Scrumptious and stylish in Allo's
HOW food and fashion complemented each other in Allo's on Wednesday night!
The award-winning Church Street restaurant was, as ever, the location of a succulent feast; as up to 100 guests turned out in style for the launch of the Listowel Food Fair.
On this occasion, however, the mouth-watering platters were accompanied by models highlighting the best of the autumn and winter wear from nine local boutiques and fashion outlets.
The food meanwhile was courtesy of local artisanal producers, prepared by Allo's head chef Theo Lynch, Food Fair committee member and Tralee IT lecturer Dan Browne and all the team at the famous bistro.
Pierse Walsh from John R's Delicatessan and Café - also Chairperson of the Food Fair - provided a fantastic starter in the guise of ham hock terrine and the six-course meal continued in the same delectable vein with fish from Catch of the Day and beef provided by Gerry Behan.
Meanwhile, the fashion was just as much to die for, tickling another part of the brain entirely.
"It was a brilliant night," organiser Aoife Hannon said. "We're delighted with it as a magnificent launch to the Food Fair which takes place from November 21 until 24 and we had up to 100 at it; and not one man there!" she laughed.
A fast-looming event might also have proved a big draw on the night. "Our wonderful boutiques got the chance to showcase their autumn/winter collections in a timely show as we're fast approaching the Listowel Races once again!"
The night was also a fantastic opportunity for one young up-and-coming designer, Orla O'Connor. A native of Lisselton, who qualified from the Limerick College of Art and Design in 2010, Orla showcased six garments in Allo's that captured the imagination of everyone.
"It was a brilliant night and I was delighted with the opportunity it presented. I exhibited six pieces, which included shirts, tops and dresses in a mixture of knitwear and fabric. I suppose I would describe my work as characterised by luxury fabric and uniqueness and I think it went down very well with the crowd in a great night!"