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Osta Cafe And Wine Bar In Sligo Is Awarded Bord Bia Just Ask Restaurant of the Month


Osta Cafe and Wine Bar in Sligo has been awarded Just Ask Restaurant of the Month for December. The Garavogue river sweeps past this bright and cheerful cafe in the centre of Sligo town and makes it a delightful spot for coffee or a more substantial meal, if required. Osta Cafe is run by Brid Torrades, a leading advocate for better food and well-known for her keen support of local organic food and small food producers.

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.

According to owner, Brid Torrades, “We would like to thank all of our suppliers for their support in delivering such excellent quality produce. We are always delighted to find new producers to supply both our cafe and retail area. Clarke’s Butchers supply us with ham, which we roast and, along with Sheerins, they also supply our breakfast meats. Ronan Byrne, the Friendly Farmer, supplies our pasture-fed chicken and our seafood comes from a range of suppliers including Gerry Blaine, Clarkes of Ballina for their organic smoked salmon and Sean Flynn for their delicious smoked mackerel and naturally smoked haddock. We source wild Irish tuna from Shines in Killybegs, Co. Donegal and free range and organic eggs from both Thomas O’Donovan of Ballysadare Eggs and Mary Luthers of Bluebell Farm.”

“Rod Alston of Eden Plants, Volmar Klohn of Crimlin Farm, Aidan Gillen and The Organic Centre supply us with our organic and seasonal vegetables and Le Fournil bakery on Tobergal Lane supply us with their freshly baked French breads from Tuesday to Saturday. Dozios of Mayo make Zing and Ella cheeses that feature on our menu and we use sea vegetables collected by Seashoreveg in both our sweet and savoury dishes. We’re also delighted to introduce our new coffee roaster – family run business, Bean West from Westport,” Brid continued. “Aside from its delightful location, accessibly priced quality food and a genuine local flavour is what makes Osta stand out,” commented Georgina Campbell. “Brid’s enthusiasm for seeking out and championing the best local produce remains undimmed. The real secret to Osta’s success lies in their supplier list and Brid’s ongoing search for new local producers to champion – which includes an open invitation on her warmly informative website.”

For additional information on Just Ask and previous Just Ask winners, or to find out how to get involved, visit www.bordbia.ie.

Further information on Osta visit http://www.osta.ie/

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