January 5, 2024

The Summit at Chenal Valley: A Culinary Journey through 12 Days of Christmas

Category: Culinary

Author: Earvin Johnson, Culinary Director

‘Tis the season to indulge in Arrow’s most festive tradition, The 12 Days of Christmas. It’s time for The Summit at Chenal Valley Senior Living’s 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 is day one, Christmas, when families come to spend time with their loved ones, and I got to see how happy and excited the residents were to see them. For me, the most challenging of the 12 Days was day five and the five golden rings. I had difficulty developing a concept using a ring that would blow their minds.

On the 4th day of Christmas Chef Earvin made for us…Chicken pot pie

The residents enjoy my chicken pot pie on day four the most. We were celebrating four calling birds. Christmas Day was the most favored day by the staff. We all came together as a team and served one of our best meals of the month while enjoying the smiles and compliments from our residents. 

I would not change any of the 12 Days. It was a good learning experience. It was a lot of work, but I enjoyed it.

My family hosts a party on Christmas Eve and we play dirty Santa, a Christmas gift give and take game.

The culinary team finds themselves 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!”

The Summit Senior Living in Little Rock, AR 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. Vincent’s Infirmiry with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Chenal Country Club, The Promenade Outlets, Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site, and Big Damn Bridge.

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