• Cyril McAree

Good Things @ Dillon’s Corner in Skibbereen, Co. Cork is Awarded Bord Bia Just Ask Restaurant of the

Good Things @ Dillon’s Corner in Skibbereen, Co. Cork has been awarded Just Ask Restaurant of the Month for June. The original Good Things Café opened in 2003 and recently relocated to a beautiful two-storey premises in the centre of Skibbereen. The move has given the gifted and very determined food aficionado and owner, Carmel Somers, a magical setting to develop her national reputation as a leader in the local food revolution.

Currently in its eighth year, the Just Ask campaign has been wholeheartedly embraced by the restaurant trade. The campaign encourages diners to look for information on where food on their plate comes from and encourages chefs to profile their local suppliers on menus. Selected by renowned food writer Georgina Campbell in collaboration with Bord Bia, the Just Ask Restaurant of the Month rewards eateries across Ireland that exhibit best practice in showing transparency in the sourcing of the food on their menus. At Good Things @ Dillon’s Corner, Carmel continues her mission to promote local produce. Fresh, seasonal and where possible, organic, is the fundamental ethos in both the restaurant and cookery school. Carmel’s suppliers list says it all: “Good ingredients make good food. Therefore, at Good Things we make a priority of locally sourcing the best ingredients possible. Below is a list of our wonderful suppliers that help us every day to do just that, from our local supermarket to the potter who makes our plates. If you would like more information on any of our suppliers please ask a member of staff who will be happy to help.”

“Fresh meat is supplied by local butcher, William Walsh and Dave Louks of Sheehymore Free Range Farm supplies our chicken and eggs. Fish and seafood are sourced from The Fish Station in Skibbereen and Ted Browne of De Brun Iasc Teo in Dingle. Additional suppliers include Sally Barnes of Woodcock Smokery for her smoked fish; the Ferguson family of Gubbeen Farmhouse for their Gubbeen cheeses and cured meats and the Kingstons of Glenilen Farm for their country butter, creme fraiche, clotted cream and yoghurts. Local fruit & vegetable suppliers include Steve and Aly of Grá Farm, Radical Roots of Bandon, grower Phil Walsh, Gubbeen Greens from Gubbeen House Gardens and Tim York of Lisheen Organics in Skibbereen.”..... “The supplier list is a Who’s Who of great West Cork and other Irish producers and food and drink suppliers,” commented Georgina Campbell. “Simplicity and fresh flavours are the essence of the cooking style - it’s the kind of place where even the most demanding know that they are in safe hands.”

For additional information on Just Ask and previous Just Ask winners, or to find out how to get involved, visit. For further information on Good Things @ Dillon’s Corner visit http://www.thegoodthingscafe.com/


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