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Scottish poet and lyricist Robert Burns

Raise a toast to Scotland’s Favorite Son

Published: Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 - 11:49 am

Quick, who wrote “Auld Lang Syne”? That would be Robert Burns, the poet laureate of Scotland (1759 to 1796).

The Dixon Scottish Cultural Association knows all about Burns, and is hosting a birthday party in his honor. Burns was born on a Jan. 25; the ceremonial dinner will be at 6 p.m. Feb. 1. at the Masonic Lodge, 1655 Da Vinci Court in Davis. Doors open at 6 p.m. with a cocktail reception, followed by dinner at 7 p.m.

What’s on the menu? For one thing, lodge member Alex Henderson is cooking a traditional haggis as a side dish. “It’s has a bad reputation, but its very, very good,” he said. “It’s a great big sausage of lamb parts, oatmeal and seasonings in beef casing.”

The haggis will be brought to the tables while a bagpiper plays, then Burns’ poem “Ode To the Haggis” will be read.

Also on the menu will be grilled tri-tip and chicken, and vegetarian lasagna, along with Scotch whiskey tastings and toasts, more bagpiping and readings, raffle prizes and, yes, men wearing kilts.

Tickets are $40 and must be purchased by Jan. 25; (707) 678-8814 (no ticket sales at the door).

Call The Bee’s Allen Pierleoni, (916) 321-1128. Follow him on Twitter @apierleonisacbe.

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Chris Macias has served as The Sacramento Bee's Food & Wine writer since 2008. His writing adventures have ranged from the kitchen at French Laundry to helping pick 10 tons of zinfandel grapes with migrant farm workers in Lodi. Chris also judges regularly at food, wine and cocktail competitions around Northern California. His profile of a former gangbanger-turned-pastry-chef was included in Da Capo's "Best Food Writing 2012."

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Allen Pierleoni writes about casual lunchtime restaurants in The Sacramento Bee's weekly "Counter Culture" column. He covers a broad range of topics, including food, travel, books and authors. In addition to writing the weekly column "Between the Lines," he oversees the Sacramento Bee Book Club, in which well-known authors give free presentations to the public.

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