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Bite-size: what's new in the world of food and drink

Everything you need to know for the week ahead.

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Looking for something new? We have a few ideas for you.

Read on for food news, events and more from around the country this week. 

In case you missed it 

Acclaimed chef Jack Lenards recently kicked off a classical French cookery course with The Chef Supper Club, Damien Grey’s virtual food hub. Lenards, who works with Grey at two-starred Liath, is known for his sharp cooking and his six-week course aims to teach viewers how to master this famed cuisine. Missed the first few classes? Each course is available to download after it premieres for you to view at your leisure, starting at €25 per class or €100 for the full six weeks. Tara Gartlan’s gluten-free course and Killian Crowley’s child-friendly masterclass series are also available to download now. See thechefsupperclub.com for more.  

An example of Jack Lenards' cookery
An example of Jack Lenards' cookery

Mark your diary

Opt for a little luxury this April with the Charles Heidsieck Champagne Evening at WILDE at The Westbury on Thursday, April 7. Hosted by Philip Dunne, group sommelier for The Doyle Collection, and Cyril Brun, chef de cave for Charles Heidsieck Champagne, the exclusive evening will include a seasonal five-course tasting menu that has been specially created by Dunne and WILDE head chef Sandeep Singh to complement the fine Champagnes on offer, which includes the stunning Crayères Brut Millésime 2000. Tickets are extremely limited and are available to book for €175 per person here.

Easy entertaining

Elegant tablescaping company The Designed Table, founded by Tara O'Connor, has launched a gorgeous new Easter collection. As the past two years have been shrouded in restrictions, O'Connor's new collection is a celebration of coming back together in style. New to the collection is a bamboo placemat with a yellow or green border, white napkins with a yellow or green embroidered edge, and a green and yellow velvet bow napkin ring, all of which we think would look stunning on your seasonal springtime table. To see the full collection, click here

Picture: Orla Neligan for The Designed Table, styled by Laoise Moggan
Picture: Orla Neligan for The Designed Table, styled by Laoise Moggan

Blas na hÉireann reopens for entries

After two virtual years, Blas na hÉireann has announced it is back and bigger than ever, with an in-person winners' announcement planned for Dingle later this year. Also known as the Irish Food Awards, Blas na hÉireann is now accepting applications until May 20, with 43 categories open for food products from all 32 counties. For more information or to submit a product, click here.

Join the club

The g Hotel in Galway has launched a new supper club that will kick off on Wednesday, April 27. Curated by head chef Dominique Majecki and food and beverage manager Maurice Ryan, the supper clubs will run throughout the year and aim to highlight the best of Galway's local food and drink producers. Suppliers expected to feature on the first five-course menu include Dooncastle Oysters, honey from Leahy Beekeeping, Micil Gin, and more. 

Tickets cost €125 per person but are very limited so early booking is recommended - get yours by emailing [email protected] If you don't manage to get tickets for this event, there will be two further supper clubs taking place later this year: an oyster and seafood supper club on September 21, and game night on November 22. Click here for more information. 

Dinner at The g Hotel
Dinner at The g Hotel

Wonderous whiskey

Adare Manor and Midleton Distillery have announced the third Midleton Very Rare Whiskey release in their ongoing partnership. With a price tag of €2,500 per bottle, this third release is a single pot still whiskey that has been aged for 28 years and bottled at 54.4 per cent cask strength. With only 126 bottles available, this rare whiskey is sure to become a collector's item - for further information or to reserve a bottle of Adare Manor Midleton Very Rare 1992 Single Cask 28-year old whiskey, call +353 61 605 246 or click here

City Champagne

Moët Hennessy has teamed up with Brown Thomas to offer Champagne fans a whole new way to enjoy retail therapy with its Moët Hennessy Champagne Destination space in the Grafton Street store. The first of its kind in Ireland, the retail space will offer customers the opportunity to explore the house's Champagne brands, including Moët & Chandon, Veuve Clicquot, Krug and more. Interactive touch screens will allow customers to learn about food pairings and tastings, while the exclusive Moët & Chandon personalisation service will help to add an extra special touch to any bottle. 

The new Moët Hennessy Champagne Destination is located on the third floor at Brown Thomas, Grafton Street, Dublin.