St. Patrick’s Day celebrates the death date of Saint Patrick (circa AD 385-461), the foremost patron saint of Ireland. In the early 1600’s, the day was made an official Christian feast day to celebrate the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. It was also referred to as a feast day because all Lenten restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol were lifted for the day. And, so began a celebration of everything green and of course, encouraging much alcohol consumption.
Today, St. Pat’s is still gregariously celebrated with friends and family, especially at Irish bars and restaurants. On menus, green beer notwithstanding, most fooderies serve the quintessential corned beef and cabbage, Rueben sandwiches and shamrock shakes. But with today’s dietary trends and self-chosen boundaries, operators expanding food opportunities that include lots of plant-based ingredients for St. Patrick’s Day could actually bring in more cabbage! (Yeah, that’s slang for money – which coincidently is also green).
Think smoothies with kale and cucumber, fried green tomatoes with a fresh herb dressing, all green salads and side dishes, and let us know forget the cocktails! All bars can be stocked with Sensationally Fresh herbs for at least “17” celebratory drinks. Wouldn’t that be fun?
Asparagus, fresh herbs, beans and peas (all green) are just a few of our core commodities we import and sell to foodservice distributors nationwide. We encourage all our customers to get their pre-orders ready for their operators get them in the mind set to sell more plant-based green.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day