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October 14, 2022

Hudson Grande Senior Living Culinary Honors Hispanic Heritage Month

Category: Senior Living

Author: Nick Stromack, 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 Hudson Grande Senior Living, we will be recognizing those culinary contributions by celebrating the food of Mexico on September 23rd, Peru on September 30th, and Guatemala on October 7th. We are also doing a four-course candlelight dinner on October 11th celebrating Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Cuba.

I chose these countries because I know very little about their cuisines. I really wanted to challenge myself and my team to expand our knowledge and step outside of our comfort zone. 

Celebrating Mexico, we made carnitas, barbacoa, quesadillas, and flautas. For Peru we created Lomo salt ado, rococo rellenos, empanadas, and arroz con leche. The Guatemalan meal included tostadas, halachas, and pupusas. For our candlelight dinner we made tostones, Chilean sea bass, churrasco, and Tres leches cake.

Through my research I learned that in all these cultures BBQ and smoked meats have a heavy presence in their cooking.

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

PrairieStone Senior Living is a comprehensive community soon to be offering independent living plus, assisted living, and memory care, accompanied by an array of services and floor plan options. Our amenities include restaurant dining, outdoor and private dining, a 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, a salon and barber, transportation services, a patio and firepit, and more. Our community extends beyond our campus, providing residents with the opportunity to explore the local downtown area, featuring charming shops and restaurants. Nature enthusiasts can visit the picturesque George Wyth State Park for nature walks and birdwatching or enjoy the stunning scenery along the Cedar River. Cultural events and festivals, such as the Cedar Basin Jazz Festival and Sturgis Falls Celebration, offer even more opportunities for engagement. PrairieStone residents have convenient access to a wealth of adventures and activities, both within and outside the community.

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