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How can diners get involved?

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!

How restaurants can 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 maureen.gahan@bordbia.ie. 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.’

-Georgina Campbell.

About Just Ask

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.

What is Just Ask?

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 May goes to Dunmore House Hotel, Clonakilty, Co. Cork

This immaculately maintained hotel just outside Clonakilty has long been renowned for its stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean, great hospitality and warm modern classic style – and now it’s becoming a hotspot for local food lovers too.

“Our produce is sourced where possible in West Cork - local artisan butcher MJ O’ Neill in Clonakilty, Bord Bia Quality Assured poultry from Shannon Vale Foods, Skeaghanore Duck from Ballydehob. Glenmar Shellfish based in Union Hall supply us with locally caught fish and shellfish and our smoked fish comes from Sally Barnes’ renowned Woodcock Smokery. Cheese and chorizo are sourced from Gubbeen near Schull and organic seasonal produce is grown in nearby Rosscarbery by Narmada Organics and Radical Roots Farm. Our cream comes from Kevin and Liz O’Donovan of Gloun Cross Dairy near Dunmanway and our eggs are from Declan Walsh at Clonakilty Free Range Eggs. The hotel also now has its own organic gardens on-site, next to the Ocean where Horticulturalist Louise provides lettuces, vegetables and herbs for our Chefs daily”.

 

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Previous 'Restaurant of the Month' winners

To find out more information about our previous Just Ask Restaurant of the month winners. 

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