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Host: Janine

Thurles, Ireland

USD
$42-$92 per person

Creative Irish five-course meal from locally sourced ingredients

Host offerings
  • Cooking studio
  • Professional cook
  • Pets
  • Vegetarian
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Cooking experience
  • Market visit
  • Food tour

Meet Janine

Janine is a professional chef, culinary school instructor and freelance journalist with a degree in political science. She attended culinary school and learned her trade in Toronto before she moved to Tipperary, where she lives with her husband and three daughters on their family's dairy farm. Passionate about showcasing the beautiful produce grown in Tipperary, Janine loves to offer contemporary Irish cuisine steeped in the history of Tipperary. She hosts the experience at her friend’s café in Thurles. Tipperary is known produce some of the best cheese and dairy in the country. Janine’s menus regularly feature fresh dairy, homemade cheese and butter, as well as local lamb and beef from the region. Janine is an avid traveler and finds that her best experiences have often involved food – she loves teaching and bringing people together over food. Passionate about tourism and the impact it has on local economies, all her menus feature local producers. Janine hosts with her friend Lucy (a cocktail and coffee connoisseur), offering a five-course Tipperary terroir dinner experience at Lucy’s café in Thurles. The café is located just off Ireland’s ancient East route, a five-minute drive from Holy Cross Abbey, a popular tourist destination.

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: (1-10 guests) Meet your host Janine at her friend Lucy’s cozy, ecletic café, featuring the art of many local artists on its walls, for your private culinary experience. You will join Janine and Lucy at a rustic wooden table and sip on a refreshing drink as you get to know your Tipperary host. You will then be treated to a five-course seasonal tasting menu created from locally-sourced ingredients. Your menu will be a modern take on traditional Irish dishes and may include dishes such as local charcuterie from heritage beef served with homemade pickles, Irish greens empanada with green goddess dressing made from foraged wild greens and herbs, or a lamb neck confit with buttered cabbage. For dessert enjoy a sweet dessert like baked apple soufflé with crème Anglaise and a trio of Tipperary cheeses with homemade chutneys.

If you choose the optional alcohol add-on, Janine will pair your food with four locally-brewed craft beers.

Cooking experience: (1-8 guests) Learn to cook in the kitchen of a cozy café a creative Irish meal from recipes passed down through Janine’s family and friends. Your hands-on cooking class involves making three dishes from scratch and will last about an hour. You might learn to make a traditional brown bread, an entrée and a dessert or cheese such as ricotta from scratch. Enjoy learning about creative ways to cook Irish cuisine and plating dishes before you sit down at the table to share the meal you helped prepare with Janine and her friend Lucy.

Notes: Unlike a typical Traveling Spoon experience, this experience takes places in a charming cafe, not a home.

Languages spoken: English, French

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.
  • Local charcuterie from heritage beef with homemade pickles
  • Irish greens empanada with green goddess dressing
  • Lamb neck confit with buttered cabbage
  • Baked apple soufflé
  • Trio of Tipperary cheeses and homemade chutney

Traveler reviews

This was a memorable day combining the best of a local cultural dining experience in a professional café and kitchen. Janine is lovely and amiable as is her friend and café owner, Lucy, and the food was quite special!
- Cliff, Traveling Spoon ambassador May 01, 2018

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Janine

$42-$92 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
$70 $54 $42
Cooking Experience + Meal
$92 $76 $60
Alcohol
$18 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$70 $54 $42
Cooking Experience + Meal
$92 $76 $60
Alcohol
$18 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
6:00pm-8:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
6:00pm-10:00pm

Meet Janine

Janine is a professional chef, culinary school instructor and freelance journalist with a degree in political science. She attended culinary school and learned her trade in Toronto before she moved to Tipperary, where she lives with her husband and three daughters on their family's dairy farm. Passionate about showcasing the beautiful produce grown in Tipperary, Janine loves to offer contemporary Irish cuisine steeped in the history of Tipperary. She hosts the experience at her friend’s café in Thurles. Tipperary is known produce some of the best cheese and dairy in the country. Janine’s menus regularly feature fresh dairy, homemade cheese and butter, as well as local lamb and beef from the region. Janine is an avid traveler and finds that her best experiences have often involved food – she loves teaching and bringing people together over food. Passionate about tourism and the impact it has on local economies, all her menus feature local producers. Janine hosts with her friend Lucy (a cocktail and coffee connoisseur), offering a five-course Tipperary terroir dinner experience at Lucy’s café in Thurles. The café is located just off Ireland’s ancient East route, a five-minute drive from Holy Cross Abbey, a popular tourist destination.

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: (1-10 guests) Meet your host Janine at her friend Lucy’s cozy, ecletic café, featuring the art of many local artists on its walls, for your private culinary experience. You will join Janine and Lucy at a rustic wooden table and sip on a refreshing drink as you get to know your Tipperary host. You will then be treated to a five-course seasonal tasting menu created from locally-sourced ingredients. Your menu will be a modern take on traditional Irish dishes and may include dishes such as local charcuterie from heritage beef served with homemade pickles, Irish greens empanada with green goddess dressing made from foraged wild greens and herbs, or a lamb neck confit with buttered cabbage. For dessert enjoy a sweet dessert like baked apple soufflé with crème Anglaise and a trio of Tipperary cheeses with homemade chutneys.

If you choose the optional alcohol add-on, Janine will pair your food with four locally-brewed craft beers.

Cooking experience: (1-8 guests) Learn to cook in the kitchen of a cozy café a creative Irish meal from recipes passed down through Janine’s family and friends. Your hands-on cooking class involves making three dishes from scratch and will last about an hour. You might learn to make a traditional brown bread, an entrée and a dessert or cheese such as ricotta from scratch. Enjoy learning about creative ways to cook Irish cuisine and plating dishes before you sit down at the table to share the meal you helped prepare with Janine and her friend Lucy.

Notes: Unlike a typical Traveling Spoon experience, this experience takes places in a charming cafe, not a home.

Languages spoken: English, French

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.
  • Local charcuterie from heritage beef with homemade pickles
  • Irish greens empanada with green goddess dressing
  • Lamb neck confit with buttered cabbage
  • Baked apple soufflé
  • Trio of Tipperary cheeses and homemade chutney

Traveler reviews

This was a memorable day combining the best of a local cultural dining experience in a professional café and kitchen. Janine is lovely and amiable as is her friend and café owner, Lucy, and the food was quite special!
- Cliff, Traveling Spoon ambassador May 01, 2018

Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$70 $54 $42
Cooking Experience + Meal
$92 $76 $60
Alcohol
$18 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$70 $54 $42
Cooking Experience + Meal
$92 $76 $60
Alcohol
$18 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
6:00pm-8:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
6:00pm-10:00pm
FAQ

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