Lanark Village residents treated to a taste of Trinidad at Christmas

Culinary manager Sharon Chase prepared a traditional rum cake for residents to enjoy
1/13/2021  - Deron Hamel
Lanark Village culinary manager Sharon Chase is pictured here with the rum cake she made for residents.  

Before Christmas, Lanark Village culinary manager Sharon Chase wanted to do something extra special for residents of the Kitchener, Ont. seniors living community to help celebrate the season.

Her idea? To treat residents to a favourite holiday dessert from her native Trinidad: rum cake.

In the Caribbean country, rum cake enjoys the type of popularity that plum pudding and fruitcake have in Canada during the Christmas season.

The cake’s main ingredients are rum-soaked fruit peel, raisins and prunes, along with cinnamon and other spices – some of which are “top secret” in Sharon’s recipe, explains Bradley Lukas, Lanark Village’s executive director.

Sharon’s rum cake was shared with residents during the holidays, and Bradley says the process of creating the cake was almost as enjoyable as eating it.

“I can’t begin to tell you how heavenly the kitchen smelled as this cake was baking,” he tells S&R Today.

Bradley adds that Sharon’s consideration of the residents is part and parcel of the type of dedication and passion Lanark Village team members have for their work.

“We are so thankful to have such loving staff that are really interested in making our residents’ Christmas the best it can be,” he says.

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