Biabeag Returns with The Art of Roasting Coffee

Biabeag‘s Meet The Makers series of events is back this month and with thanks to the organisers, I’d like to give two people the chance to attend on Saturday 20 September at no cost. Check below for giveaway details.

Coffee is such a hot topic in the food world at the moment so it’s pretty apt that this month’s gathering of producers draws on those involved in the world of coffee roasting.

Who’s Speaking?

Brock Lewin (Badger and Dodo), Jennifer Ryan (Ponaire) and Ferg Brown (Roasted Brown) will be those doing the speaking side of things and will be charged with sharing their stories, wisdom and expert knowledge on all matters coffee on the night. Find more details here.

What Happens?

To format is quite simple and its simplicity makes for a great night. To wit, the night will be opened by Keith Bohanna (Biabeag) who will introduce the speakers in turn, each speaker – in this case Brock, Jennifer and Ferg – will talk for about a half hour or so on their own business backgrounds, their love of coffee, the art of the roast and much more besides.

Despite there being another 50 or 60 people in the room, it’s a hugely friendly night that tends to come with samples and tastings too, drawing together food producers, marketers, writers, bloggers and general lovers of all things food.

The night runs for about two hours and you should be on the road home around 8pm or shortly after.

Badger & Dodo, Boutique coffee roasters

Badger & Dodo, Boutique coffee roasters

Where and When?

The Green Room / Staging Room at Highbank Orchards is the venue and has been for the first couple of nights since the series got under way. The orchards are located about seven minutes or so outside of Kilkenny City by car on the main Kilkenny-Clonmel route. Grab a map here.

Saturday 20 September is the night to bookmark in your diary and 6pm is the start time.

What’s the deal with Tickets?

Here’s the deal. Tickets are €8 and you can buy them online here. The money from the tickets is divided out as a courtesy to cover venue costs and expenses of getting the speakers into Kilkenny for the night.

I’ve got two tickets to giveaway for the night to one reader and all you need to do in order to get your name in the draw is tell me something about coffee in the comments below. Have you a favourite brand? A favourite style? Do you Aeropress? Are you fussy about coffee beans? Are you fairtrade only? Are you a single-shot or double-shot kind of person?

Pop your comment in the comments area below with your name and I’ll draw a winner this Friday evening. Giveaway closes at 6pm this Friday, entrants from ROI only, entrants must also be able to travel on the night. Prize is for two tickets only and does not cover travel or any other expenses.

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Podcast 005: The Big Grill Festival

Any Given Food Podcast #005 - The Big Grill Festival

Before the bank holiday weekend I had a chance to catch up with Andy Noonan, one of the festival producers behind this year’s Big Grill Festival taking place in Dublin from 15-17 August. You can also follow the festival on Twitter here.

In this short food podcast we take a look at the festival, what’s going to be happening across the three days and how it all came together. Continue Reading →

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Irish Food Co-op Launches

The Tastefully Yours team pictured at the launch of the Irish Food Co-op in Kilkenny on Friday 25 July 2014.

The Tastefully Yours team pictured at the launch of the Irish Food Co-op in Kilkenny on Friday 25 July 2014.

The idyllic setting of Butler House in Kilkenny was the backdrop for the launch of the Irish Food Co-op on Friday last.

With a physical presence in Piltown, Co. Kilkenny, the newly established Irish Food Co-op brings together seven producers from the south east region under a mantra of “one invoice, one contact, one delivery”. Continue Reading →

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The Salt Yard, Kilkenny

A collage of photos from The Salt Yard in Kilkenny including an interior shot, cheese board, mussels and dessert.

The Salt Yard – Kilkenny’s newest restaurant, opened Friday 4 July 2014

The Salt Yard is Kilkenny’s newest restaurant venture, located at the old ESB offices / Halifax bank building (depending on your memory of Kilkenny) on Friary Street, just opposite Rafter Dempsey’s.

The proprietor is Padraig Enright who opened the doors just last Friday so myself and Mrs. Any Given Food did a drive-by early on Saturday morning to get a number for a booking, grabbed a window table for 7pm and hit The Salt Yard to find out what it’s all about. Continue Reading →

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Grogan & Brown Birthday Celebrations in Kilkenny

A 6oz Hereford steak burger from Grogan & Brown that hit my barbecue last week. Delicious.

A 6oz Hereford steak burger from Grogan & Brown that hit my barbecue last week. Delicious.

Since the sun has decided to come out more in the past few weeks, I’ve found myself dropping into Grogan & Brown Artisan Butchers in Kilkenny more often in the past few weeks. Ever the helpful crew, the lads in there are full of chat, advice, tips and offer a really good range of fresh meat, veg and bread, a lot of which is sourced locally in Kilkenny. Continue Reading →

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A Year of Food on Tumblr

Any Given Food on Tumblr

An email in from Tumblr reminded me this morning that I’m a year using the service for Any Given Food.

I’ve rarely mentioned it, but the majority of food photos that I’ve taken with Instagram or Foodspotting have all wound up on Tumblr via

I’ve made a decision to stop sharing Instagram photos out via Twitter, largely as they’re not supported via cards on the Twitter mobile or web interface, but they do get shared out to this food Tumblr blog of mine.

One thing is for sure, there’s a hell of a lot of coffee in there… take a look here.

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Podcast #004: Katu Honey #biabeag

Oustanding By Design: Katu Honey

Clearing the backlog of the Outstanding By Design audio and video releases, here’s the latest podcast release for the week including the full audio from the design talk session around Katu Honey with Laura Mcauley of Navigate By Design and Kristina Moody of Value-Added in Africa.

Oustanding By Design was a Biabeag event held at Highbank Orchards in Kilkenny last month. If video is more your thing, you can check out the video of the session, which includes all visuals from the presentation, here.

See also the first podcast in the series around Paddy O’s Granola and the second podcast with Giles Calver.

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Podcast #003: The Academy for Junior Chefs

The Academy for Junior Chefs

Aisling Larkin (left) along with some of the students of The Academy for Junior Chefs, Dublin

The Academy for Junior Chefs at The Village at Lyon’s Cookery School (near Celbridge, Co. Kildare) was set up by Aisling Larkin. With a masters in Food Product Development and Culinary Innovation behind her, Aisling has a strong belief and commitment to teaching young chefs to take control of their own eating and provides them with the skills to become independent and creative in the kitchen. Continue Reading →

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Kilkenny Double Winner at Irish Restaurant Awards

Campagne, Kilkenny

Campagne, Kilkenny, winner of Best Restaurant in Ireland at last night’s Irish Restaurant Awards

When I mentioned on Twitter last night that we really do have some kickass restaurants in Kilkenny, that may have been before Campagne continued its winning streak since the its doors opened locally, by being named Best Restaurant in Ireland at last night’s Irish Restaurant Awards or “the food oscars”. Continue Reading →

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