Slow Food New Year’s Meal

This is fantastic even though I missed the meal. The local Slow Foods folks sponsored the traditional Southern New Year’s Day meal with heirloom ingredients at an affordable price.

What’s significant about black eyed peas, cornbread and rice on New Year’s day?

Three important reasons.

  1. Proceeds fund local food at Durham School
  2. Local food, local traditions
  3. Affordable food


Thia is outstanding!  The proceeds will be supporting an initiative to supply locally raised foods to Durham’s E.K. Powe Elementary School. This is huge!  Kids eating fresh food, grown locally and not burgers!  What potential to engage children in the local foods movement, to create an awareness from first hand experience and introduce fresh food to the menu.  Any effort to improve the health of our kids is to be praised.


Great idea!  Much like the annual New Year’s Eno River HIke, Durham has created a new tradition that is healthy and local. Kudos!

BTW, for this transplanted Yankee I never knew the origins of the tradition.  After 20+ years I finally adopted the tradition myself last year hoping for good luck According to today’s N&O article, the peas usage was based on availability.

Legend says the humble black-eyed pea became a New Year’s staple at the end of the Civil War. Sherman’s advancing troops ignored the beans, raised mostly to be consumed by livestock or slaves, while stealing or destroying other crops.


Priced at $15 the meal is affordable.  Bringing your own plate emphasizes the environmentally conscious aspect.  Local foods are healthier as they are fresher and more sustainable in many ways from jobs to transportation costs.  Add in organically grown food and we have a winner for you, me and the planet!



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