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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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

Update 21 September 2014: While I appreciate the dozens hundreds of calls and texts that I’ve received to book tables at the Salt Yard, alas, I’m not the restaurant. Read to the end of this post to get the restaurant’s contact details, then tell them I sent you.

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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