Dinner in the Undercroft

Saturday evening, we were fortunate to get seats for a very special event hosted by local producers for Ireland’s Slow Food Convivium members;  a Slow Food dinner, set in a 13th century undercroft. We’re pretty sure that undercroft is a fancy word for cellar or basement, but this undercroft is the only remaining portion of the original building constructed by Stephen de Fulbourne, Bishop of Waterford and Governor of Ireland in 1281. It also held Waterford’s first mint as well as an extensive wine cellar 200 years later.

We felt truly blessed to be there. The guests, the menu and the location made for a unique evening. Guest speakers included Bruce McDonald, an Aussie transplant who harvests a variety of seaweeds, Rory Harrington who, with his wife, raise venison in Dunhill Co. Waterford, and a fine local cheese maker named Eamon Lonergan. We looked at each other at one point during the meal with the same thought. How on earth could we truly convey this experience properly? A picture is worth a thousand words, so the old saying goes. And here we go…

Fortunately, a bagpiper greeted us at the nondescript entrance

Dinner was held in the Lower Croft

The table is set for 40 lucky guests

Dinner began with an aperitif of Sparkling Spirit made from apples.
This product is relatively new to the market and Irish Artisan Beverages joined in the festivities.

Mussel Canapes and Chicken Liver Pate, all locally sourced

The seven course menu for the evening included local producers speaking about their foods and how they got started.

First course is underway…imagine preparing a meal with this as your kitchen?!

Everything was perfectSeared Scallops

Miso and Seaweed Soup with Seaweed Flecked Brown Bread

Spiced Beef with Apple & Fig Chutney

Venison Terrine Stuffed with Leeks

Variety of Local Cheeses

The evening was such a success. If you are interested in any of the producers,
we have no doubt you could give them a call or email for a tour or visit to their property.

We made friends from all around the world, who share the common passion for good clean food.

Happily sated.


6 Responses to Dinner in the Undercroft

  1. Glad you enjoyed the evening. It was great to look at the pictures. Last week was so hectic I had almost forgotten what a wonderful evening it was.

    Festival is over for another year, thank heavens, and I can get back to making the booze. I am really keen to see how the rest of your trip went.

    Stay in touch.


  2. stacey@staceytignerloy.com Tigner loy says:

    The venue, the food… Looks absolutely amazing!

  3. Alain&Joanne says:

    one word: mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmhhhhhhhhhhhhhh…

  4. Denise says:

    Fantastic pictures. When a lovely meal leaves you dazed and amazed, pictures are the way to go :)

  5. Lynette says:

    Sated? Well, it does start with an S, just like stuffed! You two are a couple of lucky, lucky gals.

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