May 20, 2022

The KentRidge Senior Living Culinary Department to Honor Asian American Pacific Islander Month

Category: Senior Living

Author: Jason Glessner, Culinary Director

May is Asian American Pacific Islander month, or AAPI for short, a time to celebrate the Asian and Pacific Islanders in the United States and their contributions to the history of this country. By recognizing the culture, history, and achievements of Asian American and Pacific Islanders, we can broaden the understanding of their countries and cultures, as well as enhance the appreciation for all that they have given to make this country great.

As is the case with many commemorative months, AAPI originated with Congress. In 1978, Congress passed, and President Jimmy Carter signed into law, a joint resolution declaring a week in May as “Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week.” This was later expanded to a month, and in 1992, May was designated as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month.

At The KentRidge Senior Living Kent, OH, we will be celebrating by highlighting the state of Hawaii and the countries of Vietnam, Korea, and Japan. The dishes I am making are traditional Japanese teppanyaki, moco loco, pho, and SPAM fried rice, a Hawaiian favorite.

I chose these dishes because they are great and traditional representations of the cuisines of the countries to which they are linked. They are also ones that myself and the sous chef are quite fond of making and eating.

I feel, as a culinary director, we should celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month because it is important to explore other cuisines and techniques. This helps us to broaden our palates, and our creativity while also learning the heritage of where things were derived. Many of our foods originated from other cultures and made us the melting pot that we are today.

We are honored to have the opportunity to celebrate these countries, their contributions, and their foods this month! And we would be even more honored if you would join us. Give us a call to learn more about how you can get a seat at the table this month!

The KentRidge Senior Living in Kent, 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 University Hospital Portage Medical Center with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Sunny Hill Golf & Recreation Inc, Stow-Kent Shopping Center, Kent State Univeristy Museum, The Portage Hike & Bike Trail, and Mad Cap Brewing Company.

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