Wexford Restaurant, Jacques French Bistro, Awarded Bord Bia’s Just Ask! Restaurant of the Month, March 2011
‘An Irish Day for an Irish Product’ – Jacques French Bistro celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with a French twist
Wexford Restaurant, Jacques French Bistro at Greenacres, has been awarded Bord Bia’s Just Ask! Restaurant of the Month for March. Restaurant owner and Euro-toques chef, Jacques Carrera who hails from Avignon in France, has demonstrated a commitment to provide information on where food products come on his menus and to source the finest fresh local produce available for his French cuisine.
Further showing their commitment to local produce, Jacques French Bistro is hosting a unique “Irish Day for an Irish Product” event to coincide with the St Patricks Day Festival and Sky Fest in Wexford. Throughout the three day event, diners are invited to celebrate local food and enjoy a menu of Ballyhack oysters and steamed mussels Mariniere, Grilled Wexford Lamb, Farmhouse Irish Cheeses, Jacques French Crepes made with Featherbread Farm Ice Cream and Ballycross farm juice while enjoying Wexford’s sky fest celebration’s from the comfort of a French style gazebo.
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.
Commenting on his win Jacques Carrera said, ‘While some typically French products may be necessary for the authenticity of the cuisine, we are fully committed where possible to sourcing all our products locally – from our local butcher Noel and Richie Doyle; Ballycross Apples of Bridgetown; Wexford Potato supplier, John Fortune and Anna Zuegal of Killinick who supplies us with organic vegetables; we have several local cheese makers; to Featherbread Farm Ice Cream which goes perfectly with our French crepes!’
Georgina Campbell congratulated Jacques French Bistro on becoming the Just Ask! Restaurant of the Month for March adding, ‘As more Irish Chef’s take pride in introducing customers to the foods of their locality, it is especially gratifying to find chefs who have chosen to make Ireland their home expressing the same confidence- while also bringing their own cuisine to the Irish people. Jacques Bistro is known for the simple rustic cooking of Provence – and for Jacques Carrera’s commitment to seeking out the very best of fresh local Irish produce for his traditional French cuisine”.
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 www.bordbia.ie. With so many great value restaurants right on your doorstep, eating out is still on the menu!
For more information on Jacques French Bistro’s ‘An Irish day for an Irish product’ celebration visithttp://www.greenacres.ie.