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The Menu: Shane Ryan and FEED provide food for the soul

Whenever The Menu finds himself down in his cups, gloomily pondering the future of the planet, it is invariably an encounter with youth that restores his moral equilibrium and faith in humanity.

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The Menu: Pre Greenshine concert meal, Douglas Farmers' Market, White Glove Afternoon Tea and Barry Tyner’s pate

FEED THE LOVE
Flowers, chocolates, wine, romantic dinners? It can only mean one thing, Valentine’s Day is upon us once more. 

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The Menu: A knees-up in Dublin with Irish craft beer

The second outing for Wise Traditions Ireland (February 6-7), in Thomond Park, Limerick, offers another intriguing look at health and nutrition issues around food and their effect on conditions such as diabetes, weight loss and compromised immune function.

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The Menu: Irish-caught tuna

Attention, Class! 

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The Menu: Getting a caffeine fix in Cork

The Menu couldn’t be happier than to hymn the praises of the Cork Coffee Weekend.

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The Menu: Bringing doughnuts to the nation

In the dark days of January, The Menu is often tempted to take the ursine option and opt for a bear-like hibernation until the Irish culinary calendar begins to once more throw up attractive options. 

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The Menu: Talking stock

Time once more for Mystic Menu to ponder a culinary year ahead and, appropriately, for his first glimpse into the future, he is not taking stock but talking stock. 

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The Menu: Part II of The Munchies 2015

Part II of The Munchies 2015, The Menu’s annual accolades saluting the people and achievements that stood out in Ireland’s culinary calendar over the past 12 months.

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Only the best local products in The Menu’s Festive Hamper

Nobody knows Irish food better than Joe McNamee. From chutney to cheese, craft beer to chocolate, he’s put together The Menu’s Annual Christmas Hamper – full of the local products that really stood out this year. Plus, he’s got the top gifts for foodies.

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The Menu: East Cork Christmas Market

The Menu can highly recommend a bracing walk on the beach followed by a visit to the East Cork Christmas Market (Dec 13, 11.30am-4.30pm) for some delightful festive treats, handmade crafts and a chance to order your Christmas poultry, baking and local veg with all voluntary admission donations going to ARC Cancer Care Support.

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The Menu: Student chef of the year

Food news with Joe McNamee.

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The Menu:  Real Bread Gathering to welcome Andrew Whitley

THE REAL DEAL
Real Bread Ireland, one of the important new organisations on the Irish food firmament, and RBI member The Bretzel Bakery, play host to a truly remarkable special guest, Andrew Whitley, the internationally-renowned baker, author (Bread Matters) and co-founder of the UK Real Bread Campaign and one of The Menu’s all time heroes. 

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The Menu: Lifetime Achievement Award for Veronica Steele at Irish Cheese Awards

Of all the fine foodstuffs produced on this green isle, The Menu finds it hard to look past our splendid farmhouse cheeses and so was delighted to see the Irish Cheese Awards finally afforded an occasion worthy of acknowledging that particular sector’s contribution to Irish food at a most splendid night at Ballymaloe. 

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The menu: Chocolat

Film Festival signals return of Lasse Hallstrom’s Chocolat

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The menu: Irish Food Writers’ Guild Social Responsibility Award

Bia Food Initiative take top social responsibility award

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The menu: Savour Kilkenny food festival

THE HIGH ROAD
The Menu shall be hitting the high road for the excellent Savour Kilkenny food festival (Oct 22-26) in one of Ireland’s great culinary capitals.

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The menu: Book signing in Waterstone’s, Cork

A Books Are My Bag Bookshop Party (Today, Oct 10) in Waterstone’s, Patrick St, features local Cork authors signing their own books with The Menu especially keen to pick up his signed copy of Trish Deseine’s Home.

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The Menu: Real Bread Ireland

Real Bread Ireland is a grouping of the very finest Irish craft bakers determined to promote the traditional values of real bread.

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The Menu: Dingle Food Festival

The Dingle Food Festival is upon us again (October 2-4). 

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The menu: Food glorious food festivals

The Menu is in the full throes of festival fever and first port of call is the Galway International Oyster Festival (Sept 25-27).

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