As the operator of the national electricity transmission system, EirGrid engages with the farming community on a regular basis. Indeed, it could not carry out its function without the co-operation of the farming community across whose lands much of the electricity transmission system is located.
EirGrid continues to work closely with individual farmers and representative organisations and there are many projects that are proceeding very successfully in cooperation with farmers and other landowners. There is an excellent symbiosis between the strategic objectives of EirGrid and the policies and objectives of Euro-toques, as well as with the Food Awards specifically.
Both organisations share:
- Brandings of quality and standards of excellence
- Work in the area of education and industry development.
- Strong policies around environmental sustainability
- Job creation and indigenous enterprise development goals
- Rural and regional development aims
As such, EirGrid is pleased to be involved with The Euro-toques Food Awards. The awards recognise producers and products for -
- Outstanding taste & quality
- Protecting traditional skills or production methods
- Environmental sustainability and protection of biodiversity
- Rural enterprise development and diversification/added-value in agriculture
- Innovation in farming and artisan food production/meeting the demands of chefs & consumers
BIM (Bord Iascaigh Mhara)
BIM (Bord Iascaigh Mhara) is the Irish Sea Fisheries Board. BIM’s mission is to develop the Irish seafood sector by adding value, driving growth, increasing competitiveness and creating jobs. BIM assists the Irish seafood sector by providing technical expertise, business support, funding, training and promoting responsible environmental practices.
BIM has formed a strategic industry partnership with Euro-toques in order to work together to encourage quality local seafood sourcing in the food service industry through education and development.
This partnership has a Technical role, with Euro-toques industry chefs assisting BIM and their clients with taste test, product trials, market research etc, an Education and Development role, through workshops run by Euro-toques in conjunction with BIM for both student and industry chefs, and a Communications role, with events being arranged to encourage dialogues between foodservice and suppliers (such as Euro-toques Regional Lunches).
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Fáilte Ireland is the National Tourism Development Authority in Ireland.
Failte Ireland supports Euro-toques as an industry body promoting food tourism in Ireland. Failte Ireland has recently set up a new Food & Hospitality Innovation team to develop this sector, with the ultimate goal that Ireland will be recognised by domestic and international visitors alike for the accessibility, quality and value of our food experiences. Euro-toques will form part of the Working group which will assist in developing and implementing a new national strategy on food in tourism.
In 2010 Failte Ireland has awarded Euro-toques with Market Access Funding to support specific activities aimed at promoting food tourism to consumers and visitors.
For more information on the activities of the Food & Hospitality Innovation team, visit the website.
For more information on tourism in Ireland visit www.discoverireland.ie
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Bord Bia – The Irish Food Board
Bord Bia’s Mission is to grow the success of Ireland’s food and horticulture industry by providing strategic market development, promotion and information services.
Euro-toques works with Bord Bia as a food and hospitality industry partner promoting quality local food sourcing. Bord Bia consults with Euro-toques on communication with industry, industry promotions and development of Irish food products of interest to the restaurant industry.
In 2009, Euro-toques Ireland offered its support to the launch of the Just Ask campaign, which encourages chefs to acknowledge the origin of the food they serve and consumers to look for this information when eating out.
See Activities/Policy/Sourcing for more details
The Bord Bia small business department provides essential support to the small food producers who are so important to Euro-toques chefs.
For more information on Bord Bia’s services for small food business go to www.bordbiavantage.ie
For further information on Bord Bia or the Just Ask campaign, see www.bordbia.ie/justask
Findlater Wine & Spirit Group
Wine distributor with extensive portfolio featuring world renowned brands and boutique wineries.
Findlater Wine & Spirit Group are Euro-toques Irelands wine partners, providing top quality wines specially chosen for many of our events and arranging occasional wine events for our members.
La Rousse Foods
Distributors of high quality food ingredients to the catering trade since 1990.
In 2007, long-time Associate Members La Rousse Foods became our partners in the La Rousse Foods/Euro-toques Chef Development Initiative, which aims to contribute to the on-going education of both student and industry chefs, particularly in the area of quality food sourcing. Concentrating on concepts such as taste and seasonality, the initiative aims on bringing the industry into the training colleges, both reminding student chefs of traditional skills and introducing them to cutting edge modern techniques.
For more on this initiative and upcoming workshops, see our Activities/Education section.