Bluebird Care Presents Cheque for €5,000 from Food for the Soul Proceeds to Active Retirement Ireland

Award-Winning Cookbook Raises Funds for Active Retirement Ireland

 

Bluebird Care, Active Retirment Ireland in the Clarion Hotel, limerick. Picture: Keith Wiseman

Bluebird Care, Active Retirment Ireland in the Clarion Hotel, Limerick.
Picture: Keith Wiseman

 

An award-winning cookbook written by TV3’s The Restaurant Chef Gary O’Hanlon has raised €5,000 for Active Retirement Ireland. Food For The Soul published by homecare company Bluebird Care won a prestigious Gourmand Award last year in the ‘Best Charity Fundraising in Europe’ category.

Chef Gary O’Hanlon also toured the country in 2015 cooking recipes from the cookbook to raise money for the older persons charity which has 24,5000 members nationwide.

Operations Director of Bluebird Care, Eddie O’Toole says, “We have long-held the view that good home cooking is very important to our customers who live in their own homes. We are in the homes of hundreds of people every week right across Ireland and we understand the importance of a healthy and balanced diet. We asked Gary to write the cookbook for us and to devise recipes that had home cooking at the heart of them. It was only right that we donated 50 per cent of all proceeds to our charity partner Active Retirement Ireland.”

Bluebird Care, Active Retirment Ireland in the Clarion Hotel, limerick. Picture: Keith Wiseman

Bluebird Care, Active Retirment Ireland in the Clarion Hotel, Limerick.
Picture: Keith Wiseman

President of Active Retirement Ireland, Mai Quaid says, “Our members have a long-held love of home cooking, and when Bluebird Care asked us if we would like to come onboard with this cookbook, we jumped at the chance. The recipes are simple, yet delicious; and every cookbook sold has helped us to carry out our mission to end loneliness among older people in Ireland.”

Chef Gary O’Hanlon says the book and the cookery demos were very well received. “The cookery demos brought the dishes to life and we also recorded videos of most of the dishes in the book for the Bluebird Care YouTube channel. I’m delighted to have been part of this project which gives back to Active Retirement Ireland, many of whose members attended our demos.”

Food for the Soul is a collection of Gary’s favourite home-cooked which come with a personal back-story for each recipe. The cookbooks are still available to buy for €10 at www.bluebirdcare.ie or from your local Bluebird Care office.

Bluebird Care, Active Retirment Ireland in the Clarion Hotel, limerick. Picture: Keith Wiseman

Bluebird Care, Active Retirment Ireland in the Clarion Hotel, Limerick.
Picture: Keith Wiseman

Launch of Food for the Soul Autumn Schedule

This week chef Gary O’Hanlon helped us launch our 2015 autumn/winter Food for the Soul cookery demo schedule. Gary will take to the road with us as we visit six regional towns as we continue to host our free cookery demos that see Gary cook dishes from our award-winning cookbook, Food For The Soul.

Gary will re-appear on our TV screens this season with a new series of The Restaurant featuring Marco Pierre White as the new resident critic. While Gary was keeping tight-lipped about the stars lined up for this series, he did promise we would be served up some more great dishes, kitchen nightmares along with plenty of drama!

Our food for the soul audiences love to question Gary about The Restaurant, his top cooking tips, his culinary failures and his time in the United States. Gary is always open to plenty of questions so be sure to reserve your free places/s at this season’s cookery demos.

WATCH our highlights video

Here’s our schedule for autumn/winter 2015:

Tuesday 29th September Meath 7:00pm Dunboyne Castle, Dunboyne BOOK NOW
Monday 12th October Cork 7:00pm Hibernian Hotel, Mallow BOOK NOW
Monday 19th October Waterford 7.00pm, Woodlands Hotel, Dunmore Road BOOK NOW
TBC Mayo Plaza Hotel, Westport Autumn Date
Monday 9th November Dublin 7:00pm Hotel TBC, Dublin North BOOK NOW
Monday 23rd November Clare 7.00pm Templegate Hotel, Ennis BOOK NOW

 

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Food for the Soul | Nationwide Cookery Demos

Food for the Soul Demo

Join celebrity Chef Gary O’Hanlon cook recipes from our award-winning cookbook Food for the Soul. Below are the dates for the FREE events which are booked on a first come first served basis.

Date County Details Book
Monday 9th March Louth 7:00pm D Hotel, Drogheda Event held
Monday 23rd March Donegal 7:00pm Station House Hotel Event held
Monday 18th May Tipperary 7:30pm Clonmel Park Hotel Event held
Tuesday 26th May Galway 4:00pm Radisson Blu Hotel Event held
Monday 7th September , Kildare 7:00pm Westgrove Hotel, Clane Event held
Tuesday 29th September Meath 7:00pm Dunboyne Castle, Dunboyne Even held
Tuesday 20th October Waterford 7.00pm, Woodlands Hotel, Dunmore Road Event held
TBC Mayo Plaza Hotel, Westport New Date for 2016 TBC
Monday 9th November Dublin 7:00pm Clayton Hotel, Airport, Dublin North Event held
Monday 23rd November Clare 7.00pm Templegate Hotel, Ennis BOOK NOW

WATCH OUR COOKERY DEMO HIGHLIGHTS VIDEO