Boys in Kilts! Scottish Scotch Dinner

April 10, 2002, 12:00 AM EDT

Glenrothes and Glengoyne single malt Scotch tastings dinner Keens Steakhouse Wednesday, 04.03.02, 6 PM onward
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Scotch brands Glenrothes and Glengoyne threw a boozy dinner to promote themselves to a group of beverage and lifestyle journalists, incorporating all kinds of references to the liquor's birthplace: traditional Scottish food, music, dancing--and glass upon glass of Scotch, naturally. The all-things-Scottish theme even got the male guests in kilts, with matching jackets and sporrans (fur purses with fancy pieces hanging on them). In a role reversal, the handful of women just got plaid sashes.

Organized by James Curich of Lisa Lori Communications, the event's Scottish theme began long before dinner, with invitations requesting guests' kilt measurements. The kilts and accessories (rented from Pipers Cove) arrived the day before the event, so guests could come dressed for dinner.

When they arrived at Keens Steakhouse--a Midtown English restaurant with one of the largest selections of single-malt Scotches in the country--the almost 40 guests sipped Rob Roys during the cocktail hour, as Pipers Cove owner Jock Nisbet played the bagpipes. Later, dinner included four different types of Scotch, plus three wines from Louis Jadot. (The unspoken rule of the night: Pace yourself.)

For dinner, the restaurant's chefs mixed traditional Scottish food with recipes using the Scotches, including prawns served in a sauce made with Scotch. The big food moment: The presentation of the haggis (organ meat cooked in the lining of a sheep's stomach), which included a poem by Scottish poet Robert Burns, read by Cutty Sark International marketing director--and Scot--David King. (The two single malt Scotch brands are owned by Cutty Sark and imported by Skyy Spirits.)

To add to the atmosphere, musicians booked through the Cameron Scottish Music Ensemble played, and the Cameron Scottish Dancers performed traditional Scottish dances after dinner. But the most memorable part of the evening for most guests had to be the donning of the kilts--although they may have limited the guests' options for going anywhere but home after dinner.

--Chad Kaydo

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