January 5, 2024

Arrow’s 12 Days of Christmas Culinary Extravaganza!

Category: Culinary

Author: Alyssa Bruns, Managing Director of Culinary Operations

‘Tis the season to indulge in Arrow’s most festive tradition, The 12 Days of Christmas. It’s time for the culinary team to get creative for each day of festivities. As residents, family, and friends join around the table. We’ll embark on a delectable adventure. It started with the iconic partridge in a pear tree and ended with the drummers drumming. Each day will be a culinary experience that truly captures the essence of the holiday season. Every unique dish tells tales of tradition, celebration, and the spirit of togetherness.

My favorite of the 12 Days of Christmas was day 12, with twelve drummers drumming. I love some chicken drummies with assorted seasonings and sauces for Happy Hour! For me, the most challenging of the 12 Days was nine ladies dancing, with the difficulty being the theme is the hard-to-match to foods. Lady finger dessert is the most common, but I always want to think outside the box, and it gets tricky. 

The residents seem to enjoy the five golden rings Happy Hour the most. They love onion rings and doughnuts. The staff appreciated the day we honored ten lords a leaping with popcorn and multiple flavorings. 

Christmas Tree meat and cheese platter

If I could make a change with any of the 12 Days, it would be seven swans a swimming. We could get more creative in our thinking for this one.

hash and egg dish

Being a mother of twin four-year-olds, singing the 12 Days of Christmas is a favorite. Teaching them the song and counting was a lot of fun; they asked for it every day during the 12 days. 

I would like to see Arrow consider incorporating the Feast of the Seven Fishes! My family and friends all gather on Christmas Eve to assemble a feast! We always have seven different fish represented, and it’s a lot of fun. We cover all the bases, from lobster bisques to crab legs and shrimp scampi.

The culinary team is immersed in the magic of shared meals, laughter, and holiday warmth that truly brings our community together. The 12 Days of Christmas has allowed the team to explore the diverse and vibrant spectrum of flavors that make this season truly magical. Here’s to a season filled with the warmth of friendship, the sparkle of joy, and the lingering tastes of the 12 Days of Christmas. Until next year, when we get the opportunity to use our creative flare once again, “Happy Holidays!” 

Saint Charles, Missouri-based Arrow Senior Living manages a portfolio of communities that offer varying levels of care, including independent living, assisted living, and memory care. Each and every senior living community supports residents by focusing on dignity, respect, and quality of life. The programs and amenities offered are selected to provide only the highest standard of quality and comfort.

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