The Feast of St Patrick and the Ulster Scots
St. Patrick is credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland. According to Britannica, he was in and out of captivity in his early life and spent six bleak years as a herdsman, during which time he turned with fervor to his faith.
Careful to deal fairly with the non-Christian Irish, he nevertheless lived in constant danger of martyrdom. Patrick is remembered as a most humble-minded man, pouring forth continuous thanks to his Maker for having chosen him as the instrument whereby multitudes who had worshipped “idols and unclean things” had become “the people of God.”
The Ulster-Scots or Scots-Irish refers to Scots who migrated to the Northern province of Ireland (Ulster) beginning about 1605. Their ancestors were Protestants, mainly Presbyterian. Many of them later left Ireland and immigrated to America, especially to the mid-Atlantic states and to the central and western part of Virginia and the Carolinas. These Ulster-Scots adopted the color Orange from William of Orange, the Dutchman, who defeated James VII of Scotland, who was also James II of England, the last Catholic king of England, Ireland, and Scotland, at the Battle of Boyne in Ireland.
This thoughtfully-curated meal and related readings celebrate both of these lines of history that run so importantly into the American tradition, and all it has become.
Amuse Bouche of Boxty
Traditional Irish Potato Pancake
Followed by a Meyer Lemon Palate Cleanser
Cabbage, Potatoes, Celery, Carrots and Bacon in a Light Broth
Irish Flag-Style Salad
Pears, Oranges, Irish Mild Cheddar, Almonds and Spinach with Hot Bacon Citrus Dressing
Irish Roasted Salmon
Cured in Apple Cider Vinegar, Irish Whiskey, Honey and Lemon Zest
Chipped Lamb Vegetable Stew
Guinness-braised Short Ribs
Irish Cream Bread Pudding with Jameson Sauce Bailey’s Cheesecake
Guest Chef: Josh White
Sous Chefs: Kaleb and Eddie