Mastercard Priceless Ireland is proud to partner with Taste Club; a limited series of extraordinary culinary events brought to you by the Taste of Dublin team.
Through Priceless Ireland, all Mastercard cardholders gain access to a variety of exclusive experiences at home and when traveling abroad. As part of this, cardholders can access several unique dining experiences, including a priority booking period on all Taste Club tickets.
Each one of the unique Taste Club events is developed with food-lovers in mind. Every month you will have access to unique culinary experiences in some of Ireland’s greatest dining venues. Enjoy a variety of wine tastings, masterclasses and elegant dining events, plus so much more.
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ANANDA SPICE MASTERCLASS
Ananda is Ireland’s finest Indian restaurant. Bold, innovative cuisine meets authentic flavours, using local produce, distilled to define the true essence of India.
We were delighted to team up with one of Taste of Dublin’s longest running restaurants for this fantastic taste experience in Ananda, of a spice masterclass and lunch.
In this exciting masterclass, guests learnt about the true basis of every Indian dish – spice. Guests were greeted with a glass Prosecco and were then brought through a myriad of spices and their uses, how each spice should be used and how to blend them. Followed by an informative talk on different culinary regions of India and the geographical, religious and social aspects influencing dishes, classic and rare spices and the science of using them and classic cooking techniques.
After learning, watching and preparing the dishes in the kitchen, the guests indulged in a tantalising lunch in the restaurant.
THE BAKER AND THE BREWER
This event was an exclusive four-course dinner prepared by Graham Herterich, The Cupcake Bloke, who joined forces with The Open Gate Brewery to design a taste experience inspired by and created with small-batch brews from the brewery.
Each of the four courses on the menu for the evening were accompanied by a glass of The Open Gate Brewery beer which inspired it. Padraig Fox from The Open Gate Brewery guided guests through the different beers experienced on the night. This was a rare opportunity to enjoy a food and beer pairing menu in the actual hall where the beers have been brewed, this added its own special atmosphere.
NEW YEAR, NEW YOU – LUXURY RETREAT AT CLIFF AT LYONS
A simply wonderful weekend was had by all in the stunning Cliff at Lyons in January. A number of guests enjoyed an overnight stay and were joined by more Taste Club fans on Saturday morning for a number of masterclasses designed to get 2018 off to a peaceful and relaxed start. Guests joined Garry Cohn to learn how to create the perfect, restful space at home, moved mindfully with Lee Tracey and cooked up a storm with the Cliff at Lyons culinary team.
PLAN YOUR PERFECT CHRISTMAS
Taste Club guests enjoyed a festive evening in the newly revamped MSL Ballsbridge Motors Mercedes-Benz Showroom on November 23rd. Sharon Hearne Smith, celebrity chef and food stylist wowed us with a table decorating masterclass, sharing tips and tricks on how to create a truly magnificent Christmas table.
Michael Bermingham from The Market Butchers talked us through preparing a Christmas turkey, how to cook it perfectly and also what alternative meats there are for Christmas dinner.
The team from O’Briens Wines guided guests on the do’s and don’ts when stocking up on favourite festive tipples with their special seasonal wine tasting.
Including festive sweet treats from The Cupcake Bloke, a glass of prosecco on arrival and a Christmas gift bag from Santa’s helpers (aka the Team at Taste of Dublin) this was a very special evening.
AN AUTUMN EVENING WITH JOHN HEALY AND SUESEY STREET
To mark the autumnal flavours, in October Taste Club partnered with Suesey Street to bring our attendees a very special seasonal menu which included a range of hearty and delicious flavours, including a game main course.
Attendees were also regaled with a fantastic conversation with John Healy, Restaurant Manager of Suesey Street and Maitre d’ of TV3’s ‘The Restaurant’. John entertained everyone recapping his life in food as well as talking through his favourite dishes, his culinary travels and of course his work on TV.
AN OYSTER JOURNEY WITH CLIFF TOWNHOUSE AND URCHIN
Marking the beginning of the Irish oyster season, Taste Club teamed up with Cliff Townhouse and Urchin, “the coolest new venue in Dublin” to bring attendees on a special oyster journey.
A special Taste Club oyster platter was prepared which included six varieties of oysters – served both fresh and grilled. The event also celebrated Ireland’s rich heritage with regional flavours from across our diverse coastal landscape. Head Chef Sean Smith was also on hand to deliver an Irish Oyster Masterclass and there was also a series of specially designed taster cocktails which rounded out the flavour and texture of the whole experience.
BARRY’S BAR TEA-INSPIRED COCKTAILS AT THE EXCHEQUER
For the first time ever, the exclusive Barry’s Bar served tea-inspired cocktails to a select number of lucky attendees at our last sold out event in The Exchequer Wine Bar, Ranelagh.
With refreshing twists on the classic Gold Blend, a tantalising Very Berry cocktail and a comforting Green Tea cocktail, this is certainly one you won’t want to miss at Taste of Dublin.
CHAMPAGNE TAITTINGER AFTERNOON TEA AT THE INTERCONTINENTAL
O’BRIENS WINE SUPPER SAFARI
MICHELIN MASTERCLASS AT L’ECRIVAIN
TASTE CLUB COMES TO DUBLIN’S AWARD-WINNING INDIAN, PICKLE