A Celebration of Spiced Beef in Cork Cafés

media release
The Cork Character Café Series
supported by Taste Cork

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A Celebration of Spiced Beef
The Cork Character Café Series comes to life again for the festive season, joining Taste Cork to celebrate Spiced Beef.
Spiced beef is a cured and salted joint of rump or silverside beef. It is traditionally served at Christmas or the New YearCork provided the spiced and cured beef for the world's shipping industry in the 18th and 19th century meaning that there is a long tradition to learn from and keep alive.
Cork Character Cafes across the county will be telling this chapter of the Story of Cork Food from Monday 4 December – Saturday 9 December. Cafes will showcase this most emblematic of Cork foods with specially created dishes, displays and storytelling with and about spiced beef producers and associated traditions.
Over 12 cafes will be showcasing Spiced Beef including The Stuffed Olive in Bantry and Kalbos in Skibbereen. Some of the dishes and activities will be:
Urru Culinary Store, Bandon serves the Allshire family’s Rosscarbery Recipes Spiced Beef. They will feature a wholesome West Cork Spiced Beef sandwich for the week as well as samplings of young Maurice Allshire’s unique Spiced Beef Biltong experiment.
The Riverside Cafe, Skibbereen will be doing a special with William Walsh's spiced beef. He is their butcher and his father Tom supplies the cattle.
In Nash 19, Cork City the menu toasty will be spiced beef Derek O Connell ' eye of the round ' with Bandon vale cheddar, cup of seasonal soup and Nash relish. On the hot lunch menu, they will have rump carved daily melt in the mouth, casseroled red cabbage and dijon mustard cream.

Idaho Café, Cork City will be serving a wonderful crispy Quesadilla on their Christmas menu. The Quesadilla will be filled with Tim Mulcahy's spiced beef, Monterey Jack cheese, pickles and French's mustard. It's like a crispy New York deli taste, but using a spiced beef that is produced in Cork. Idaho Café love Tim Mulcahy's beef, moist, lightly but firmly spiced and evocative of Christmas and a proud history of food production in this city. €9 on their menu for that week!

On the Pigs Back, Douglas will have their popular McCarthy Spiced beef and Brie de Meaux sandwich as well as a spiced beef special on their Christmas menu.

The Cork Character Café Series, led by owner of URRU Bandon and Failte Ireland food champion, Ruth Healy, aims to gradually grow people’s awareness of what makes Cork food ‘Cork’ and to promote where people can access Cork food in its most authentic form everyday. Throughout the year, the cafés champion various themes as a way of showcasing the outstanding and distinctive producers, produce and venues in Cork.
Ruth Healy comments “We are growing a community of cafes that personify Cork’s food, served in each cafes own personal style. We tell the Cork food story collectively as well as individually on a daily basis. Our aim is to create more visitor awareness of and ease of access to distinctive Cork regional, casual food experiences.”
Across the week, participating cafés will share their stories and recipes for Spiced Beef.
Rory Prendeville, Taste Cork, says "In the run up to Christmas, the Cork Character Cafes are back to celebrate this wonderful time of year. What better way to celebrate Christmas in Cork than honouring spiced beef, a long standing tradition here. We are thrilled to support Ruth Healy's initiative to tell Cork's Food Story, and endeavour to work together with the great cafes of Cork to continuously connect the consumer with the seasons and our local produce."
About the Community of Cork Character Cafés
The community of Cork Character Cafes is evolving as the collective platform for sharing Cork’s distinctive, casual food and hospitality experiences. In 2017 over 24 cafes have participated in Cork Character Café events.  The latest Cork café opening – Good Days Deli, Nano Nagle Place – will also be joining in as is Fermoy’s Heron Cafe. The Community is becoming progressively active on social media (#ThisIsCorkFood @corkcuisine), runs the seasonally based Cork Character Café Series (specific Cork food themes on menus and activities in cafes) and hosts an annual pop up café in a novel venue.

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