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January 8, 2024

The Westbury Senior Living’s Culinary Delights: 12 Days of Christmas

Category: Culinary

Author: Sarah Bohler, Arrow Culinary Director

‘Tis the season to indulge in Arrow’s most festive tradition, The 12 Days of Christmas. It’s time for The Westbury 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 five and five golden rings because who doesn’t love donuts, stromboli, and onion rings? For me, the most challenging of the 12 days is the eleven pipers piping, for the eleventh day. Making 200 funnel cakes in one fryer is very difficult.

The residents seem to enjoy the ladyfinger strawberry icebox dessert the most, in recognition of the nine ladies dancing. Staff go for the golden rings. The menu is a favorite that day. If I could make a change with any of the 12 days, it would be the ten lords a leaping. That one is just difficult to translate to food.

I tie the 12 Days of Christmas into my family traditions by singing the song on the first day. One of our family traditions I would like to see Arrow incorporate next year, would be rob your neighbor. It would be great fun to play with the residents.

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!”

The Westbury Senior Living in Columbia, MO 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 and Boone Hospital with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Mizzou Tigers, Columbia Mall, The Broadway Shops, MKT Nature and Fitness Trail, Finger Lake State Park, and LA Nickell Golf Course.

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