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October 14, 2022

Vitalia Senior Residences at Stow Culinary Honors Hispanic Heritage Month

Category: Senior Living

Author: Dave Dreher, 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 Senior Residences at Stow, we will be recognizing those culinary contributions and celebrating the food of Mexico and Brazil by serving Mexican egg rolls, saffron rice, patatas bravas, and a butter bean dip.

I have always found the cuisine of these two countries to be fascinating and challenging, especially when preparing them for an older adult population. Every new recipe is a learning experience and I always find the process of mixing simple ingredients into amazing flavor profiles to be rewarding. This seems exceedingly prevalent in the Hispanic culture where commonplace items are often used to make some of the most mouth-watering dishes you have ever eaten.

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

VITALIA® Stow in Stow, OH offers senior villas, independent apartments, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include 1804 Restaurant, a 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Conveniently located just off of Hwy 8 at E Steels Corners Road near Akron General Health & Wellness Center with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Fox Den Golf Course, Summit Mall, Bike & Hike – Summit Metro Parks, Stan Hywet, Hale Farm, and Blossom Music Center.

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