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Galway was very well represented at the Restaurant Association of Ireland 2013 Awards held in Dublin last night. Renvyle House Hotel & Resort were awarded the 'Best Customer Service in Connaught' as well as the overall award of 'Best Customer Service in Ireland'. Ronnie Counihan, Chief Executive of Renvyle House was delighted with the news "We have a superb team here at Renvyle House, I'm very proud of them all. This award is great recognition of all their hard work." Renvyle House celebrates 130 years of hospitality this year and continues to provide a great holiday experience.
Other Galway winners at the Awards last night include Aniar who were awarded ' Best Emerging Irish Cuisine in Ireland 2013' as well as 'Best Restaurant in Connaught', Kai who were awarded 'Best Restaurant Design in Ireland' and Eat at Massimo who were awarded 'Best Gastropub in Connaught'.
We had a super day in Bloom with Good Food Ireland last week. The sun was shining and the crowds were in great form. We had a very well located ice-cream stand just outside the door of the marquee we were in!
Never having been to Bloom in the Park it exceeded our expectations. The gardens were gorgeous with so much thought and planning put in to each and every one. Some great ideas to try and bring to the West also! We me the President of Ireland and his wife as they walked around the gardens. We also saw the Taoiseach on his journey through the festival.
Some photographs taken by our Marketing Director Zoë Fitzgerald below.
We had a feast fit for many kings produced by Executive Chef Mr. Tim O'Sullivan and his talented team for the weekend celebrations.
Amazing food together with delicious accompanying wines which were very kindly sponsored by J&C Kenny Wine Distributors for all the dining guests to enjoy. These were carefully matched by Roz Crowley, food writer and journalist who also undertook the role of Master of Ceremonies for the night, giving a succinct insight into the reasons why each wine was chosen for each course.
After enjoying a prosecco reception all guests who travelled near and far to be with us, were seated in the dining room where the banquet commenced.
From beginning to end, the meal was waonderful with so many gentle flavours masterfully put together to put together a beautiful seven course meal.
Lorna suggested it might be a nice idea to have an indoor market shocasing our local suppliers and producers. And there the seed was planted.
With a little planning and much preparation this came to fruition last weeked for the International Gourmet Weekend which was held to celebrate the 130 years of the hotel. The bunting was made and set up (with two great little helpers - great grand sons of Dr. Donny Coyle who bought the hotel in 1953).
We had great support from Roberts family from Connemara Smokehouse who showcased their organic smoked salmon, we had the Benedictine Nuns from Kylmemore Abbey with their chocolate (and a sideline of soaps). Also present was Connemara Rowan Jelly which is produced by Brigid Sealy locally and an array of seaweed products for use in the kitchen by Connemara Food Ventures. Tim O'Sullivan had made a delicious bread with three types of seaweed, which would be delicious with cold meats or indeed smoked salmon. Tim also made a seaweed mayonnaise and a seaweed dressing, both of them delicious. These could be sampled at the Connemara Food Ventures and Renvyle Foods stands. J&C Kenny Wines also had a stand and were the kind sponsors of the wines provided at the banquet later on Saturday night.