with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Meadowood Golf Course, Crocker Park, Clague Playhouse, Porter Library, Westlake Rec Center, Sibling Revelry Brewery, Bradley Woods Reservation, Huntington Reservation, and White Oaks Restaurant.

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