2012 May - Archive

Kai Cafe and restaurant is the kind of place that loves the things its customers love.
Head chef and proprietor Jess Murphy thought that she could bring two of those passions together to entertain and teach those interested in food. 
There are book clubs, and supper clubs the world over – but no cookbook clubs. At Kai the ethos is to always be innovative, which sparked the creation of a cookbook club.

The club is about people learning, talking, and sharing their passion with others. “It is great for people to share their love of cooking and cookbooks with like minded people.

The club is a place for individuals and groups of people to come and talk about food, ask questions, and find out how to be a better home chef” says Jess.
The cookbook club takes place this evening Wednesday May 8. Tickets are available in advance from the restaurant at €35 for three courses including one glass of wine.
This months installment of the cookbook club features Ottolenghi’s book, ‘Plenty’.
Each course will be served with Jessica explaining the technicalities of the dish, best places to source the freshest food, and how to serve a feast to happy customers.
Places are limited so make sure you book early.
For more information contact Kai on 526003 or visit www.kaicaferestaurant.com

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A movement of secret dining, and supper clubs exists right around the world, where people open their kitchens to friends and strangers for one-off dinners. It is like a person you don’t know inviting anyone that wanted to come to their house so they could cook you dinner. The atmosphere is unique, and dining in somebody’s home makes it a comfortable, and quirky experience.
The Nutmeg Feast is one of these, and has been something of a secret for quite some time. Jolanta and Pawel have been welcoming people into their home for almost a year, having run 10 or so events.
The pair believe these feasts are not just for eating, but a platform for people to meet, exchange ideas and connect. It is also a chance to taste slow and wild food that comes from local farms.
Born and raised in Poland, chef Pawel Karnafel was always fascinated by the culinary art. After completing degree in environmental engineering he decided to move to Ireland to build up his passion for food. He began working in the West Restaurant at the Twelve Hotel in Barna, and has since worked in Sheridans at The Docks, Ballynahinch Castlle and Cava Restaurant & tapas bar. 

His style of cooking is an example of his passion for wild and slow food. Pawel’s food philosophy is based on locally sourced produce, that comes from markets and farms around. To create his dishes he is also harvesting wild fruits, nuts, herbs, flowers, mushrooms and seaweeds that can be found in plenty in the countryside and along the seashore.
Yolanta has worked as an interior designer and a fashion buyer in the past although she always had a strong interest in running a restaurant. She gracefully takes upon herself a role of hostess at Nutmeg’s gatherings.
The Nutmeg Feast is prepared at home. Depending on the theme it takes about 3 days to prepare, with the pair starting work on a Thursday night.
The next Nutmeg Feast will be held on May 6. Sheep will be the theme of the evening with food based around using the animal. Tickets cost €40 + a bottle of wine.
Up to 12 guests can be seated at NUTMEG’s table. Each event sees Pawel serving up six dishes which are complemented with all sorts of refreshments. Bookings can be made on line through nutmeg.feast@gmail.com. The dates of upcoming events can be found in the Nutmeg Feasts facebook page.

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