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Dublin Fishmonger Wins BIM Young Fishmonger 2016 Competition

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George Stephens BIM Young Fishmonger

A memorable awards dinner in Martin Shanahans Fishy Fishy restaurant in Kinsale, Co. Cork made a fine setting for Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), the Seafood Development Agency, to announce the results of the BIM Young Fishmonger 2016 competition – and … Continue reading

Real Bread Ireland and Real Bread Week

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ARBUTUS breads IFWG05 low res

Tidying my desk today I happened to come across a Slow Food Ireland article from 2011 by that great baker (and teacher) Derek O’Brien, on The Revival of Real Bread – a timely reminder that this is not only the … Continue reading

Making informed choices when shopping for groceries – quick guide from IFWG

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The Irish Food Writers Guild believes that: “All labelling in Ireland should be transparent, legible, unambiguous, truthful and in plain English to enable consumers to make informed choices”As food labelling is currently a serious source of confusion for consumers, the … Continue reading

TTIP – threat to well-regulated European food industry?

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Darina in veg garden lowish res

Darina Allen, President of Slow Food Ireland, has issued the following statement on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). We must inform ourselves and then have our say… The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement poses a serious … Continue reading

‘Showcasing a Unique Destination – The Boyne Valley’

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Boyne at Slane low res

I’m delighted to be able to support the Boyne Valley Tourism Conference, Exhibition and Dinner 2015 event that’s being run this week by Meath and Louth Local Authorities, with support from Failte Ireland. It’s a two-day industry event , starting … Continue reading

Highlights of 2014 – a Miscellany (and a couple of Lowlights for good measure)

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Heron Gallery

Our annual travels around Ireland have their highs and lows, creating a snapshot of Irish hospitality as it really is. Looking back over 2014, these are some of the experiences that stand out in our minds. 1. Hazel and Myrtle Allen, … Continue reading

Young Stars

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BIM Young Fishmonger of the year 2015 low res

Two very  interesting competitions – the BIM Young Fishmonger and the Euro-Toques Young Chef of the Year – have recently reached their respective finales, each following different but equally rigorous judging processes that involve contestants ‘in the round’, testing them … Continue reading

How To Be Your Own Mystery Guest

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Georgina Campbell

There is big excitement here about the latest one day workshop in the Georgina Campbell/Conor Kenny hospitality business development programme – ‘How To Be Your Own Mystery Guest’ to be held in the K Club on Wednesday 26th November, for … Continue reading

Our Cead Mile Failte is No Longer Good Enough

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Georgina Campbell and Grace Gallagher

  New business development course from Georgina Campbell Learning for B&Bs, guesthouses and small cafés, pubs and restaurants Focusing entirely on the supreme hospitality experience, sales, marketing and powerful messages, this short course has the great benefit of being immediately … Continue reading

What Are The Secrets of Success in Food and Hospitality?

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Georgina Campbell (L) of Georgina Campbell Guides and Grace Gallagher, MD of Conor Kenny & Associates at the launch of the new Hospitality Business Development Programme

Having travelled the country for many years seeking out the best of Irish food and hospitality to recommend to readers of our guides, we’re often asked for advice from businesses on how they can make improvements (preferably without spending a … Continue reading