Sunday 25 February 2018

Food news: Food for the soul theme nights at olive's room

Olive's Room Café are planning a series of evening events
Olive's Room Café are planning a series of evening events
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Katy McGuinness

Angela Ruttledge and Liam Moloughney are the people behind the lovely Olive's Room café in St Anne's Park on Dublin's northside; they also run Moloughneys in Clontarf and Woodstock in Phibsboro.

At Olive's Room - named after lady Olive Ardilaun, one-time owner, with her husband Lord Ardilaun (Arthur Edward Guinness) of the St Anne's Estate - which is generally a daytime-only operation serving wholesome and delicious food, they are planning a series of evening events called 'Fork Suppers' and 'Food For…'

"Our aim is to make the most of the red stables and St Anne's as an amenity and a food destination," says Ruttledge. "The menus and the evenings reflect our pursuit of well-being, by which we mean finding the balance between looking after ourselves by eating healthily and also treating ourselves and enjoying life.

"There is a fantastic community of like-minded people developing here, between the runners who join the St Anne's Park Run (now attracting over 500 runners on a Saturday), and the customers and traders at both the First Friday Craft Market (set up by a pair of local women) and the Saturday Market."

The Fork Suppers will be four-course themed menus by chef Liam Moloughney celebrating local and seasonal food, and including produce from the café's own gardens and St Anne's allotment.

Last week, on St Valentine's Day, the café hosted Not a Romantic Fork Supper, and upcoming evenings include Holy Mackerel it's Holy Thursday on April 13, a Midsummer event on June 22, and Bite Me on October 26. Each supper costs €27pp.

The Food For… information evenings are with Olive's Room chef Jenn Kellett, and Ruttlegde says that each one will "feature a special guest, generous tastings, recipes, tips and banter".

Upcoming topics include The New Food Pyramid with dietitian Linda Hogan (March 22, €20pp), Food for Heart Health with matching wines from local expert Richard Verling, with five courses of food and wine (May 4, €48 pp), Food for Children with Linda Hogan (September 28, €15pp) and, for those who can think that far ahead, a Food for Christmas evening, featuring seasonal recipes and edible gifts, on November 9 (€25pp).

All evenings start at 7.30pm and can be booked at



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