Last week I lost one of my very best friends in life – my Mother….my sweet Mother. She had been struggling with cancer for a long time. For my very Irish Mother, we held an Irish Wake after the church service. This is a fine tradition in which everyone comes back to the house to celebrate the person’s life with plenty of good Irish food and drink. They tell stories, play music and laugh together. They share photos of the person’s life and truly enjoy each other’s company. A wake can go all night into the early morning hours.
I found a pub in my Mother’s area called Nolan’s Irish Pub, and quickly called them to provide the traditional Irish foods such as: Sheperd’s Pie and Guinness Stew. They didn’t offer Corned Beef and Cabbage. Two days before the funeral, I had stopped at a small Southern cookin’ cafe called From Scratch Cafe, and I’d tried a vegetable plate of cabbage, black-eyed peas and collard greens. It was delicious! So, I asked the owner David if I could possibly get them to cater my Mom’s wake with corned beef and cabbage, another traditional dish.
They didn’t have it on the menu, but they ended up providing some of the most delicious mouth-watering food for the wake.
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