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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.

Ballymaloe House Hotel celebrates 50 years of Business

This year Ballymaloe House is delighted to be celebrating 50 years in business. In June of 1964, Myrtle Allen first opened the Yeats Room at Ballymaloe, offering guests the opportunity to ‘Dine in an Irish Country House’.

RNLI Fundraising Gala Dinner

The fundraising team for the Ballycotton RNLI are continuing a long tradition and hosting a fundraising dinner at Ballymaloe House Hotel in Cork on Friday 31st January 2014. This year is particularly special as The Allen’s are celebrating 50 years of business at Ballymaloe House and it would not have happened at all if Mrs Myrtle Allen had not first met Ivan Allen at an RNLI dinner in Ballymaloe House Hotel, then owned by The Simpsons.

Christmas Day at Ballymaloe

Every year Ballymaloe closes for a few days over Christmas when the house returns to a family home and this year we had a record number of 64 family and friends for Christmas dinner.

Myrtle gives everyone a job - cooking, waitressing, making pre dinner cocktails, washing up, organising games etc.

This year Cully got the very important roll as head chef! But with several very will qualified sous chefs (including Darina) and a cocktail or two to keep things festive, it was one of the more enjoyable jobs.

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!

Ring in the New Year at Ballymaloe

New Years Eve is always a special time here at Ballymaloe and this year will have the added celebration of Ballymaloe celebrating 50 years in business.

Our New Years Eve celebrations include our annual black tie dinner. This is a five course meal served in the different dining rooms at Ballymaloe House. Guests are welcomed with a festive drink. After dinner guests are invited to enjoy some live music in the drawing room or some livelier entertainment with a DJ in the conservatory.

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.

Supper Club Suppliers Night

This Tuesday, December 10th we will be holding an evening highlighting and celebrating our local suppliers. 6 suppliers will be attending the supper and the meal will highlight their produce and knowledge.

Suppliers on the night will include:

  • Sally Barnes – smoked fish products - haddock
  • Frank Murphy – Butcher
  • Ian Howe – Langoustines from West Cork
  • Haulie Welsh – BCS – vegetables & herbs
  • Shana Wilkie – Chocolate
  • Anne Leveque – Triskel Goats Cheese

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