Robert Burns Night is Jan. 25, which also is the anniversary of the Scottish poet’s birthday.
The first Burns Night was celebrated in 1802, about six years after his death in 1796. Today, fans and Scots regularly celebrate his life at a dinner with many traditions, including the eating of haggis and the singing of “Auld Lang Syne.”
In Houston, two restaurants are marking the occasion with special events.
Feast chef Richard Knight will be cooking the haggis for Burns Night.: J.C. Reid photo
- Feast is offering a Burns Night menu Jan. 24-27. On the three-course menu: Scottish smoked salmon, black and white pudding, haggis with turnips and potatoes and sticky toffee pudding. Cost of the meal is $37.95, plus tax and gratuity.
219 Westheimer, 713-529-7788
- Kiran's annual Burns Night Dinner features whiskey pairings with each course. Hosted by whiskey expert James McCartney, the five-course dinner will include lobster bisque with whiskey bread, tandoor-roasted duck breast, poached sable fish and a roasted antelope chop. The Jan. 25 dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. with a reception. Cost is $155 plus tax and gratuity.
4100 Westheimer, 713-960-8472
- Looking for something a little less formal? Stop by Kelvin Arms, Houston’s only Scottish pub, and lift a pint of Belhaven to the Bard of Ayrshire.
2425 Dunstan, 713-528-5002