Pull out your plaid and cue up the bagpipes because it’s Clover’s first-ever celebration of Burns Night, an introduction to Scottish food/drink/music/poetry and a reason to raise a glass during this dark and cold month! You may be asking yourself, what is Burns Night? And maybe even looking twice at your calendar, like huh…I didn’t know we had a holiday on January 25th.
Robert Burns was a rule-breaking Scottish poet born on a farm, whose words have become infamous (ever heard of a little tune called Auld Lang Syne?) He also wrote a poem dedicated to a haggis (so…enough said, we love him). Burns died young, in 1796, but his friends wanted to make sure his memory lived on. So they started throwing raucous suppers or Burns Nights every year on his birthday (January 25th) to read his poems, play guitar and bagpipe, eat haggis, and drink Scotch. The Burns Night Tradition spread throughout the world, even landing on the doors of our chef Jason Bond.
Your Burns Night box will be packed with a 6-course Scottish party in a box that will come together in less time than it takes to enjoy a snifter of Scotch whisky, neat (Scotch not included but we do have some brands to recommend).
Each box will also include a $20 donation to musicians and artists who will create a custom virtual performance of Scottish music and Burns poetry in honor of Clover’s Burns Night. Your box will include a private link to listen, simply press play as you enjoy your meal and invoke a Burns supper of your own!
Musicians have had a really tough time these past 2 years. Canceled shows, inability to practice/harmonize/gig with others, it’s been downright lonely.
So we’re super excited to announce that we’ve already raised nearly 2k in donations from presales alone. We’d love to double it with your support, so if you’re a fan of the arts, consider grabbing a box.
So what’s on the Burns Night Menu?
COURSE 1: BREAD AND BUTTER DUO
Chef Jason has been bringing us a lot of historic breads – these two have roots in the British isles as well as our own backyard. Served with a rich slather of cultured butter from Vermont.
– Steamed brown bread
– Soda bread with oats
– Cultured butter
COURSE 2: HAIRST BREE
Tradititional Scottish “hotch-potch” or one-pot meal. Our veg stew is made with local roots and lentils and paired with a fancy radicchio salad to cut through all the richness.
– Hearty vegetable stew
– Radicchio salad
– Warm walnut vinaigrette
COURSE 3: PLOUGHMAN’S POET POTATO SALAD
Burns was born into a farming family, and wrote poems for the community surrounding him. For this reason he was known as the Ploughman’s Poet. We pair local spuds with pickled red onions, pickled peppers and a mustard-stout vinaigrette.
– Local potatoes and pickled peppers
– Pickled red onion
– Walla Walla onion
– Purple daikon
– Mustard and stout vinaigrette
COURSE 4: ADDRESS TO A HAGGIS
One of Burns’ most famous poems. Listen to it while the haggis emerges hot from the oven. Served with Neeps and Swedes (turnips and parsnips from Michael Docter’s fields).
– Haggis (oat pudding)
– Macomber turnip salad
COURSE 5: SHEPHERD’S PIE
One of our most popular meals of all time, we are bringing it back in honor of Burns Night. Pillowy potato topping.
– Shepherd’s Pie
– Whole scallion (you’ll slice for garnish)
DESSERT: GINGERBREAD BISCUIT CAKE WITH DRIED FRUIT AND TORCHED MAPLE FLUFF
– Gingerbread cake with dried fruits
– Maple fluff
– Ratafia biscuits (18th century macaroon-cookie)
FORMAGGIO CHEESE BOARD
CLAYMORE BREWING CO. SCOTCH ALE
Burns Night Boxes are already 90% sold out! Who knew Boston was so Burns-obsessed! So while we have a few orders eft, we do encourage you to think about ordering now if you want in. The deadline to order is January 22 at 5pm but this box will likely sell out before then!