New Love Bites nights, fab food for singles only, launches on Feb 16th at the Black Fig Bistro, Limerick City.
This valentine’s people will wish they were single so they can enjoy one of the hottest and tastiest nights in the city. Food journalist Valerie O’Connor is launching her Love Bites nights to sixty lucky singles, who get to enjoy a five course meal in the funky surrounds of the new Black Fig Bistro on O’Connell Street.
Tickets are available to equal numbers of single men and women and everyone can enjoy a welcome drink before they are seated. After the first course the men will be asked to move along to the next table, so that they can chat to a new group of ladies. The food, cooked by chef Noel Keane, will be a tasting menu featuring local produce, so each course should take no more than twenty minutes. That way diners will get to meet as many people as possible. After that it’s onto a late bar for folk to mingle even more. Valerie, who has been working as a food writer for many years, saw many gaps in the market that inspired her idea.
“There were a few things that inspired me. Dealing with restaurants the most common issue that arises is that people only want to go out on the weekend so places are packed and you can’t get a table. With keenly priced packages, and working with different restaurants for each event, Love Bites plans to get people back into eating out mid-week. Secondly when it comes to meeting new people, it seems to be the online dating scene, or the more traditional, late in a bar or on the dancefloor. While both of these are fine, you can’t beat the fun of sharing a meal across a table and chatting to new friends. The nights are fun, informal and you can come as an individual or in a group of friends. My plan is to set up a club online and let people know about events, as well as dinners we will have cooking classes, farm walks and foraging. It’s foodie heaven. Limerick has a fantastic food culture, it’s something we need to support as a community to ensure that we have a variety of great places to eat”.
After working for many years in the national press as a photographer, Valerie O’Connor has carved a niche for herself in food and hospitality industry. She has enjoyed a five year run as contributing editor to the Bridgestone Irish Food Guides, and more recently taken on Taste of Ireland, the website of Paulo Tullio. She works with restaurants and food producers looking to improve their business, from PR to writing menus and helping them with their social media. Her cookery blog www.valskitchen.com has had a loyal following over the years and attracts hits from students looking for cheap and easy meals as well those looking for the best places to eat out. Valerie has appeared as a guest critic on the highly acclaimed Masterchef Ireland series as well as cooking alongside Kevin.