News Blog

/News Blog
News Blog2019-08-20T01:07:21-07:00
2208, 2019

Tickets on Sale Now for 2019 Awards Gala Dinner

Get your ticket for the big event because we can't wait to see you all again for our 2019 Awards Gala Dinner Join us on 24th of September at The Lyrath Estate Hotel,  We don't want anyone missing out on the amazing food, entertainment and a great atmosphere we have every year. Keep up to date on Social Media we all hope to see you there! Please contact [...]

1208, 2019

Get a ‘pizza’ the action at Food & Bev Live

Celebrating excellence within the industry, Food & Bev Live – brought to you by IFSA, the organisation behind the phenomenally successful CATEX Show - is returning to the Citywest, Dublin on the 4th & 5th February. Kick starting the 2020 hospitality season, the show will be bursting with new features and industry-specific attractions, that will serve up inspirational solutions for Ireland’s foodservice and hospitality sectors. Ireland’s First [...]

808, 2019

Ireland wins ‘most promising overseas destination’ award at travel summit in China

Ireland has won a ‘most promising overseas destination’ award at a travel summit in China. The award was presented to Tourism Ireland at the V-Influence Summit in Chengdu, organised by Sina Weibo – the hugely popular microblogging site, often described as the Chinese version of Twitter. The event was attended by hundreds of influencers (many of those attending have more than one million followers each), travel journalists [...]

808, 2019

The Market Lane Restaurant Supports Meitheal Mara Youth Rowing Summer Camp

The Market Lane Restaurant Group has extended its support for Meitheal Mara, the unique Cork charity which uses boatbuilding, woodcraft and seamanship to help dsadvantaged youth groups and individuals to learn, progress and develop. This year the Group is supporting the Meitheal Mara Rowing Summer Camp which takes place on the River Lee’s waterways in and around Cork city from the 6 – 9 August 2019. The support follows [...]

808, 2019

Sourdough September Returns to Conrad Dublin, September 26th

Back by popular demand after sell-out sessions last year, Sourdough September returns to Conrad Dublin with Master Sourdough Bakery – Bretzel and once again offering some amazing taster demos on Thursday, 26th September. The Conrad Dublin with their supplier, The Bretzel Bakery, aim to highlight their partnership with local suppliers and raise awareness of Sourdough September, a festival that takes place throughout the UK & Ireland, encouraging more people [...]

808, 2019

Taste the Island Harvest Banquet at WESTPORT HOUSE October 4th 2019

On Friday, October 4th, historical Westport House will open its doors to host a Special Taste the Island Harvest Banquet with pre-dinner drinks from 7pm followed by a banquet with wine pairings at 8pm. The Harvest Banquet is set to be a superb evening with a truly outstanding menu celebrating all that’s great and good in local and seasonal food & drink. The only one of its kind along the Wild Atlantic [...]

608, 2019

2019 Finalists

2019 Finalists Announced The Gold Medal Awards, in association with Hotel & Catering Review magazine, are delighted to announce the Finalists for the 2019 awards. These awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of the hotel and catering sector throughout the country over the past 12 months. They also recognise and reward the high standards of excellence in terms of both the physical product and [...]

1007, 2019

Gold Medal Awards welcomes – BWG Foodservice

We are happy to welcome our Sponsor   At BWG Foodservice, we have one simple goal and that is to deliver great quality food on time, every time, at market leading prices. We provide everything you need from gourmet food, chilled, frozen and ambient to alcohol and non-food products like catering supplies and catering disposables. We love Irish food and are proud to support Irish suppliers in every [...]

1007, 2019

Gold Medal Awards welcomes – Dawn Meats Foodservice

We are always proud to welcome our Sponsor   Dawn Meats Foodservice –   offers a wide range of fresh, frozen and cooked meats to the Irish Food Service sector. The Food Service division operates a nationwide, next day delivery service out of three strategically located hubs in Dublin, Waterford and Mayo servicing every type of Foodservice outlet, from fast food to fine dining. With the acquisition of Hicks [...]

407, 2019

The iNua Collection partners with Java Republic

Java Republic, Ireland’s premier supplier of hot beverages throughout Ireland, was named the official coffee and tea partner to The iNua Collection. Java Republic’s premium coffee and 100% organic tea will be rolled out across all eight of their properties, starting with the Radisson Blu Athlone on June 28. Chris Austin, Group Director of Operations at The iNua Collection, said: “We’re delighted [...]

207, 2019


The heat is rising and Dylan Hotel has the ultimate summer treat to help you cool down in style. Mixing two of your summer favourites, bubbles and ice pops, Dylan Hotel has launched a mouthwatering range of Champagne popsicles. Starting from €9, the Perrier-Jouët Champagne ice pops are available at the hotel’s outdoor oasis, The Nurserie. A hidden gem in the heart of the city, The Nurserie is [...]

207, 2019

Aer Lingus commences Ireland’s first direct flight to Minneapolis-St. Paul

Aer Lingus’ inaugural service direct to Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota State, took flight today at 2.10pm from Dublin Airport. Flight EI089 was operated by a Boeing 757 aircraft carrying the registration EI-LBR and named Saint Odhrán. The new Dublin-Minneapolis-St. Paul service will initially operate six times weekly, increasing to a daily, year-round service from August this year with up to 2,478 roundtrip seats available each week. Minneapolis-St. Paul [...]

1906, 2019

Finalists revealed for The National Chef of the Year 2020

After an incredible and closely fought four rounds of heats, the finalists in the running to be crowned The National Chef of the Year 2020 winner have been announced by the Craft Guild of Chefs. Wowing the judges in the first heat which took place at Sheffield College on Tuesday 11th June was Marc Billings, sous chef at Prestwold Hall. The heat winners from London were Fraser [...]

1906, 2019

Fresh Food Hub offers one stop shop for chefs

Chefs and caterers can now order the very best fresh produce from specialist suppliers around the UK, matched to their exact menu specifications, using the newly launched Fresh Food Hub. Offering fresh produce, fish, meat and dairy from established regional suppliers, and backed by the national resources of Bidfresh, the one-stop service can be accessed using computer, tablet, or mobile phone via the free-to-use freshfoodhub app. Fresh [...]

706, 2019


Mairea Doyle Balfe looks at the elements that hoteliers need to keep in mind when investing in hotel assets Over the past decade, the Irish hotel sector has experienced a prolonged period of financial growth. This growth comes off the back of a positive global and domestic economy and strong demand from growing visitor numbers. International tourists have grown from 7.6 million in 2014 to 10.6 million [...]

706, 2019


On the back of an eighth acquisition, Sean O’Driscoll from iNua Collection talks to Hotel & Catering Review about the regional hotel industry and why the onus is on hotels to diversify iNua Collection employs over 1250 people across regional Ireland. That responsibility and commitment to areas outside the capital is something that’s taken very seriously by the group which recently acquired the four-star Tullamore Court Hotel, [...]

706, 2019

Ink lands in Dun Laoghaire

FoodSpace has made the leap onto the high street with Ink at Dun Laoghaire’s LexIcon. Grainne Carberry talks to Hotel & Catering Review about maintaining the company’s ethos around sustainability at the new restaurant The ethos at FoodSpace is very simple. Stay loyal to local and don’t waste food. Sounds easy but with increasingly tight budgets in restaurants across the country, adhering to an admirable ethos isn’t [...]

706, 2019


With Kai, Jess Murphy has mastered the art of a good lunch. Denise Maguire sat down with the award-winning chef to talk about her love affair with Galway and why she champions Irish food producers... Galwegians and indeed the rest of the country have Failte Ireland to thank for the arrival of Jess Murphy into Galway city eight years ago. A ‘Move to the West’ ad campaign [...]

706, 2019


Award-winning artisanal beverages from Fentimans are hand-crafted using the finest natural ingredients from all around the world. To create a superior taste and wonderful mouth feel, Fentimans makes its drinks using the time-honoured botanical brewing technique. This traditional process takes a full seven days to make a Fentimans beverage. The original Fentimans recipe took the finest ginger root which was bruised, crushed and milled. The ginger was [...]

205, 2019

Gold Medal Awards Welcomes Sponsors – Sprint Digital

A special thank you to  Sprint Digital, company that offers an extensive range of digital marketing and website services to hospitality businesses across Ireland, UK and Continental Europe. From website design and social media marketing to search engine optimisation and pay per click management, we can customise a solution that’s the perfect fit for your business. So whether you operate a small company [...]

205, 2019

Gold Medal Awards Welcomes Sponsors – SODEXO

 We would like to sincerely thank our sponsors for their precious cooperation to this event. Including a special mention to Sodexo, one of Ireland’s largest food and facilities management providers and part of the Sodexo Group, a global leader in services that improve the quality of life, from food services, reception, concierge, safety, maintenance and cleaning to facilities and equipment management. In Ireland, we employ [...]

205, 2019

Gold Medal Awards Welcomes Sponsors – Quintessential Brands Group

We are grateful for this opportunity to thank our 2019 sponsors and especially Quintessential Brands Group, an independent international spirits business, with an exciting and diverse portfolio of premium brands and world-class production capabilities in the UK, Ireland and France. With unrivalled heritage, and provenance dating back to 1761, Quintessential Brands Group was established in 2011 by Enzo Visone, former CEO of Gruppo Campari, and [...]

205, 2019

Gold Medal Awards Welcomes Sponsors – NetAffinity

I would like to thank the 2019 sponsors who are backing and make this event possible. And thank you to our exceptional sponsor: Net Affinity, a team of creative experts, leading the field of hotel technology since 2000. Net Affinity's goal is to drive direct bookings for hotels, because ultimately, direct is best. Instead of making the process of running your hotel more complicated, we [...]

205, 2019

Gold Medal Awards Welcomes Sponsors – MyTaxi

Special thanks to Mytaxi, who provides a quality transport service, with average wait times as low as 4 minutes, gives you time back to focus on what's important to your business. Mytaxi | Hospitality helps hotels, guesthouses and restaurants nationwide improve their guest experience. Book on-demand or in advance and track the status of the trip live on-screen. Alternatively, there is the Taxi [...]

205, 2019

Gold Medal Awards Welcomes Sponsors – Greenall’s

One of our bountiful sponsors is Greenall’s. From landmark moments of national revelry to the enjoyment of a refreshing gin and tonic at the end of the day, Greenall’s has been enjoyed for over 250 years by gin lovers, connoisseurs and those who simply want a great tasting drink. Hand crafted by BRITAIN’S OLDEST DISTILLERS Greenall’s gin recipe, created by Thomas Dakin in [...]