The Good Food Ireland Annual Awards are taking place on November 15th at The Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin and going through the list of award nominees, it’s nice to see some Kilkenny restaurants and food producers on the list.
Riccardo Cavaliere of Ristorante Rinuccini is nominated in the Best Next Generation Award category which honours the next generation, those following in the footsteps of and exceeding their parents in developing in the food industry, focusing on promoting their efforts in maintaining and raising standards and highlighting innovation.
I’ve been working with the family at Rinuccini’s in a professional capacity over the past three years and it’s a restaurant that always seems to have something happening, always a buzz, very much focused on their customers and working with local food producers to fill their menu (plus they’ve an every-growing selection of gluten free dishes on the menu which is a great bonus). They also find themselves in the Top Regional Member (South East) category along with Jackie Hoyne’s Blackberry Café (lovely spot for lunch if you’re ever going to or passing through) in Thomastown.
Goatsbridge Trout Farm, run by husband and wife team Mag and Gerard Kirwan (also of Thomastown) are listed in the Best Producer category while Knockdrinna Farmhouse Cheese & Café is in the running for the Enterprise and Innovation award. If I’ve left any Kilkenny businesses out of the awards, please point it out but you can also see the full list of nominees here.
The awards are preceded by Good Food Ireland’s All Island Conference 2010 which is now open to public attendance with conference tickets setting you back in the region of €100 inclusive of VAT. The theme for this year’s conference is “Building Business and Succeeding in a Recession“, quite apt in the followon from some great discussions at the recent Foodcamp in Kilkenny (download the podcasts here).
Giving thought to heading along to the conference (though with deadline day supposed to be today I’d want to be picking up speed on that thought) as the lineup and topic matter sounds great, anyone heading along to the Shelbourne on the day?