November's monthly 9 giveaway is live! From lunch at The Shelbourne to dinner in a magical Christmas courtyard, restaurant vouchers to cookie and olive oil subscriptions, our nine monthly giveaways is a small way to thank our supporters for letting us stay #ad, #collab and #invite free - and we hope you prefer things that way too.
Everyone signed up to ATF Insiders by midnight on Thursday 17th November will be entered into the draw, and winners will be picked and notified on Friday 18th November. Here's what's in this month's line up...
1) Sunday lunch for two at The Shelbourne
We've recently noticed Sundays having a higher dose than usual of the Sunday fear, but fear note, we've got the antidote. A three-course Sunday lunch with a bottle of wine for two in The Saddle Room at The Shelbourne will dispel any thoughts of work on Monday, and we're sending one of you off to try it out. We recommend a visit before the end of the year when the Christmas decorations and lighting will be out in force - a perfect way to start the festivities.
2) A €120 voucher for Indo-Chine, Dublin 4
Indo-Chine, inspired by South East Asian flavours is the newest addition to D4 (where Le Perroquet used to be), and we've got a €120 voucher to give to one of you this month so you can sample the 'Bo La Lot', whole sea bream with Asian slaw, and plenty of their Asian-inspired cocktails. There's a DJ at the weekends, and while dancing isn't essential, bringing someone who shares food is.
3) Two Tickets to Christmas in the Courtyard
Christmas is coming to the courtyard and by courtyard, we mean a glass mansion on the grounds of the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, from 24th November - 18th December. To celebrate the launch we've two tickets for one of their 4-course Christmas festive lunches (on Friday 2nd, Friday 9th & Sunday 11th December) designed by Michelin Starred Chef Danni Barry, with a complimentary glass of bubbles on arrival. It will be an afternoon of fun, festivity, fine dining and live music from the Swingcats, and you can tell all your friends you were in a glass mansion... at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham. Check out Christmas in the Courtyard here.
4) Afternoon Tea for two at Carton House, Kildare
We've been dying to get a look inside the newly refurbished five-star hotel Carton House in Kildare, but one of you are going to beat us to it as we have an afternoon tea for two in the Gold Salon room to give away. We can confirm there will be buttermilk scones, clotted cream, sandwiches, sweet treats and most importantly a glass of champagne each, and if you're going just for the interiors, that's also a valid reason to visit. There are also vegan, gluten-free and vegetarian menus which can be booked in advance. Dates subject to availability and T&Cs apply.
5) Champagne and Oysters from Sligo Oyster Experience
Sligo Oyster Experience will be delivering a taste of the Wild Atlantic Way from the shore to the door of one ATF Insider this month, with one of its signature ‘Fresh From The Sea’ Champagne & Oyster Gift Boxes worth €100. It includes a dozen Sligo bay oysters, a bottle of champagne, recipe book, Wildwood barrel-aged wild balsamic blackberry vinegar, Scarlet For Yer Ma whiskey hot sauce, an Irish seaweed Blend by Prannie Rhatigan, lemon and red onion for serving, a shucking knife, and a handmade oyster shell candle. We love the idea of enjoying quality oysters at home with zero fuss, and if you do too, they're available here.
6) A Three-Month Cookie Subscription from Good Fortune Cookies
We've been hearing tales of 'Corkies', including Barrys' Tea shortbread, Beamish cookies and Hadji Bey Rose Cookies, coming from 'the real capital', and Sarah Cremin is the woman behind Cork-based Good Fortune Cookies. The pandemic-born business has been supplying the goods tor cookie connoisseurs countrywide using premium quality, local and ethically sourced ingredients, and there's no palm oil in sight. We've got a Three Month 'Treat & Repeat' Cookie Subscription to give away this month, meaning freshly baked, seasonally-inspired cookies direct to your door, and if that doesn't satisfy your cookie cravings, nothing will.
7) Oui Chef Corkscrew and a Case of Róisín Curley Wines
Oui Chef produce some of the best tools for chef kitchens (you'll find them in Aimsir, Dede and Bastible among others), and the small Irish company has recently added a corkscrew to their range, complete with the option of personalisation. We've got one to give away this month (with either your own name of the name of a lucky recipient), and they're also throwing in five bottles of wine from brilliant Irish winemaker Róisín Curley so you can put it to good use. Time to get out the fancy wine glasses.
8) A year's subscription to Sarah & Olive's Tasting Club
While Sarah Merrigan was working as a chef in Barcelona, and after discovering the producers, tastes and benefits of olive oil, Sarah & Olive was born. We know dipping your bread in olive oil is more of a Mediterranean custom but using good quality ingredients, especially olive oil makes all the difference, and once you dive in it's hard to go back to the substandard stuff. We've got a year's subscription to Sarah & Olive's Tasting Club to give away so you can step up your olive oil game and try some of their award-winning bottles, complete with tasting notes, food pairing suggestions and recipes. Make sure you have some bread on hand.
9) A Folláin x Nutbutter Gift Box
Folláin is the Irish word for wholesome and this wholesome jam business has been producing preserves in the West Cork Gaeltacht for nearly 40 years. Folláin recently teamed up with the folk at Nutshed to produce a nut butter, relish and jam gift box, and the lucky winner of this prize will receive one of these limited edition sets, along with a full hamper of Folláin goodies. Make sure to check out the series of Folláin X Nutbutter recipes on @follainirishpreserves, like their PB&J milkshake or thumbprint cookies. See the collaboration box here.
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