Category Archives: Listings of Events

Have you checked out Ranelagh’s new ‘Bar & Kitchen’, formerly Russell’s and now reinvented as Taphouse? I have, and my review of it will run next Friday in the Indo’s Day & Night Magazine. (Tomorrow’s review features Forest Avenue, the new restaurant off Leeson Street which I bet you’re set to hear lots about if you haven’t already.) But in the meantime, there’s a little gathering tonight in Ranelagh’s Taphouse which might be of interest if you’re in the hood, and if you like the sound of free beer and cheese? The people from Knockdrinna Farmhouse Cheese in Kilkenny have put their heads together with the Little Milk Company and some of Ireland’s best craft brewers, and come up with a new cheese called ‘Brewer’s Gold’… Read the rest of this entry

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Shopping like it used to be!

Remember when – back in the days that airlines used to give you free booze – you could look forward to a good old-fashioned feed during your supermarket shop? Fridays were the best day for it, when you were almost guaranteed an aul cocktail sausage or two not to mention a cube of cheddar cheese. Never mind that you were seven years old and not yet in charge of the household purse strings. If you were really lucky you might get a taste of one of those hallucinogenically salty Findus pancakes that your ma wouldn’t dream of letting into her hallowed trolley. If you’re feeling nostalgic for the good old days, pop into Donnybrook Fair this coming Friday (13th – shh) for a good old-fashioned free feed… Read the rest of this entry

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Do you believe in the power of wonky SPUDS?

Here’s a question that just popped up in my inbox: Can a wonky potato, some markers and a packet of crisps change the course of Irish Agriculture? It was asked by a woman who will be familiar to many people interested in the future of Irish food, the inimitable Kaethe Burt-O’Dea. The implicit question being posed by Kaethe was also, do you fancy a healthy and unique day out this coming weekend, where your physical work out is rewarded by a bag of spuds for the Christmas table AND a good story to tell while you’re eating them, one that involves you helping to save the future of Irish agriculture? Kaethe is one of founders and drivers of SPUDS, which was launched in 2012 “as a proactive response to the decision to trial genetically modified (GM) blight resistant potatoes in Ireland”. Read the rest of this entry

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Tuscan tasting

If you’re in the market for a mid-week treat, and if a top-notch five-course dinner with gorgeous matching wines presented by an internationally renowned wine-maker sounds like your bag, then you are indeed in for a treat this week. Read the rest of this entry

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A Taste of Mexico

This week Dublin is getting a Taste of Mexico, thanks to the return of the annual ‘food and culture festival’. I’m reliably informed that tequila and mezcal are counted as the latter (culture) and I imagine that they have in their time been considered by some as the former (they’re certainly delicious enough) but either way, both feature big in this week’s celebrations. Last night I attended a free tequila talk & tasting in the Cervantes Institute in Lincoln House, Lincoln Place, off Nassau Street. The same spot plays host at 7pm tonight to a free mezcal tasting – read on for details on this and other mescal events at the weekend. Read the rest of this entry

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Guerilla Gourmet Club seasonal treats

I’m looking forward to this coming Friday’s Guerrilla Gourmet Club, described as a “one night only popup autumn harvest dinner”, when I’ll have some of the season’s best ingredients cooked in suitably elaborate style. The dinner takes place in the The Royal College of Surgeons at 7pm, Friday 15 November, when they will serve a menu created by Ross Golden-Bannon (my ex-editor, formerly of FOOD&WINE Magazine) and Temple Garner of San Lorenzo in Dublin’s Georges Street (formerly head chef at The Mermaid Café and head chef/founder of Town Bar and Grill). I love Temple’s cooking. It is full of big generous flavours and executed with subtle skill. Perfect for the generously flavoured ingredients of this time of year… Read the rest of this entry

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The Blind Pig comes of age

Is it too soon to embrace the Christmas spirit? It can be hard to know. But if you’re looking for an excuse to get the season started, The Blind Pig have thought of two. Of a Tuesday! Yes, that’s this Tuesday 4th December. Too soon? Read the rest of this entry

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From spoon to screen: the whys and hows of food blogging

WHAT? I’ll be hosting a discussion tomorrow night in the National Library of Ireland with a panel of some of the top food bloggers in the country. The event is part of the Library’s ongoing ‘Kitchen Archive’ series which has been focussing on how recipes and culinary skills have been communicated through the centuries in Ireland. Read the rest of this entry

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Supper on the Square

If you’re at a loose end on Saturday evening (10th November) you could drop a line (by following this link) to the good folks in Dublin’s Merrion Square and pop your name on the waiting list for their inaugural Merrion Square Supper Club. Read the rest of this entry

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Free lunch from tomorrow’s top chefs, anyone?

Wanna win a sneak-preview taste of Ireland’s future?

Next Tuesday 30th October, five of Ireland’s hottest young chefs will compete in Stage 2 of the annual Euro-toques Young Chef of the Year competition. It’s a big deal for up-and-coming chefs (previous winners include a fellow called Neven Maguire, who you may have heard of since) and a cleverly run competition emphasising all the things core to Euro-toques values: creativity, authenticity, seasonality and a commitment to the celebration of local food producers. Read the rest of this entry

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