A Gourmet Smorgasboard of Culinary Good Luck

By: Rachelle Lucas


Want some good luck for 2013?  

Then you'll want to plan for your New Year’s Eve dinner at Essensia Restaurant, where Chef Julie has created a “Lucky 13 Menu” with a globally inspired gourmet smorgasbord of culinary good luck.

With a selection of foods from around the world believed to bring luck, you're sure to make 2013 a great year. Check out the "Good Luck Food Meter" below.

There are two seating times available on New Year’s Eve – 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. to midnight. The first seating will feature a four-course prix fixe menu for $95. The second seating will feature the full menu and a Champagne toast for $185. A kids menu is also available for $35. (Prices do not include tax and gratuity.)  In addition to good luck, get your groove on with musical entertainment provided by DJ Lee’Or.

For reservations, please call (305) 908-5458 or visit EssensiaRestaurant.com


Good Luck Meter

-- Grapes represent the 12 strokes of the clock at midnight and the 12 months of 2013. The sweeter the grapes, the better each month will be. 

-- Greens (cooked or raw) symbolize economic fortune. It is believed that the more greens consumed the larger one’s fortune the following year. 

-- Whole fish offer three levels of luck: scales represent coins, they travel in schools representing prosperity, and they swim forward symbolizing progress. 

-- Cured salmon is believed to bring prosperity. 

-- Pork signifies progress, wealth and prosperity. 

-- Legumes (i.e. beans) are symbolic of money because they resemble coins and when cooked they swell, increasing financial rewards. 

-- Citrus represents wealth and luck. 

-- Pomegranate is symbolic for abundance and fertility. 

-- Long noodles signify long life, but only if you eat them without chewing or breaking (must slurp for luck). 

-- A side of corn bread represents the glories of gold. Ring-shaped food (i.e. cakes, round-backed goods) represent the year coming full circle.

-- For extra good luck in 2013, steer clear from lobster and chicken on New Year’s Eve.

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