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Brasserie on the Corner

The toughest zone in the Irish restaurant world is the middle market, that place where the purchasing is done exclusively from the Man-in-the-Van, and where chips come with everything.
But you can make something entirely different with a middle market restaurant, and Galway’s Brasserie on the Corner is showing just how to do it.

Book Review of "Apron Strings", by John McKenna

Apron Strings: Recipes from a Family Kitchen (Nessa Robins)

Most people who write for a living rarely reveal much of themselves in print.

Writing means inventing both an authorial “voice” and an authorial “personality”, two devices that keep your innermost self away from the reader.

But one of the pleasant outcomes of the blogging revolution has been a new crop of writers who don't wear the carapace of “writer”.

The changes in John Farrell's Dublin Empire by Leslie Williams

The dynamic John Farrell has been ringing the changes in his Dublin empire. Leslie Williams tries to keep up.

It's all change at the (mini) empire of John Farrell of Dillingers, The Butcher Grill and 777. Menus are changing in all three restaurants and he is just about to open Super Miss Sue - a 65 seater seafood and sushi restaurant with a Camari and Gin bar on Drury Street beside Fade Street Social.

Richard Corrigan cooks at the Wild Honey - Sally McKenna

It was like having two tickets to Kinky Boots on Broadway, the hottest reservation in town. Loads of loyal customers turned away, for there are only 35 seats in the dining room and legendary London supremo Richard Corrigan was going to be cooking alongside local champion Aidan McGrath in one of this year's already hottest destinations: The Wild Honey Inn.

We, who had had the sense to pick up the phone and book in the first few hours of it being announced, were piled into a packed restaurant to enjoy Richard Corrigan "Recipes from the Land And The Sea".

Food Writers Unite for the Honey Bee

Last week the EU voted – narrowly – to ban the use of some of the neonicotinoid pesticides that are alleged to be part of the cause of colony collapse in the world population of bees and other pollinators. In the vote to ban the substances, the UK government voted "no" and the Irish government abstained.

In a special report from the Ballymaloe Lit Fest, we asked food writers, chefs and producers: are we doing enough to protect the bees?

Jancis Robinson MW at the Ballymaloe LitFest, by Leslie Williams

With so many food superstars at Ballymaloe last weekend it would be easy to forget that wine, beer and whiskey tastings also played a major part thanks to the wonderful work done by Colm McCan, the inspiring sommelier at Ballymaloe House.

The highlight for all wine enthusiasts occurred late on Sunday when Jancis Robinson MW guided a packed Grain Store through some unusual grape varieties to tie in with the launch of her recent Wine Grapes book.


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