Bairbre Power... Out and about
Our resident diarist calls into the best parties and events around the country
We broke out the mince pies and the Prosecco in style at the M&S party on the top-floor restaurant of their Grafton Street store. Hostess with the mostess was M&S marketing manager Carmel Breheny, pictured with RTÉ's Nuala Carey.
I hate parties where the canapés are a challenge and collapse down your front with the first nibble, but we were treated to bite-size miniatures which went down a treat, and the success of the night was the pimp-your-Prosecco bar where you could get all sorts of lovely fruits and juices added to your glass of bubbly. Think I'll rob that idea for chez Power. The following night, it was off to the Westin Hotel for a Perrier-Jouët Christmas Champagne Experience.
I chatted with Deirdra McBeth and Perrier-Jouët ambassador Jonathan Simms who flew in for the launch. I was invited to chose a flute from the Enchanted Tree - one of two in the world, which has silver branches covered with delicate Japanese anemones. Jonathan assured me that I was correct in pronouncing the T in Jouët as in Moët -and don't let anyone else tell you differently.
Guests included Nadine King and Sarah Lynch.
The latest offering from seasoned restaurateurs Conor Sexton and partner Jutarat Suwankeeree is Nightmarket in Ranelagh, which has opened with a menu packed full of memorable Thai dishes. Tailor to the stars Louis Copeland attended the launch party and was quick to measure up Conor for a new tin of fruit. The two-storey restaurant was hopping after the rugby game last Saturday and Conor told me how himself and Jutarat - affectionately known as 'R' - ate their way through the best Thai restaurants in London and across the USA, researching, developing and re-trialing their recipes. The menu they devised is the very essence of the Thai Nightmarket tradition.
The Possum Queen is back in town! Elizabeth McGuinness has opened her annual Kiwi Country Clothing pop-up store on Dublin's South Anne Street, selling luxury possum/merino knitwear - but, take my word, those €44 possum shoe liners will make winter more bearable. Elizabeth, who lived in New Zealand for 14 years, has gloves for super-cold hands and those who suffer from Raynaud's disease.