The first ever gala Cork Cheese Dinner will take place next week. Each course will feature Irish cheese and will feature a different chef per course – all of whom are well known chefs within the Cork food industry. This cheese extravaganza is a first for Cork and is expected to attract visitors from all over Ireland.
It will be an all female line-up of chefs for the cheese dinner. The chefs include Francesca Jara of L’Atitude, Kate Lawlor of the Oyster Tavern, Pam Kelly of Chef O’Clock and Christine Girault of La Spoon.
The Cork Cheese Dinner will take place at Olivo Restaurant at the Cork Airport Hotel. The evening begins at 7pm with a drinks reception before guests take their seats for the four-course cheese dinner. The dinner will be served with wine and is €65 per person. Tickets available at the hotel or on Eventbrite.
The Cork Cheese Dinner is part of the inaugural Cork Cheese Week, which will take place throughout Cork from Monday September 24 at venues around the city. It will culminate with a weekend of all things cheese at the Cork Airport Hotel on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30.
Cork Cheese Dinner Menu
Toons Bridge Straciatella with pickled cherries and candied walnuts
Chef – Francesca Jara – L’Atitude 51 – Cork City
Twice baked Bluebell Falls goats cheese soufflé with a Hegarty’s cheddar glaze served with beetroot carpaccio and frisée salad
Chef – Kate Lawlor – The Oyster Tavern – Cork City
Gubbeen pork loin with slow cooked shoulder of pork and Rockfield sheep’s cheese croquette, a celeriac, beetroot and Coolea cheese galette, served with orchard apple sauce and parsnip purée
Chef – Pam Kelly – Chef O’ Clock – Cork
Tarte aux fruits with crème pâtissière
Served with cream cheese and fresh fruits coulis
Chef – Christine Girault – La Spoon Patisserie – Cork City
Irish Farmhouse Cheese Board
Tea & Coffee
From Monday September 24 there will be a number of participating restaurants across Cork who will be featuring a special cheese dish – starter, main course or dessert – to celebrate Cork Cheese Week.
On Saturday and Sunday, September 29 and 30, Cork Airport Hotel will also host cheese producers from 11am to 5:30pm where visitors can come and sample cheeses. There will also be live cookery demonstrations highlighting the use of dairy produce, workshops and talks about the cheese and the dairy industry.
General Manager of the Cork Airport Hotel, Peter Loughnane, said: “We cannot wait to bring Cheese Week to Cork. It is shaping up to be a really exciting week of events with so much happening across the week at various restaurants and hotels. Cork is a real hub for cheese and dairy production and we are really delighted to celebrate that. It is going to be a very exciting time at the Cork Airport Hotel.”
Sponsors of the Cork Cheese Week include Bord Bia, The National Dairy Council, Clona Dairy and Cork County Council.
Cork Airport Hotel
Cork Airport, Cork
021 494 7500
The Cork Airport Hotel is part of the Trigon Hotel Group, which has 334 guest rooms across three hotels in Cork. The group comprises of the Cork International Hotel, The Metropole Hotel and the Cork Airport Hotel. Some of the other events which took place at the hotels over the last 12 months include the Cork Craft Show and the Cork Chocolate Festival.