This week I had the pleasure of tasting some amazing food from renowned Northern Irish chef, Noel McMeel.
Noel is the Executive Head Chef at Lough Erne Golf Resort and Hotel in Enniskillen and has just been named as SuperValu’s Ambassador Chef. Over the next few months, Noel and the retailer will work in partnership to share their passion for fresh, quality produce with consumers, while encouraging us to “shop local.”
The launch of the partnership took place last Wednesday at Tedfords Kitchen in Belfast where guests from the worlds of tourism, media and blogging were treated to an unbelievable seven course dinner prepared by Noel McMeel, with a great range of spirits, wines and beers to match the delicious food.
I have to say I was so lucky to attend this event, because it’s not often you get to sample such a vast array of food from the very chef who has cooked for the world leaders at the G8 summit, as well as the wedding feast of Sir Paul McCartney and Heather Mills! (What a CV!)
So what was on the menu? Below is the delicious range of food and drink we tasted, courtesy of SuperValu.
Course 1: Succulent 21 day aged local prime Rib Eye steak with warm tarragon butter
Course 2: Northern Ireland Gammon Fitters
Course 1 and 2 served with Pokertree Ghrian Golden Ale
Course 3: Pressed NI chicken with leek, baby onion terrine and celeriac slaw
Course 4: Fillet of local pork with cured bacon, confit rhubarb and caramelised nuts
Course 3 and 4 served with Pouilly Fumé Foucher
Course 5: NI mince meatballs with tomato and fresh herb sauce and a range of breads
Course 6:Goats cheese, oakwood smoked cheddar and brie from Fivemiletown Creamery, with Hollah Chutneys
Course 7: Rhubard Cranachan (Whites oatmeal, meringue, rhubarb, Bushmills whiskey, honey and double cream)
Course 5 was also served with a red wine, SuperValu’s specially sourced, Sartori Valpolicella Ripasso, while we ended our meal with a Bushmills Single Malt Whiskey (10 year old) and Punjana Tea/Johnson’s Coffee.
As you can see, it was such a feast and a really well put together event. The real surprise of the night was that every single ingredient Noel used to make this seven course dinner, and all the drinks, are available at SuperValu stores- so they are not ingredients you have to go hunting for to replicate the meal yourself! (Why not treat your loved ones to their own seven course dinner?!)
There are 35 SuperValu stores across Northern Ireland so I’m definitely going to get along to one and try to whip up one the recipes! The fact that I won Noel McMeel’s cook book, The Irish Pantry, on the night means I have no excuse!! Thanks to SuperValu NI for a great night. Winning prize: Signed copy of Irish Pantry