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Tinar with Kai and 3fe

Coffee is obviously our raison d’être here at 3fe but over the last couple of years our chef Hillary O’Hagan has managed to gain quite a reputation with our food offering. We recently decided to kick things on a bit and are delighted to announce our upcoming colab dinner on the 28th May.

TINAR is an occasional event we’ll be holding at 3fe where we’ll get one of our favourite chefs to come in and collaborate with Hillary on a tasting menu. This month we’ve chosen Jess Murphy of Kai in Galway who has built a reputation as one of the best chefs in the country and won many awards along the way.
Jess Murphy, Kai Cafe + Restaurant.
This is ticketed event limited to 40 people and we’re selling tables of four and two**. Wine can be paid for separately on the night and we’re working on some really interesting pairings and pricings for those interested in trying a few different types.

Doors crack open at 7pm on Thursday 28th of May and we’re looking forward to a great night with some excellent food and drink. This event is sure to be extremely popular, so book early to avoid soul-crushing disappointment.

Jessica Murphy’s Tasting Menu

Urchin + Bread

Sip smith + Dory + Pickled Dillisk

Lobster + Burnt butter + Cauliflower

Dandelion + Parsley Cake

Goats milk + 3fe + Dates

Millet + Peanut butter

Seasonal Coffee and Tea Tasters

Filled Under : Events

Galway Food Tours and Kai Cafe + Restaurant are hosting food tours as part of the Galway Food Festival this April.

Beginning at Kai on Sea Road, the tours will take in some of Galway culinary hot spots and traditional market places from Dannys Doughnuts toSheridans Cheesemongers to An Cupan Tae.

The tours will be led by Sheena Dignam from Kai Café and Restaurant who will lead the food enthusiasts around Galway’s finest food destinations. Sheena will guide you along the streets of Galway where you will meet artisan producers and sample their products.

The Saturday and Sunday tours will include an unforgettable trip to the now famous Galway Market and all days will include visits to award winning restaurants and cafes.

The food tours will run on Thursday 2 , Friday 3 April at 12 noon, the Saturday 4 tour will run at 11:30am and 3pm while the Sunday 5 and Monday 6 tours will run at 12 noon. The Thursday and Friday tours are €26 and the weekend and Monday tours are €30. There is a maximum of 15 people per tour so booking is essential. Tickets are available from Sheena on 086-7332885.

Filled Under : Events


You all asked for it, so it’s back with a bang. This month we are restarting everybody’s favourite book club. Yet again Jess is combining two passions to entertain and teach those interested in food. There are book clubs, and supper clubs the world over – but no cookbook clubs, until now!

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

For each club we try to seat people together to make new friends, meet old ones, and share their common passion. Along with a set menu from the book we will have a special guest talk on the night.

The club nights sell out very fast so it’s advisable to book ASAP. This month Jess will cover Roberta’s cookbook. This innovative page turner is straight out of NYC and is packed with unreal recipes.

The book is a product of a Brooklyn destination that the New York Times called “one of the most extraordinary restaurants in the country, which began as a pizza place and quickly redefined the urban food landscape”. If that’s not reason enough to sign up, pick up the book yourself and find out more.

Tickets are available in advance from the restaurant at €35, this month’s event is on Tuesday 28th January at 7:30pm. These events fill up fast so get in quick.

If you fancy a sneak peak at next months book – look up Smoke and Pickles!


Filled Under : Cookbook club

Farming cranberries on a bog in Offaly

If you were to grow cranberries where would you start? Cranberry production has been largely aligned with American and Canadian growers over the years but as ingenious as us Irish always are we have found a unique way to bring one of our favorite festive fruits home to roost.

The bog is an unlikely place for anything to be grow let alone be farmed. It’s damp, unforgiving land has lent itself mostly to peat cutting, the odd poitin still and little else down through the centuries.

However in 2008 following a pilot project by Bord na Mona on a bog in Offaly, Ciara Morris decided that her dream was to cultivate cranberries in Ireland.

The ground and conditions in the bog proved to be favourable, and Ciara established Slievebloom Farmhouse, the only cranberry farm in Ireland. Over the last 5 years the berries have gone from strength to strength, and can now be found in some of the top kitchens in the country.

Supporting these small businesses is what Ireland is all about. At Kai we always recognise what small growers are doing, and welcome them into the kitchen. New or old products, the range and diversity is constantly increasing.

Ciara built her business from the ground up, literally. In doing so she branched out into developing other products and Slieve Bloom Farmhouse Foods have since received several accolades at the Great Taste Awards for their Cranberry and Mulled Wine Sauce, Lemon De Vine Marmalade, Spiced Marmalade and Lavender Marmalade.

It’s amazing what you can do with a bit of bog. These stories inspire us to do what we do and we hope that they will inspire you too.

Keep an eye out in the shops for these cranberries. They’re local, and they’re delish!


Filled Under : locally sourced , Producers

This weekend saw the 7th annual Burren Slow Food Festival take place in Lisdoonvarna.

It’s a great event run by the Slow Food group in Clare that invites food producers, consumers and industry experts to come together to experience and sample the grass roots of food culture in Ireland.

Slow Food is a group like no other, spanning 150 countries since 1989 the organization beliefs are based upon the following statement:

“Slow Food believes that everyone has a fundamental right to the pleasure of good food and consequently the responsibility to protect the heritage of biodiversity, culture and knowledge that make this pleasure possible”.

Understanding the motivation behind Slow Food indicates that they are different, and the events they run come from the heart, and without any monetary or political agenda.

Last weekends event was such a typical Slow Food event in every manner of the word. It was based in a community centre in Lisdoonvarna and yet the likes of Richard Corrigan made sure he turn up to see what was going on.

The event is so much more than a food festival. The term food festival so often conjures a picture of food stalls lined along a city street, and often run for commercial means. Well, this festival is not run as a commercial event, but by a volunteer group that are passionate about food, where it comes from, it’s producers, and promoting everything local.

The Burren event was a chance to sample local artisan foods, meet local producers and growers, engage with fellow foodies, and enjoy cookery demonstrations from well-known chefs.

The producers that attended the market were not the familiar market aficionados but small scale cottage industries. These small businesses are an important backbone and testground for our food culture in Ireland.

From one mans locally produced hedgerow wines to a selection of locally foraged seaweed snacks there truly was a taste of Clare at that market.

Our very own Jess took part in a live cooking demo with JP from Aniar producing a wonderful wild salmon ceviche with a lovely wild salmon that turned up that morning, while JP showed onlookers how to pan fry raywing.

Other super events held over the weekend included Seaweed Foraging, guided walks, beer tasting and talks on the Atlantic Coastal Food Community hosted by John and Sally McKenna.

It was a big, wholesome, organic event that gave so much more than any foodie could ask for, and all run by people who love food.

If you can go next year put it top of your list for Food Festivals in 2014. We go every year and it never disappoints!


Filled Under : Slow Food