As Southerners know it is essential to eat Hoppin' John on New Year's Day as this dish of black eyed peas is thought to bring luck and wealth for the New Year. Recipes for this vary widely but basically it's black eyed peas, ham hock, onion and salt.
See: ( Hoppin' John, Southern Living, Jan 2005, by Jones, Scott.)
So, what if you're not sure of your Hoppin' John cooking skills but don't want to miss out on all that good luck and wealth for 2009? Try calling these downtown spots ahead for Hoppin' John to go:
Miss Cordelia's, 901-526-4772
Frank's Main Street Market told me their deli will make anything anyone requests but I would call ahead anyway, 523-0101
You'll also need to get some champagne to bring in the new year. This month's Bon Appetit magazine is touting the virtues of Rosé Champagne. The Corkscrew downtown carries a few varieties of this pink bubbly.