I'm not sure where to begin with this one... Fennelly's is a magical place filled with a myriad of energies from times past and presently filled to the brim with creative energy. You'll find it nestled just over a quaint little bridge in Callan, Co. Kilkenny -where, in true Irish village style, it used to trade as a pub, a butchers and an undertakers.
Nowadays it is a contemporary space run by the multi talented artist and curator Etaoin Holahan. This year saw the curation of a set of six Film Dinners with the very gifted Eadaoin Walsh as head chef. So what's it all about? This is dinner and a movie with a difference -in a nutshell;
We dashed down from Dublin in the sweltering heat and landed ourselves into Billy & Marys -a B&B right next door to Fennelly's. After a quick shower and bit of nose powdering we ventured next door with anticipation to begin the evening.
There are indoor as well as outdoor areas to explore... the place is kind of Aladdin's cave -if Aladdin was into retro vintage curios and knick-knacks.
We took advantage of the now cooler evening sun in the back yard sipping on some vino, nibbling on the 70's style amouse-bouches and chatting to the other guests.
We enjoyed the starter al fresco with ham hock terrine, beautifully served in little shot glasses, alongside a cup of creamy kohlrabi soup, with no less than three delicious breads for soup dipping.
Following this we were ushered into the 'cinema' and presented with paper cones filled with popped corn topped with salted caramel and popping candy -smiles all round.
Our eyes were entertained by a playful short film by Andrew Legge called 'The Chronoscope' proceeded by the Woody Allen film 'Sleeper'.
Darkness had drawn in after our trip to the cinema so we moseyed back indoors, taking our seats by candle light in the old pub -salivating over the smells in the air.
The theatrics of the evening were far from over -half a pigs head providing the centre piece for each table -a clue towards the main course. Juicy slow cooked pork with the most amazing mashed spud and veggies -all bathed in a rich gravy -molto molto buono. Eadaoin offered a taste of the pigs brain for those who dared and well, all in the name of research...a little on the greasy side but interesting nonetheless.
To cleanse the piggy from our lips Eadaoin presented us with a large platter for sharing, containing kumquats soaked in vodka with scoops of exquisite elderflower sorbet -of course nobody wanted to have to share!
Next we tucked our spoons into little glasses of gooseberry topped with vanilla custard -need I say more?
The final flourish arrived in the form of a de-constructed black forest gateau -the chocolate ganache shot was my favourite element on this plate of lusciousness.
All in all we had a really great evening, watching films, meeting new people and filling our bellies with deliciousness -it is a journey well worth making and one that I look forward to making again.
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