Photos: Food Art, Fashion and the opening of Savour Kilkenny 2014

Savour Kilkenny Food Festival 2014 opening at National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny. Photo: Ken McGuire/Any Given Food

Savour Kilkenny Food Festival 2014 opening at National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny. Photo: Ken McGuire/Any Given Food

The 8th annual Savour Kilkenny Festival of Food opened tonight at the National Craft Gallery. With my So Kilkenny hat on I was there to pick up some shots of the launch and check out the Food Art Competition which included some great head pieces made from milk cartons and other recycled food packaging. Continue Reading →

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Photos: Pintxos night at The Salt Yard, Kilkenny

Pintxos at The Salt Yard, Kilkenny. Photo: Ken McGuire/

Pintxos at The Salt Yard, Kilkenny. Photo: Ken McGuire/

Open around four months at this stage under the watchful eye of proprietor Padraig Enright, The Salt Yard is the only restaunt of its kind in Kilkenny specialising in Spanish-driven cuisine presenting a fine fusion of Spanish and Irish ingredients across a huge tapas, pintxos and platos menu. We were in house on the opening night for what turned out to be a fantastic meal (one that kept us stuffed for about two days given the amount we had consumed) but last night I was back in the restaurant myself for The Salt Yard’s VIP Pintxos night. Continue Reading →

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Food Packaging: Avonmore introduce ‘One Twist’ cartons to the market

Avonmore launch new milk cartons

Kyle Moloney (aged 5) Kate Cepeda (aged 6) and Matthew MacDougald (aged 8) at the launch of Avonmore’s new milk carton.Pic: Marc O’Sullivan

Avonmore, only around the corner from the office here, have followed on from their launch in recent months of their Protein Milk by launching a new ‘Elopak’ milk carton for the Irish market. The logic behind the cartons is in making them easier to open, with a better pour and better flatpacking when it comes to recycling. As a daily milk drinker, admittedly I’m not a fan of the small caps on top of the current cartons (especially when you had the cap, then the plastic pull on the inside). Continue Reading →

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Spice Up Your Life with Savour Kilkenny

One of my favourite times of year in Kilkenny is that of the October Bank Holiday weekend which this year brings about the 8th Savour Kilkenny food festival.

The crew behind the festival have got their dancing shoes on for the latest piece of festival promo. Fair play to Edward Hayden, Siobhan, Chris, Aidan and all involved.

For more on this year’s festival and to book tickets to any of the ticket-needing events, check out

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Get The Spuds On: It’s National Potato Day Tomorrow

National Potato Day

National Potato Day. Photo: Andres Poveda

Bord Bia, in conjunction with the Irish Potato Federation and the Irish Farmer’s Association, is delighted to welcome the return of National Potato Day tomorrow, Friday 3 October. Much-loved by Irish families for generations, National Potato Day celebrates a reliable favourite that not only tastes delicious and is incredibly versatile, but also provides a naturally healthy option for meal times.

Hands down, potatoes have been at the root of family dinners in Chez McGuire for years. Baked, boiled, fried, chipped, mashed, sauteed, roast or any other way you can cook them up. I’m pretty sure that if you’ve always got a bag of potatoes in the press you’ll either never go hungry or never get bored. Continue Reading →

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Watch: Meet The Roasters Videos #biabeag

Meet The Roasters, Biabeag's coffee roasters event. Photo by Ken McGuire.

Jennifer Ryan, Ferg Brown and Brock Lewin at Meet The Roasters

As the old saying goes, “if you missed it, you missed out”. Such was the case for the Meet The Roasters event at the weekend in Kilkenny with Jennifer Ryan of Ponaire, Ferg Brown of Roasted Brown and Brock Lewin of Badger & Dodo all sharing their backgrounds, stories and collective passions for roasting coffee at Highbank Orchards on Saturday last.

While the GAA have made some good marketing headway with “nothing beats being there”, if you weren’t one of those in attendance, I caught the whole night on tape for playback. Continue Reading →

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5 Ways To Brew Coffee With The AeroPress

Some Badger & Dodo coffee beans waiting to be ground.

Over the past two years I’ve really taken much more of an interest in the production of coffee for my own consumption. I know longer buy jars of coffee or pre-ground coffee, it’s got to be beans, the fresher the better.

I’ve gone from grinding my own beans for use in the Nespresso machine in the kitchen, to the French press, the stovetop espresso pod and more but of late, the AeroPress has been my go-to method for prepping a coffee in the office. After spying one at Ballymaloe Litfest this past summer, Mrs. Any Given Food surprised me with an AeroPress, new grinder and a stash of coffee for the birthday a few months back.

It’s small, lightweight, fits in the laptop bag, cleans really easy but you’re only really making one cup at a time. If you’re new to the AeroPress and wondering what you can do to make your own coffee, or change up how you make your coffee, check out these videos.

Check out the videos after the jump.

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Photos: Meet The Roasters night in Kilkenny with Biabeag

Roasted Brown at Meet The Roasters

Ferg Brown from Roasted Brown (Dublin) was one of three roasters speaking at last night’s Biabeag ‘Meet The Roasters’ event in Kilkenny.

Highbank Orchards last night played host to the latest in a series of ‘meet the maker’ events with, organised by Keith Bohanna.

The Green Stage Room at Highbank has a long family food-related history with the Calder-Potts (those responsible for the finest organic apple syrup around, amongst other cider delights) and was at capacity on Saturday evening for Jennifer Ryan of Ponaire, Ferg Brown of Roasted Brown and Brock Lewin of Badger & Dodo. Continue Reading →

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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. Continue Reading →

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