The American Legion Post in Barnegat is hosting a dinner for St. Patrick’s Day on Saturday, February 17, 2018. So, come on down and listen to some music and enjoy the food! Party starts at 1pm. Music by Simply 3 Band (classic rock) and Irish music played by DJ Jim. Corned Beef and Cabbage will be available to purchase for $7 per person.
Did you know that corned beef is not considered an Irish national dish? According to the website Irish Central, the connection with Saint Patrick's Day specifically originates as part of Irish-American culture and is often part of our celebrations in North America. Corned beef was used as a substitute for bacon by Irish-American immigrants in the late 19th century.
Beef was not readily available in Ireland and was considered a luxury which is why the traditional Irish meal centered around ham, specifically, bacon. But when these Irish got off the boats in America it was quite the opposite. Corned beef was the meat that they could easily and more cheaply get their hands on and, so, this became the meal of choice for generations of Irish Americans to come.
In New England, a tradition formed of having a boiled dinner. For this dish, the corned beef, cabbage, and root vegetables such as carrots, turnips, and potatoes were boiled.
New York Jewish corned beef
Many maintain that the dish is simply not Irish at all. The close proximity of the Irish and Jewish communities at the time is said to be largely responsible for the popularity of corned beef among the Irish immigrants. According to thekitchenproject.com, when the Irish arrived in America, they couldn’t find a bacon joint like they had in Ireland so they gravitated toward the Jewish corned beef, which was very similar in texture.
Irish workers free dinner
Supposedly, years ago, the bars of early 20th century New York would offer a free dinner of corned beef and cabbage to the Irish workers who would crowd in after working all day on the building sites.
The Irish builders would still have to buy a few drinks in order to get their supposedly free dinner, but the main reason that the corned beef and cabbage dinner is thought to be of Irish origin is not because they were enticed by a traditional meal so much as a cheap meal.
Come and enjoy this Irish-American tradition at the American Legion Post in Barngat!
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