It was an eating weekend in Dublin. Kristin of Dinner du Jour and I were there on Friday night to attend Clonakilty by Candlelight, a pop-up restaurant which ran for three nights last week and is continuing for another three from this Thursday. I don’t want to write too much about the whole event – one of the best parts of it, for me, was the fact that I didn’t know what was about to happen – but I’ll give you a few impressions of the night: sipping cava in the drawing room of a gracious Georgian house…fabulous meet and greet people…lots of eerie staring dolls…unusual uses of bacon…in short, great food, interesting people and an amazing atmosphere. Well worth dressing up for. There was also a competition element which the IFBA representatives didn’t shame themselves at. Just as well – the bagful of Clonakilty products that I went home with came in very handy for breakfast the next morning as the Husband and the Aussie had been out, researching, for the evening in Against the Grain and Messers Maguire.
Category: Food Events
Two weeks ago, on 10 November, the Tipperary Food Producers put together a spectacular Cookery Extravaganza in Clonmel. I was there as a member of a Twitter Panel who, as well as Tweeting and recording – both audio and video – on the night, also blogged about it afterwards.My account of the night is here; continue reading below for everyone else’s take on the event, as put together by Paul O’Mahony.
When artisan preserve-maker Theresa Storey of The Green Apron first set up stall at the Limerick Milk Market, geese were still being killed and plucked to order and there were always piles of feathers in the corners. This was in 1977 and she was there helping her mother, the family’s first “jam lady”, on her stall. Now, more than thirty years later, Theresa’s children regularly work on her own stall and the market itself has been transformed with the recent unveiling of a giant canopy that covers the traders. As someone who regularly gets lost in the surrounding maze of streets, I realised on Saturday that it makes the market much easier to find: as you approach, the canopy – looking for all the world like a circus tent – pokes out over the surrounding buildings and gives you something to aim for.
It was all about buying local at last night’s Tipperary Food Producers Cookery Extravaganza in Clonmel. Tipperary produce – local cheese, preserves, meat and fruit – was used for the elegant nibbles on offer at the start of the night, during the cookery demonstrations and for the rapidly hoovered up deserts which finished off the evening.
“He burns his nuts, I bake my rocks”
Sharon Hearne Smith on the tricks (and Donal Skehan’s occasional mistakes!) of the food styling world.
Belatedly, my presentation from the IFBA launch at Savour Kilkenny‘s FoodCamp. I thought, on the eve of our second launch in Dublin (come meet us in L. Mulligan Grocer tomorrow night, Saturday 6 November!), it might be a suitable time to let you know the thinking behind Kristin and I setting up the IFBA.
Tweets and trends, coffee and conversation, information and inspiration: all in the mix at Savour Kilkenny‘s first Irish FoodCamp last Friday. It was a full on day. Not only were Dinner du Jour and I presenting a new Irish blogger resource but the schedule was crammed with talks on a variety of food-related topics.
Savour Kilkenny kicks off tomorrow, Friday 22 October, with the first Irish Foodcamp and we’re nearly ready to go! Kristin of Dinner du Jour and I have a slot – there we are at 11.45am in the Slaney Suite of Kilkenny’s Ormonde Hotel – and we’ve been busy working and designing, coding and tweaking on our new foodie project for the last couple of months.