The first anniversary of our mother’s death is coming up at the end of March, and my sisters Maeve and Grace had a brilliant idea on how best to mark her one-year anniversary by doing what Mum loved to do best – feeding friends and neighbours with good, wholesome food.
At the funeral last year, many of the hundreds of people who attended had fond memories of our mother’s scones, soups, dinners, Victoria sponges, apple tarts … you name it! Makes sense that all seven of her children love to cook, love to have people over for dinners and are curious about food from the world over.
Four of us even chose careers in Food: Grace & Mary are trained Chefs, Sinead is a Dietitian and Deirdre co-owned a restaurant for many years. Our mother’s legacy for sure.
The idea for Mum’s Dish 2017 was born – a fundraiser to benefit Cork Penny Dinners, a charity that has been around since Famine times, serving warm, home-cooked meals to the poor of Cork City. Unfortunately, the need for warm dinners is greater than ever in 2017 with over 1000 meals served per week as Ireland continues to struggle with it’s economy since the global recession in 2008.
Cork Penny Dinners was our mother’s favourite charity, a grassroots organization run primarily by volunteers, who try their damnedest to operate with the least amount of expenses as possible.
On Wednesday March 8th 2017, Mum’s Dish will be MC’d by Irish Food Writer, Joe McNamee and includes a cooking demonstration by award-winning chef Bryan McCarthy of Greene’s along with a Who’s Who of Cork’s restaurants: Gautham Iyer of Iyer’s Cafe, Pamela Kelly of Market Lane, Ciaran Scully of Bayview House Hotel, Kate Lawlor of Fenn’s Quay and Ali Honour of Ali’s Kitchen. Each will prepare their signature dish while the sold-out crowd of 120, sip on wine and savour some nibbles.
In addition to a raffle, each ticketholder will be presented with a copy of Mum’s Dish Recipe Book, a book filled with recipes submitted by some of the top names in Irish Food – recipes that are a reminder of cooking with their own mothers as kids. A collectible for sure and only available to those lucky enough to attend this now sold-out event.
Many of you reading this are not in Ireland, but if you would like to donate in our mother’s name – Mary Coffey, you can do so here by clicking on Tickets, and entering your donation amount in Euros. Tax receipts are not available for international donors.
I’m proud as punch of this brilliant fundraiser that my sister Maeve and Grace have created for such a worthy cause – Cork Penny Dinners. To be able to engage so many Big Foodie Names of Ireland is no mean feat, and to sell out 3 weeks in advance is a measure of the hard work they have put in for a few months now, pulling this fabulous event together. Much love to you both xo xo.
Thanks too to Joe Whelehan for his great logistics, planning and coordination skills that have been an integral part of pulling this event together.
Mum would be very proud of you all. And delighted to be featured in an article in Cork’s own d’Echo too! Check it out here.