Banter & Barry's Tea Present...
"Well Done Steak: Irish Food in 2011 & Beyond"
ELAINE MURPHY (The Winding Stair)
AOIFE CARRIGY (Freelance Food & Wine / The Holy Mackerel)
DAVID & DARRAGH of THE HAPPY PEAR
Maitre d': Jim Carroll (On The Record/The Irish Times)
+ free samples of new 3FE sandwich range
Thurs 27 January
Doors 7.30pm, yakking starts 8pm sharp(ish)
"Well Done Steak: Irish food in 2011 and beyond"
Once upon a time, you'd be mad to open a restaurant in Ireland which didn't
feature a few happy staples. We knew what we liked and, even if that was a
well done steak, chefs and proprieters grinned and chargrilled it. The
customer was always right.
But in recent years, that customer has become a lot more adventurous. Chalk
it down to our travel lust during the boom years or a welcome side product
of the returned emigrant or even a genetic disposition towards a more
advanced palate, but a menu which doesn't star a goat's cheese salad or a
steak no frightens the diners and our supermarkets have shelf space for more
There's plenty to chew over. What does the current state of our taste buds
mean for the Irish restaurant scene? Will the diversity of recent times
continue to be the norm? Or will the tougher economic climate mean leaner
times for the more adventurous restaurants up and down the country as diners
go for the safe option?
The Banter dinner-party will feature ELAINE MURPHY (The Winding Stair,
Dublin), AOIFE CARRIGY (freelance food and wine writer and Holy Mackerel
blog) and DAVID & DARRAGH (The Happy Pear, Greystones). Maitre d': Jim
Doors open at 7.30pm and the discussion gets underway at 8pm-ish. Admission
is 5 euro in advance or 7 euro on the door.
For the early birds, the 3FE Café will be doing a preview tasting of their
new food menu on the night ahead of the official opening on January 29.
Loads and loads of tasty snacks and nibbles.