Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Food Quiz @ Fenn's Quay

When Kate of Fenn's Quay asked me to come up with an idea for an event at Fenn's Quay, I thought straight away of a food quiz - a fun way of learning about food, winning some great prizes and trying wonderful food. She loved the idea and we were extremely luck having a great sponsor in Paul Axford of Planet Health in Blackpool who sponsored fantastic prizes for us.

Kate also stood up to the task and produced some great fingerfood - spiced beef with fig chutney, risotto balls with smoked sundried tomatoes (which you can buy from Hedermans at Midleton Market) and a shot of gazpacho, white pudding with bacon & red onion marmalade and strawberry trifle and beetroot & orange blossom meringue - nothing was left behind. I took a portion of the risotto balls at the end of the night and although I don't like smoked food (apart from Sally Barnes' amazing smoked mackerel) but these balls went down a treat - so much that I went to Midleton the next day and got some of the smoked sundried tomatoes - will have to try to re-create the dish :-)

I always say, no matter how good I am prepared, or how interesting the event is - without the right people, there is no atmosphere - so let me tell you that there was a great atmosphere on Friday night. So a great thank you to all involved to make this a fun night. Geraldine, Gayle (hope you have a save journey home), Victoria, Kay, Brid, Wiveka, Imelda and last but not least - Paul.... the bravest man alive to stood his ground with all the crazy women around. Thank you to all of you who came out to make this night special.

Questions were a mix of easy and more difficult and I was amazed about the food knowledge of each one. Brid was the overall winner and won the dinner for 2 in Fenn's Quay. Close second was Wiveka who won the 12 month membership in Planet Health. Victoria got joined third and won 6 month membership, while Gayle won the 3 month membership - which she handed over to Kay due her living in US and only here for a visit. Paul - as the bravest man alive - won the hamper filled with goodies like homemade chutneys, a bunting (I am mad into making these at the moment) and a book. I think he deserved it - although he said he enjoyed himself immensely.

A big thank you also to the staff in Fenn's Quay - especially our waiter Cian who made the most amazing cocktails. In case you are planning a girlie night - why not go to Fenn's Quay for a cocktail night - just make sure Cian is there

Risotto Croquettes with Smoke Sundried Tomatoes

Wiveka came in 2nd

The Star of the evening, Brid won 1st place



Towards the end of the night - Imelda trying to leave


The bravest man alive with his prize

Geraldine - a gaz woman

And that was the rest of it
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