Global Village, Dingle, Co Kerry Awarded Bord Bia’s Just Ask! Restaurant of the Month, September 2012

5th Sep 2012

September, 2012: Global Village, Dingle, Co Kerry has been awarded Bord Bia’s Just Ask! Restaurant of the Month for September. Since opening in 1997, Martin Bealin and Nuala Cassidy’s long-established restaurant in Dingle Town has become a champion supporter of local produce, with fresh fish coming from inshore local fishermen, meat from Dingle farmers who operate sustainable farming policies and seasonal vegetables are grown in the Global Village’s very own chemical free garden which is run using biodynamic principles.

Commenting on the win, Proprietor Martin Bealin said “Our ethos is about showcasing the best of local foods.”. We include details of all of our suppliers on our restaurant blackboard, naming the farms from where our beef and lamb come from on any given day. We also include an introduction to our valued suppliers on our menus”.

Beef and lamb are sourced and butchered by John and Michael Ashe of Annascaul and seafood is supplied by Richard Sheehy (Ventry), Glenbeigh Shellfish and O’Cathain Iasc Teo. Vegetables are grown in the restaurant’s own garden in Ventry, or sourced from Kingdom Fresh, Dingle. Lispole Egg Farm supply free range eggs and Dingle Farmhouse Milk of Baile na nGall supply milk. Only Irish cheeses sourced from “The Little Cheese Shop” in Dingle are used, including Maja Binder’s own Dingle Peninsula cheese.

Georgina Campbell said, “Everything about Global Village is a delight, especially the local provenance and seasonality which is its raison d’etre. Any food lover attending the Dingle Food Festival (Thu 4th – Sun 7th October 2012) should have a visit here high on the list of treats to look forward to over what is sure to be a very pleasurable weekend.”

Just Ask! is a Bord Bia campaign which aims to encourage consumers to look for information on where their food comes from when eating out and encourages chef’s to provide the information on their menus. According to recent research from Bord Bia, 81% of Irish diners believe it’s important that restaurants use local produce with 72% deeming it important that the origin of meat is listed on the menu.

As part of Bord Bia’s Just Ask! programme, restaurants listed on Georgina Campbell’s ireland-guide.com website are invited to submit copies of their menus and sourcing statements. On a monthly basis, a Just Ask! winner is chosen by Georgina Campbell in agreement with Bord Bia. In addition, an overall Just Ask! annual award winner is selected as part of the Georgina Campbell Awards which take place during October.

To get involved in Just Ask! or to find out more, see http://www.bordbia.ie. With so many great value restaurants right on your doorstep, eating out is still on the menu!

For more information on Global Village visit http://www.globalvillagedingle.com

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