Airfield Estate, Dublin’s only urban working farm and gardens, has announced the appointment of Gather & Gather Ireland to take over its food and beverage services from December 2020.
Gather & Gather is a sustainable foodservice company which currently employs over 300 people in Ireland. The company is a leader in driving sustainable change to foodservice delivery and holds a three star rating by the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA) through its industry standard Food Made Good framework. This is the company’s first foray into consumer retail, having previously focused exclusively on corporate and workplace accounts.
The progressive nature of Gather & Gather sees them actively engaging with the Irish food community by supporting and partnering with local growers and producers as well as on events such as Food On The Edge and Chef Network.
Airfield and Gather & Gather will collaborate in the delivery of all Airfield Estate’s food and beverage services including Overends Kitchen, Stables Café, The Horsebox coffee bar, as well as public and private events and retail.
The food landscape has changed dramatically since the start of 2020, and this collaboration will allow continued adaptation of the services by providing more take out, dine at home, outdoor food retail options and facilitating a safe indoor environment for day and evening dining. Food education is also a huge part of the Gather & Gather ethos and they will support Airfield to continue its focus on food education through training, teaching events and workshops.
Grainne Kelliher, CEO of Airfield Estate, said: “The collaboration will allow Airfield to continue to develop and grow as a Charitable Trust with a mission to inspire and enable people to make food choices that benefit people, planet and pocket, while at the same time help sustain our 38 acres for future generations”.
Pauline Cox, Managing Director of Gather & Gather Ireland, said: “This is a truly exciting opportunity for us. Our two organisations are aligned around what a great food offer looks like for a visitor or guest. Gather & Gather will continue to use the bounty of produce from the farm and gardens of the estate and also source from trusted local suppliers, to guarantee the high quality food offering which both Gather & Gather and the Airfield Estate pride themselves on.”