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 daily.anygivenfood.com.

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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Book Review: Raw Food French Style

Raw Food French Style - Out Now

Raw Food French Style – Out Now

Raw Food French Style by Delphine de Montalier was released in hardback last month and I’ve been carrying it around in my bag for weeks – literally carrying it for weeks. David Japy’s photos within Raw Food French Style are enough to keep me coming back, just to see how certain dishes have been lit, staged, positioned and arranged (Elodie Rambaud is the stylist for the book) and having written several cook books in French (Fish & Fish, Les petits legumes and Tarte maison), Raw Food French Style is De Montalier’s first book translated to English. Continue Reading →

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