Bairbre Power... Out and about
Our resident diarist calls into the best parties and events around the country
I 've watched chefs with fascination through the pass, but I've never spied on them by video camera as they've prepared me a tasting menu - which is exactly what happened as Richie Wilson of Fire was in action at the launch of the ninth year of Dine in Dublin on Tuesday night. The capital's favourite foodie festival, where restaurants offer discounts to woo us off our couches and into their dining areas, is organised by Dublin Town and runs this year from February 27 to March 5.
Dine in Dublin's launch party is infamous for its culinary feats, and this year was no different. Six of the city's top chefs took part with interactive live demonstrations on the night. Richie, pictured below with Stephen Gibson of Pichet, enrolled the help of two guests as his assistants in the kitchen per course, and they ran back to enjoy the food, including Andrew Rudd's amuse-bouche of rare Lambay Island venison fillet. Not surprising, his Medley venue on Fleet Street is one of the emerging stars on the Dublin food scene.
Out and about, I met (pictured above) former Rose of Tralee, Maria Walsh (left), and publisher, Nora Casey (right) with Caroline McEnery, author of the people manager's handbook The Art of Asking the Right Questions. Nora officially launched the book at a reception at Residence, and guests included her former Dragons' Den co-star Gavin Duffy.
Elsewhere, Emma Fitzpatrick, the very able PR for Debenhams, hosted a cool fashion show at the Pillar Room in the Rotunda where we drooled over the outfits, especially those of boho queen, Savannah Miller, whose NINE collection at Debenhams is one of their best-sellers. Emma was photographed, below, with the perennially dapper Clyde Carroll, the driving force behind the Dublin Fashion Festival.
The latest arrival on the Afternoon Tea scene here is the Perrier-Jouët Champagne Spring Garden Afternoon Tea at Brown Thomas, served at Johnnie Cooke's third-floor restaurant with a glass, or bottle, of bubbles. Guests receive a handmade origami paper flower and you unfold the petals to discover a spring message.
Ciara Doyle of the Restaurant Association of Ireland with Karla Clifford of Renault Ireland, who are the car partner of the Irish Restaurant Awards 2017, which take place on Monday May 8 (above). Next month, a team will be driving the new Mégane Grand Coupe and Scenic around the country to announce the county and regional winners. Tina Lee and Andrew Marshall pictured below, at the launch of 'A Celebration of Irish Icons Past and Present', designed by Korean Chinese visual artist Jin Yong, at Kildare Village.
Psst! Manuka honey is the answer to our winter skincare issues. Kiehl’s launched their new Pure Vitality Skin Renewing Cream at the Morgan, and the eager 8am guests enjoyed a meditation session and a vitality breakfast.
If only all days started so well…