Tour Category: Food, Wine and Nightlife
Learn to cook in the kitchen of a cozy café a creative Irish meal from recipes passed down through your local host Janine’s family and friends. Janine is a professional chef, culinary school instructor and freelance journalist with a degree in political science and a true passion for food. Your hands-on cooking class involves making three traditional dishes from scratch and will last about an hour. You may learn to make a traditional brown bread, an entrée and a dessert or cheese such as ricotta. You will enjoy learning about creative ways to cook Irish cuisine and plating dishes before you sit down at the table to share the meal you helped prepare with Janine and her friend Lucy. Treat yourself to a memorable day combining a hands-on cooking experience and local cultural dining in a professional café and kitchen!
Janine 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.