- Monday the 23rd February
- Monday the 2nd March
- Monday the 9th March and
- Monday the 16th March
Thursday, 5 February 2015
Sunday, 1 February 2015
Winner: Emma Byrne
Hampers & Co. is a Luxury online Hamper & Gift retailer, set up by Emer Purcell, that ship their hampers all over the world. For over 21 years, they've sourced, designed, packaged and delivered beautifully presented hampers of exceptional quality for both individual orders & Corporate clients.
Read on to find out how you can Win a Valentine Hamper from Hampers & Co, that will delivered in time for Valentines Day, anywhere in Ireland or the UK!
Emer and her team work very closely with their producers to create a wonderful selection of Irish Food Hampers & Gift Baskets. On their website www.HampersAndCo.com you will also find great Irish cheeses, delicious Irish chocolates, superior Irish relishes & preserves & melt in the mouth Irish cakes & biscuits.
They source their wines directly from boutique vineyards so they won’t be found on any supermarket shelf.
They also take time and considerable care when combining foods & culinary gifts & only use products that they feel will be enjoyed by the recipients.
Hampers & Co. source all their products from exceptional, award-winning and high quality Irish Artisan food Producers and from small indigenous international food suppliers.They also use eco-friendly biodegradable packaging which can even be washed down the sink!
So whatever the reason for giving a gift – business, baby, birthday, anniversary or just because, they guarantee to provide a gift or hamper that will be remembered and very much appreciated. If you're ordering a hamper on behalf of your company, it is reassuring to know that when you “Create Your Own” bespoke Hamper or Gift to your unique requirements, there’s no danger of your clients or staff receiving the same gift from another source, or in the following year, or at the next conference event!
WIN a Valentine Hamper from Hampers & Co.
We all love a bit of romance and there's no doubt that we all blossom with a little sprinkling of it. Did you know that taste & smell completely bypass the reasoning and logical part of the brain that's why when you give a gourmet food gift accompanied by a fine wine you don't just give a gift you give an experience.
Emer, at Hampers & Co., has given us a wonderful Valentine Hamper to give away here on the Irish Food Guide Blog and they will deliver it anywhere in Ireland and the UK! Allow the seductive & aphrodisiac properties of decadent chocolates and more to seduce your Valentine this February 14th.
To get yourself in to the Draw Click the Hampers & Co. Facebook Like button and/or their Twitter Follow button below and tell them how much you'd like to Win the Valentine Hamper. All new Facebook Likes and Twitter Followers will be entered into the Draw.
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The Draw will take place on Sunday 8th February and the winner will receive the prize of the Valentine Hamper, delivered by Hampers & Co., before Valentines Day!
Check out their amazing range of hampers and gifts, for every occasion at any time of year, on their website at www.HampersAndCo.com
Monday, 26 January 2015
Out of 3,620 participants in 191 countries and 20 world geographic areas there will only be 20 finalists. Four local chefs will now have to take part in a cook-off with 6 other chefs based around the British Isles to decide who will represent the region, identified in the competition as the UK/Ireland Geographical Area.
The four Irish chefs who will cook it out with some of the best young chefs in the UK and Ireland to see who will represent the region in the Final are:
You can see the full list of 10 Chefs that were chosen in the UK/Ireland Geographical Area HERE
Congratulations to them all for getting through to the Geographic Finals and we wish them the best of luck in the challenge to become S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2015.
Thursday, 8 January 2015
This intensive 12-month action learning programme gives successful candidates the combined opportunity to gain hands-on experience working with some of Ireland’s leading food companies while also gaining a Masters degree - an MSc in International Marketing Practice.
The programme blends action learning, through a year long, fully funded, foreign industry placement, with a ‘block-release’ academic business education programme. This is a Level 9 NFQ qualification.
In-Market Placement with Bord Bia clients (based overseas) early-Aug 2015 to June 2016
Block Release Academic Programme (based in Ireland). Mid-June to early-Aug 2015; 2 weeks pre Christmas and 1 week pre-Easter 2016.
Applications are welcomed from all graduates with a minimum of 2-3 years work experience. Some placements will require fluency in a second language (for example French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Russian, Polish, Japanese or Chinese.)
Placement of the Fellowship participants will be selected from locations which may include New York, London, Dubai, Sydney, Shanghai, Paris, Amsterdam, Madrid, Milan, Moscow, Düsseldorf and Warsaw.
There are 20-25 places available on this programme and participants will be selected following a rigorous and exacting recruitment process. Interested participants must be available if selected to take part in the interview and assessment process around April 2014 in Dublin (attendance on one day is required - exact dates to be confirmed) and if successful must be ready to commence the programme on the 16th June 2015.
Successful candidates must be available to commence the programme in Dublin on the 15th June.
Closing Date for Applications is 5th Mar 2015.
Sunday, 4 January 2015
There have been an amazing amount of new food businesses set up over the last year and many new products are being developed by small producers all over the Island of Ireland. Many established small food producers have also been streamlining their product offering and expanding their lines. People are testing their foods at country markets and farmers markets and getting great feedback from customers, chefs and restaurants. This obviously helps them bring a better product to market for us to enjoy.
This year, people tweeted about old-style butters, artisan bakers, flavoured vinegars, innovative seafoods, hand-dried salts, top quality meats, hand-made confectionery, unusual dips and chutneys, honeys, crisps, foraged foods and much more!
One new food product, above all others, received the most mentions. I'll save that to last! I have included a Twitter Follow button so you can easily follow them to get details of their delicious food products.
And so, here are the Top Twenty Best Irish Foods to Watch Out For in 2015 as voted for by you, the food lovers on Twitter, all over Ireland!
- Tartine Organic Bakery - Co. Dublin
Food Lover and artisan baker Thibault Peigne is passionate about baking bread and uses the finest organic ingredients and traditional methods. He has created Tartine Organic Bakery to make freshly baked sourdough breads, french pastries and cakes.
- Improper Butter - Co. Dublin
- Wild About Foods - Co. Wexford
- Goatsbridge Trout - Co. Kilkenny
- The Wild Irish Foragers & Preservers - Co. Offaly
- Abernethy Butter - Co. Down
Alison and Will Abernethy make handmade butter from local cream, handmade in churns the traditional way and patted into rolls. It is creamy and slightly salty to give a luxurious creamy taste. They also make fudge.
- Broughgammon Farm Kid Goat - Co. Antrim
- Rebel Chilli Hot Sauces - Co. Cork
Ken and Paul Moore's award winning 'Red Chilli with Lemongrass and Ginger' is a crowd favourite and the Cork-based Rebel Chilli range also includes the fantastically hot 'Chillionaire' and the sweet 'Jalapeno and Raspberry Jelly'.
- Irish Bee Sensations - Co. Cork
Tom and Croéin Ruttle are multi award winning producers of artisan Honey and Jams made only with their own Irish Raw Honey. They have a passion for their bees and for the reintroduction of the native Irish Bee.
- Achill Island Sea Salt - Co. Mayo
Achill Island Sea Salt was founded as a family business by Kieran, Marjorie and Sean O'Malley in July 2013, reviving the age old tradition of salt production on Achill Island, creating a sustainable and pure artisan product, which has received critical acclaim from chefs and cooks alike for its appearance, texture and taste.
- Le Fournil Bakery - Co. Donegal
In 2007, French chef Franck Pasquier retired from restaurant kitchens to set up Le Fournil Artisan Bakery in Donegal Town & Sligo. He bakes superb sourdough breads, patisserie items, tarts, croissants & much more. He also supplies the breads to Clotilde Rambaud and Tomasz Giderewicz at Le Fournil in Sligo town. Clotilde makes all the patisseries and chocolates in the Sligo store.
- Killowen Farm Yogurts - Co. Wexford
The Dunne family have been farming in Enniscorthy for nine generations. Their award winning yogurts are gluten free, low in sugar, naturally low fat and contain no artificial additives. Everyone says they taste great!
- Soul Soup - Co. Dublin
Lloyd Hamilton-Felton wanted to bring the healthiest and tastiest soups possible to soup lovers all over Ireland. He is now supplying some of Dublin's best artisan cafés and health shops.
- Keoghs Farm Crisps - Co. Dublin
Keoghs Farm say they produce Ireland’s only “hand cooked on the farm” artisan potato crisps. The family have been farming their potatoes for over 100 years and their crisps have become a favourite at home and abroad.
- John Stone Beef - Co. Longford
John Stone comes from a very long line of butchers and has been at the forefront of gourmet meat production for almost fifty years. His meats come from small manageable farms and he believes that the natural lifestyle of the cattle gives his meat it's unique and delicious flavour.
- The Foods of Athenry - Co. Galway
The old milking parlor on the Lawless family farm is now the bakery where they bake wheat and spelt soda breads & bread mixes, scones, cakes and pies as well as a range of Gluten Free breakfast cereals, cookies, crackers, flapjacks and cakes.
- Ballyhoura Mountain Mushrooms - Co. Limerick
Ballyhoura Mountain Mushrooms produce a wide range of foraged and cultivated speciality mushrooms and also a selection of handmade artisanal mushroom products. However, it was their Shiitake Dust which caught the imagination of so many people this year. This Powdered Irish Shiitake Mushroom delivers delicious buttery and umami notes making it perfect for seasoning meat, fish, vegetables, gravies, soups & sauces.
- Toons Bridge Buffalo Cheeses - Co. Cork
The first Toons Bridge buffalo calves arrived in the early spring of 2011 but their buffalo mozzarella took almost two years to perfect. A joint venture between Toby Simmonds of the Real Olive Co. and his neighbouring farmer Johnny Lynch, the dairy is now producing Buffalo Mozzarella Balls, Ricotta, Halloumi, a salty Greek-style cheese, Cachocavalio and smoked Scamorza cheeses. From time to time, milk quantities allowing, they also make buffalo milk yogurt and butter. And Ireland loves it all!
- Silver Darlings Herring - Co Limerick
Kirsti O’Kelly pickles Irish herrings according to traditional family recipes handed down from her mother and grandmother in her native Finland. She marinates the fish in a combination of mild vinegars and spices which dissolve the herring bones and keep the integrity of the fish flesh allowing it to take on the subtle flavours of aromatic spices like mustard seeds, sandalwood, cinnamon, bay leaves, cloves, pink peppercorns and fresh herbs such as dill, tarragon and coriander.
- Wild Wood Vinegars
Rathlacken, Ballina, County Mayo
Fionntan Gogarty is an artist, vinegar producer, a lover of fine food, poetry and the wild rugged west of Ireland, an organic farmer, a dry-stone-waller, a beachcomber and an innovator. He is indeed all of these things!
|Fionntan Gogarty of Wildwood Vinegars|
Wildwood Vinegars, based in the little village of Rathlackin, near Ballina in County Mayo, are a unique range of foraged wild fruit, herb, berry and blossom infused vinegars that unlock the hidden magic of nature's flavours and essences. Fionntan has only been producing them for less than a year but already they have been received with rapturous delight by all who have tasted them and have won several awards.
The fruity and flavourful vinegars are used for sauces, salad dressings, marinades, desserts and chilled as an alternative to sorbet or even added to soda-water for a refreshing soft drink!
If ever there was a product that gives you a true taste of the best of Ireland, Fionntan Gogarty's Wildwood Vinegars are just that! It's no wonder that so many people all over Ireland tweeted that this product was their Best Irish Food Find of the year.
Congrats to Fionntan and everyone else that made to Top 20 Best Irish Foods to Watch Out For in 2015. We look forward to another great year for Irish Food!
Tuesday, 23 December 2014
|The Michelin Guide - The best restaurants as selected by Michelin Guide inspectors|
I've included below a Twitter Follow Button so you can easily Follow all the Michelin Selected selected Chefs that are in Ireland! In cases where the head chef doesn't have a personal Twitter account I have mentioned the restaurant account, if available. If neither the Restaurant nor Chef have a Twitter presence I have just given a website link, but if you're out for a bit to eat there soon, tell them to get on Twitter!
Because of the nature of the catering trade, a list like this will need to be updated, so do leave a comment when there are any updates that need to be made in the future.
If you Follow all these Restaurants and Chefs on Twitter you'll have a wonderful insight into what's really going on in the kitchens of those at the forefront of Modern Irish Food!
**Two Michelin Stars Restaurants and Chefs
Excellent cooking, worth a detour
on Twitter in Ireland
Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud in Dublin City
Patrick Guilbaud and Kieran Glennon
*One Michelin Star Restaurants and Chefs
Very good cooking in its category
on Twitter in Ireland
Aniar in Galway City
Bon Appetit in Malahide, Co Dublin
Oliver Dunne and Bon App Malahide
Campagne in Kilkenny City
Chapter One in Dublin City
l'Ecrivain in Dublin
The House Restaurant at the Cliff House Hotel in Ardmore, Co. Waterford
Martijn Kajuiter and Cliff House Hotel
Lady Helen at the Mount Juliet Hotel near Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny
Thornton's at the The Fitzwilliam Hotel in Dublin City
Kevin Thornton and Fitzwilliam DUB
Bib Gourmands Restaurants and Chefs
Good food at a moderate price
on Twitter in Ireland
Republic of Ireland Bib Gourmands on Twitter
The Courthouse Restaurant, Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan
Sha-Roe Bistro Clonegall, Co Carlow (not on Twitter)
Henry and Stephanie Stone
The Chart House, Dingle, Co Kerry (not on Twitter)
Jim McCarthy. Head Chef Noel Enright
Pichet, Dublin City
Stephan Gibson and Pichet Dublin
Pig's Ear, Dublin City
Andrea Hussey, Stephen McAllister at The Pigs Ear and Head Chef Damien Derwin
Owners Liz Matthews and Simon Barrett
Downstairs, Clontarf, Co. Dublin
Aldridge Lodge, Duncannon, Co. Wexford
Owners Billy Whitty and Joanne Harding
Fishy Fishy, Kinsale, Co Cork (not on Twitter)
Wild Honey Inn, Lisdoonvarna, Clare
Aiden McGrath and Kate Sweeney
Brasserie at Bon Appétit, Malahide, Co Dublin
Oliver Dunne and Bon Appétit, Malahide
Northern Ireland Bib Gourmands on Twitter
Oregano, Ballyclare, Co. Antrim
Dermot Regan and Oregano Belfast
Bar + Grill at James Street South, Belfast City
The Bar Grill
Deanes at Queens, Belfast City
Deanes Restaurants, Michael Deane and Chris Fearon
Home, Belfast City
Home Restaurant, Mourne Seafood and Ben Arnold
Coppi, Belfast City
Coppi Restaurant, Jonny Phillips and Tony O'Neill
Fontana, Holywood, Co. Down
Old Schoolhouse Inn, Newtownards, Belfast, Co. Down
The Old School House and Will Brown
Follow the Michelin Guide Team on Twitter
I hope you enjoy connecting with these great restaurants and chefs as much as I do!
And you can also Follow Me on Twitter @IrishFoodGuide too!
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The Irish Food Guide Blog www.IrishFoodGuide.ie includes news, foodie chat, recipes, award results, links and other general information on the Food & Tourism Industry in Ireland.
It is written & curated by Zack Gallagher, Donegal Town, Co Donegal, Ireland.
“My Blog is a slice of the Irish Food ‘Network’. I’m a Chef with over 27 years experience and also have a background in media. I’m passionate about Irish Food Tourism and I believe that a rising tide really can lift all boats!”
Supporting Irish Food created by passionate producers and encouraging the Irish food & hospitality industry to use modern social media methods to increase their business.
Zack is building an all-Ireland Food Tourism network to assist Tour Operators bringing guests into Ireland to connect easily with artisan Irish food producers, so as they can experience the provenance and personality behind our Irish food.