Saint Patrick’s Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick (Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig, ‘the Day of the Festival of Patrick’), is a cultural and religious celebration held on March 17, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick, the foremost patron saint of Ireland. Today, St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated around the world in locations far from Ireland, including Japan, Singapore, and Russia. Popular St. Patrick’s Day recipes include Irish soda bread, corned beef and cabbage, and champ. (Irish champ is similar to colcannon but is made by blending green onions or scallions with creamy mashed potatoes.)
Our PebbleCreek Irish American Club celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with one of our signature formal events that began in 2008, the “Emerald Ball,” usually held on St. Patrick’s Day. This is a popular event for our members and always sells out quickly. Our 16th annual Emerald Ball will be held March 17. An elegant sit-down dinner, which includes a main course choice of maple bourbon chicken, Irish roasted salmon, or vegetable ravioli topped with Florentine sauce, served with a shamrock salad, cream cheese and chive Yukon mashed potatoes (champ), garlic parmesan roasted asparagus, rolls, and dessert. The popular band “Highway 85” will be providing the music for our members’ dancing pleasure. Our event co-chairs this year are Donna Gillen and Theresa Carter. Buíochas (pronounced Bwee-kus)—an Irish Thank You to Donna and Theresa for all your hard work in creating a memorable evening with friends!