Every day is Father’s Day (June 19) in The Menu’s household.
Bbut for those who require a specified date to spur them into noticing their own personal patriarch and rewarding him accordingly for all the usual stuff — life, love, the occasional trouser-soiling driving lesson and so on and so forth — the world of food and drink is as fine as place as any to seek out some suitable gift.
There will certainly be plenty of pleased papas should they receive the gift of a Father’s Day Craft Beer Session at the Dublin Bar Academy, a 3½ hour sampling masterclass on selected Fridays and Saturdays (www.dublinbaracademy.com), while steak fanatics will relish a prime slab of same, Kinsale’s Steakhouse (www.thesteakhouse.ie), for example, being one such veritable temple devoted to celebrating the very best of Irish beef.
A spot on the (www.flavour.ie) Clonakilty Walking Tour would also be most welcome, a culinary trawl around the picturesque West Cork town with a multiple of munches on hand at every turn, including a brewery, a bakery, and legendary Clonakilty Black Pudding.
The Menu himself, though inordinately proud of his progeny, wonders how he shall survive an entire summer with them underfoot and is thus looking longingly at Johann Doorley’s summer cook camps (www.cookshop.ie) for both pre-teens and teens, covering both cookery and cake decorating, wonderful and essential skills for all future adults.
The Kinsale Good Food Circle have a mighty offer available, for just one night (June 21), with a whole lobster dish near given away for a mere 20 bucks to any diner who pre-books in advance, mentioning the ‘Lobster Midsummer Madness’ (www.kinsalerestaurants.com).
L’Atitude 51 is hosting The Great Sushi Matching Challenge (June 15) with Takashi Miyazaki to determine the best possible beverage other than sake to pair with sushi, with a panel of experts, including the Irish Examiner’s Leslie Williams, sherry expert Paddy Murphy, natural wine expert Pascal Rossignol, and beer expert Susan Boyle, with Ballymaloe sommelier Colm McCan as MC (www.latitude51.ie).
A Summer Seafood Evening (June 12) is the second in a food and drink event series at the delightful Delphi Resort, this one focusing on the Connemara Smokehouse and its wonderful cured fish, kicking off with a drinks reception and including a five-course dinner (www.delphiresort.com).
Dublin’s Cliff Townhouse are dumping the sangidges to offer ‘Afternoon Sea’ for June and July, an afternoon tea with a maritime theme, a selection of exquisite seafood savouries including superb Harty’s Oysters (www.theclifftownhouse.com).
BEST IN SHOW
This year’s Cork Summer Show (June 18/19) will be a huge celebration of Irish agriculture with a huge range of livestock and technology but with a smorgasbord of entertainment and eating options also on show, including a craft beer tent, live music, including the Frank & Walters, a children’s entertainment village, free cookery demos, giant screens for Euro 2016 matches and a live re-enactment of a Roman army from the first century. 9www.corksummershow.com).
GIY reprise their ‘al desko’ food-growing challenge, Give Peas a Chance, with up to 500 companies set to grow peas on their desks using the free GIY growing kit, with prizes for the winning participants and charities of their choice (www.cullyandsully.com/ourgarden)
The condiment shelf was beginning to buckle buckling under the weight of myriad mustards with seemingly no room for another until The Menu happened upon Nudefood’s Irish Cider Mustard. Produced by his excellent friend, Louise Clarke, of Nude Food restaurant, in Dungarvan, and marked out by its use of highest quality ingredients, including Highbank Orchard Organic Proper Cider lending a lovely funky fermented apple nose, it is a grainy piquant cream and a couple of tablespoons stirred in just before serving proved the grace note supreme for a Provencal sausage and lentil casserole. www.nudefood.ie
BEER OF THE WEEK
All Night Long Session Pale Ale, 4.2% abv; 330ml, €2.75
Molloys Liquor Stores www.molloys.ie
Brewed exclusively for Molloys Liquor Stores by Rascals Brewery (one of my favourite brewers), this is a fine crisp Session Pale Ale launched to coincide with the Euro 2016 Championship. The name refers to a flag created to celebrate Shane Long’s goal against Germany last October and the beer is on special offer at five for €10 (it can also be ordered online).
Light golden colour, lemon, yellow peach and tropical fruit aromas (pineapple and papaya), fresh on the palate with a citrus kick followed by malt flavours and a dry hoppy finish. Like all good session beers this is lightly carbonated, works well served ice cold, and has bright fresh flavours that will match your favourite takeaway.
— Leslie Williams
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