What’s going on in the world of food
Medal for Belvelly Smokehouse
Frank Hederman of Belvelly Smokehouse in Cobh, Co Cork, recently became the first Irishman to receive the Walter Scheel Medal, an annual award which recognizes outstanding contribution to European culinary culture. Previous recipients include Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger of Champagne Taittinger and Spanish chef Ferran Adrià of restaurant El Bulli.
The award comes as Belvelly Smokehouse, run by Hederman and his wife Caroline Workman, celebrates 40 years in business. In addition to salmon, Belvelly Smokehouse also smokes mackerel, eel, haddock, mussels, butter, spices and nuts, and produces pies, fishcakes and ready meals, which are all available from their Cork English Market store, as well as Cobh and Midleton Farmers Markets. Salmon can be ordered online for delivery to Ireland, mainland Europe and North America. See frankhederman.com.
Coffee for connoisseurs
There’s something sweet about knowing that the cup of coffee you’re drinking is made by a company that has an exemplary track record for sustainability, while caring for its people and others. Imbibe Coffee Roasters by Dublin 8-based Gary Grant donates 1% of their sales to Women’s Aid, an additional 1% to support community projects where their coffee comes from, and the same amount is shared as a bonus between staff . members.
The company celebrates its fourth year in business on May 1 and to celebrate it is bringing Gesha, a very rare coffee, to Ireland. Gary Grant, owner of Imbibe, says these beans are highly sought after by baristas for high-level competitions. “It was used to win the Chinese Brewer’s Cup and was used as part of a blend to come second in the World Coffee Championships. It is at this point that coffee becomes very similar to fine wine. This coffee can be very expensive (it will cost around €38 for a 150 gram bag), but it works out to just €3.80 a cup at home.
Imbibe will stock Gesha coffee grown in Colombia by Paul Doyle of Mikawa Coffee, whose father was originally from Dublin. To purchase, you will need to register with Imbibe’s Coffee Club at imbibe.ie.
The second edition of Gaz
If you missed the first edition of And For Mains, the debut cookbook by chef and restaurateur Gareth (Gaz) Smith and butcher Rick Higgins, a second edition has just been printed. The first print run of 5,000 copies is sold out and another 4,000 are on the way. It is available online at andformains.com and signed copies can be picked up at Michael’s and Little Mike’s in Mount Merrion, and Higgins Butchers in Sutton.
Work is progressing on Smith’s next opening, Michael’s Blackrock, which is expected to open in July or August, with a steak and seafood restaurant, champagne terrace, cocktail bar and Mini Mike’s, a private dining space .