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Banter’s winter/spring 2011 collection

A new year, a new run of Banter discussion panels. We had a pretty impressive run over the last few months – some memorable debates, squabbles and rows – so the hope is that the next set of panels will …

Mon, Jan 17, 2011, 10:23

   

A new year, a new run of Banter discussion panels. We had a pretty impressive run over the last few months – some memorable debates, squabbles and rows – so the hope is that the next set of panels will be just as informative, thought-provoking and informative.

We start with Well Done Steak: Irish Food in 2011 & Beyond on January 27. 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 interesting ingredients.

There will plenty for our panel 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 and Darragh Flynn (The Happy Pear, Greystones). I’ll be the maitre d’ on this occasion.

For the early birds, the 3FE Café will be providing free samples of their new 3FE sandwich range.

Doors open at 7.30pm, the discussion gets underway at 8pm-ish. Admission is €5 in advance or €7 euro on the door. You can sign up to the invite list here.

Future Banters to tease, titillate, tickle and cause trouble include 99 Channels: The State of Irish TV (February 24), Young Guns Go For It: The good news about new Irish businesses in 2011 (March 10) and The Sonar Story (the inside story of the world’s leading electronic music festival, as told by the people who made it happen; April 28).

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