Update on "An Afternoon in Ballymaloe House including Sunday Lunch"

issued 06.11.17

Dear MWDC Members & Friends

We're delighted to be able to bring you more details of our Sunday Trip to Ballymaloe on November 19th. As suspected, the event is filling up fast, but we still have some spaces available if you didn't get a chance to book yet. We will also be opening the event up to non-members. Book by email: mwdcircle@gmail.com
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11.30   Depart from Cork City Hall by bus
12.15   Guided Walk of the Garden & Farm  
1.15     Aperitif and Talk with Kinsale Mead in The Conservatory. Canapés to match.  
1.30     Lunch (4-Course lunch including Wine and Tea & Coffee - dessert will be from the famous dessert trolley Ballymaloe is so famous for!)       
                                             
After Lunch
- Brief AGM (update of the society's current status, outline of some of the events for 2018 - ideas for 2018 will be welcomed)    
- Raffle with some nice prices.   
- Craft Fair -  Admission to The Craft Fair which will be taking place in the Grainstore, so you can start your Christmas shopping!

5.30-6.00pm approx Return to Cork City Hall by bus

Following a committee meeting last week, it was agreed that we could subsidise the event for members by €5pp, so instead of €65 for members, the price is now €60. 
The price for non-members is €75.  

(includes Bus, Tour, Aperitif and Canapés, 4-Course Lunch with wine and Admission to Craft Fair) 
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We are currently accepting proposals for new members for the coming year, so if you'd like to become a member, can you send me an email? We will also have membership forms on the day if non-members attending would like to join.   
We really look forward to seeing you at our last event of the year! 

All the best
Beverley              
  
issued 24.10.17


Dear MWDC Members 

We've had a great year of events and we are delighted to close out the year in style with  "An Afternoon in Ballymaloe House including Sunday Lunch" - Sunday November 19th (see full details below): 
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11.30   Depart from Cork City Hall by bus
12.15   Walk about the Garden & Farm  
1.15     Aperitif in The Conservatory 
1.30     Lunch (4-Course lunch with Tea & Coffee including dessert from the famous dessert trolley which Ballymaloe is so famous for!)                                                    
After Lunch
Craft Fair - Members will have admission to The Craft Fair which will be taking place in the Grainstore   

5.30pm approx Return to Cork City Hall by bus

Price  €65 (includes Bus, Tour, Aperitif, 4-Course Lunch and Admission to Craft Fair) 

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A little about Ballymaloe House from their website: 
Myrtle and Ivan Allen opened Ballymaloe House to the public as a restaurant in 1964 and later as a guesthouse. This historic Irish country house is located in beautiful East Cork and is still managed by the Allen family and continues to be celebrated internationally as the home of Irish Country cuisine and warm hospitality.
Set deep in a 300 acre farm, the menus are written daily around the seasonal vegetables grown on the farm just as Mrs Allen always did.  Although times have changed, the essential spirit of Ballymaloe House is rooted in the relationship from the farm to the table which underlies the elegance of Irish Country House cooking. 
As this is our last event of the year, we will hold our AGM (as we did last year in Ballyvolane House) when we will welcome suggestions for the MWDC and ideas for the coming year. In the meantime, if anyone has any ideas for next year's programme, you can email them to me before the AGM. 
  
If you know of anyone who might like to become a member next year, we are currently accepting proposals, so please pass on our details to them. 

And if you missed it, last month's Walking Tour of the Historical Food Sites of Cork City led by Cork Billy followed by traditional lunch in Jacques was another fantastic day out and opened our eyes to places of interest that we would normally walk past without giving them a second thought. We'd like to thank Billy for his research and tour guiding (and for the sweets from Linehans!) and to Eithne and Jacque from Jacques for putting on a delicious spread! There'll be more great events like this next year! 

We look forward to seeing you at our last event of the year! 

All the best
Beverley              

  
Ballymaloe House

issued 11.09.17
Dear MWDC Members 


There are still a few spaces left for the Historical Walking Tour this Saturday 16th September followed by a fabulous traditional lunch in Jacques. If you'd still like to sign up, can you send me an email by Wednesday 13th. So far the weather looks to be on our side, but bring a raincoat and umbrella just in case. This promises to be a fantastic day. See details of event below: Non-members also welcome.     

16th. Walking Tour of the Historical Food Sites With Cork Billy & Lunch in Jacques
Starting at 12pm on Cornmarket Street (outside The Cornstore) Cork Billy will lead us through the markets and streets of Cork City stopping off at key places that played an important role in forming Cork's rich food culture. Billy has put together a fascinating itinerary - you'd be surprised how many places we pass on a daily basis not knowing their relevance in our food history. 
The walk is bound to build an appetite, so Eithne and Jacque will lay on a traditional 3-course lunch for us in Jacques, which will pay homage to some of the local producers met along the way. 
The price for the walk and lunch for members is €30. Non-members €40. Please send an email to this email address by Friday 8th September if you'd like to attend.   mwdcircle@gmail.com 
The walk will take place rain or shine, so umbrellas and raincoats are advisable! 

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday

All the best

Beverley              

issued 29.08.17

Dear MWDC Members 

We hope you're enjoying the last of the summer and are gearing up for Autumn. 

For those of you who missed our Midsummer Trip to Gubbeen, Billy Lyons has captured it brilliantly here for you to read at your leisure. http://www.corkbilly.com/2017/07/the-fergusons-and-gubbeen-bug-family.html 

In summary, it was a very special day out - one of those trips that will stay with us for a long time. It was great to see the farm, which has been in the Ferguson family for 6 generations, and meet the people behind it, who nurture the land they have inherited to keep traditions alive. Resting on one's laurels, however, is not a Ferguson family trait and it was great to see how the younger generation are forging their way steadily into the 21st century, shaping Gubbeen for the future. 
We’d like to thank Giana, Fingal, Clovisse and Tom for their incredible warmth and hospitality. Definitely one of the highlights of the year!    

And we have 2 more wonderful events to look forward to in the Autumn. 
Next date for the diary is:  
September 16th. Walking Tour of the Historical Food Sites With Cork Billy & Lunch in Jacques
Starting at 12pm on Cornmarket Street (outside The Cornstore) Cork Billy will lead us through the markets and streets of Cork City stopping off at key places that played an important role in forming Cork's rich food culture. Billy has put together a fascinating itinerary - you'd be surprised how many places we pass on a daily basis not knowing their relevance in our food history. 
The walk is bound to build an appetite, so Eithne and Jacque will lay on a traditional 3-course lunch for us in Jacques, which will pay homage to some of the local producers met along the way. 
The price for the walk and lunch for members is €30. Non-members €40. Please send an email to this email address, mwdcircle@gmail.com by Friday 8th September if you'd like to attend.   
The walk will take place rain or shine, so umbrellas and raincoats are advisable! 

Our last event of the year will be on Sunday November 19th when we spend An Afternoon in Ballymaloe with SundayLunch. 
Full details to follow shortly but please mark it in the diary. 

As this is our last event of the year, we will hold our AGM (as we did last year in Ballyvolane House) when we will welcome suggestions for the MWDC and ideas for the coming year. In the meantime, if anyone has any ideas for next year's programme, you can email them to me before the AGM. 

Finally, if you know of anyone who might like to become a member next year, we are currently accepting proposals, so please pass on our details to them. 

We look forward to seeing you at one our both of the Autumn events! 

All the best
Beverley  

Issued 16.06.17

GUBBEEN VISIT
Fingal and Gianna Ferguson of Gubbeen
Dear MWDC Members 

We're delighted to bring you details of our Midsummer outing to Gubbeen in West Cork on Friday 7th July. This will be an all-day trip, leaving Cork City Hall at 10.15am and heading to Gubbeen Farm situated outside the fishing village of Schull in West Cork. 

Gubbeen Farm is a 250 acre farm run by the Ferguson family for many generations. They have many strings to their bow, including a smokehouse, dairy and cheesemaking facility, and more recently knife-making. So the programme will be jam-packed with a farm walk, tour of the smokehouse and dairy, demo by Fingal Ferguson on knife-making, a walk around the beautiful gardens, and a fabulous 3-course lunch prepared by Clovisse Ferguson. There may even be time after for a leisurely stop-off in Schull for some post-prandial refreshments. 

We estimate arriving back in Cork in the early evening, around 7.30pm - 8pm although, this may be subject to change. 

Gubbeen has a reputation for producing some of the best farmhouse produce in Ireland, so this promises to be a really memorable taste experience! As usual spaces are limited, so can you RSVP to mwdcircle@gmail.com by Thursday 30th June if you'd like to attend. Please also notify us of any dietary requirements when booking. 

The price for the trip is €55pp which includes tours of the smokehouse, dairy, farm, etc, 3-course lunch with wine.. and bus to and from Schull. 

I will send out details of how to pay by bank transfer to the MWDC Account shortly if you'd prefer to pay by bank transfer.      

Also, don't forget to mark in the diary our walking tour of the historical food sites of Cork City and Saturday market on Cornmarket Street led by Cork Billy, followed by traditional lunch in Jacques, which will pay homage to some of the local producers met along the way. The walk takes place on September 16th at 12pm.   

For those who missed our last event with SuperValu Wine Buyer Kevin O'Callaghan in L'Atitude where we all became 'Wine Buyers" for the evening, you can catch it here courtesy of Billy Lyons - http://www.corkbilly.com/2017/05/why-we-select-wines-we-do-supervalus.html. This was a really fun and educational tasting and we are very grateful to Kevin for lending us so much of his valuable time!    

We look forward to seeing you in July for another great MWDC event! 

All the best
Beverley  

issued 22.05.17
SuperValu Wine Tasting 24.05.17
Just a quick reminder that our next event is taking place this week on Wednesday 24th at 7.30pm in L'Atitude. 

Kevin O’Callaghan, head wine buyer for Musgrave Retail Partners with 26 years working directly with wine will present a small sample of his Specially Sourced Wine range. He will take you through his selection process, what is required, what works and will explain what it takes for a wine to get on the shelf in SuperValu and Centra showing you how he measures the wines he sells to the country. This will be a fun and lively tasting where the seriousness of the evening will be determined by the audience and not the speaker. Kevin promises to take the wine seriously, but less so himself. 

Kevin will have a tester on the evening to allow you to have some fun and do his job for him. The L'Atitude Kitchen will lay on some canapés to punctuate the tastes. 

Kevin’s quote: “Straight from the movies ‘with great power, comes great responsibility’, that’s what I feel in my job. Selling millions bottles each year has equal responsibility and I tax myself in ensuring all the wines I stamp, over delivers for your wallet.”     

The event starts at 7.30pm. Tickets €20. Please send me an email if you'd like to attend.    

We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday for another great MWDC event! 

Book via: mwdcircle@gmail.com


issued: 15.05.17

SuperValu Wine Tasting 24.05.17

Our 3rd event of the year was a huge success and the sun even came out as we headed for Kinsale to visit Black's Brewery and Distillery, The Spaniard and finally to dinner at the Man Friday. As usual Billy Lyons has captured the events of day wonderfully and you can read all about it here http://www.corkbilly.com/2017/04/blacks-and-man-friday-highlights-of.html  

We're delighted to bring you details of our next event happening next Wednesday May 24th in L'Atitude when Chief Wine Buyer with Super-Valu Kevin O'Callaghan will give a talk on what it's like to buy wine for a large scale wine buyer. Kevin will present some of Super Valu's proposed new wines in a fun tasting where the MWDC members will form a Selection Panel and see what choosing wine for a large scale wine retailer is like. The L'Atitude Kitchen will lay on some canapés to punctuate the tastes. 

The event starts at 7.30pm. Tickets €20. The MWDC now has a new bank account to facilitate payment for events - I will send out the account details shortly. 

Please send an email to this email address mwdcircle@gmail.com if you'd like to attend. RSVP by Friday 19th May. 

We look forward to seeing you next week for another great MWDC event! 

All the best
Beverley  


After a fantastic first outing of the year to Barry's Tea, we're delighted to bring you the final details of the next MWDC event: see details below:  

Friday April 21st Trip to Kinsale (Blacks Brewery/The Spaniard/Man Friday) 
Depart Cork City Hall at 3pm (by bus). We'll begin the day with a tour of "Black’s Brewery" and tasting of their craft beer and gin. This will be followed by a brief stop-off in The Spaniard for an aperitif before dinner in "Man Friday" which will consist of a 3-couse meal prepared by the younger generation in this famous long-established Kinsale restaurant. 
Return to Cork City by bus at around 9.30pm
The cost for the Kinsale trip is €55pp and includes bus, tour of Black's Brewery and Tasting and 3-Course Meal in Man Friday. Spaces are limited, so we would advise you to book soon, and please let me know of any dietary requirements.     

The next event on the calendar will be Super-Valu Wine Selection Panel in L'Atitude 51 on Wednesday May 24th 
Tasting with Super-Valu's Top Buyer Kevin O'Callaghan. Kevin will present some of Super Valu's proposed new wines in a fun tasting where the MWDC members will form a Selection Panel and see what choosing wine for a large scale wine retailer is like. Full details (time, meeting point and price) to be announced shortly.  

We look forward to seeing you on one of the upcoming events! 

All the best 
Beverley 
MWDC Secretary  
   

Dear MWDC Members

I hope you're all enjoying the long weekend! 

Just a quick reminder that our first official event of 2017 is happening this Wednesday 22nd March with a Trip to Barry's Tea including a tour of the plant and tea tasting with Tony Barry. 

This is a free event, but numbers are extremely limited. We do have a couple of spaces left, so can you let me know if you'd like to join us? 

We will meet in the car park at Barry's Tea on the Kinsale Road at 2.15 pm

And don't forget the next event to mark in the diary is the trip to Kinsale on Friday April 21st late afternoon/evening which will include a tour of "Black’s Brewery" and tasting of their craft beer and gin, followed by an aperitif pit-stop in "The Spaniard" before dinner in "Man Friday" prepared by the younger generation in the long-established restaurant. Full details (time, meeting point and price) to be announced shortly.  

We look forward to seeing some of you on Wednesday for a spot of tea! 

All the best
Beverley 

MWDC Branch Secretary

Munster Wine & Dine Dates for 2017

Thanks to everyone who came to the 2017 Programme Launch in The Club Brasserie on Wednesday 15th February. It was great to see so many members out and many people signing up for another exciting year of events.  

The evening kicked off with a prosecco reception, courtesy of Gary O’Donovan, followed by a presentation by Cal McCarthy, from Clonakilty Black Pudding and a series of tasty tapas-style dishes expertly prepared by The Club Brasserie kitchen. Each dish was accompanied by news of an event already confirmed in the calendar- see calendar of events below. As usual Billy Lyons has captured the evening wonderfully in his blog, which you can read for yourself here: http://www.corkbilly.com/2017/02/munster-wine-dine-2017-launch-at-club.html  

2017 Programme: 
Wednesday 22nd March/Afternoon: Trip to Barry's Tea with Tour of Plant and Tasting with Tony Barry Numbers are extremely limited, so if you'd like to join up for this event, send an email expressing your interest. Full details (time, meeting point and price) to be announced shortly.  

Friday April 21st Late Afternoon/Evening Trip to Kinsale (Blacks Brewery/The Spaniard/Man Friday
Tour of "Black’s Brewery" and tasting of their craft beer and gin, followed by an aperitif pit-stop in "The Spaniard" before dinner in "Man Friday" prepared by the younger generation in the long-established restaurant. Full details (time, meeting point and price) to be announced shortly. 

Wednesday May 24th Super-Valu Wine Selection Panel in L'Atitude 51 
Tasting with Super-Valu's Top Buyer Kevin O'Callaghan. Kevin will present some of Super Valu's proposed new wines in a fun tasting where the MWDC members will form a Selection Panel and see what choosing wine for a large scale wine retailer is like. Full details (time, meeting point and price) to be announced shortly.  

Friday 7th July. Midsummer Trip - a day out in West Cork to Gubbeen Farm in Schull. The Ferguson family have worked Gubbeen Farm for many generations and are well known for their cheese, salami and, more recently, knife-making! Our hosts will be Fingal and his sister Clovis who will lead us on a tour of the farm, tell us about the cheese, the smokehouse where they produce chorizo, salami and more, and about the knife-making for which they are building quite a reputation. We will finish off the day with a special farmhouse dinner prepared by Clovis. Full details (time, meeting point and price) to be announced shortly.  
   
Saturday 16th September Walking tour of Cork's historical food sites and lunch in Jacques Bistro. Cork Billy will lead the tour around some of Cork's best-loved food sites, including the Coal Quay and Shandon, areas long associated with Cork food. We'll finish off the tour with a late leisurely lunch in Jacques where the menu may well feature some tastes that hark back to  "the good old days"! Full details (time, meeting point and price) to be announced shortly.  
     
Sunday 19th November Sunday Lunch in The Long Room in Ballymaloe 
We'll close out the year in style with a trip east to Ballymaloe for Sunday lunch in the famous Long Room. You'll be free to take a walk in the gardens beforehand and there'll be some local producers on hand to give a tasting/presentationFull details (time, meeting point and price) to be announced shortly.  

This is a programme that we feel offers something for everyone. Details for some of the events still need to be finalised (dates times of some of the events for the latter part of the year may be subject to change) , but we think that 2017 is going to be very exciting for MWDC members! Please note that spaces are quite limited for some events, so if you are interested in attending any of them, our advice is to sign up early. But please don't hold spaces if you think you may not be able to attend.

We'd like to thank Beth and Harold and all the team in Club Brasserie for hosting a fantastic launch, to Gary O'Donovan for the prosecco reception and to Cal McCarthy for his presentation on Clonakilty Black Pudding.  

For anyone who wasn't able to make it to the launch, membership renewal forms and cheques can be sent to: The MWDC C/O L'Atitude 51, 1 Union Quay, Cork. The deadline for renewing is March 8th. Per my previous mail, we are capping membership numbers at 70 for this year, so once all existing members, who wish to renew, have renewed, we will open up subscriptions to new members.     

We look forward to seeing you at one of our next events! 

All the best 
Beverley 
MWDC Secretary    

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