Fall is Harvest Time. And Time for Celebration.

by / Saturday, 01 October 2016 / Published in 1st Colonial Community Bank, Restaurant Week, The Hughes Center

Four things of note happen around here in the Fall. First, as everyone notes, the leaves fall from the trees. (Wonder how the Fall season got its name?) Second, its harvest time. Third, if it is harvest time, it is time to celebrate. And, fourth: sjhotchefs.com presents our Fall Harvest Week. That’s how we celebrate the local harvest and share the bounty with our customers.

Fall Harvest Week is October 16 to 21. Celebrate with us and enjoy four courses for $35. Reservations suggested. We salute the folks that make our special weeks possible: 1st Colonial Community Bank, our year-long benefactor, and The Hughes Center for Aesthetic Medicine in Cherry Hill, presenter of the upcoming Fall Harvest Week.

Yes, the Fall harvest is time for celebration, a tradition started by our ancestors in various countries and continued in the New World.  Okay, everyone knows the story of Thanksgiving, which celebrated the first harvest of our English forefathers and made turkeys famous.

Quiz: What President declared Thanksgiving a National Holiday? Answer later.

Turkey may be the big bird for our most popular harvest celebration, but for the Dutch it is the goose. In the Netherlands, Martinmas (the Feast of Saint Martin of Tours) is in honor of a Saint, who, it is said, hid in a barn when he learned that he had been made a bishop, an honor he did not think he deserved. It was a honking goose that revealed the hiding place and as a result many Hollanders roast a goose for a feast that includes wine from the grape harvest.

In Germany, Erntedanktag is an official harvest holiday celebrated in September or October. It is the chicken that stars in this feast. Not just any chicken, mind you, but hens and roosters especially fattened for the occasion.

The French harvest that merits a special festival celebrates (wait for it!): wine. This celebration centers on Burgundy villages where grapes have been made into wine since the second century. Rather than a feast, the celebration primarily is in the form of a parade of statues of a well-regarded Saint.

applesIn Britain, harvest festivals start when the wheat has been cut and the apples have been picked. The center of attention, far from being a fowl, is a loaf of bread, which is surrounded by fruits and vegetables. Also on display is a corn figure created by plaiting the wheat stalks to create a straw dolly, which is maintained until Spring so its “spirit” will positively influence the next wheat harvest when it is plowed back into the soil.

Harvest celebration is also a tradition among our neighbors South of the Border. There the star of the celebration is “The Tree of Life” featuring Mexico’s unique folk art. According to legend, the spirit of trees could be utilized by painting harvest scenes on bark paper and creating colorful models of the Tree of Life for public display.

Now would be a good time to plan your own “harvest celebrations.” First, select one of our fine independently owned and operated restaurants to mark Fall Harvest Week. Did we mention we are offering four courses for $35 per person? Of course we did!

Fall Harvest Week is a great time to join family and/or friends for delightfully creative and tasteful meals especially prepared by our talented chefs.

Speaking of family, Thanksgiving can be wonderfully celebrated at one of our restaurants. It is not too early to make your Thanksgiving reservations.

Thanksgiving Quiz Answer: It was Abe Lincoln who declared Thanksgiving as a National Holiday. He did so in 1863.

By the way, did we mention that our Fall Harvest Week is made possible by 1st Colonial Community Bank and The Hughes Center? Of course we did.