It was fantastic to see local food producers such as Linalla Ice Cream, Killary Harbour Mussels, The Connemara Smokehouse, Sheridans cheese and foods of Athenry here tonight to showcase their wonderful product to Local Restaurants, we look forward to seeing all of the Connaught County Winners in Dublin on the 25th May where Regional and All Ireland winners will be announced’.
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The Connemara Smokehouse where you can buy the most gorgeous smoked salmon!!
The Connemara Smokehouse donde se puede comprar el salmón ahumado mas rico!!
‘‘Now, my ten-year-old is picking it up from me and can already tell when a fish is ready. We base our business on quality and if we are going to tell people our product is the best, then we better make sure it is.”
Their “g is for Gourmet” dinner mirrored their overall policy in sourcing as much food as possible from local producers – the lamb was from local farms, scallops and prawns from Gannets in Galway, salmon and beautiful smoked tuna from Graham and Saoirse Roberts’ Connemara Smokehouse and cheese from Keane’s Bluebell Falls herd of goats.
One such producer is husband and wife team Graham and Saoirse Roberts of The Connemara Smokehouse who are avid foodies and have enormous pride and obvious passion for their work.
I had met Graham Roberts, the owner of Connemara Smokehouse, at food demonstrations and knew he was a serious and very energetic producer. I had also seen that he was an official ‘food hero’ as appointed by Rick Stein and has now been bestowed with the title of ‘super hero’, The title of super hero is for those whom Rick deems to be the best of the best.
At Galway’s five star g hotel, for example, General Manager Damien O’Riordan, Executive Chef Stefan Matz and Head Chef Regis Herviaux recently welcomed guests to a press event which featured Connemara Smokehouse smoked tuna, Connemara Abalone (deep fried and served with a divine barley and basil ‘risotto’), McGeough’s of Oughterard organic Connemara lamb done three ways, and a delicious Bluebell Falls (Co Clare) goats cheese and apple dessert.
The line-caught tuna from Connemara Smokehouse, which was then smoked, was served three ways: as a chilled gateau with pears , in a tuna and leek crumble, and as a crisp tuile on a creamy cabbage soup. All prepared by Stefan Matz & Regis Herviaux of The G Hotel in Galway.