Multi-award-winning Greenes Restaurant in Cork City, hosted a special, local ingredient-driven dinner on Tuesday the March 6, when its Executive Head Chef, Bryan McCarthy, welcomed guest chefs Kevin Aherne of Sage in Midleton and Robbie Krawczyk, formerly of Tankardstown House and Glebe Gardens in Baltimore and whose new West Cork restaurant is due to open soon, into his kitchen for a collaborative dinner event entitled East Meets West.
Locavore Chef, Bryan McCarthy, together with Kevin Aherne and Robbie Krawczyk, devised the concept for the unique dinner event to allow the three award-winning Cork-based chefs to showcase the best of Cork produce from their respective localities within the county.
Robbie used West Cork produce for a vegetable course, Kevin cooked with East Cork produce for a seafood course and Bryan used North Cork produce for a carnivorous course.
Bryan McCarthy said: “The food and ethos at Greenes is focused on promoting local producers, as well as on using innovative methods in our cooking. These are principles that Kevin and Robbie adhere to in their cooking also. This inspired the idea for this unique evening, which is about celebrating Cork’s three distinct culinary areas – North, East and West Cork – with menu courses conceived and prepared by three of Cork’s finest chefs.”
Greene’s is a one of the Cork Holy Grail eateries and we simply knew that with the chefs involved it would be a gastronomic delight. It was no trial for us to surround ourselves with great company and enjoy the friendly and professional service we have come to expect from Greenes.
The menu and wine pairings were exquisite with a stunning Pinot Noir, which stole the show. The favourite course of the night was the pork belly and black pudding, which was absolutely sublime. We got to meet the chefs, who came in and chatted after dinner about their inspiration for the menu and their individual projects. They were, on the night, like the Holy Trinity of Food.
Kilahoura Orchards were there on the night and provided a dessert wine produced locally in Glounthaune, which was a rare apple ice wine, chilled to perfection, which just the right amount of sweetness and we could have enjoyed another one. It is the more sophisticated sister to Johnny Fall Down, an amazing cider, which we also love.
Next time East Cork Meets West Cork, we will be there!
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