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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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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Meet The (Craft) Brewers in Kilkenny on June 7

Meet The Brewers

Meet The Brewers – Saturday 7 June in Kilkenny

Update Tuesday 3 June: Word in via email this evening that the Meet The Brewers event for this weekend has been cancelled. Ticket refunds are underway for those who bought tickets but it also means the giveaway for tickets will now be scrapped. Here’s what would have happened on the night and what may happen on a future date…

Three of Ireland’s much loved craft breweries will be represented at Meet The Brewers, the next Biabeag event in Kilkenny on Saturday 7 June out at Highbank Orchards. With the surge in interest in craft beer in Ireland, if you’re interested in heading along, I’ve got two pairs of tickets to give away for the night as well (it is a limited ticket-only event), but first, here’s who you’ll get to meet.

8 Degrees Bottle shot

Eight Degrees, Mitchelstown

While I’ve yet to sample Eight Degrees draught, it’s proven quite the popular addition to restaurants and bars in Kilkenny in bottle form. Started by a Kiwi and an Aussie and based in Mitchelstown, Co. Cork, their Howling Gale Ale is one of the most enjoyable on the market at present. Foodwriter and broadcaster Caroline Hennessy (of Bibliocook) is also part of the 8 Degrees fold. FYI, Caroline has been known to make some awesome Knockmeal Down Porter (one of the Eight Degrees brews) brownies.

White Gypsy, Templemore

Based in Templemore, White Gypsy opened their brewery doors in August 2009, picking up awards for the best lager in Ireland in its first year. Offering a Ruby Irish Red Ale (4.6%) and a Blond Weissbeer (4%) along with a selection of bottled beers, Cuilan Loughnane will be on hand on Saturday night to provide the backstory to his path through brewing in Ireland and that of the White Gypsy Brewery.

Metalman, Waterford

When it comes to craft draught, I love a good pint of Metalman Pale Ale and they’ve been my go to ‘on tap’ since coming across Metalman Alternator in Waterford in 2012 (plus they’ve got a tap at Brewery Corner in Kilkenny so that helps). Gráinne Walsh will be on hand on saturday to share the Metalman story having opened their doors in the old sail factory in Waterford’s Tycor estate a few years ago. There’s a link there too between White Gypsy and Metalman with Cuilan having brewed Gráinne and Tim’s first batches of Metalman Pale Ale while their own brewery was going under construction, that in itself should make for interesting conversation on how (technically) competitiors are working together to support the industry.

Get tickets & more information

Tickets are priced €8 each for the night which will kick off at 6pm in Highbank Orchards and continue until around 8pm. You can buy your tickets here, or take a chance on winning some tickets below!

Win a pair of tickets to Meet The Brewers

I’ve got four tickets to give away in two pairs and if you’re up for a trip to meet these craft brewers in Kilkeny on June 7, hear their story and sample their wares, simply leave a comment below telling me what your favourite craft beer is (and it doesn’t need to be one of the aforementioned producers!)

Open to ROI residents only, you must be available to travel on the night, entrants must be over 18. Competition closes 6pm Wednesday 4 June, winners announced and contacted shortly after.

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