Some people really need no introduction and Bríd Torrades most definitely qualifies in that regard. She has been a trail blazer on the Irish food scene for the last three decades and runs the hugely successful Ósta Café and Wine Bar at the Garavogue Weir in the centre of Sligo Town. Bríd has been interested in food since a preschool fascination with cookery book photos but neither food nor nutrition were deemed a suitable career. Instead she did a language based secretarial course before taking work in Germany as an Au Pair.
The public persona of colourful Anthony Gray, past President of the Restaurant Association of Ireland and tireless campaigner for all things Sligo, is well known, but there’s a complex and fascinating man behind the scenes. Surprisingly, Anthony wasn’t born in Sligo, but in London’s East End. His father Joe left Sligo at 16 working in Smithfield Market and diligently worked up to owning a butcher’s shop himself.
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To say there are two distinct halves to Tommy Torrades’ life is a serious understatement. On the one hand he runs Seashore Veg with his father, Mark, and is a passionate promoter of the benefits of seaweeds along our Atlantic shores. On the other hand, Tommy is an adventurer and traveller extraordinaire with stamps in his passport from countries most of us have never heard of and definitely couldn’t find on a map.
The heady days of the 1990 World Cup are ingrained in Catherine Farrell’s memory for reasons other than soccer. During those never-to-be-forgotten finals, she and Annette Burke were engrossed in opening The Gourmet Parlour. Nearly three decades on, it has thrived and grown. Catherine’s roots are in the lush pastures of Gowran, Co. Kilkenny living with her five siblings, on a farm near the well known racecourse. Her family grew their own vegetables and choice cuts from their herd of cattle filled the freezer. Her mother was an excellent cook, and those culinary talents were in evidence on her father’s side too. It was clear early on that Catherine’s heart lay in food and cooking and a year working in the Newpark Hotel proved that.
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Congratulations to Osta Cafe & Wine Bar who have been announced as Bord Bia Just Ask Restaurant of the Month for December. Ósta, located on the Garavogue in the centre of town, is run by Brid Torrades, a leading campaigner for better food and well-known for her ardent support of local organic food and small [...]
It’s fun to tantalise your taste buds during the festive season. It could be a little something to keep you going while you shop, a stocking filler or a cracking Christmas present. Here are a few special suggestions from Sligo Food Trail: Make the world your oyster – at WB’s WB’s Coffee House and Deli [...]