More Than A Meal: Second Burns Supper at Lark: January 18

Posted on January 13, 2015, 10:00 am
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Every year, the Scottish Bard Robert Burns is celebrated around the world through the tradition of the annual ‘Burns Supper,’ a whimsical event featuring speeches, a recital of the well-known “Address to a Haggis,” and a toast to the famous poet, lyricist and political thinker. Guests enjoy traditional delicacies such as haggis, neeps (turnips) and tatties (potatoes), as well as an abundance of Scotch whisky and beer.

Seattle-based group whateverandeveramen (w&ea) are pairing up with James Beard Award-winning chef Johnathan Sundstrom for Lark Restaurant‘s second Burns Supper. Featuring w&ea’s sung renditions of Robert Burns’ poetry and a unique, one-night only menu by Sundstrom in the intimate setting of Lark, this is a wonderful event for food- and music lovers alike.

whateverandeveramen (the title was inspired by the Ben Folds Five album of the same name) rose to prominence in Seattle in 2012 when they were voted winners of the eighth Sprout dinner, a locally sourced dinner that funds unique creative projects. Their projects since have included innovative concerts highlighting the use of social media, the #TwitterCommission (featuring works inspired by tweets or texts with only 140 characters), and several interactive sing-along events in Seattle pubs, restaurants and community spaces.

Members of Seattle-based group whateverandeveramen in performance.  Credit:  Brad Pierson.

Members of Seattle-based group whateverandeveramen in performance. Credit: B. S. Pierson.

Seattle chef John Sundstrom needs no introduction. Sundstrom has been featured on Food Network’s “Best of” and “Food Nation” as well as the PBS original series “Chefs-a-field.” He opened Lark in 2003 on Seattle’s Capitol Hill, with his wife JM Enos and partner Kelly Ronan. After being nominated in 2005 and 2006, Sundstrom was awarded “Best Chef Northwest” by the James Beard Foundation in 2007.

Lark Restaurant Chef John Sundstrom.

Lark Restaurant Chef John Sundstrom.  Credit:  Zack Bent.

Tickets to the event are disappearing quickly (understandably so, when one considers w&ea and Sundstrom’s avid local following). To sweeten the deal, local brewery and taproom Hilliard’s are providing beer throughout the evening as sponsor. Cocktails, wine, beer, and Scotch whisky for the “Address to a Haggis” are also included. Support these local favorites—Lark uses locally sourced food in collaboration with local artisans, farmers and foragers—and be sure to raise a glass to the dear departed Scottish Bard, where’er ye may be, come his birthday, January 25.

whateverandeveramen Presents Burns Supper At Lark Restaurant

When: January 18, 2015, 6:30 PM

Where: Lark (952 E Seneca St. )

Tickets and menu preview are available through


Johann Van Niekerk is a writer, conductor and collaborative artist based in Seattle, WA. He holds a Doctorate in Music from the University of Washington where his research focused on the role that music has played throughout history in effecting social change. Van Niekerk covers performing arts events in and around Seattle.