The Just Ask campaign encourages diners to look for information on menus about where the food on their plate comes from – and if it's not written on the menu, then Just Ask! This campaign is all about promoting engagement and transparency in the farm to fork process – and we would encourage both young and old diners to get involved!
We are seeing more and more Irish restaurants choosing to use locally-sourced ingredients, taking advantage of the wealth of quality Irish meats and fresh produce available on our doorstep. Restaurants can get involved with the Just Ask campaign by sourcing from local producers, and crediting their suppliers on their menu.
Each month Bord Bia and Georgina Campbell select a Restaurant that is demonstrating best practice in providing transparency in the sourcing of their food to their customers through their menus. Winners will benefit from PR support from Bord Bia, as well as featuring on our Just Ask map that allows diners to find restaurants dedicated to serving local produce.
If you would like your restaurant or café to be considered for future Just Ask Restaurant of the Month Awards, submit a copy of your current menu or sourcing statement directly to firstname.lastname@example.org. For further queries you can contact Maureen directly on (01) 6142 235.
‘I have always been an avid supporter of the ‘eat local’ concept and enjoy reading menus that have a real sense of place. The dining experience is greatly enriched by knowing that the food on your plate is inspired by the produce and traditions of the area, and sourced nearby - I would love to see more chefs sharing that precious information with their guests.’
Our 'Just Ask' initiative was established in 2009 to recognise restaurants across the country that source local produce and profile local suppliers on their menus.
Bord Bia’s Just Ask initiative was established in 2009 to recognise restaurants across the country that demonstrate best practice both in sourcing local produce, and profiling suppliers on their menus. Listing the local farmers and businesses involved with bringing a menu together can enhance the experience for diners and promotes better engagement with the farm to fork journey.
To date, there have been over 80 winners, selected by food writer Georgina Campbell in collaboration with Bord Bia. Each month, a Restaurant of the Month is selected for an eatery that exemplifies the principles of the campaign, with a leading restaurant chosen for the annual Restaurant of the Year award.
Check out our 60 second video to learn more about Bord Bia's Just Ask campaign and our award-winning restaurants to date. Be sure to 'Just Ask' the next time you're dining out!
The Just Ask restaurant of the month for December goes to Brownes, Tuam, Co. Galway
Husband and wife team Stevie Lane and Amanda Fahy have created the perfect blend of old and new at the former Brownes Pub in Tuam. Since saving it from dereliction on returning to their home town in 2016, they’ve transformed the traditional pub into a modern restaurant with respect for the past that reflects their creativity and love of high quality, local food.
Modern Irish cooking is the style and every dish is designed to showcase the very best of local produce. Stevie works closely with local producers and the food philosophy couldn’t be clearer, “We are committed to supporting local producers and suppliers and use local, seasonal produce as much as possible throughout our menu. All our fresh meat and poultry is 100% Irish and all our fish is landed at Irish ports and delivered to us by Galway suppliers.
Castlemine Farm, Roscommon and The Friendly Farmer, Athenry supply us with meat and poultry respectively and our seafood is supplied by Mary’s Fishmongers, Galway. Dairy suppliers include Galway Goat Farm of Dunmore and Velvet Cloud Sheep’s Yogurt in Co. Mayo. Fresh produce is carefully selected from nearby growers Fuinseog Farm and Heneghan Nurseries.’’
Stevie Lane & Amanda Fahy, Owners
Brownes supplier list can be viewed online https://www.brownestuam.ie/suppliers