The weekly food news round-up


Let them eat cake
Make The Doorway Gallery at 24 South Frederick Street a stop on your Culture Night itinerary next Friday night (5-11pm) to see 20 edible artworks, including this interpretation of Roisin O’Farrell’s Tea Cup Scandal series of work, made for the exhibition by Niamh Geraghty of Perfectionist Confectionist and Geraldine Arnold of Cake My Day. The artist is pictured here with the piece. The gallery will become the Goodall’s Edible Art Gallery for the night, and other artists taking part include Aisling Nelson of Rangoli jewellery who will recreate her bridgal accessories in sugar paste, portrait artist Gavin O’Donoghue who will mix “paints” from edible ingredients, and Lynn Smith who will make edible sculptures of pastillage.

Pots to ponder
They may look like a well-known French cast-iron cookware range, but La Cuisine cast-iron pots are designed in Ireland and sold all over the world by a Donegal-based family business run by Brian Gallagher and Julianne Hayes.

Gallagher and Hayes worked in financial services in the UK and opened a cookware shop in Hampshire, before returning to Ireland. There’s a huge variety of shapes and sizes in the range, and the colour selection is attractive. Stockists include Stock Design in Dublin; Anthony Ryan Cookshop, Galway; Anvil in Bray, and Meadows & Byrne. See

Back to school
Jordan Bourke, who works as a chef in London, and his sister Jessica (below), a Dublin-based nutritional therapist, will be at the cookery school at Donnybrook Fair on Saturday, October 5th for a demonstration based on their book, The Guilt-Free Gourmet. It will run from 10am-12.30pm and costs €60. Niamh Shields, who secured Kickstarter funding to publish her next book, Project: Bacon, will also be at the school to give a bacon masterclass on Wednesday evening, September 18th.

Offaly good idea
Harvest Offaly Food Festival is the next event on a packed autumn schedule of food happenings, and there are lots of interesting things at this three-day programme in Tullamore (September 13th-15th). There will be a long table harvest banquet, using local food and overseen by MasterChef finalist Clare Anne O’Keefe, as well as a rare opportunity to attend a master class with Food & Wine magazine’s Chef of the Year Mickael Viljanen of The Greenhouse. For the full programme see

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