The pleasure list: Glamour and glory with Anna Daly
This year sees the 150th anniversary of the Irish Derby, sponsored for many years now by Dubai Duty Free.
In order to launch what is the jewel in the crown of the Irish horse racing calendar, the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Ball will kick off proceedings, and a great deal of glamour, in the K Club on Friday, 26th June, with all proceeds from the night going to the Jack & Jill Foundation, for the second successive year. This wonderful charity has been supporting over 1,800 sick children from across Ireland since 1997, and last year the ball raised a remarkable €120,000, which adds up to over 7,500 hours of home nursing care for severely sick children. This most exciting evening, in aid of a most worthy cause, is hosted by TV3's Anna Daly, and begins with a drinks reception in the original house at The K Club Hotel, followed by an evening of wonderful food, wine at the Smurfit Clubhouse. After dinner, there is dancing, with music by the Bentley Boys, and a number of other surprise acts and unexpected treats to keep guests amused and entertained. Tickets cost €125 and can be bought from O'Brien PR or the Jack & Jill Children's Foundation.
Cook with confidence, with Stephen Taylor Winter
Stephen Taylor Winter is one of the country's top chefs, a man who, in the course of his impressive career, has cooked for senior members of the British royal family, European and international royalty, and a host of bankers and financial jet-setters. No better man, therefore, to demonstrate the fine art of cooking with confidence, something he will be doing next Thursday, June 18th at the KAL advisory centre in Citywest. Using the Bauknecht range of kitchen appliances - a brand generally, and justifiably, known as the German National Treasure - Stephen will demonstrate ideas and inspiration, the tools to prepare basic meals for everyday life as well as a couple of simple but show-stopping ideas for summer dinner parties. This is a chance to try out sophisticated recipes that are nonetheless quick, easy and stress free, and made all the more so by using the excellent, user-friendly, Bauknecht appliances.
Gin, glorious gin at House Market Experience
There has been a quiet revolution in the way we approach spirits in the last few years. No longer content to simply drink whatever we are given, there has been a gradual but steady deepening of knowledge and expectation within the spirit world. Tapping into this, House on Leeson Street, are running something called the Gin Lane Market Experience every Thursday until July 2nd, to teach gin fans about botanicals, the distillation process and the various ways to drink this most traditional of spirits. Experts Ciara Farrell of Beefeater and Rafael Agapito, head mixologist at House, will share the secrets of their trade, while those attending are invited to choose their own bespoke gin and tonic, based on Beefeater's Botanical flavours, with a range of exotic choices including Seville Orange, Juniper Classic, Peach Dust and Eastern Tonic. The experience and education are free, with drinks discounted to a very reasonable €5.
The kids are alright, with Neven
Feeding small children can be a tricky process - what will they eat? What should they eat? As information around food becomes more and more complicated, with a list of dos and don'ts much longer than your arm, it is a relief to get hold of Neven Maguire's latest book, The Complete Baby & Toddler Cookbook. The title says it all really. Neven may well be the nation's favourite chef, who has proved his worth over and over again with cookbooks for every occasion, and none, and now he turns his hand to the world of feeding little ones, from the weaning stages up to hearty, solid meals. Which means, from basic purees to wonderfully sophisticated-sounding meals - sea bass with prawns and cherry tomatoes for toddlers aged two-plus; oriental steamed fish with vegetables, or lemon hotcakes with summer berries, for toddlers aged four-plus. Alongside recipes, the book contains over 200 delicious, simple and easy-to-follow recipes, and plenty of advice around basic nutrition, the organic debate and allergies. Invaluable.
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