The Menu: Food news with Joe McNamee

Food news with Joe McNamee

The Menu: Food news with Joe McNamee

A taste for Recovery

The Menu is delighted to bring tidings of a splendid five-courser in aid of Recovery Haven Kerry Cancer Support House (April 5) in The Rose Hotel, Tralee, and cooked by a quartet of Ireland’s finest: Odran Lucey, executive chef, The Rose Hotel; Gareth Mullins, executive chef, The Marker Hotel; Paul Kelly, executive pastry chef, The Merrion Hotel, and Ed Cooney, executive chef, The Merrion Hotel; all of which should make for a most salubrious evening in support of a very fine cause (

Good Day Deli-ght

Good Day Deli is one of the finer hospitality emporiums to be found around these parts and now the splendid little cafe-restaurant sited in the beautiful inner-city oasis that is the gardens of the Nano Nagle Centre has only gone and upped the ante further still by opening on Friday nights offering a special three-course menu along with natural wines with limited bookings. The centre will be runnings its Friday night cultural programme in tandem so combine the two for a truly splendid evening’s entertainment (

Short course courses

UCC’s Food Training Unit offers a short course (April 9) on Finance for Non-Financial Managers in the Food Industry with further details available by emailing:

Pop-up social in Bantry announces a new series of pop-up events in west Cork, Nights at #14, a beautifully-appointed Georgian townhouse, in Wolfe Tone Square, Bantry, the first being The Cocktail Social with Caitlin Ruth (April 8) offering a masterclass in creating cocktails with perfect canape pairings followed by a delicious two-course Long Table dinner (

Kinsale Chowder Fest

Kinsale Chowder Fest has long outgrown its early roots and has flourished into a festival with a pronounced international flavour and renown and this year’s outing (April 5-7) will see more than 25 finalists participating for the crown, including some of Ireland’s more high profile chefs. Other related events include a Street Feast, a Wild Atlantic Way Craft Beer & Distillery Festival, including live entertainment. (

Poetic Farmgate

The Menu would like to congratulate Leanne O’Sullivan, just announced as Inaugural Winner of the Farmgate Market Café National Poetry Award, a new award exclusively for books by poets resident in Ireland and further evidence of a truly genuine commitment to the arts, most especially the written word, on the part of one of his most favourite of all restaurants.

Today’s special

Even a random roll-call of confected comestibles recently available on the Flour House bakery stall can move The Menu to tears of job: bouchons of almond & blueberry, lemon & poppyseed with lemon cream, triple chocolate and sticky toffee; raspberry crumble; quadruple chocolate brownie; spiced pastry apple pie, fruit flavoured with apple and lemon; he could go on but fears he may well end up eating the hands off himself, right up to the elbows and perhaps beyond.

Neither is he the alone in revelling in the relatively recent arrival of Rebecca Mullen’s stall to Mahon Point Farmer’s Market where her range can often be sold out by as early as 11am, not least to canny fellow stallholders ensuring a little treat is laid away for later in the evening when day’s work is done.

Exceedingly delicious confections, all are fine exemplars of the pastry chef’s craft, technical chops married to an exceedingly fine palate with a penchant for the sweeter things in life, and The Menu found a triple-layered slice of Lemon Meringue Cake, three layers of chiffon, a sponge with the richness of added butter, a filling of raspberries and lemon curd-cream and the whole schemozzle finished off with Swiss meringue pretty much encapsulates why so many people in the know are heading off to the market earlier and earlier each week.


Black’s Brewery Super Dry Brut IPA, 5.2% ABV;500ml — €3.95

Stockists: No. 21, Galvins, Bradleys, Matsons, D6 Wines, Martins

Black’s of Kinsale continue to innovate and they launched this light refreshing IPA in January — it is a refinement of a seasonal IPA they issued last year. Made with 100% Irish malt and with a late addition of five hops (including Citra, Mosaic and Simcoe), this is aiming for a zero-dosage Champagne-style of beer.

This pours a light clear gold colour, lighter than many lagers, but with pleasing aromas of citrus and pine. Supremely refreshing and crisp with good dry hopped flavours and a lingering bitter crispness.

Also watch in your local for the Black’s new draught Ultra Session 2.5% ABV called Night and Day.

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