Women in the Food Industry

I was delighted to be interviewed recently by Katia of Proper Food for inclusion in her Women in the Irish Food Industry series, which you can read here. Some of the questions really got me thinking about where my love of food originated (not just my hunger!) and how it has developed over the years.  I believe that it’s important to shine a light on success, to promote other women, to encourage young and old to do something they’ve always wanted to, and to give recognition for what they’ve achieved. If you see it, you can be it, right?!

Other women who feature include Laura Sinnott of Wexford Preserves, Orna Larkin who is Head Pastry Chef at the InterContinental Hotel in Dublin, Lynsey Campbell who is the lead cellar brewer at Whiplash brewery, Cliona Swan of Pizza Da Piero, Aisling Flanagan of Velvet Cloud yogurt (a firm favourite in this house!) and Rockfield Cheese, Carol Banahan of Carol’s Stock Market, Birgitta Curtin at teh Burren Smokehouse and many more (many of whom appear in our Food & Drink Producers On-line Directory by the way), so check it out.

Blas na hEireann Producers’ Champion Award – looking for nominations

Hello everyone,

I know I’ve been a bit quiet of late, but there is some exciting news coming and I’m waiting until its official before I tell you! I don’t want to get ahead of myself.

In the meantime, the call is out for nominations for the @BlasNahEireann #ProducersChampionAward – it should be someone who is working hard to promote & support Irish Food. For example, someone who set up a Directory of producers who are selling online….perhaps!

I know I’m being cheeky, but I would really appreciate your nomination.

Please take 2 mins to make your suggestion. Here is the link: Nominate now!

Thank you!

Best wishes,

Oonagh Monahan

 

Irish Quality Food Awards 2020 – Winner!

This is just a short post to let you know, in case you didn’t hear, that I won the IQFA Covid-19 Response Frontline Hero – Local Community Champion Award which was announced last Friday! #thrilled

You can read all about the other winners and shortlisted nominees here. And you can watch the 30 minute ceremony here. Not quite the same as a glitzy event in the Burlington Hotel, but what can you do?!

Thank you so much to the Irish Quality Food Awards team for this amazing award! I’m so pleased to have been able to help our fantastic Irish food & drink producers in some small way during the pandemic. I bought something on-line from each county over the course of eight months and will be posting about them all in the new year.

#ChampionGreen #shoplocalireland #showyourloveforlocal #shopsmallireland #GreenFriday #thisisirishfood #buyirish #supportlocal #shoploca l#buylocal #supportsmallbusiness #LookForLocal #buyirishfood#buyirishonline#irishfood

IQFA Food Hero winner!

This post is long overdue, but back in October 2019 I was awarded the inaugural Food Hero award from the IQFAs (Irish Quality Food and Drink Awards), sponsored by Aldi Ireland. Needless to say I was absolutely delighted!

The 2019 Irish Quality Food and Drink Awards took place on Thursday 24 October at The Clayton Hotel on Burlington Road, Dublin. Hector O’hEochagáin was MC for the event. The evening was a huge success with food producers and retailers being recognised for their hard work.

Here I am pictured with John Curtin, Group Buying Director, Aldi Ireland and Hector O’hEochagáin.