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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.

25th Cork French Festival

Candlelit supper with live 1960s French pop music and screening of Jean-Luc Godard's Le Mepris (France, 1964).

A screenwriter finds his marriage falling apart as he attempts to get started on a film version of The Odyssey. Godard's sublime epic stars Michel Picolii and Brigitte Bardot.

Candlelit supper in the Grainstore, 6pm, and film: €45
Film only, 8pm: €10

See http://corkfrenchfilmfestival.com/events/gala-events/2922/le-mepris-cand... for more details.

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."

Cinema & Supper Club - The Commitments

Supper in the Grainstore from 7pm - Screening of The Commitments (1991) at 8pm on Friday 14 March - St. Patrick's Weekend.

Welcome to our new monthly film series that will combine a casual offering of quality Ballymaloe food paired with a quality film.

From 7pm we'll be offering a blackboard menu served from the bar in the Grainstore. Choose from among soup, sandwiches, charcuterie, cheese boards and dessert, order a drink, and take a seat. We'll be set up cabaret style, making for a convivial evening.

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.

The Magic of Marshmallow

I have been obsessed with marshmallow for several years now. Marshmallow can take on many flavours, some more popular than others. One of my favorites is rosewater. After many experiments and creative efforts I have developed a recipe that produces a marshmallow so soft and light it has been best described as a "rose scented pillow". Here is the recipe.

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.

Ballymaloe Gift Vouchers

Ideal for weddings, Christmas, Mother’s Day or any special occasion. Our vouchers make a super gift because they can be used for accommodation, dining in the restaurant, cookery courses, Grainstore events, crafts and kitchenware from the shop or even a simple bottle of wine.

Gift vouchers are sold online in multiples of €50, for other amounts please contact us.

To give you some voucher ideas:

Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin and his sons Owen and Moley

Back by Popular Demand. A Festive Christmas Concert with Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin and his sons Owen and Moley Ó Súilleabháin (size2shoes)

After their wonderfully rousing and well-received concert in June, we welcome back Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin and his sons Owen and Moley Ó Súilleabháin (size2shoes). Their festive Christmas-themed is the perfect prelude to December 25th.

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