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February 12, 2024

Delightful Dining: Nourishing Secrets at Vitalia North Olmsted

Category: Culinary

Author: Rocco Piscioneri, Culinary Director

When it comes to senior living, there are a few factors to consider always. One of the main considerations should be food and the overall dining experience. With that comes the delicate balance of culinary creativity and nutritional precision, the nuanced dance that unfolds within our dining rooms. We are committed to the vitality, happiness, and longevity of those we serve at Vitalia North Olmsted. Join us where the aroma of carefully prepared dishes mingles with the laughter of shared stories as we explore the significance of nutrition while unveiling some of the secrets behind our thoughtfully curated menus. 

I am always careful with the amount of salt used in my dishes. I’ve found flavor can be added by utilizing a variety of spices instead of salt. One thing I always keep in mind when cooking for my residents is keeping the salt level low.

Health-Conscious Suggestion

If a health-conscious resident were to ask me to suggest an entrée, it would be a nice seasonal salad with grilled chicken or fish. It seems to be a crowd-pleaser. An item I’ve added to my menu that focuses on nutrition is salmon. Our residents enjoy this. For residents needing to gain weight, I would suggest a flat-iron steak. We work with the residents and Wellness to come up with a plan.

I don’t dine out often, but when I do, I like to try anything interesting. Healthy snacking is important, and a healthy snack option is fresh fruit. My one guilty pleasure snack is cashews.

What we’ve uncovered is more than a celebration of diverse flavors and textures. It’s a testament to the commitment to prioritize the nutritional well-being of our residents. The kitchen remains the heart of our senior living experiences, and we hope the flavors shared resonate and linger in your thoughts. The creative spark in our kitchen isn’t just about pushing culinary boundaries. It’s about crafting delicious meals and a source of nourishment for our residents. I hope this inspires continued conversations about the importance of nutrition, creativity in culinary arts, and the everlasting impact they have on the lives of our older adults. 

VITALIA® North Olmsted in North Olmsted, 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 St. John West Shore with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Crusher’s Stadium, Crocker Park, North Olmsted Senior Center, North Olmsted Library, Bradley Woods Park (Cleveland Metro Parks), and Cleveland Zoo.

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