Love to ‘bite again’ in Limerick

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

A FOUR course meal, heavily inspired by Irish culture, is in prospect at the second ‘LoveBites’ event, organised by food journalist Valerie O’Connor.

A FOUR course meal, heavily inspired by Irish culture, is in prospect at the second ‘LoveBites’ event, organised by food journalist Valerie O’Connor.

The idea of the event is to get single men and women mingling in a relaxed setting with fine food.

Rather than speed dating, the event sees all men asked to spend each dinner course at a table, to allow mingling - and possibly more.

More than 40 people attended the inaugural event, held at the Black Fig Restaurant.

And Val reports that two of those in attendance have begun dating.

The George Hotel is the venue for the event, with tickets now on sale for the event on Thursday, March 15.

As it is close to St Patrick’s Day, Val says the food will have a distinctive Irish feel to it.

“We are celebrating the feast of St Patrick’s, so there will be plenty of tricolours. The night will begin with wine tasting, we will have three or four different reds and whites to get people mingling. Then there will be a four course meal, and we are hoping to use local ingredients as much as possible,” Val said.

The food includes duck and quail, spring rolls, lamb shanks, and salmon wrapped in kale.

Reflecting on the first event, Val said: “It was a bit nerve wracking, but it went very well. It’s a new idea, but its not rocket science: people have been meeting each other over a meal, and breaking bread. It was great fun. There were more women than men at the first event, but ticket sales to men for the next event have been higher. The guys heard there were a lot of women there, and now they all want to go to the next one!”

The latest event kicks off at 7.30pm, with tickets costing €30 each.

For more information, and to book a place, contact The George Hotel on 061-460400. Val says the attitude to the night can be summed up by a comment one happy customer made to her after the first event: “You can either stay on the couch or do something”.