Lemon Tree Chef Christopher Molloy briefing the guests
As part of their food event calendar, The Counter Deli, Letterkenny, hosted Lemon Tree Chef Christopher Molloy for a pop up Donegal tasting menu on September The 30th.
Christopher was joined by chef Ciaran Sweeney previously of Forest & Marcy, Dublin and Mark Barrett also of The Lemon Tree, Letterkenny.
The seven course menu featured some of Donegal’s best producers and was complemented with a selection of wines expertly chosen by The Counter’s Richard Finney.
The evening kicked off with a selection of delicious snacks including crispy fish skin with pea and tartare sauce and a mushroom cappuccino with crispy mushroom fritters. Fresh Italian bubbles made for the perfect accompaniment.
The next dish of fermented potato bread with cabbage and bacon was inspired by Ciaran Sweeney’s childhood memories of his Grandmother.
Christopher Molloy’s signature dish of beetroot salad with hazelnut and beetroot ice cream followed. The Counter’s Richard Finney paired the course with a Domaine Gayda Sauvignon Blanc from the languedoc region.
The next course was Donegal scallops in hay with a smoked mussel chowder, hazelnut and seaweed. This rich dish paired beautifully with Baron De Sabas Verdejo/Tierra De Castilla.
Next up was the main course of Donegal Venison with celeriac and elderberries. The dish was wonderfully complimented with Chalk Hill, MacClaren Vale Australian Shiraz.
To start the dessert courses, fresh blackberry aromas wafted through the air when blended with dry ice, for full dramatic effect. Richard Finney presented the final of the evenings wines, a Elysium Black Muscat from Madera, California.
Dessert kicked off with a warm chocolate mousse, prune and salted milk followed by blackberry panna cotta, blackberry sorbet and meringue.
A blackberry smoothie, an edible blackberry straw and blackberry jellies finished off the evenings dishes.
A Donegal tasting menu is available at The Lemon Tree Restaurant between Sunday-Thursday, for more information visit http://www.thelemontreerestaurant.com/donegal-tasting-menu.html or contact us to make a booking enquiry at http://www.thelemontreerestaurant.com/contact.html
For updates on The Counter Deli future pop up events visit https://www.thecounterdeli.com/ and sign up to the newsletter.
All the wines listed above are available to buy at The Counter Deli, Letterkenny.
Lemon Tree Chef Christopher Molloy serving courses at The Boxty Without Borders Event
As part of his role as an Irish Food Champion, our chef Christopher Molloy took part in the Boxty Without Borders Event on Sunday the 15th of September at Belcoo Bridge. The Irish Food Champions are an assembly of seventeen professionals based around the island of Ireland who influence and represent all aspects of the Irish food and beverage landscape.
The Boxty Without Borders event served as part of the Failte Ireland Taste The Island series of food events across Ireland with the objective of bringing people together in regions to celebrate Irish food. The event highlighted that food has no boundaries and the benefits of cross border tourism collaborations.
Boxty without Borders took place at Belcoo Bridge which connects Cavan with Fermanagh symbolizing the way that food connects communities. The long table event hosted 150 seated diners for a multi-course local food lunch showcasing the wonderful food and drink from the neighboring counties, focusing on the regional dish Boxty.
The long dining table at The Boxty Without Borders Event at Belcoo Bridge
Lemon Tree Chef Christopher Molloy preparing the courses for the Boxty Without Borders Event
PAfter the delicious lunch, an artisan producers market opened to the public offering the very best of local food and drink. Local singer/songwriters provided the soundtrack throughout the day.
While this was a one off event, it is anticipated that it will inspire more regional celebrations of heritage and food culture around the island of Ireland.
As part of their seasonal series of food events, we were thrilled to dine at Breac House recently to sample a Donegal inspired tasting menu by Carrigart native, chef Ciaran Sweeney. Ciaran Sweeney is a renowned Donegal chef who has worked in some of Ireland's best restaurants including The Greenhouse and Forest & Marcy in Dublin.
Set in Hornhead, Breac House is a stunning, contemporary retreat by Niall and Cathrine Campbell. The property was designed by award-winning local architects and built by traditional craftsmen. The retreat sits among Donegal's breathtaking mountains and inside you will find an array of touches that celebrates local trade such as handwoven Donegal Tweed.
On selected dates throughout the year Breac House partner with Ciaran Sweeney offering a seasonal tasting menu showcasing Donegal produce. We were lucky to snag a spot at their September event and it was an evening of stunning cooking, world class hospitality and breathtaking scenery.
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