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Jan 22, 2009 08:46 AM

Burns Night?

Hello everyone,

This is my inaugural post, so I get to begin with a question to those more knowledgeable than myself: is there any place in Austin, or near enough to Austin, where I could make reservations for a Burns Night supper? (I'm not Scottish, but it sounds like great fun!) I'm at a dead loss for places that might host such an event. Anyone have any good ideas?

El Ustaz

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  1. Fiddler's Hearth claims to represent the 'Seven Celtic Nations', of which Scotland is one, so perhaps you should contact them. Warning: several of the key ingredients of haggis are not legally allowed to be sold in the US, so I'm not sure what you might end up with.

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    1. re: TAF

      Several ingredients are problematic? I know that sheep's lungs are unwelcome for importation to the US, but what else is on the list? In case I can't find a proper Burns Night supper at an establishment, is there a 'good enough' American version of haggis that I should look for? (As if I'd know how to cook the thing anyway! Sure hope they come with instructions.)

      I tried Fiddler's Hearth. Apparently, they're thinking of doing one next year, but they don't have their act together for it in 2009. Sigh.

      1. re: elustaz

        Cameron's British Foods in Florida will ship you a credible FDA-compliant haggis. Hopefully I'm allowed to mention their name here.

        1. re: TAF

          Hey, folks, general discussion of Haggis and mail order sources would be better on our General Topics board, rather than here on Austin. If you're going to continue this thread of the conversation, would you mind starting a new thread there?

          1. re: The Chowhound Team

            Fine with me. Anyone have any other ideas for a restaurant or social club or whatnot that might be hosting a Burns Night supper within a reasonable driving distance of Austin?

    2. You already missed it.

      Burns Night in Austin

      2009 Burns Supper, presented by the Scottish Country Dance Alliance of Austin, commemorating the 250th Anniversary of the Bard's Birth.

      Saturday, January 17, 2009, 7PM, at Clarion Inn and Suites Ballroom, NW quadrant of I-35 and Oltorf, Austin. This is a traditional Scottish Burns Supper, followed by ceilidh dancing! Tickets are $35 per person, and are on sale now at Things Celtic.

      If you prefer to celebrate Burns Night in your own home, Things Celtic has a wonderful new book: Burns Supper Companion by Nancy Marshall. This book has all the ritual, folklore, recipes, and history of this fun Scottish tradition. If you need music for your Burns Night celebration, Ed Miller's newest CD is "Lyrics of Gold - songs written and collected by Robert Burns". Also...newly arrived just this week....Things Celtic now sells canned Haggis, from Caledonian Kitchens! Made with highland beef, and inspected & passed by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture. Wouldn't this make a unique stocking stuffer for your favorite Scot? Who wouldn't like a stocking full of haggis for Christmas?

      All of us at Things Celtic wish you a very Happy Christmas and Prosperous New Year. Thank you for your continued support.

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      1. re: dconnor

        Deep sigh.

        I'll get an earlier start on the search next year, then. At least I already laid in an appropriate supply of whisky!

      2. There's a Burns Night dinner tonight at First Unitarian Universalist Church at 6:30. You have to buy tix in advance, I think.