Tour Code: 7626P318
Duration: 2 hours
Meet your host Janine at her friend Lucy’s cozy, ecletic café that features many local artists on its walls for your private culinary experience. Join Janine and Lucy at a rustic wooden table and sip on a refreshing drink as you get to know your Tipperary host. You will be treated to a five-course Tipperary seasonal tasting menu created from locally sourced ingredients. Your menu will be a modern take on traditional Irish dishes and may include dishes such as local charcuterie from heritage beef with homemade pickles, Irish greens empanada with green goddess dressing made from foraged wild greens and herbs, a lamb neck confit with buttered cabbage, baked apple soufflé with crème Anglaise and a trio of Tipperary cheeses with homemade chutneys. Janine will pair your food with four locally brewed craft beers. Enjoy a memorable day combining the best of a local cultural dining experience in a professional café and kitchen!
Janine is a professional chef, culinary school instructor and freelance journalist with a degree in political science. She attended culinary school and learned her trade in Toronto before she moved to Tipperary, where she lives with her husband and three daughters on their family's dairy farm.
Passionate about showcasing the beautiful produce grown in Tipperary, Janine loves to offer contemporary Irish cuisine steeped in the history of Tipperary at her friend’s café in Thurles. Tipperary is known to be the dairy farm of Ireland producing some of the best cheese and dairy in the country. Janine’s menus regularly feature fresh dairy, homemade cheese and butter as well as local lamb and beef from the region.
Janine is an avid traveler and finds that her best experiences have often involved food – she loves teaching and bringing people together over food. Passionate about tourism and the impact it has on local economies, all her menus feature local producers. Janine hosts with her friend Lucy (a cocktail and coffee connoisseur) and they both love hosting special five-course Tipperary terroir dinner experiences at Lucy’s café in Thurles.
The café is located just off Ireland’s ancient East route, a five-minute drive from Holy Cross Abbey, a popular tourist destination.