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Friday Night Hors d’oeuvres Buffet

Our head chef, Gillian, giving the Hors d’oeuvres (first course) buffet a final look over to make sure everything is as it should be before service begins.

The Hors d’oeurves buffet has long been a Friday night tradition at Ballymaloe House. It offers diners an opportunity to taste a selection of seasonal salads, paté’s, terrines and the most delicious local seafood and smoked fish.

It is so popular that many customers visit the buffet more than once before their main course!

Ireland’s Hottest Tickets for 2014

Pól Ó Conghaile lists his top travel tips for Ireland in 2014. Pól is an award-winning travel writer. Based in Ireland, he contributes to National Geographic Traveller, The Irish Independent, Cara and The Irish Examiner among other publications.

At number 7 Pól lists Ballymaloe, where he says:

Culinary Adventures in Southern Ireland

Parmjit Parmar, travel writer with the Huffington Post recently spent time in Ireland, more specifically Cork, she wrote the following about Ballymaloe House and the Ballymaloe Cookery School

On the southern coast of Ireland, a 45 minute drive from Ardmore, you'll find Ballymaloe House Hotel and Restaurant. Located in Shanagarry Village, the sleepy rural community is also home to, the famous Ballymaloe Cookery School, established and run by celebrity chef, Darina Allen.

A revolution in Irish food and cooking with Ballymaloe

Sean Dunne from Irish Central, a hugely popular Irish-American website, recently posted a comprehensive article about Ballymaloe.

The revolution in Irish cooking and the uptake in organic wholesome food where the focus is on ingredients, can be credited to one family in Ireland, the Allens.

The family who own the famous Irish cooking school Ballymaloe, are the ones who helped start the revolution towards Irish food with their family run business which now spans four generations.

Rachel Allen named Cork Person of the Month for December 2013

Rachel was delighted to be named Cork Person of the Month in December 2013.

The organisers of the competition pointed out that 2013 marked the 30th anniversary of Ballymaloe Cookery School. A spokesperson for the organisers said that "Ms Allen received the December Person of the Month award to mark her many successes in good food promotion and preparation, through her TV series, cookery books, journalism and teaching."

Supper Club : Chef's Night Out!

This night out is a great opportunity for chefs and food enthusiasts to meet and get to know each other. With food ideas flowing this it’s a great time for networking.

Many restaurants are closed on Mondays on Tuesday nights throughout the winter months, which makes it the perfect opportunity for Chefs to head out for a pre-Christmas get together!

Master it is named in "20 food books of the year" by The Guardian

We are delighted to announce that "Master It!" by Rory O'Connell has been named in the top food books of the year in the Guardian Newspaper.

Ireland named "Best Tourism Destination" in comprehensive survey!

For the second year running Ireland has been named as the ‘Best Tourism Destination’ by Global Traveller Magazine who polled over 20,000 frequent travellers in the USA.

The magazine asked it's business and luxury travel readers to select their favourite destination, airline and other travel-related questions in a massive survey and for the second year running Ireland came out as the most popular destination.

The award ceremony will be held tonight, December 10th in Los Angeles.

Ballymaloe Hampers

We have two hampers packed full of Ballymaloe and other quality goodies for you, they make the ideal Christmas present!

The hampers are:

Myrtle Allen to receive a civic Reception in Cork City Hall

We are delighted to announce that A civic reception will be held in Cork City Hall on December the 4th at 6PM to honour Myrtle Allen and her contribution to the food industry of Ireland.

Here is a link to a lovely piece by Joe McNamee ( @jozeemac ) in this Monday's Irish Examiner about Myrle, who Joe describes on Twitter as His "Culinary Hero" and "The God Mother of Irish Cuisine".

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