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  • September 1, 2015

The award winning, Galway based Kai Cafe + Restaurant has teamed up with the iconic Irish retailer, Meadows and Byrne, to bring fun and inventive recipes, cooking tips and food advice to their shared audience of culinary enthusiasts, foodies, and home chefs.

Kai’s co-owner and head chef, Jess Murphy, will feature weekly on her own page of the Meadows and Byrne website, presenting her favourite recipes, sharing inspirational how-to videos and offering professional tips and advice in her “Ask the Chef” column. Jess will also join Meadows and Byrne in sharing her passion for seasonal cooking and local Irish food producers through the various channels of social media.

For over two decades, Meadows and Byrne has been the leading lifestyle store in Ireland with 14 shops nationwide. Renowned for innovation, quality, and style, Meadows and Byrne offers an extended range of unique homewares, culinary tools and table top décor to industry professionals and high-style homemakers alike.

Kai Cafe + Restaurant, located on Sea Road in Galway, has established itself as the place to eat in Galway and the West of Ireland. This highly-acclaimed establishment has been awarded Best Restaurant in Ireland, Best Restaurant and Best Chef in Connaught. The philosophy at Kai Café and Restaurant is very simple; head chef Jessica sources fresh, organic produce from local suppliers to create daily menus bursting with flavour, texture and colour. Run by husband and wife team, Jessica and David Murphy, all menus change on a daily basis dependent on what is fresh and in stock from local suppliers.

“I am very excited to begin this journey with Meadows & Byrne. They were a very natural choice for me and Kai, as we use all their beautiful dishes, cutlery and table settings in-house for our food styling and photo shoots. Kai is all about supporting local, whether that be local to Galway or local to Ireland. Meadows and Byrne have been central to the Irish retailer sector for over 20 years and we love what they offer across all their stores,” explained Jess.

“At Meadows and Byrne, we appreciate and admire Jess Murphy’s fresh approach to cooking and entertaining. We agree that her unique presentation of seasonal dishes, filled with colour, texture and style, mirrors the lifestyle approach of our brand. We are very excited to collaborate with this talented chef to offer our customers an inside edge on the culinary world in Ireland,” said Jaye Lee for Meadows and Byrne

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“Galway has a reputation for being at the forefront of Ireland’s organic food movement. Sample the culinary best of the west at lunch in restaurant-cafe Kai on Sea Road, on the western side of the river Corrib. The decor is recycled, with jam jars turned into light holders dangling above tables while the fresh, organic produce has rustic touches. It is a must for fish food lovers with dishes such as delicately cooked whiting fish fingers with tangy pesto-based tartare sauce; or the Connemara Smokehouse board with locally sourced smoked salmon and peppered mackerel accompanied by homemade brown bread. Carnivores won’t be disappointed, especially by beef and chickpea pies that have such crisp, perfectly formed crusts that you’ll feel guilty breaking them up with your fork.”

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Happy fourth Birthday to us, today Monday 18 May 2015!

 

It’s official we are getting old, Kai Cafe + Restaurant is Four years old today and we feel every bit of it!

Thank you to all our amazing Kai crew who make Kai what it is every single day and also to you our customers for continuing to come back week in, week out or just the ones that can only come once a year, we THANK YOU all.

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  • September 14, 2013

The Source of Achill island Sea Salt

“We started with pots and buckets”, said Marjorie O’Malley when I asked her how her business got started.

It sounds like a typical tale from one of our country’s wonderful cottage industries, but this is exactly how this wonderful business is still being run today.

What inspires a family on Achill Island to start a business producing sea salt? A good documentary, a book, a spot of googling, and heap of enthusiasm during a typical Irish winter – wonderful!

When Kieran and Marjorie’s interest in sea salt was sparked from a BBC documentary they looked out their window unto the wild Atlantic seashore and thought, ‘sure why don’t we try that here’.

As it turned out the idea was not novel to the area, as the couple discovered there was a salt factory in operation on the island in the 1820’s . Although its history has been lost down through the years, the couple have located maps that cleary mark out that a substantial salt business was once in operation on the island.

Living right on the coast the O’Malley’s were quick getting to work researching methods for sea salt production, and in no time were hauling buckets of sea water up the road and into their family kitchen.

Late nights boiling, drying and burning pots taught them how the whole process worked, and eventually to producing their first batches.

It quickly became a realisation that people may be interested in buying the locally produced salt. It didn’t take long for word to get out about the salt makers on the island, and in turn orders started coming in from local restaurants and shops.

Only making their first sales in June, Achill Sea Salt is already well on its way to success with demand increasing on a weekly basis. With a little help the island based company is planning to expand its weekly output to allow it to supply more businesses.

While Marjorie tells us that it all kind of happened by chance, it’s clear to see why the demand was so sudden. This is a completely natural Irish product, produced in a traditional manner on a small scale. This is what people want to support today, and this is where quality comes from.

While the company is not ready for a full-scale industrial setup just yet, the increase in business is enough to justify taking the operation out of the kitchen.

The future is very bright for Achill Sea Salt. We love their product; it’s local, natural, and made with love. This is how we cook at Kai, and suppliers like these are what allow us together to bring quality and flavor to our customers each and every day.

If you’re interested in getting your hands on some of their product drop in and ask us. It’s currently available in a small number of shops, but the greater the demand the greater the supply. So let’s help this island family get to every artisan store in the country

 

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