Sodexo Ireland Christmas Fair raises over €3,000 for Stop Hunger

December 16, 2015

The Sodexo Ireland Christmas Fair in Cork on 14 December raised over €3,000 for Irish charities under its global Stop Hunger campaign.

Sodexo Ireland Christmas Fair raises over €3,000 for Stop Hunger

The atrocious weather conditions notwithstanding, the Sodexo Ireland Christmas Fair in Cork on Monday 14th December proved an outstanding success, raising over €3,000 for the company’s designated Irish charities under its global Stop Hunger campaign; Barnardos, St. Vincent de Paul and the Irish Cancer Society.

The event was co-ordinated by Cork office manager Martina MacCarthy and guests were greeted with mulled wine and homemade mince pies upon arrival. Many Sodexo staff from Cork and Limerick had made Christmas cakes, pies, truffles and other delicacies to sell at their festively decorated stalls.

Glen Mullen, craft development chef for Munster and Diarmuid Murphy, head chef at EMC Ovens jointly held a cookery demonstration of mouth-watering festive fare that included a slow cooked Spiced Beef with sweet onion marmalade and capers; Ham cooked in cider, apples and spices served with a cranberry relish on homemade crackers and great leftover dish of spicy Turkey Madras with coconut milk, dried fruit, and toasted cashew served with saffron rice and toasted coconut.

The lucky guests were able to sample each dish as Glen and Diarmuid prepared it, thanks to the culinary team (pictured left) that included Julianne Forrestal, executive craft chef and chefs John Kidney (Gas Networks), Charlotte O’Driscoll (Eli Lilly), Conor McAlonan (EMC Citygate) and Tomas Pearse (Depuy Ringaskiddy).

Billy Perkins, client relationship director, said, “All our tickets were sold out beforehand and a huge vote of thanks to all our staff who worked tirelessly to make the event such a success. Over 30 raffle prizes were generously donated by clients and supplier and a representative from the Irish Cancer Society spoke about the good uses to which the funds would be put.”

Sodexo Ireland manages staff restaurants and other on-site services for clients in business and industry, education and healthcare, employing 2,000 people in 200 locations across Ireland. It serves over 90,000 people daily and spent €21 million in 2015 on local Irish food.

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