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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

Euro-Toques Young Chef of the Year 2013

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Euro-Toques Young Chef of the Year

With the theme of ‘Food Memories’ and a multi-stage competition culminating in a 5-course pop-up banquet (if there can be such a thing), the finale of the Euro-Toques Young Chef of the Year Competition was played out this year in … Continue reading

The Real Cost of Cheap Food?

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As the horsemeat scandal rumbles on and layer upon layer of unsavoury truths continue to be revealed, it must at last be clear to the general public that the real cost of cheap food is a price far too high … Continue reading

Gerry Galvin – A Sad Farewell

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It was with great sadness that we learned of the untimely death of Gerry Galvin – friend, colleague and inspiration for so many years. It’s hard to believe he’s gone, he was a gentlemanly giant of the hospitality world, quietly … Continue reading

10 of the Best Meals of 2012

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Newport House 2012 low res

We are privileged to experience the best that Ireland has to offer when we eat, stay and shop our way around the country each year, and there are always a few extra special experiences that linger in the memory long … Continue reading

TASTE of Ireland’s Future

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Cheeses

Highlights from a great day spent with like-minded foodies in Co Wicklow Culminating, in a magnificent outdoor dinner showcasing the best of Irish speciality produce from 13 counties, the second Food Summer School (30th August 2012) was an inspiring and … Continue reading