St. Andrew's Day Feast - Haggis and Whisky Night

  • November 30, 2012 · 7:00 PM
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Posting this to gauge interest and to see how much haggis to order...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Andrew's_Day
St. Andrew's Day is the feast day of Saint Andrew. It is celebrated on November 30 in Scotland.

I thought the perfect Scottish feast to celebrate would be - what else? Haggis!

And of course, what better else to pair w/ the haggis but Scotch whisky?

I'll order a Haggis (from www.scottishhaggis.com) based on the number of people that show interest. The biggest available is the Chieftain which the site says is good for up to 10 as a main course (it's 5 lbs). I don't mind buying the haggis, but as such I'll need to limit the number of people attending to 10 (for space reasons as well).

Haggis is traditionally served in Scotland with "neeps 'n tatties". The "tatties" are mashed potatoes and the "neeps" are short for "turnips", but to add to the confusion, in Scotland the "turnips" are what we call "rutabaga" or "swede." I'll fix up enough "neeps n' tatties" to go along with the haggis.

Things others can bring:
Whisky (ask me if you don't know whisky or aren't sure)
Smoked Salmon as an appetizer
Walker's Shortbread or other dessert

If there's interest, after (or during) dinner we can watch a Scottish movie. Brave (Pixar) just came out, and I have it, but I also have Braveheart and some other choices via Netflix/Vudu/etc.

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  • CJ T.

    Great evening, great food, great conversation

    December 3, 2012

  • Valerie

    Haggis is quite good with or without whisky.

    December 2, 2012

  • John

    Enjoyed myself. Was good seeing a few familiar faces again. I've been a slacker on attendance. I think the Haggis was not only tasty but might have brought me good luck.

    December 2, 2012

  • Kirk

    not one of my finer moments. but a good time was hopefully had by all.

    December 2, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great people, excellent conversation, and flowing whisky. What's not to love?

    December 2, 2012

  • Phil

    Kirk, I'm not sure if my initial post went through... The email probably ended up in the spam filter, but I still need the address to your house.

    November 30, 2012

  • Phil

    Kirk, I somehow missed the address email. Could you please send that out to me?

    November 30, 2012

  • Kirk

    Lindsay, haggis gets a bad rap. If you like lamb and oats, that's basically all it is. People get grossed out b/c of the sheep stomach which is what it was traditionally boiled in as a natural casing. These are made w/ artificial casings. It tastes like oatmeal w/ meat in it...

    November 16, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Agreed completely. It's very rich, but certainly gets a bad wrap.

      November 27, 2012

  • Kirk

    I ordered the haggis today, and hopefully it will ship Monday. I am going to bump the limit up to 12 since we are full and I think we will be able to feed 12 safely. Seamus (and anyone else who is not sure) - I hope you can make it, but if you are not sure, please change your RSVP since we are already at the full limit. Others are not allowed to RSVP yes so long as it is full, and are put on the waiting list. Also, I didn't list these, but bread, salad, beverages, etc., are always good items to bring. See y'all next Friday!

    November 23, 2012

  • Kirk

    Also I can maybe open up to 15 or so if there's interest, especially if people don't want any haggis. I don't have a ton of space for much more than that...

    November 16, 2012

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