The oyster season is in full swing, making it a great time to explore the Sea Louth Seafood Trail, which launched this summer. Carlingford and Cooley are two of the Carlingford Lough oyster producers participating in the program, which has 49 restaurants and nine registered seafood producers.
The Carlingford Oyster Company won two three-star awards at recent Great Taste Awards in the UK, while Cooley Oysters, which opened a showroom in Hong Kong this year, took home a two-star award.
The Carlingford, Dundalk and Drogheda tourist offices can issue Sea Louth passports, which guide visitors to 14 scenic vantage points along the county’s 70km of coastline, each with a special stamp to add to the passports. When completed, including two restaurant stamps earned by ordering a local seafood special, the passport can be exchanged for a Louth of the Seas memento.
My life through food
He makes a nasty negroni, he loves Kerrygold butter, and he writes exquisitely on the food. What not to like the actor, producer and American writer Stanley Tucci, who has just published a memoir, following his two cookbooks.
Taste: My Life Through Food is published this week at Fig Tree (€ 23). It’s a hardback, albeit a compact size, which is good because you’ll be pulling this one out regularly, not just for recipes but for when you really need a belly laugh, to revisit the Tucci Relay. when he ate andouillette in Normandy with Meryl Streep.
It’s not all a barrel of laughs, though. The title of the book becomes more poignant when, towards the end, Tucci writes about his diagnosis of oral cancer in December 2017 and the treatment that followed. Eating, this thing he loved so much, lost its joy for a moment. But there is a happy ending: his sense of taste has returned, and his appreciation for food and drink has been restored.
Food on the edge
Tickets, both for on-site and virtual participation, are now on sale for the Food on the Edge Symposium, which leaves Galway for the first time this year, setting up its booth at the Airfield Estate in Dundrum, Dublin 14, Monday and Tuesday October 18-19. A two-day ticket to attend in person costs € 300, while a single day is priced at € 175, and two-day virtual access is available for € 95. They can be purchased at foodontheedge.fr.
Confirmed speakers include Garima Aurora, the first Indian woman to win a Michelin star, Taiwanese chef André Chiang, Australian writer and food entertainer Alice Zaslavsky and Peruvian chef Virgilio Martínez, whose Latin American cookbook will be published by Phaidon later this month.