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Foodie to follow @italianfoodie: Lorraine Fanneran, otherwise known as Italian Foodie (www.twitter.com/ italianfoodie), is a mum, a cook, a food blogger and owner of La Cucina Italian Deli in Castletroy, Co Limerick.

Follow Lorraine and her husband/ business partner (www.twitter.com/ mritalianfoodie) for pictures of beautifully cooked Italian food, and to keep updated about the upcoming launch of their own range of pasta sauces and ready meals.

Bellissimo! See www.italian foodies.ie.


Head to bit.ly/foodbanter to sign up for the Banter & Barry’s Tea food special, ‘Well Done Steak: Irish Food in 2011 & Beyond’, at The Twisted Pepper on 54 Middle Abbey Street, January 27 at 8pm. Banter will this month tackle the food industry, with talks from Elaine Murphy from The Winding Stair (www.winding-stair.com), food writer Aoife Carrigy (holymackerel.ie) and David and Darragh from The Happy Pear (www.thehappypear.ie).

Tickets are €5 in advance and €7 at the door and include free samples of 3FE's new sandwich range (www.thirdfloorespresso.com).


Seaneen, Colin and Michael at L Mulligan Grocer, 18 Stoneybatter, D7, have been adding new layers of lusciousness to Dublin’s food scene since July 1, 2010. With their emphasis on local produce and quality beers, they’re a firm favourite with foodies.

Why not join them in celebrating Burns Night on January 25 at 7pm? Michael is a whiskey specialist, and he will be hosting a Whiskey Dinner in celebration of Scottish poet Robert Burns. For ¤45 per person, you’ll enjoy a three-course menu (and yes, that includes Haggis!) matched with Scotch whisky and micro-brewed Scottish beer. Booking is required: email mulligan.grocer@gmail.com or call 01-670 9889.

See www.lmulligangrocer.com.


Out there are of the opinion that baking is going to be a, ahem, hot food trend in 2011, as more people are discovering how economical and tasty it is to bake your own breads and sweet treats. But for a lot of us, baking does not come easily. So why not get some help? The Bunratty Cookery School in Co Clare (www.bunrattycookeryschool.ie) has a Baking Up A Storm class on March 27 (€120), while the Dublin Cookery School has a one-day baking course (€170) on February 12 (www.dublincookeryschool.ie).

Or, if you're feeling flush, why not try Bake with Rachel Allen — a twoand- a-half-day course (€575) taking place on April 13 at the Ballymaloe Cookery School in Shanagarry, Co Cork (cookingisfun.ie). Alternatively, just head for your kitchen, put on your apron and start baking. After all, often the best way to learn is by making mistakes. See bit.ly/bbcgoodfoodbaking for some very reliable baking recipes to get you going.