He shall cover it in more detail next week but The Menu can hardly contain himself at the prospect of the imminent Taste of West Cork food festival (September 9-18) with over 170 events taking place in 32 towns and villages and eight islands across the West Cork region.More
The Menu shall be polishing the cutlery, putting an iron to the table linen and airing out the ‘good room’ in anticipation of a very special meal.
The Menu has long been meaning to make mention of the wonderful little Garden Café, sited in a Victorian glasshouse perched just above the heart of Blackpool, and a wonderful combination of pop-up supper and photo exhibition has given him ample reason to do so.More
The Menu is delighted to herald the return of one the most important Irish food awards, The Irish Food Writers’ Guild Social Responsibility Award.More
In the market
Having manned stalls at the very outset of the Irish farmer’s market revolution back in the early 90s.
The Leeside ladies Ali Honour of Ali’s Kitchen and Kate Lawlor of Fenn’s Quay head for the Big Smoke for the third in a series of dinners to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the formation of Euro-Toques Ireland, all cooked by the chef-members themselves.More
The Restaurants Association has changed the name of their former Foodie Town destination initiative, now calling it Foodie Destination 2016.More
Whenever mention is made of Valentia Island, a guilty Menu reverts yet again to that much-scored spot on his mental checklist.More
John & Sally McKenna’s Guides have passed the last quarter of a century gently if very assuredly leading Irish diners to some of the finest troughs in the land and the latest tome from the stable, the third edition of Where to Eat & Stay on the Wild Atlantic Way (Estragon Press), maintains the same impossibly high standards.
The Menu enjoyed a splendid repast, cooked by some of Ireland’s finest chefs, including Eurotoque Ireland General Commissioner, Graham Neville, of Dublin’s Restaurant 41, at Ballymaloe House this week.More
Every day is Father’s Day (June 19) in The Menu’s household.
Trusting this fine weather continues, a picnic in the park sounds most appealing, particularly, if the park in question is Dublin’s exquisite Iveagh Gardens and the ‘picnic’ is Taste of Dublin (June 16-19).
Instead of making do with a quick trip to the garden centre next weekend, The Menu has his heart set on a visit to Bloom (June 2-6), in the Phoenix Park, the country’s largest garden, food and family festival.
Several years ago, while raising six offspring and also working with husband Denis in their shared business, Sheila Kiely found the time to write (and photograph!) her first cookbook, Gimme the Recipe, and the follow-up, Enjoy! Food You’ll Love (Mercier Press) has hit the shelves.More
For a spell, the gastronomic reputation of the lovely seaside town of Kinsale appeared to be succumbing to a certain flabbiness of practice but recent years has seen the arrival of some sharp new operators raising standards across the board.More
The Menu is delighted to bring tidings of an excellent fundraiser BBQ (May 13) at Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa in aid of Syrian refugees, in particular, the West Cork Island to Island fund, with musical entertainment on the night from John Spillane.More
The Menu recalls a time, a few decades ago, when the English Market was on its uppers, seemingly in terminal decline.More
The Menu wrestled with his conscience as he was dearly tempted not to advertise at all a Slow food West Cork dinner (April 27) in Pilgrim’s Restaurant, in Rosscarbery, and instead snaffle up the tickets himself, for it is an asparagus feast, a tasting menu based around the sublime green spear, which is just now coming into season.More
There was much wailing and gnashing of teeth several years hence at the perceived loss of national sovereignty on foot of the bailout.More
It takes a special kind of cookbook to earn a mention in The Menu and The Farmette Cookbook: Recipes & Adventures from My Life on an Irish Farm (Roost Books), by Imen McDonnell, is certainly such a tome.More