The Fremont Senior Living Culinary Department to Honor Asian American Pacific Islander Month

May is Asian American Pacific Islander month, or AAPI for short, a time to celebrate the Asian and Pacific Islanders in the United States and their contributions to the history of this country. By recognizing the culture, history, and achievements of Asian American and Pacific Islanders, we can broaden the understanding of their countries and cultures, as well as enhance the appreciation for all that they have given to make this country great.

As is the case with many commemorative months, AAPI originated with Congress. In 1978, Congress passed, and President Jimmy Carter signed into law, a joint resolution declaring a week in May as “Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week.” This was later expanded to a month, and in 1992, May was designated as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month.

At The Fremont Senior Living Springfield, MO, we will be celebrating by honoring the territory of Guam, the state of Hawaii, and the countries of India and Thailand.

The dishes I will be making are: BBQ ribs, red rice, and coconut cream cake from Guam; kalua pua’a, and lomi lomi from Hawaii; butter chicken, and garlic naan from India; and chicken pad from Thailand.

I chose the BBQ ribs from Guam because I wanted to see how much of a difference the flavors of the different spices and sugar they use make in the ribs. Hawaii is coming to residents with an amazing smoked slow roasted pork shoulder that will literally melt in their mouth. India’s butter chicken is one of the most popular and the texture and flavor is unbeatable. Thailand’s pad Thai is another favorite from around the world that is a tried-and-true classic.

As a culinary director, I feel we should celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month because I believe all heritage should be celebrated, especially with food.

We are honored to have the opportunity to celebrate these countries, their contributions, and their foods this month! And we would be even more honored if you would join us. Give us a call to learn more about how you can get a seat at the table this month!