Food news: A fiesta of events for wine week
Spanish Wine Week runs from Monday April 23 to Sunday 29 and is geared as much to food lovers as it is towards oenophiles. Friday April 20 sees two preview events in partnership with the West Waterford Festival of Food. Martijn Kajuiter hosts a Chef's Table Dinner at Cliff House Hotel in Ardmore, paired with wines from the Rueda and Bierzo regions; €95pp, book at westwaterfordfestivaloffood.com.
On the same evening, at Cliff Townhouse on St Stephen's Green in Dublin, Sean Smith will pair Spanish dishes with wines from their regions; €79pp, to book email email@example.com.
On Monday April 23, Niall Sabongi leads a Klaw Krawl with Rías Baixas, taking guests on a walking tour of three locations - Klaw Temple Bar, Klaw Poké and The Seafood Café - with signature dishes from each restaurant paired with wines from the region and demonstrations throughout; €75pp, to book email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday April 24 sees wine expert Tomás Clancy host Top Summer Wines at Whelehans Wines at 7.15pm; €25pp. Meanwhile in Cork, Rafael Salazar of Vinostito will lead an Atlantic vs Mediterranean tasting paired with tapas in L'Atitude 51; latitude51.ie. Instituto Cervantes in Dublin hosts a night of Flamenco, Fino Tio Pepe and Iberian ham on Wednesday April 25, starting at 6.30pm and introduced by sherry expert Paddy Murphy. Costing just €5, tickets are extremely limited and can be booked directly at email@example.com.
On Thursday 26, Ely Bar & Grill's sommelier Ian Brosnan hosts a Cava & Canapés tasting starting at 7pm; €40pp, elywinebar.ie. Meanwhile, Boyles of Kildare is putting on Hidden Gems & Unknown Regions led by Susan Boyle. Visit boyleskildare.com for further details.
On Friday April 27, there are events at Galway's Woodberrys Wines (woodberrys.ie), El Celler restaurant in Dublin's Blackrock (elceller.ie), and at No. 1 Pery Square in Limerick, where chef Timothy Harris will be cooking traditional paella, jamón croquettes and grilled octopus; €59pp, oneperysquare.com. On Saturday 28, at Suesey Street in Dublin, Weekend's Corinna Hardgrave leads a tasting of sparkling wines followed by lunch; €35pp, sueseystreet.ie.
The week finishes with a tasting and supper at The Twelve in Barna, Co Galway, paired with wines from Rueda; €45/€60pp, email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, see spanishwineweek.ie.
On April 10th, Anthony Cointre, the Flying Cook, offers a six-course menu of no frills seasonal French food at The Fumbally in collaboration with natural winemakers, Agnés & Jean Foillard and Thierry Puzelat. €50pp, with wines available at cost. www.thefumballystables.ie
Nespresso's new Vertuo coffee pods mean that there's no longer any need to double up on capsules. The Chiaro and Scuro both produce 80ml; the former's notes of blonde caramel are ideal in an indulgent latte, while the cocoa and vanilla notes of the latter are enhanced with a little milk.
Robin Gill and Luke Matthews' next dinner at Overends on May 5 will be a seven-course menu previewing dishes from Gill's new book, Larder, using ingredients from the farm, lands and gardens of Dundrum's Airfield Estate plus the produce of local suppliers. Tickets are €85 from airfield.ie.