What’s a Lucky Bean?
A “Lucky Bean” is a fava bean. During a famine in Italy, farmers ate fava beans which were normally used as animal fodder. The beans were deemed “lucky” because they considered themselves lucky to have them to eat.
The villagers prayed for the intercession of St. Joseph for rain. Their prayers answered, Italians honor him yearly with a special feast on March 19 – St. Joseph’s Day!
In New Orleans, St. Joseph’s Day is celebrated with parades and special food altars commemorating the Saint. The hosts feed their guests and collect food and donations for food banks. The guests are given a “Lucky Bean”— legend has it that you will never be broke or hungry when you carry one.
Where can I get one?
Why, at Tea Bayou, of course! Just bring a can of your choice (veggies, fruit, rice, cereals, chicken, tuna or dried pasta) from March 1 – 19 and we’ll give you your very own Lucky Bean. We’ll donate your items to St. Vincent de Paul’s food bank.
You can also get one at our St. Joseph’s Day Dinner on March 19. $30 per person includes a starter, entree, dessert and your lucky bean. In true New Orleans tradition, we’ll be serving a special Italian menu (menu here). 10% of the proceeds will benefit St. Vincent de Paul.
By reservation only. Call 270-904-3889 for reservations. For Thank you for helping St. Vincent de Paul!
Giving to St. Vincent de Paul is an opportunity for us to bring hope to the table of those in need in our very own community.
They also need clothing & household items, furniture, appliances, electronics, sports equipment, toys, vehicles & estate liquidations. Drop off or call (270) 783-7533 to schedule a pick up..