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Veritable feast at 3rd Galway Food festival

The Menu would dearly love to be unwrapping his Easter eggs in Glorious Gaillimh next weekend with the 3rd Galway Food Festival (April 17-21) in full flight over Easter.

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Special grá for West Waterford Festival of Food

Believing attendance at an Irish food festival is a state of grace any God-fearing Gael should aspire to on a near daily basis.

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The Menu: A taste of events around the country

Back when the Ely Banquet for Barnardos 2014 was first announced earlier this year, it was still a historical throwback.

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Fine food in Waterford

There comes a time in spring when The Menu pokes his nose into the air and draws deep a draught from the east, checking the wind for first stirrings of his beloved West Waterford Festival of Food in Dungarvan (April 10-14).

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ádraic Óg Gallagher, RAI President & Owner of the Boxty House and Joy Beattie, Head Chef & Owner of The Hot Stove, prepare for the gastronomic battle of the Irish Restaurant Awards 2014.

Southern comfort at food awards

The Menu, having saddled up the doughty Neidin and ensured his Party Hat was cocked at a particularly rakish angle, lit out for the Big Smoke earlier this week to the Irish Food Writer’s Guild Annual Food Awards, one of the highlights of the Irish culinary year when the cream of Irish food writers assemble to honour the world-class Irish food world.

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Tasty treats for everyone on St Patrick’s weekend

While vegetarian curry may not be the most traditional of native nosh, The Menu shall nonetheless join the anticipated 5,000 diners on Cork’s Grand Parade at Feed The City (March 15), one strand of the city’s St Patrick’s Festival weekend.(www.corkstpatricksfestival.ie)

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Upper room with high class cuisine

Over the course of The Menu’s career as a professional stove-jockey many moons ago, the apex of his career remains a prolonged spell as apprentice to sorcerer Seamus O’Connell of the Ivory Tower.

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Get growing for goodness’ sake

The Menu is forever harping on about the multiple benefits of freshly grown, seasonal, local produce and is a huge fan of the inspirational Michael Kelly’s GIY organisation, so is delighted to bring tidings of the GIY Get Ireland Growing Fund.

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Emmanuelle Legrand (left) and Beverley Mathews, proprietors of Latitude 51, a wine cafe and wine workshop opening at 1, Union Quay in Cork.   Picture Denis Minihane.  L'atitude formerly the lobby bar and cruibin.

The Menu: Having the right L’Atitude

If The Menu could ever rid himself of the microchip implanted in his neck by Mrs Menu, he’d while away many an afternoon in his beloved L’Atitude 51, (www.latitude51.ie).

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Cookery demo with family fun

Kelly’s Resort Hotel & Spa, in Rosslare, has cemented its reputation over generations as one of the premier spots in the country for an all-in family holiday.

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The Menu: Valentine’s Day

Love grub options for Valentine’s Day

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The Menu: New marketing fellowship from Bord Bia

Bord Bia has announced the organisation’s latest round of recruitment to select 20 graduates for the Bord Bia Marketing Fellowship.

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Indian food classes

The Menu is a fierce man altogether for a bit of fire in the belly, most especially the Indian regional cooking styles from way down south and so hopes to be joining Bannu and Ruth, from Annam, a wonderful new Indian Supper Club and Cookery School in Douglas, Cork.

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Stuffed Olive Cafe reopens and launches book

The Menu has enjoyed wonderfully uplifting repasts in The Stuffed Olive Café, in Bantry, so was saddened when it closed last year.

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The Menu: Food trends for 2014

Mystic Menu, once again, lays out some predictions and identifies trends for the coming year in Irish food.

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Joe's gastronomic review of 2013

Another year, another yard of baling twine to hoist up The Menu’s trousers for he once again put in sterling work on behalf of his beloved readers roaming the length and breadth of the land, eating and drinking all the way.

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The Menu: Seasonal veg

Buy locally sourced or Irish produce this Christmas

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Pictured at the launch of the 17th annual Knorr Student Chef of the Year competition is the new judging panel of (l-r) Catherine Fulvio, Ballyknocken House and Cookery School, Mark McCarthy, Unilever Food Solutions, and Pat Zaidan, chef lecturer at DIT.

Competition time for student chefs

The Menu welcomes news of the 17th annual Knorr Student Chef of the Year competition.

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The Menu: Burren Smoked Salmon

Perfect stocking filler to put you in picture

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Hampers galore to tempt you this Christmas

Do check out these hampers: Bandon-based Urru (www.urru.ie) and the magical Diva Boutique Bakery (www.divaboutiquebakery.com) has an online pop-up Christmas food shop;

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Glenisk searches for best student chef

The Glenisk and Cloughjordan House initiative, a ‘Chef Star’ competition for secondary school students, is aimed at finding Ireland’s best student chef.

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