KINSALE’S Good Food Circle has added a new member as Finns’ Table at 6 Main Street in the centre of town has joined the group.
Husband and wife team John and Julie Finn run the business together, with John in the kitchen in his chef’s whites, and Julie at front of house.
The duo are no strangers to the restaurant scene – both having started out in Kinsale before successfully opening their own business, Dillon’s Restaurant, in Timoleague, Co Cork, which they ran for several years.
At Finns’ Table, their focus is on good quality food using locally-produced seasonal ingredients, with an added bonus: the meat comes from John’s family butchery in Mitchelstown.
There are now eleven restaurants in Kinsale’s Good Food Circle, working together since 1976, to market and promote their businesses, having learnt that co-operation is more effective than competition.
The Good Food Circle has recently been shortlisted in the final stages for the ‘Best Food Experience’ category in the Irish Tourism Industry Awards.
In addition, the Circle runs two very successful festivals in the town, which is also the starting point of the Wild Atlantic Way.
The Kinsale Gourmet Festival, now in it’s 39th year, will take place from October 9th-11th while the newer Taste the Wild Atlantic Way Street Festival and All-Ireland Chowder Cook-Off festivals will take place on April 18th-19th. In the All Ireland Chowder Cook-Off thirty-two chefs, one from every county, will take part in a competition judged by the public to find the country’s top Chowder Chef. The lucky winner will represent Ireland at the annual Great Chowder Cook-Off in Newport, Rhode Island.
Existing members of Kinsale Good Food Circle are Restaurant d’Antibes at the White House, Blue Haven, Sidney’s Bar & Brasserie at Actons Hotel, Crackpots, Fishy Fishy, Toddies at the Bulman, Jim Edwards Bar & Restaurant, Man Friday, Pier One at the Trident Hotel and The White Lady.
Tickets for events can be found online at http://www.kinsalerestaurants.com/kinsale-restaurant-events/