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Irish Organic Mussel Soup Shortlisted

A record number of Irish seafood companies will participate at Seafood Expo Global, the world’s largest seafood trade fair, taking place in Brussels this week (May 6th – 8th). Irish Organic Mussel Soup Shortlisted for International Award Bord Bia is coordinating the presence of some 21 companies who will showcase their produce to over 25,000 […]

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Food-e-Matters» Ireland

Blanco Nino for Ireland

blanco nino

Blanco Niño is building Europe’s first real corn tortilla factory in Ireland, and they’re partnering with great Irish farmers to do so. [Read more…]

Opportunity for Irish Food Entrepreneurs

Dublin Food Academy Start, a new programme aimed at supporting and nurturing start-up food entrepreneurs, gets under way on February 7th. The pioneering initiative will help Irish entrepreneurs get their local produce onto national and international supermarket shelves. Opportunity for food companies Organised by the four Dublin County and City Enterprise Boards with the support […]

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Dining Card joins Restaurant Association of Ireland

Discount Dining Card Bon Appétit Card joins forces with Restaurant Association of Ireland (RAI) to help Irish restaurants get more exposure nationally and internationally.

Improving business opportunities for Irish restaurants, Bon Appétit Card will also help locals benefit from great discounts at their favourite food hotspots.

Formed in 1970, RAI was created with the initial purpose of forming a strong lobby that would represent the industry at Government level on various issues from taxation to liquor licensing.

Thanks to the Association’s efforts in 1986, VAT was reduced from 25% to 10%.

Today RAI represents more than 600 members in fine dining, casual dining, ethnic, family, Coffee Shops, Hotels and Pub restaurants.

Launched last year, Bon Appétit Card has been delivering amazing discounts for the most beautiful restaurants in Europe and will now offer the same service to Irish pub, hotels and restaurants.

Granting its very lucky members an up to 50% off discount, this new club for food lovers gives international diners the key to explore different restaurants without the burden of overpriced bills or, even worse, embarrassing vouchers.

After joining forces with Emirate NBD bank and bringing the very best Middle East ‘cuisine’ on board, Bon Appétit Card will now focus on Ireland establishing a strong network of gourmets, opportunity chasers and business entrepreneurs.

Speaking about the launch, Peter Ayo Marpuri said:

“We started Bon Appétit Card because we wanted to create a recession proof system for both restaurants and consumers. Thanks to our discounts, locals and travels have the chance to be more loyal to their favourite restaurants or just explore new ones; with the result of restaurants being able to continue trading in this tough economic times.”

With over 800 affiliated restaurants and many discounts at theme parks, golf clubs, theatre shows, musicals and so much more, this exclusive organisation knows exactly how to make its members happy and, always, on trend.

Bon Appétit Card is an international club and a shining card accepted nationally and internationally. Once bought, you won’t have to buy anything else or print any other offers.

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School For Irish Food Lovers

Mexican feasts, BBQ Pulled Pork, Indian Spices and Beer Crust Pizzas are all on the menu at the Cloughjordan House Cookery School next year.

The cookery school, based at the 400 year-old Cloughjordan House in North Tipperary, is unveiling the full programme of classes for 2014 today under the theme of ‘Feast for the Senses.’

A memorable gift idea for food lovers, the Head of the Cookery School, Sarah Baker, has teamed up members of the Tipperary Food Producers network, along with well-known food producers and food writers from around the country.

Announcing the line-up, Baker said: “Feast for the Senses is our most ambitious programme to date. We wanted to design a range of classes that would appeal to both food lovers and those with an interest in trying new recipes and flavours, all hosted by well-known and highly regarded food producers and experts.”

Once a month for the whole year, starting on January 25th, a half day class will be hosted using seasonal and locally-produced food which is mostly grown in the Cloughjordan farm and garden. The class includes a three course lunch and is being run in association with Glenisk yogurts.

Pat Whelan from James Whelan Butchers, winner of the ‘Online Champion’ award at the Bord Bia Food & Drink Awards, is offering a hands-on class on February 15th. The fifth-generation farmer and butcher will be preparing recipes from his latest book, giving advice around buying, preparing and cooking meat.

For barbeque lovers, Brendan O’ Connell, who is also known as ‘BBQ Joe’, will be sharing recipes for both meat eaters and vegetarians on April 5th.

Veronica Molloy, who has been making jams under the ‘Crossogue Preserves’ label since the 1960s, will be teaching the basics of jam, jelly and chutney making on June 14th. Meanwhile, Colleen O’ Hara will be sharing tips, ideas and recipes for fish and shellfish on September 6th.

The founder of the Irish Food Bloggers Association, Caroline Hennessy, will be showing guests how to properly taste, match and savour Irish craft beer on October 11th, with recipe ideas. On November 1st, Arun Kapil from the spice specialists, Green Saffron, will be hosting a class around how to grind, blend and cook with farm-fresh Indian spices. Lily Ramirez-Foran, the food blogger behind A Mexican Cook, will be demonstrating how to plan, prepare and cook a Mexican feast on November 29th.

Other culinary highlights in the 2014 programme include a ‘Cooking for Communion and Conformation Parties’ on March 1st, ‘Nutrition for Babies and Toddlers’ class on May 24th and a Christmas Party themed class on December 13th.

Prices for the classes start at €85 per person and further details are available from Cloughjordan House also offers on-site accommodation, with special offers for Bed and Breakfast for those booking a cookery class.

Sarah Baker won the ‘Emerging Businesswoman of the Year’ Award at the Network Ireland Business Women of the Year Awards 2013, having won this category at the County competition which was sponsored by the Tipperary North County Enterprise Board.

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The Chocolate Garden of Ireland

The Chocolate Garden of Ireland

The Chocolate Garden of Ireland

The Chocolate Garden of Ireland, owned by sheep farmers turned award-winning chocolatiers, Jim and Mary Healy will, this November, be the third ‘Your Business On TV’ competition winner to feature on Shopping from Home, the home shopping series on RTE One. [Read more…]

Georgina Campbell Awards 2013

Georgina Campbell Awards 2013

Georgina Campbell Awards 2013

Representatives of the very best in Irish hospitality gathered at Bord Bia in Dublin for the announcement of the 2013 Georgina Campbell Awards, associated with the respected Georgina Campbell’s Ireland independent hospitality guides, and Ireland’s most popular independent hospitality and travel website These are Ireland’s longest-running hospitality awards, and highly respected by the industry. [Read more…]

Food For Thought At Irish Food Forum

Next month, FoodCentral in Dublin is set to be the location for one of the most important gatherings of the year for businesses involved in the Capital’s food sector. The Dublin Food Chain is organising its evening Food Forum on Tuesday, October 2nd, which is being hosted by Keelings and FoodCentral in St. Margaret’s, close […]

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Tantalise your Taste Buds

Get down to Skibereen in West Cork and join in celebrating the humble spud at A Taste of West Cork (September 10th- 16th). See the spud as you have never seen it before as chefs from Cornwall, Wales, Brittany, Scotland, the Isle of Man and Ireland use potatoes from their regions in the Celtic Cook-Off competition.

Paul Flynn will be the chef flying the flag for Ireland. Hosted by John McKenna, this promises to be great fun – and educational! The Waterford Harvest Festival also continues all week.

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Dublin Food Forum 2011

Fingal Enterprise Week

Fingal Enterprise Week

Fingal Enterprise Week got off to a flying start with the first ever Dublin Food Forum taking place.

Hosted by Country Crest at their headquarters in Lusk, two hundred guests from the food and agri-food sectors across the capital attended the inaugural meeting, organised by the Fingal County Enterprise Board and the Dublin Food Chain to mark Fingal Enterprise Week. [Read more…]