The award comes as a result of The Strawberry Tree's commitment to sourcing ingredients locally. As Ireland’s only certified organic restaurant, its menus are dictated by the availability of mainly local ingredients in their natural season. The underlying philosophy is all about paying homage to the producers of their foods.
Proprietor Evan Doyle’s genuine and deeply-rooted passion for supporting local suppliers and showcasing organic and wild foods in season goes back decades, to his original Strawberry Tree Restaurant in Killarney which was established on that basis. The menu is simple, allowing for the personal introduction of the food and suppliers.
Evan Doyle said, “A menu is only as good as its ingredients and the main ingredient at the Strawberry Tree is our suppliers. We include a full listing of all of our organic producers on the menu, each of whom takes tremendous pride in their trade of supplying world class produce to our restaurant”.
Evan Doyle, Proprietor, The Strawberry Tree, Brooklodge
Organic beef, lamb and pork is supplied by The Good Herdsman, Co Tipperary; Mark Winterbotham, Co Wicklow and Alan Pierce, Co. Wicklow and Organic Chickens from Margaret McDonnell in Co Kildare. Organic and wild fish are sourced out of Wicklow harbour, Dunmore East harbour and Clare Island.
The Farms of Denis Healy and Golden River, Co. Wicklow supply organic fruit and vegetables and organic flowers and herbs are grown in the Macreddin Herb Garden. Organic dairy products are supplied by Ralph Haslam of Mossfield Farm, Co. Offaly; Oisin Farmhouse, Co. Limerick; St Tola, Co. Clare and Butlers organic Farm Eggs, Co. Carlow.
Georgina Campbell said, “The team at The Strawberry Tree share Evan’s passion for the particular when it comes to menu development, growing foods and foraging in the locality, cooking it simply, but stylishly and serving it with pride.”
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 www.bordbia.ie. With so many great value restaurants right on your doorstep, eating out is still on the menu!
For more information on The Strawberry Tree visit http://www.brooklodge.com/foodanddrink/strawberrytree.asp