25th January – Bread and Cheese?

Ailish from Knockdrinna Cheese Co very nicely contacted me to point out that they are running one of their cheese making courses on Saturday 25th January, the day of the first BiaBeag Meet The Makers events.

So for foodies this has the makings of a lovely day out.

Head to Stoneyford for 11am and enjoy being shown how to make cheese by Helen Finnegan (award winning cheese maker) , a cheese tasting lunch, teas & coffees.

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That finishes at 3pm and then you can hit town for a browse around some of our great independent food stores like:

Gourmet Store (Arbutus and Spelt Bakers)

Shortis Wongs (Spelt Bakers, Knockdrinna)

The Little Green Grocer (Spelt Bakers, Knockdrinna)

The Good Earth Health Store (Spelt Bakers)

and maybe grab a bite to eat in Zuni, Cafe Sol, Grapevine or Mugshot before coming out to the RealBread event at 6pm 🙂





Start Your Food Business – Training Course in Kilkenny

With many people exploring the idea of starting food businesses it is good to see a focused food business start up course coming up. It starts on 22nd February and it is being delivered by the Food Industry Training Unit of UCC with the support of the ICOS Skillsnet and Kilkenny Leader Partnership.

6 mornings, free for eligible unemployed (check here for more on that – UPDATED with correct link) and €395 for those who are not. Ouch.

More on this pdf – Start Your Own Business – Ad January 2011 (a chunky 1.1MB download)

You can talk to Gabrielle Carroll in Kilkenny Leader Partnership for more – 056 7752111 or gabrielle.carroll AT cklp.ie


Foodspotting Gathering – Saturday 15th Jan @ 18.30 Zuni, Kilkenny

If you are using foodspotting (the food social network on iPhones or Android) or are curious about it come join a small group of us who are gathering on Saturday evening 15th January in Zuni Cafe in Kilkenny. It is part of the celebrations around the world of their 1st birthday 🙂

You can sign up here: www.meetup.com/FoodspottingDay2011/54390/ and if you are coming along please do let us know as Maria is doing Tapas for us and she needs to know the numbers. It is at 6.30 for an hour as they have a big group coming in at 8pm. Thanks to Paul Byrne in Zuni for supporting this.

This is a screenshot of the latest foodspottings around Kilkenny:

There is also a plan for a celebration in Galway – here is the link to that.


3 small Kilkenny Food Events coming up – please come along

Not everything needs to be on the scale of the Savour Kilkenny festival – by definition local and good food celebration can be equally enjoyed with smaller gatherings.

There are 3 in the next 2 weeks (that I know about) and here are the details:

Sunday Evening 9th January, 19.30 – Vegetarian Kilkenny Monthly No Meat and Greet

This group was set up nearly 2 years ago by some of the Cartoon Saloon crew whose multi-national staff harbored an unnatural (for Ireland) number of vegetarians. I am not directly involved – just a willing participant along with my family – and we regularly get at least 30 people attending with an amazing variety of dishes coming from a number of ethnic backgrounds.

And with 2 regular vegans (me and one other) a lot of people take the time to cater for us which is really appreciated 🙂

More information on the Facebook Group

Monday Evening 10th January, 20.00 – Bring and Brew

James Swarbrick from Yum Cafe entertained myself and Ken McGuire yesterday morning and he has now decided to hold a Bring and Brew – where the Bring is coffee beans – whole or ground – and a coffee tasting will be had.

Venue is Yum Cafe.

Saturday Evening 15th January, 18.30 20.00Foodspotting Birthday Bash

There are a couple of us in Kilkenny using the foodspotting application (iPhone and Android) which allows you to share photos of good food with others.

They are one year old this month and a number of celebrations of that are being held around the world. For the fun of it we are holding our own in Kilkenny – Zuni are hosting and the finer details have to be worked out – but it won’t be a full dinner, more of a meetup in the front of Zuni. Coffee, nibbles and a sharing of what foodspotting is and can be used for. UPDATE – confirmed for 18.30

You can indicate your interest here.

That’s it for the moment – please let me know of anything else which I have missed and feel free to attend any or all of them – the more foodies the better 🙂


Foodspotting roundup, 11th December 2010

Doves Farm – my foodspotting link

Doves Farm is a farm based brand which started in 1978 and now employs over 60 people with a range of products covering biscuits (these ones are really tangy and tasty), flour, breakfast cereals and pasta. All of their products are organic and they have a separate mill for gluten free flour and products.

Cramers Grove – my foodspotting link

I mentioned Cramers Grove in a previous post here and the above photo was taken about a week after they opened their new cafe in McDonagh Junction in Kilkenny.

A full Irish Foodbase entry on Cramers Grove here.

Iswari Chocolate Making Kit – my foodspotting link here

This was a completely new brand to me – and a new concept for that matter. Their site is here I believe (it is in Portuguese and the translation refers to these products – but not in a normal brand website way). Love the idea of making raw chocolate – my experience of this through both Natasha’s brand (previous post here) and Booja Booja is really positive.

A Slice of Heaven – my foodspotting post here

This is a Kilkenny based business (website here) and while I have seen them before this is a really impressive product.


Foodspotting activity roundup

Glenilen Farm Yogurts – foodspotting link

Check out this brand – the logo, the design of the packaging, their website. If you have a great locally produced food be proud and take your place on the supermarket/store shelf. You owe it to yourself.

Bacheldre Mill Flourfoodspotting link

What a heritage (or backstory in geek speak) – a 500 year old business (almost – the mill was built in 1575) – the detail is on their site here. The photo does not do justice to the pack – and they have some interesting flour variants including an Oak Smoked. Wow.

Secret Recipe Company foodspotting link here

I covered this pickle here on the 1st November and was really interested to see the change in packaging from the first small batch. The most recent is on top.

Their website is here.

If you are a foodie and have an iPhone (or soon to be covered Android) why not download the foodspotting.com application and join this community of food lovers. Really strong in parts of the US it is more sparsely populated in Ireland so I for one would love to see more of you.


School of Artisan Food, Nottinghamshire

Picked this up via twitter last night – a school in the UK dedicated to teaching artisan food skills. “In 2006, two of the School of Artisan Food’s directors decided to open an artisan bakery in the premises of the old fire station on the beautiful and rural Welbeck Estate in the middle of Sherwood Forest.”