2012 Chateau You Never Take Me Anywhere This marriage varietal whine will not reach its peak until a few years after the wedding.
2010 Little Rock Vineyards, Cousin’s Blush A whole family of grapes intermarried in a single oak barrel
2009 Arkansas Sparkling All-White Wine This discriminating white has a pronounced racial profile.
The Hava Nagila, Have a Tequila Cuervo Gold and seltzer served in an antique silver goblet with a Rolaids garnish
Bubba Ganoush Eggplant that’s been smoked in a foil packet in a car engine, mixed with tahini
Chicken-Fried Chopped Liver Mounds of chopped liver, dredged in flour and fried to a crunchy finish
Pickled Catfish Marinated catfish in vinegar and pickling spices, served with a whisker garnish
Fried Chicken Soup A fried chicken leg resting on a matzo ball pillow in chicken broth
Biscuits and Lox and Gravy Buttermilk biscuits cut in half with lox, capers, tomato and red onion, smothered in gravy
Deep-fried Gefilte Fish Ground carp, whitefish and pike mixed with matzo meal and egg, simmered in stock, then cooked in a deep fryer for a gefilte-fish crunch
Chicken-fried Brisket Bubbie’s brisket served Bubba-style, pounded and breaded to pan-fried perfection
Corned Beef on Cornbread New York deli-style corned beef served between two pieces of cornbread with a vibrant mustard butter
Shabbat Roasted Chicken on Collard Greens A quarter of a Sabbath chicken bathed and roasted in an Ashkenazi spice rub, served on a bed of collard greens that have been simmered in a pareve chitlin consommé
Macaroni and Cheese Kugel Velveeta and wide egg noodles topped with dried challah crumbs and baked until golden brown
Candied Yam Latkes Grated yams baked in brown sugar and butter, topped with marshmallows, then fried in patties
Black-eyed Peas with Kosher Ham Hocks The favorite Southern legume simmered in a smoky broth with special rabbi-ordained ham hocks
Jewish Apple Wedding Cake with Fried Twinkie Ladyfingers The traditional Jewish apple cake is transformed into a multi-layered, monolithic white cake with Crisco frosting, surrounded by deep-fried Hostess Twinkie ladyfingers
Although the bride is vegan and probably ordered a special macrobiotic meal, I’m sure the guests would have enjoyed this cross-cultural culinary journey. Congratulations to Chelsea and Marc, and may there be many more HillBilly kosher meals in their future.