Even though we're all practicing physical distancing and most of us are working from home, we still want to help support Irish food and drink producers.
We've decided to help our readers #ShopForIreland, so we'll be posting every day to highlight great food and drink businesses around the country. Get in touch on our social channels with your suggestions on who we should write about.
Allta, deliveries nationwide
Got a special occasion coming up, or just need a bit of a treat to help you get through lockdown? We reckon the new box delivery service from the Dublin wine bar and restaurant Allta is exactly what you need.
Launched a couple of days ago, the Allta Box is a weekly subscription service devised by chef Niall Davidson that costs €55. For that, you get handmade sourdough with shiitake miso butter, house charcuterie and pickles, pasta dishes and a roll of pecan and oat cookie dough.
Each pasta arrives in 200g bundles with plenty of sauce and condiments to match, and Davison says there’s “enough for two hungry people to share generously”.
The exact contents of the box will vary each week, but the pasta options could include seaweed pappardelle with Comeragh mountain lamb and Cáis ná Tíre cheese, or broccoli sopressini with pumpkin seaweed miso and gremolata.
Only two chefs prepare each box, and they adhere to strict social distancing measures in the workplace. The price includes free nationwide shipping, with boxes delivered on either Thursdays or Fridays every week. To order, see allta.ie.
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Platform Pizza, deliveries to Dublin, Bray and Greystones
It’s one of the country’s most popular pizza restaurants, and now Platform Pizza in Bray in Co Wicklow is getting in on the food box action. It’s offering a ‘create your own pizza’ service through the website StuffUNeed.ie.
The box, which can be delivered across Dublin as well as in Bray and Greystones, costs €34.99 and includes the making of five pizzas, along with tips on cooking them. Sounds like just the thing to keep the kids occupied.
The White Gables, deliveries nationwide
Anne and Kevin Dunne have run The White Gables restaurant, bakery and food shop in Moycullen in Co Galway for nearly thirty years. The pair are now delivering ‘cocooning hampers’ to customers in the local area who need to stay at home, and can also post hampers to any address in Ireland.
They start at €50, and you can order by calling 091-555744, or online here.