Food and fortune

The night before I was scheduled to deliver my daughter via C-section, my husband and I feasted on a simple yet scrumptious meal: cheeseburgers and corn on the cob, prepared on the outdoor grill. This dinner remains one of our favorites, and every time we eat it, I remember the “good fortune” it seemed to bring us, as our healthy, beautiful little girl arrived safely the next day.

Last week HOTELS covered a special New Year’s Eve menu — dubbed “Lucky 13” — served at The Palms Hotel & Spa in Miami. The spread was dedicated to foods from around the world believed to bring luck — fare such as greens, which represent economic fortune, and pomegranate, thought to symbolize abundance and fertility.

In the end, I’m not sure how much I believe in this sort of connection between food and fortune. But as a new year inspires time to reflect, I do find myself thinking about the broader links between food and sentiment, and how food can — and, in my opinion, should — be much more than simply nourishment for our bodies. As 2013 begins, I encourage you to take a closer look at your menus — both at your hotels and in your homes — and consider the best way to provide sustenance not only in a physical sense, but in an emotional, spiritual and perhaps even providential sense as well. Happy New Year.