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.
Cork Simon Community calls for members of the public to host a fundraising dinner party, The Great Cork Simon Supper (throughout September), in their own home, school or workplace.
Diners can either pay an agreed fixed price for their meal or simply choose to make a donation with all funds going to affray the €180,000 annual food bill the charity incurs in doing such sterling work with the homeless in Cork.
Cork Simon’s emergency support services are currently stretched beyond capacity yet they continue to provide emergency accommodation and support, along with the soup run and the day centre, on 365 days of the year and every €150 raised will provide healthy and nutritious food for 50 homeless people in Cork for a day.
Tips, ideas, downloadable invites and even recipes are all available at www.corksimon.ie/supper
Food industry professionals from all walks, (including farmers, food producers, chefs, retailers as well as media, policy makers and other interested parties) would be well-advised to attend the latest TASTE Council Food Summer School (August 22), the annual gathering at lovely Brooklodge, in Co Wicklow, a national forum focusing on Ireland’s small food sector, in particular, farming and fishing communities and enterprises and they challenges they face.
The conference offers the chance to network with others in the field while also acquiring knowledge from a variety of experts and the theme this year will be ‘The Rural Food Community’, examining, through panel discussions and presentations, the role of the small food sector in developing rural social networks and economies, with all participants also invited to contribute.
What’s more, should attendees choose to hang around for the evening, The Menu can highly recommend the long table Harvest Dinner and a bed afterwards in the hotel, all available at special rates to delegates.
A Taste of Donegal (August 26-28) food festival sees plenty of culinary action in the beautiful North West, including the return of local hero Gary O’Hanlon, along with Neven Maguire, Kevin Dundon and Catherine Fulvio ( www.atasteofdonegal.com).
Congratulations to Oh! Naturelle, a Cork-based producer of handmade fruit sorbets, the first food business selected to operate from The Start-Up Stall, in Cork’s English Market.
The Teeling Whiskey Company Spirit of Dublin Summer Craft Fair’ (August 27) in Dublin’s Newmarket Square, is free to enter and features fine foods along with cocktails made from the very splendid Teeling’s Whiskey ( www.teelingdistillery.com ).
When The Menu was a boy, he consumed more milk than a small creamery, a great boy altogether for draining a pint of ‘white’ in a single swallow.
But as the passing years and homogenisation and greater industrialisation changed the lactic nectar of his youth into a bland and unappealing liquid, that habit of his fell away altogether.
In the face of a global dairy crisis that sees farmers bearing the brunt of it, some are starting to see the value of selling their hard-earned product directly to the consumer.
The latest to enter the arena is Gloun Cross Dairy, in Dunmanway, in West Cork, whose delightfully-liveried pint bottle—including foil top for true nostalgia-freaks!—contains one of the nicest milks The Menu has tasted in quite some time, sweet, creamy and with a soft yellow hue, there was both atin’ and drinkin’ in it.
And should you come across a bottle, keep eyes also peeled for Gloun Cross Dairy cream, for it too is truly impressive, most especially delicious poured on fresh blueberries from Bantry, procured at Skibbereen Farmer’s Market!
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