Think about famous partners throughout history. How would Robinson Crusoe have coped without Friday? Would we have laughed as much at Laurel without Hardy? How could Fred have put on his dancing shoes without Ginger? And surely Mr Rolls would never have hit the road without Mr Royce? It's a simple fact that life is vastly improved by a partner, whether this is a romantic partner, a business partner, or a trusted friend; somebody to share the load and the laughs; somebody to plan and dream with; and somebody to toast your success with. Which is why we here at From Plate to Page are thrilled to announce that we have a brand new partner. Ladies and gentlemen, drum roll please as we welcome our sponsor... Bord Bia, the Irish Food Board!
Bord Bia (the Irish Food board) is the Irish food, drink and horticulture industry’s trade development and promotion organisation. It has its headquarters in Dublin, but also has international offices in Amsterdam, Dusseldorf, London, Madrid, Milan, Moscow, New York, Paris and Shanghai. Established in 1994, the Bord Bia aims to grow the success of Ireland's world class food, drink and horticulture industries by providing strategic market development, promotion and information services; and acting as a link between Irish food, drink and produce suppliers, and existing and potential customers throughout the world. As well as operating a quality assurance scheme for beef, pork and bacon and egg products, Bord Bia's objective is to develop export markets for Irish food and drink suppliers and to bring the taste of Irish food to more tables world-wide.
If you thought Irish food consisted mainly of potatoes and... umm... potatoes, think again. Since our first encounter with Bord Bia when Jeanne attended a food styling and photography workshop hosted by them in London last year, a world of hitherto unknown Irish products has opened up before us - from premium quality meat, seafood and oats to confectionery, preserves, snacks and (of course) whiskey. We are super excited about the prospect of working together with the wonderful people at Bord Bia on the From Plate to page workshop in Weimar and introducing our participants to the rich diversity of Irish products available.
Bord Bia may also have a couple of surprises up their sleeve relating to the From Plate to Page workshop in May - particularly if you are an Irish food blogger! So do keep an eye on our site and Twitter account (@plate2page) as well as on the Bord Bia Twitter account (@bordbia) so that you don't miss all the excitement.
And if you missed out on a place at the Weimar workshop, remember that we are running a second Plate 2 Page workshop this Autumn (28-30 October 2011) in Italy. Once you see the gorgeous venue we’ve chosen you won’t be able to resist! Register your interest now.