Say thank you to your mother. Mothers do a lot for their children, but when people reminisce about their childhood, it’s amazing how often their “mammy’s cooking” crops up. With a few honourable exceptions, our mothers are pretty much responsible for feeding us through babyhood, childhood and often well beyond. It makes a lot of sense to treat your Mum this Sunday on Mothers’ Day.
Working as head chef of a gastro pub on the Wild Atlantic Way probably wasn’t in Lee Mastin’s mind as he gained experience in London’s Michelin starred restaurants. Would he swap his life now, living in rural Geevagh and heading up the busy kitchen at The Draft House in Strandhill for those hectic, heady days? [...]
Green is the colour on Sligo Food Trail in and around St. Patrick’s Day on Friday 17th March. With more than 70 members you can be sure there’s something exciting going on near you.
The world was Gary Stafford’s oyster when he left Cathal Brugha Street College and he intended to explore its cuisines with enthusiasm. First stop was a college placement in Brittany working in the lovely walled town of Vannes and discovering a new world of food. That led to a ‘real’ job in a delightful nearby fishing village of Pont Aven. Its main claim to fame is a close association with artist Paul Gauguin but for Gary the appeal was learning artistry of a different kind – the art of French cuisine.
Myles Lamberth has taken what could loosely be described as ‘the scenic route’ from his native Capetown to Strandhill on Ireland’s northwest coast. His childhood was divided between several different countries including Iran, Angola and Namibia, the family moving as his father’s engineering career dictated. Clearly Myles inherited the wanderlust gene and he has added the USA, France, Switzerland, England and now of course Ireland to the seriously impressive list of places he has lived. Almost a decade in Strandhill is the longest time he has ever spent in one spot.
Everyone knows that Tuesday 28th February is Pancake Tuesday but did you know that Sligo Food Trail is probably the best place in the world to get pancakes? (Modesty becomes us!) Check out these great options...
Well done to the two wonderful brewers on Sligo Food Trail who have scooped an impressive six medals between them in the Dublin Craft Beer Cup.
There is a tantalising incongruity between the exotic details of Mary Luthers’ early life and the last few decades spent in a rural idyll in the northwest of Ireland. Her grandfather, an Anderson from Calry in Sligo spread his wings wide and pursued a career abroad marrying a French woman; ‘Granny Lily’ to the young Mary. Their son, Mary’s father, also worked abroad and even brought his young family to India for a few years, where her culinary world journey began.
The Sligo Food Trail spring brochure is aimed at all visitors to the county with any interest in good food. Apart from a quirky but very usable map, it also highlights some of the more than 30 interactive Food Experiences, combining activities and food on Sligo Food Trail.
It’s rare to find an iconic restaurant which over the best part of two decades has remained fresh, vibrant and at the top of its game. Eithna’s by the Sea on Sligo Food Trail is one such pearl, no wonder it won Seafood Restaurant of the Year just two years ago. Talking with its eponymous owner, Eithna O’Sullivan, is as invigorating as a brisk walk by the sea itself. She retains all her enthusiasm and passion for creating good food and has accumulated more experience of food, cooking, restaurants and food service than an entire Masterchef kitchen!