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Host: Sheena

Dublin, Ireland

USD
$38-$58 per person

Creative, gourmet Irish meal with foodies in Dublin

Host offerings
  • House
  • Home cook
  • Pets
  • Vegetarian
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Cooking experience
  • Market visit

Meet Sheena

Sheena's early cooking memories are of learning how to make butterscotch, fudge and shortbread with her grandmother, a domestic goddess. Preparing, eating and sharing meals was always the centre of family life with meals revolving around everything else. She was throwing dinner parties at the age of 15, and loved nothing more than spending hours in the kitchen preparing a feast. Memories were made of times enjoying food and being together at the table. Sheena is Irish but has enjoyed extended periods of living abroad in Spain, France, Mozambique, USA, and Australia. The hunt for finding great food around the world goes on, and Sheena likes to bring an exotic flair to her cuisine. A big fan of flavours from the Middle East, mixed up with indigenous Irish ingredients make her dishes a bit atypical and "off the eaten path". Sheena works in a local food business specializing in Mediterranean food products and artisan Irish foods, with a special focus on farmhouse cheese. Her wife Kate is a filmmaker in Dublin.

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

In-home meal: (1-6 guests) Meet your hosts Sheena and Kate at their art deco house built in 1939 that has been renovated into a stylish home. Have a drink by the fire (in the winter) or outside on their patio before you enjoy your meal at their dining table. Enjoy a creative, gourmet meal based on local Irish ingredients. Sheena is a big fan of Ottolenghi and her meals are redolent with fresh herbs from thyme and dill to coriander and rosemary. Your three-course meal may include dishes such as smoked salmon or fresh crab with a dill salsa on homemade sourdough or avocado toast with homemade dukkah, rocket and garden herbs and fish en papillote with roasted paprika potatoes, curly kale with pumpkin seeds and a lemon chili jus or roasted mushroom parcel with fresh thyme, roasted fennel and herb barley (for vegetarians!). Your meal will conclude with either a dessert of wild berry quinoa crumble or roasted peaches with orange blossom yoghurt and fresh basil or a cheese board of artisan Irish farmhouse cheese served with membrillo on seed crackers.

Notes: Sheena and Kate are pescatarians – they serve fish and seafood but do not serve meat.

Languages spoken: English, Spanish

Sample menu

This is just a sample menu to give you an idea of the types of dishes the host cooks. Your menu will vary according to seasonal availability.
  • Appetizer of fresh crab with a dill salsa on homemade sourdough or halloumi with sumac, mint and fresh leaves
  • Main of fish en papillote with roasted paprika potatoes, curly kale with pumpkin seeds and a lemon chili jus or roasted mushroom parcel with fresh thyme, roasted fennel and herb barley (for vegetarians!)
  • Dessert of roasted peaches with orange blossom yoghurt and fresh basil or a cheese board of artisan Irish farmhouse cheese served with membrillo on seed crackers

Traveler reviews

Was a great conversation with Sheena and Kate - a lovely couple. Could have stayed much longer...
- Dirk May 31, 2018

Was a Great conversation with Sheena and Kate - a lovely couple. Could have stayed much longer. Very delicious cooking.
- Kirk May 31, 2018

Sheena lives in a lovely location very close to Phoenix Park and the Dublin Zoo. She is a wonderful person and I had a very pleasant experience. Sheena and Kate recently moved into their home that has been renovated and modernized so it's a great place to host. The kitchen and dining rooms I had our meal in were light and airy. The food was good and tasty and the atmosphere was relaxed. Dessert in the sun in the back garden was very enjoyable!
- Cliff, Traveling Spoon Ambassador April 23, 2018

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Sheena

$38-$58 USD

per person
100%
Satisfaction Guaranteed
  • 100% Satisfaction guarantee or your money back
  • Free cancellation up to 48 hours in advance
  • Your credit card will not be charged until your host accepts your booking
Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$58 $46 $38
Alcohol
$12 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$58 $46 $38
Alcohol
$12 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
7:00pm-9:00pm

Meet Sheena

Sheena's early cooking memories are of learning how to make butterscotch, fudge and shortbread with her grandmother, a domestic goddess. Preparing, eating and sharing meals was always the centre of family life with meals revolving around everything else. She was throwing dinner parties at the age of 15, and loved nothing more than spending hours in the kitchen preparing a feast. Memories were made of times enjoying food and being together at the table. Sheena is Irish but has enjoyed extended periods of living abroad in Spain, France, Mozambique, USA, and Australia. The hunt for finding great food around the world goes on, and Sheena likes to bring an exotic flair to her cuisine. A big fan of flavours from the Middle East, mixed up with indigenous Irish ingredients make her dishes a bit atypical and "off the eaten path". Sheena works in a local food business specializing in Mediterranean food products and artisan Irish foods, with a special focus on farmhouse cheese. Her wife Kate is a filmmaker in Dublin.

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

In-home meal: (1-6 guests) Meet your hosts Sheena and Kate at their art deco house built in 1939 that has been renovated into a stylish home. Have a drink by the fire (in the winter) or outside on their patio before you enjoy your meal at their dining table. Enjoy a creative, gourmet meal based on local Irish ingredients. Sheena is a big fan of Ottolenghi and her meals are redolent with fresh herbs from thyme and dill to coriander and rosemary. Your three-course meal may include dishes such as smoked salmon or fresh crab with a dill salsa on homemade sourdough or avocado toast with homemade dukkah, rocket and garden herbs and fish en papillote with roasted paprika potatoes, curly kale with pumpkin seeds and a lemon chili jus or roasted mushroom parcel with fresh thyme, roasted fennel and herb barley (for vegetarians!). Your meal will conclude with either a dessert of wild berry quinoa crumble or roasted peaches with orange blossom yoghurt and fresh basil or a cheese board of artisan Irish farmhouse cheese served with membrillo on seed crackers.

Notes: Sheena and Kate are pescatarians – they serve fish and seafood but do not serve meat.

Languages spoken: English, Spanish

Sample menu

This is just a sample menu to give you an idea of the types of dishes the host cooks. Your menu will vary according to seasonal availability.
  • Appetizer of fresh crab with a dill salsa on homemade sourdough or halloumi with sumac, mint and fresh leaves
  • Main of fish en papillote with roasted paprika potatoes, curly kale with pumpkin seeds and a lemon chili jus or roasted mushroom parcel with fresh thyme, roasted fennel and herb barley (for vegetarians!)
  • Dessert of roasted peaches with orange blossom yoghurt and fresh basil or a cheese board of artisan Irish farmhouse cheese served with membrillo on seed crackers

Traveler reviews

Was a great conversation with Sheena and Kate - a lovely couple. Could have stayed much longer...
- Dirk May 31, 2018

Was a Great conversation with Sheena and Kate - a lovely couple. Could have stayed much longer. Very delicious cooking.
- Kirk May 31, 2018

Sheena lives in a lovely location very close to Phoenix Park and the Dublin Zoo. She is a wonderful person and I had a very pleasant experience. Sheena and Kate recently moved into their home that has been renovated and modernized so it's a great place to host. The kitchen and dining rooms I had our meal in were light and airy. The food was good and tasty and the atmosphere was relaxed. Dessert in the sun in the back garden was very enjoyable!
- Cliff, Traveling Spoon Ambassador April 23, 2018

Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$58 $46 $38
Alcohol
$12 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$58 $46 $38
Alcohol
$12 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
7:00pm-9:00pm
FAQ

    You can cancel your experience 48 hours or more before your experience date and receive a full refund. To request a cancellation once you have made a booking simply log in and click the "Request Cancellation" link from the bottom of your booking. Your refund will be processed immediately (note it can take up to 10 business days for this refund to post to your credit card statement). Please note that for cancellations within 48 hours of your experience we unfortunately cannot offer a refund; this is because our hosts typically purchase food and begin their preparations up to 48 hours before the experience.

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