Food file: Mexican food that gives and a doughnut revolution

Marie-Claire Digby rounds up this week’s food news

 

Doughnut revolution

Doughnuts just got turbo-charged with the arrival in Dublin of Revolution Bakery, run by Patrick Ryan of Firehouse Bakery in Delgany and on Heir Island. Ryan has taken a unit in Blackrock Market to handcraft a range of doughnuts with flavours and fillings such as salted caramel with honeycomb, and passionfruit and vanilla meringue.

“The secret to our doughnuts is simple, we use a slow fermented dough. We refuse to use additives, preservatives or pre-mixes, and that goes for the fillings, glazes and compotes too,” says Ryan.

Revolution Bakery will supply cafes and shops and are on sale in 3fe, Union Cafe in Mount Merrion, Roasted Brown in Temple Bar and Avoca shops (Thursday to Sunday). They will also be sold from a Citroën van that will pop up across the city.

So many ways to celebrate Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year brings a fortnight of colour and spectacle to Dublin (February 6th-21st), with the monkey the star turn this year. The new year begins on Monday, February 8th.

Asia Market at 18 Drury Street is offering guided tours on Thursday, February 11th (6pm) and Sunday, February 21st (3pm). Chef Kwanghi Chan, director of food at Söder + Ko, will be doing a Chinese cookery demo at Cooks Academy on Sunday, February 21st (12.30pm-2.30pm). Le Cool Dublin will be hosting walking tours of the Chinese community’s hotspots in the city on Saturdays, February 13th and 20th (noon-2pm). And Chq Building on the north quays will host a Spring Festival Fair, with food tastings, tea rituals, ribbon dancing, Tai-chi and king-fu workshops, kite making instruction and dragon dancing ( February 6th-7th, noon-6pm). See dublinchinesenewyear.com.

In Ashbourne, Co Meath, Eatzen restaurant is planning a Chinese New Year party on Sunday, February 7th, featuring lion dancers. Owner Tim Tang and chef Lam Siu Yim will be adding whole fish to the menu that day as, traditionally, whole fish is served in China for this important celebration to symbolise unity.

Grub that gives

Zambrero, a Mexican fast-food chain with a philanthropic twist, opens its first branch in Europe on Hatch Street, Dublin 2, on February 24th. The chain, which was set up in Australia 10 years ago by Dr Sam Prince when he was a 21-year-old medical student, specialises in healthy food, and for every burrito or bowl sold it donates a meal to someone in need via its Plate4Plate charity. Seven million meals have been donated this way by the chain’s 100 outlets.

The Irish outlet is being set up by Leinster rugby player Darragh Fanning, who became familiar with the brand when he was playing in Australia.

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