And speaking of Kilkenny, that fabulous cook, Garret Byrne, has now opened Campagne in the city, on Gashouse Lane
Did you know that the average meal that sits on your plate has accumulated no fewer than 26,000 kms to get there! Janey Mac! So, to get a taste of how to do it differently, get yourself along to the 1st Clare Harvest banquet, in the Falls Hotel, Ennistymon, on Friday September 19th at 8pm. Everything that will be cooked and consumed here will be from the county: honey; ice-cream; vegetables; fruit, butter, meat; fish...the lot. Contact Sinead on 085 760 7037, or the Falls Hotel on 065 707 1004 for tickets which cost €50 each. All proceeds to the Asral charity.
Kenyon Street in Nenagh, Co Tipperary is planning a Community Harvest Lunch, on Sunday 21st September. There will be a long table, not for profit lunch, with beef from Michael Seymour's farm, organic salad leaves from Dermot O'Meara, potatoes from Mossfield organic farm, and desserts from Nenagh country market. A brilliant idea, with Peter Ward of County Choice at the helm of the initiative, and he is joined by Cinnamon Alley, The Peppermill, The Pantry and The Ormond Hotel, and you can get tickets at all those addresses. A family ticket for 2 adults and 2 kids costs €50, adult tickts are €20, kids cost a mere tenner. The lunch will run from 4pm to 7pm, with a food history walking tour of the town starting at 2.30pm.
And speaking of Mossfield Farm, congrats to Ralph Haslam who grabbed the Great Taste gong for best Irish cheese. We could hardly believe our ears when Ralph was suddenly on Morning Ireland! What next! A Slow Food report from Terre Madre fronted by Aine and Cathal...