Los Angeles’ Legendary Tam O’Shanter Restaurant Hosts Annual Celebration

Tam O’Shanter, a member of the Lawry’s family of restaurants and one of the longest-standing restaurants in Los Angeles, is hosting its annual fun-filled celebration of Robert Burns with two seatings each on January 23 and 24.

The Tam’s celebration of the poet’s 254th birthday—Burns was born on January 25, 1759—will feature more than 40 varieties of single malt scotch on display and available for tasting as well as specially prepared Haggis, performances by authentic bag pipers, drummers, Scottish sword dancers, and more.

Each year The Tam welcomes close to 1000 guests, many bedecked in plaid, to partake in this annual event. The restaurant received a special award from the city for carrying on such a wonderful tradition, which has become a sell-out event.    

Dr. Neil MacLeod hosts the event at The Tam and has been doing so for 32 years. During the celebration, the Haggis is served using a sword to cut the meat and guests drink out of goblets. There will be a playful take on Burns’ poetry, as read by actress Koni McKurdy. Additionally, Chef Ivan Harrison, a Haggis aficionado, will be the celebrated cook for the evening. Chef Ivan started working at the Tam in 1958 and retired after 42 years of service. 

“The Tam’s Robert Burns dinners are one of the best traditions in Los Angeles,” says John Lindquist, general manager of Tam O’Shanter. “This wonderful event is about honoring and celebrating Scottish culture, good food, good drinks, and fun times with good friends.” 

Burns introduced the character of Tam O'Shanter in a poem in 1790, and the term came to be associated with a large Scottish-style wool hat worn by men. Burns also is known throughout the world for writing the Scottish folk classic, Auld Lang Syne.

For reservations and information, please call (323) 664-0228 or visit TamOShanter.com.



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