This November, Dan Hannigan's Food For Thought charity dinners will make a triumphant return to the Dublin dining scene in aid of Movember.
Dan Hannigan, known for his time at Mister S in Dublin as well as The Naughty Neighbour and Chicc, has done an incredible amount of fundraising for suicide prevention charities throughout his career. In honour of his late father, Hannigan founded Food For Thought in 2017 as a series of pop-up dinners that would be held across Dublin in collaboration with some of the country's best chefs. The first dinner took place at Richmond, where Hannigan worked at the time, and raised more than €2,000 for Pieta House.
Since that very first dinner, the Food For Thought project has grown immensely: Hannigan has raised more than €40,000 for 3Ts (Turn the tide of suicide) by hosting dinners at restaurants like Circa, L'Ecrivain, and Clanbrassil House, with chefs like Euro-Toques Young Chef champion Gráinne Mullins, Holly Dalton, Gareth Naughton, Barry Sun, and more at his side.
Now, Hannigan has announced that his pop-up series will be back with a bang this November as he has assembled a stellar line-up of hospitality professionals to work with him for his first charity dinner in aid of Movember.
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On Sunday, November 28, Hannigan and team will descend upon The Well on St Stephen's Green, Dublin to host a multi-course sharing menu in aid of prostate cancer charity Movember.
While his fundraising efforts normally focus on 3Ts and suicide prevention charities, an event in aid of Movember was brought to Hannigan's attention by Chris Mellon, one half of the duo behind That's Bangin' podcast. Movember, which is known for encouraging sponsored facial hair growth, focuses on mental health and suicide prevention, as well as prostate and testicular cancer.
While Hannigan will be running the kitchen, Mellon will play host for the evening alongside Luca de Marzio of Rosa Madre who will act as master of ceremonies. In the kitchen with Hannigan is possibly one of his most impressive line-ups yet, with the following chefs set to join him:
- Virtual chef Erica Drum - see some of her recipes here
- Christine Walsh, head chef at Éan in Galway, formerly of Allta and Michelin-starred restaurant Loam
- Kwanghi Chan, owner of Bites by Kwanghi and founder of ChanChan food products
- Nico Reynolds of Lil Portie Caribbean kitchen
- Eric Matthews, former head chef at Michelin-starred restaurant Chapter One
- London-based restaurateur Robin Gill of Sorella, Darby's and more
- Andy Noonan of Baste BBQ, founder of The Big Grill Festival
- John Relihan of Twe12ve Fires, former head chef at Jamie Oliver's Barbecoa in London
- Paul McVeigh of Mister S and Featherblade restaurants in Dublin
- Andrew Ryan of Loam in Galway and Grá Chocolates
- Jacob Long, owner of Griolladh grilled cheese food trucks
- Richie Castillo, Bahay
Tickets for this impressive event cost €60 and will go on sale this Monday, October 25 at 10am via Eventbrite. Each ticket includes entry to the event plus a multi-course sharing meal created by Hannigan and team, with drinks available to purchase on the night at The Well.
For more info, keep an eye on the Food For Thought Instagram page and make sure to get your tickets on Monday - we reckon they will sell out quickly!