All that is good about Donegal food will be showcased at a special event in Harvey’s Point next week when some of Donegal most talented chefs, food suppliers and trade representatives will be joined by guest food writers and bloggers at the first ever Donegal Signature Dish event.

The event, which is being hosted by Donegal Co. Council in association with Donegal Tourism, is about celebrating Donegal food and fresh local produce and is a great opportunity to promote Donegal food and people who champion it – chefs, restaurants, suppliers and artisan producers.

Restaurants across the county were invited earlier this year and encouraged to submit their signature dishes, which would then undergo a selection to form a menu for the event.

The dishes had to consist of Donegal sourced ingredients and feature on the current or seasonal menu.

The final tasting menu is a balanced selection of ten dishes from around the county; those dishes will be served on the night and each chef will also have an opportunity to share the story behind the dish with the audience.

Barney McLaughlin, Head of Tourism Unit, Donegal Co. Council said: “We are delighted that the chefs in the county have risen to the challenge to participate in this exciting event.

“This is not a competition but an opportunity to showcase the best that the county has to offer; it’s about working together to promote quality food in Donegal and send a message out to our local people, guests and visitors that Donegal does food well.

“We are delighted to be joined on the night by food writers, bloggers, well-known chefs and local representatives from the food sector who are among the invited guests.”

Well known Donegal Chef and the new owner of the Foyle Hotel in Moville Brian McDermott will be the guest host for the evening and the following chefs will be cooking their dishes on the night and represent their establishments:

Chef Gary McPeake - McGrory’s Hotel, Culdaff

Chef Christopher Molloy - Lemon Tree Restaurant, Letterkenny

Chef Anthony Armstrong – Nesbitt Arms Hotel, Ardara

Chefs Chris McMenamin and Colin McKee – Harvey’s Point Hotel, Donegal Town

Chef Paul Brady – Castle Grove Country House, Letterkenny

Chef Marco Letterese – The Olde Castle Bar, Donegal Town

Chef Ian Orr – Browns on the Green, Letterkenny

Chef Brian McMonagle – Arnolds Hotel, Dunfanaghy

Chef Karl Murtagh – The Silver Tassie Hotel & Spa, Letterkenny

Chefs Joe & Brenda O’Hora – Benny & Co, Ballybofey

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