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Cork’s Brown Thomas launched their Food Emporium with music, wine and, of
course, food in the store last evening. And it turned out to be a very
Cheese producers were there
in force. Great to meet, however briefly, Padraig O’Farrell of CarrigalineCheese but we’ll see him again next week on their open day. Also
there were Cooleeney,Durrus and Gubbeen, the latter with their cheese and impressive Cheese Oatcakes.
Got a glass of wine on the way
in and was soon comparing it in various glasses under guidance from Martin
Turner of Riedel, in town
especially for the event. The proper glass sure makes a difference – you can
take that from an ex-sceptic! And the experience was repeated later with a
lovely Pinot Noir (innocent Bystander) from Ballymaloe Wines , who have been in
the Emporium for the past few months.
Ballymaloe indeed strongly
supported the event last evening and there was a sweet finish with their pastry
chef JR Ryall providing us with some gorgeous chocolate truffles to
match with the dessert wine.
But before that we had some great
tastings. The Castlemartyr Resorteven had a menu of good things to try and there was no
shortage of volunteers. Tom Durcan, delighted with his Gold at the Blas as the weekend, had his corned and spiced beef on show.
Met Burren Smokehouse's Birgitta Curtinagain, after the
Blas Awards in Dingle, and this time got to taste her glorious smoked salmon.
There too was Arun from Green Saffron dishing out a perfect
Chicken Korma. By the way, look out for his new Spice Blends and those
luxurious Cook-in Sauces, so easy, so good.
It is a busy time too for Timoleague’s
Anthony Creswell of Ummera Smokehouse. He smokes salmon, duck, bacon and chicken, all
terrific and regulars on menus on top restaurants, now at the Emporium and also
available online. And then we had Una’s Pies, a really top product as her regular awards at Blas Na
hEireann underline. Una is also a regular at Mahon Point Farmers Market.
And from the kingdom itself
came Sam of Cloudberry Bakerywho make artisan cakes and desserts - anything from
colourful cake pops and cupcakes to show-stopping wedding cakes. Cloudberry was
a Blas winner in 2012. So pop into the
Emporium and treat yourself.
Very good but better in Riedel
We were very well treated
last night – even got my pic taken with Rachel Allen – and there was a bonus of
a goodie bag on exit. Well done to the folks at Brown Thomas and best of luck
for the Christmas season.
Ballymaloe have hit the city with their new pop-up wine shop upstairs at Brown Thomas, by the Table Restaurant. Their new space has quite a catchy design and you can’t miss it!
The shop opened last Thursday and I called this week and had a great chat with Colm McCan and Fionn Little. Colm, the sommelier at Ballymaloe, tells me the older wines and natural wines are being kept in their on-site Eurocave which has three temperature settings. “It will be just like getting the bottle from the cellars in Ballymaloe.”
Colm, as you probably know, is very keen on his sherry and has quite a few on display here, including some En Rama. But Port lovers are not forgotten and Madeira fanciers have a good selection to choose from.
Colm is looking forward to having a few tastings in the store over the coming weeks and he is also high-lighting the Wine Geese events with a fine display of wines with Irish connections.
The wine shop has something for everyone. Colm: “We have wines from €12.50 upwards, bubbles from €14.95.” So why not pop in to the pop up and have a chat with the friendly folks there and see what suits you from the large selection on offer.
Cloudberry Bakery are also new to the Emporium in Brown Thomas. Had a chat with Sam and she told me they make artisan cakes and desserts - anything from colourful cakepops and cupcakes, to show-stopping wedding cakes. “Our ingredients include Belgian chocolate, unsalted butter, Madagascan vanilla and local free-range eggs.”
Sampled their chocolate brownie which was gorgeous but the bite that really caught my attention was of one of their tempting Macarons. This was the lemon, made using with their own lemon curd. It was different to the norm and absolutely delicious! So now you have two calls to make when next you’re in Brown Thomas.
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Amicus RestaurantWe attended the Eat the Street Awards Ceremony at the weekend. A very
entertaining and fun event! Not only are these girls excellent restaurant
critics, they are also talented singers, dancers and actors! We took away two
awards: Spiciest Food for our chicken wings and Best Service for the warm
welcome, friendly staff and the nicest Manager they had ever met. (Damien)
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Manning's EmporiumWe are looking for an experienced barista and deli counter assistant. Ideally someone who would have basic knowledge of Irish Farmhouse cheese and an interest in artisan food products. If this sounds like you or someone you know please email firstname.lastname@example.org with contact details.
Griffin’s Garden Centre
Tomorrow is Fiver Friday and what a great menu:
A Home-grown Salad Dish and Granny Griffin's Home-baked Brown Bread with Free Tea or Coffee for just €5!
Aghabullogue Angus Beef Hotpot topped with sautéed potatoes (gluten free)
Breaded Fillet of Haddock served with chips and a homemade tartar sauce
served from 12:30pm, only while stocks last!