The latest Food For Thought dinner, in aid of 3TS (Turn The Tide of Suicide) takes place in The Well, one of Dublin’s hottest new venues.
Food For Thought is an initiative that enables chefs, restaurants, front of house teams and suppliers from all over the island of Ireland to create unique pop-up dining events. They’re an opportunity for top chefs to showcase their skills, while raising essential funds for suicide prevention charity, 3TS. Previous venues include L’Ecrivain, The Pigeon House, Locks Restaurant and Mulberry Gardens, with some of the industry’s top names getting involved.
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This time round, chef Derry Staunton takes the helm and is curating two very special evenings in Dublin's The Well on Sunday 15 and Monday 16 September. They promise to be more performance art than merely a dinner. Derry has created a 16-course tasting menu and has selected a customised playlist to go with it. “Some music is matched to food and others are just to the mood and theme," he explains. “It’s a sensory experience and performance piece. I want people to eat and think, ‘why is this song on?’”
A huge music fan, Derry has always had music in his workplace. “Music and food are very important to me,” he says. “I think music is often overlooked: it creates an atmosphere and sets out who you are. There is nothing worse than a generic playlist to fill the vacuum. I have always done the playlists and I tailor them now to restaurants and to quiet and busy times.”
Along with great food and excellent tunes (we’ve seen the playlist and it includes gems from the likes of Sam Cooke, Iggy Pop, Bjork and Elvis Costello), there will be drinks pairings (some non-alcoholic) and a light show bringing a theatrical element to proceedings. “The concept is to link the food and music into a performance piece,” Derry explains.
The Food For Thought events are in aid of suicide charity The 3Ts, and Derry has a very personal reason for getting involved. He was adopted as a baby and his birth father, whom he never met, committed suicide. These dinners are an opportunity to raise both funds and awareness around mental health."A lot of people bottle things up for years, I did, and I think it’s important to do it. It’s a tribute to someone I never met but who had a huge impact. I want to get that point across."
Derry and Food For Thought founder Daniel Hannigan had worked together in Locks Restaurant and, as Daniel explains, Derry approached him about teaming up for an event. “His passion for it blew me away," Daniel says. "He fully understands it, he fully respects it and he really gets the concept of Food for Thought. He’s exactly who you would want to be involved.”
The event also marks a last hurrah for Derry, who is stepping away from the kitchen afterwards and many of his former chefs will be coming along to help him out. "It’s sort of a final stint for me as a head chef too and in the kitchen. I just want a bit more freedom to enjoy my life. I missed my brother’s wedding this year and that was the thing that really made it hit home for me. I thought it was my life for a long time until I went out looking at what else I could do."
The events will take place on two nights, on Sunday 15 and Monday 16 of September, in The Well, Stephen's Green, Dublin 2. Tickets are on sale now and are set to sell out - you can purchase them here.
For more information on 3Ts charity, visit their website here.
Main image: Instagram @thewelldublin
Dishes: Derry Staunton