Concrete Tiki the perfect work of art

While a rather piqued Mrs Menu has, betimes, decided the best place for The Menu’s exquisitely plated edible creations is languishing on the wall just behind his head...

he feels she does not make quite the same link between food and art as he is wont to do on a daily basis, so he will be travelling alone to Concrete Tiki, a programme of food events, workshops and experiments in the Irish Museum of Modern Art over two weekends this month. Fellow Examiner scribe Michelle Darmody, of The Cake Café, and artist Fiona Hallinan have created a programme which includes a one-day revival of temporary food project The Hare (July 19) in the gardens of IMMA, with a set menu featuring mostly raw, locally sourced plant-based produce, Dublin-made sourdough bread and dips, and drinks and a selection of raw, sweet superfoods. A specially devised childrens’ menu will cost €10.

Jack ‘Rocketman’ Crotty, whose newly-opened venture on Cork’s Prince’s St, along with The Golden Bean Coffee, is already buzzing with delighted diners, gives a demo on pickling and preserving vegetables as part of a workshop programme which also includes Imen ‘Modern Farmette’ O’Donnell on buttermaking, smoker supreme Sally Barnes’ on ‘fish smoking in a biscuit tin’ and Sally McKenna gives a seaweed workshop based on her excellent tome, Extreme Greens.

Chef Jess Murphy, Kai restaurant, Galway, cooks up a banquet in the IMMA Grand Hall, while artist Mark Garry creates a unique setting for this 100-seater event (July 25) and The Cake Café hosts a lunch (July 26) in the IMMA gardens, served up on commissioned bespoke platters by local design studio Distinctive Repitition for diners to take home. 

Art and food collide at Killavullen Farmers Market

Closer to home, Killavullen Farmer’s Market will be hosting a similar collision of art and food (July 19) at the Nano Nagle Centre, Killavullen, featuring local food producers and artists as well as some fine craft stalls. The Menu fancies he shall be enjoying a riverside amble with a tasty nibble to hand in the very near future. 

Summer-themed cookery classes in Howth Castle

The Kitchen in the Castle, at Howth Castle, Co Dublin is offering summer-themed cookery classes, including A Mediterranean Dinner Party and Pizza Workshops, many including sit-down dinner and vino ( ) while the Creative Cooking Summer Camp (Aug 11-15, from 9.30am-12.30pm) in Rockboro Primary School, Cork, is a fun course for children. Details Tel 021-4294095

Sinful pleasuers of Wildberry cakes

The Menu has long made a habit of snuffling out little troves of West Cork-based Wildberry cakes and confections, sinfully exquisite little treats finally gaining the wider audience they deserve. The Menu always returns to the ‘Carrot Cake’, a sublime rendition of this hackneyed old trouper, lighter than helium yet leavened with occasional nibbles of carrot and walnut and the most perfectly sweet musk of vanilla. www.facebook/wildberry-bakery 


Con’s Irish Cider, 5.5% abv, 500ml — €3.99

Stockists: No. 21 Coburg Street & Midleton, 

Con Traas’s family have been growing apples and other fruit on their farm near Cahir since the 1960s and Con’s sparkling apple juice is already famous.

Con’s Cider is made exclusively from his own apples and is about to go into its second vintage.

Bright golden colour, rich fruity apple pie aroma, full and complex on the palate with a crisp finish.

Also available in pubs/hotels in Cahir and by the case from the farm.

— Leslie Williams


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