Restaurants preparing to serve black-eyed peas, cabbage, cornbread on New Year’s Day

Restaurants preparing to serve black-eyed peas, cabbage, cornbread on New Year’s Day

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WDAM) - One New Year’s tradition is taking on new significance as we bid farewell to a tumultuous 2020.

Many folks make sure they eat black-eyed peas, cabbage and cornbread on New Year’s Day to bring prosperity and luck in the coming year.

That tradition will continue at home and at many local restaurants.

Some downtown Hattiesburg eateries spent Thursday making preparations to serve those very meals on Friday.

“Those three things traditionally, give you prosperity, luck and money in the year to come,” said Grant Ford, owner and operator of Gratefull Soul. “And based on last year, we did not eat our black-eyed peas, because it wasn’t a very lucky year, so we’re going to try and do a better job and make 2021 way luckier.”

“We just want to open up and have a good time on New Year’s Day and then, try to roll into 2021 with some high expectations and a new attitude with a New Year,” said Nelson Haskin, owner of Blu Jazz Cafe.

Petal resident Greg Wamble is not a Mississippi native, but he’s embraced the tradition of eating black-eyed peas, cabbage and cornbread for the New Year.

“My adopted family in Mississippi introduced me to the New Year’s Eve foods,” Wamble said. “I was like, ‘What’s going on here,’ you’ve got to do it, it’s just the thing they do every year.”

Gratefull Soul will not only serve black-eyed peas, cabbage and cornbread, but also fried pork chops and turnip greens for New Year’s Day.

Blu Jazz Cafe will add fried catfish to its menu of black-eyed peas, cabbage and cornbread on Jan. 1.

That restaurant will also have live entertainment for most of the day.

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