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Celebrating the Summer Harvest at Ink Dun Laoghaire

Ink cafe in Dún Laoghaire is celebrating the summer harvest with a special dinner this coming Friday 23rd August at 7:30pm.

Ink cafe in Dún Laoghaire opened its doors in April this year and is operated by Foodspace, a contract catering company with a zero waste ethos.

The special six course menu will showcase the best of Irish seasonal produce, from individual plates to shared platters. Foodspace’s commitment to eradicating waste will inform dish choices on the menu.

Founded in 2016, Foodspace was recofnised by the Sustainable Restaurants Association (SRA) in 2018, when they were the first and to date only Irish catering company to receive three stars and the gold award for contribution to world sustainability and loyal to local.

This year Foodspace has been working on a number of initiatives, including taking cling film out of their kitchens. The company now uses unbleached parchment paper on raw meats; reusable containers and lids for sauces, soups etc; and wet compostable tissue on salad leaves.

“It was just a matter of rethinking – what did people do before clingfilm? Our team are currently working on the grains in our kitchens, the majority of all flour in Ireland is imported. The wheat is grown in the UK and EU, then milled here – this includes all the big brands,” said Conor Spacey, Culinary Director.

“We managed to find an Irish grower who will also give us white spelt flour and wholemeal for all our kitchens that he will grow and mill. We as a good company are committed to reducing and removing lentils/rice etc and changing to barley and spelt also.”

“It’s about educating our customers in all aspects of our food and giving them the facts and information to make informed choices about what they eat and purchase,” explained Grainne Carberry, Director of Catering Services.

Tickets are available now, priced €52.83, and can be purchased online at https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/summer-harvest-dinner-tickets-65421516517.

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