What are the odds? We’re pretty sure the phrase “Asian haggis” has never even been used by any human before today, and yet the Key Ingredient this week at the Chicago Reader involves a Thai-born chef making haggis with Asian flavors. And it’s being published on the very same day that Charlie Trotter, no less, will make and serve haggis at the Chicago Scots’$2 166th Anniversary Dinner… with Asian flavors such as ginger and lemongrass incorporated into it. Anyway, if you’re not up to following the recipe in the Reader to make your own Asian haggis, the good news is that Trotter’s Asian haggis can be yours if you attend the Chicago Scots dinner at the Hotel InterContinental. Like Asian haggis, the part about it being the 166th anniversary is no joke— the Illinois Saint Andrew Society was founded in 1845, the dinner is the oldest black-tie event in Illinois, and has raised funds for the cultural and philanthropic work of the Society since before the Chicago fire. Guests, hopped up on Asian haggis, will celebrate with bands of bagpipers, whisky tastings, highland dancing, and toasts to Robert Burns, who almost certainly never ate an Asian haggis, let alone wrote a poem to one. Cocktails are at 6 p.m., dinner of Asian haggis is at 7 p.m.; for information on tickets, go here.
“Only I could think of something as brilliant as an Asian haggis— WHAT?”