It saddens The Menu to study of the approaching demise of a relatively new meals truck enterprise — Sebastian Thommen’s Cork-based Toast Pantry & Coffee Bar — that started with such potential again in May 2020. But he can’t assist feeling he’s not alone in dreaming of the chances inherent in snaffling mentioned meals truck as first prize in a raffle.
Each ticket prices simply €12.
It’s a small value to pay for an opportunity of buying an exquisitely fitted out meals trailer, a professionally restored Nineteen Sixties Rice horsebox trailer, powered by tremendous quiet mills, with espresso machine and totally kitted-out and dealing HACCP-approved kitchen, together with iPad, SumUp card cost terminal, until, and printer: just about all the necessities to get your personal cellular meals enterprise up and working.
Should the goal of 5,000 tickets bought not be achieved, then the winner will obtain a money prize equal to tickets bought by September 30. 5% of all monies raised can be donated to Pieta.ie
- To purchase a ticket, search ‘Win Food and Coffee Trailer’ on raffall.com
The Cool Food School has launched a brand new interactive on-line course for Irish pre-schoolers, aiming to encourage an curiosity in meals and develop wholesome consuming habits in youngsters of all ages.
‘Food Fun For Pre-schoolers’ has been specifically developed by The Cool Food School’s award-winning Founder and BTEC-qualified well being coach, Deirdre Doyle, and this new course of six digital video workshops, can even assist deal with neophobia — a concern of recent meals which is quite common amongst younger youngsters aged two and upwards and might even influence on their diets.
These expertly led and designed modules may be loved together with your youngsters at your leisure.
And an accompanying useful resource field consists of Kiddies Food Kutter and Safety Food Peeler to assist empower youngsters to cut and peel fruit and greens, in addition to seeds for rising lettuce.
- A particular introductory provide (working till March 10) sees the course obtainable for a six-month interval for €99.99, utilizing low cost code EARLYBIRD on thecoolfoodschool.ie
Do take a look at a really good cooking demo (March 2) in MTU’s Department of Tourism and Hospitality, as a part of the month-long Innovation Festival, with three high-quality Cork-based cooks: Pam Kelly (The Farmgate) options native produce; Michelin-starred Ahmet Dede (Dede on the Customs House) options foraged substances; and Meadhbh Halton (head chef, Cafe Paradiso) and Denis Cotter (govt chef/proprietor, Cafe Paradiso) on plant-based meals.
- Text 085 851 4355 for additional information
The very fantastic and totally partaking Lynne Coyle, Master of Wine, hosts a five-course wine dinner (March 10) in partnership with O’Brien’s Wine within the delightfully tasteful Grill Room at The River Lee lodge, becoming a member of high sommelier, Philip Dunne, to deal with sustainability, natural practices and biodiversity in wine, together with two of Lynne’s personal Spanish creations.
While first considerations round Russia’s hideous warfare on Ukraine can solely centre on the horrible plight of the Ukrainian individuals, there isn’t any query its influence can be felt round world, together with an enormous disruption of European and world meals provide chains and manufacturing.
Both Russia and Ukraine are enormous meals producers, together with one-third of worldwide wheat exports, 75% of sunflower oil exports and huge portions of barley, soy and different grains.
All of the aforementioned contribute to the worldwide livestock fodder provide, on which Ireland’s dairy and livestock sectors so closely depends — we too are extraordinarily susceptible.
This is the most recent and most severe of an ongoing collection of geopolitical occasions which more and more make a mockery of the abandonment of the native Irish horticulture sector, when a mix of State and EU coverage starting within the 90s, allied to below-cost promoting by the a number of grocery store chains, led to the decimation of the standard Irish horticultural sector.
Many of these standard growers are receiving the identical costs they obtained 20 years in the past so it’s no shock in any way that so many are actually abandoning the sector for good, frequently decreasing our entry to contemporary, native seasonal produce. In such troubled occasions, The Menu finds it to be a higher privilege than ever to reside within the ‘breadbasket’ of County Cork, surrounded by so many nice, small different producers of seasonal, usually natural greens and fruit provisioning native provide chains.
However, not all residents are so fortunate to have such easy accessibility to shops (by farmer’s markets, CSAs, Box Schemes, farm gate gross sales, freelancertamal retailers and many others) for contemporary, seasonal Irish produce.
This is the place Harvest Day is available in, providing a supply service of freshly harvested and seasonal natural Irish produce sourced from a community of natural farmers across the nation.
The listing of these concerned consists of Beechlawn Organic Farm, Co Galway; Coolnagrower Organics, Co Offaly; Riversfield Organic Farm, Co Kilkenn and Larkin’s Hill Farm, Co Tipperary.
There is a good selection of Irish premium specialty meals merchandise and recipe playing cards for dishes containing that week’s contemporary produce, and it may all be delivered to the doorstep anyplace within the nation, with the choice of returning used containers. The Menu most not too long ago loved a field containing beautiful contemporary and natural celeriac, pink cabbage, potatoes, carrots, Brussel sprouts, leeks, heritage kale and mushrooms together with Eve’s Leaves Smoked Tomato Relish, Lacystown Gardens’ Apple & Pear Juice, Nutshed Peanut Butter, Jamshack Marmalade and Isle of Crackers black olive crackers.
And with such a smorgasbord of best Irish produce handy, he kind of had his total procuring executed for the week!