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Robert Jacob

John Sheahan (formerly of The Dubliners) and Eleanor McEvoy at the launch of TradFest Temple Bar, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney

John Sheahan (formerly of The Dubliners) and Eleanor McEvoy at the launch of TradFest Temple Bar, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney

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Robert Jacob

I went to the annual Richard Lewis New Year's Day brunch planning to eat little, but all that went out the window thanks to super chef, Robert Jacob, who writes the entertaining food blog, Jacob's Crackers.

Robert and Richard have been firm friends from those heady days in the 80s when there were pouts over who sat in the front row at fashion shows and no one started their show until Terry Keane from the Sunday Press had arrived. Robert has evolved from haute couture to haute cuisine and told me he is currently working on two cookery books and running food classes in Ballsbridge.

Mr Jacob is the kind of guest that hostesses dream of, arriving laden with gifts - he brought a leg of pork he smoked himself and the most delicious frittata. Yum!

Richard also threw a drinks party in December in memory of his late partner, Jim Greeley, who died eight years ago and which always attracts a great bunch of pals. I met Eddie Shanahan, who is busy working on the March 9 Arc charity fashion show.

Photographer Lucy Johnston of the famous Johnstons family ballad group (in which Paul Brady cut his teeth), treated us to some a capella, with a little help from Fr Paul Ward.

Richard's neighbour, film and TV director Dearbhla Walsh chatted to me about making the Esio Trot TV movie with Dustin Hoffman and Dame Judy Dench.

Her book club sprang from a comment at her Christmas party the previous year and their January choice is Sybil (by Flora Rheta Schreiber), which was the choice of Richard Lewis.

- BP

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