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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

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:

Financial Times name Ballymaloe amongst world's best restaurants 2013

Ballymaloe Hotel and Restaurant was named amongst the best restaurants in the world 2013 by Nicholas Lander writing in the Financial Times this Saturday, November 30.

We are delighted to be listed among such an amazing collection of restaurants from all over the world. We would like to congratulate & thank all of our family, friends, customers, staff & suppliers, who all who help to make Ballymaloe what it is.

The full list of restaurants:

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".

Darina Wins Cookbook of the Year!

We are delighted to announce that Darina Allen's latest book '30 Years at Ballymaloe' was awarded The 'Avonmore Cookbook of the Year' award at the Irish Book Awards last night.

Darina's book celebrates her 30 years at Ballymaloe Cookery School which first opened it's doors to students in 1983, at which time there were 15 cookery courses available. Now there are over 100 courses each year. These are reflected in the recipes collected in this book.

Supper Club Spice Trail Night with Sunil Ghai

We look forward to welcoming guest Chef Sunil Ghai who is not only the foremost Indian chef in Ireland, but Food & Wine’s Chef of the Year 2009 to Ballymaloe House next Tuesday evening the 26th of November.

Sunil is the Executive Chef at Ananda Resturaunt in Dublin, he regularly spends time working with the team at Benares in London under renowned Michelin starred chef Atul Kochhar.

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