Thursday, November 27, 2008

Foodtalk is a new six-part SoundsDoable series starting on Newstalk on Christmas Day.

And like it says on the jar, it's a show all about food, and the people who produce, harvest, rear, cook and eat it.

Each week the show will eavesdrop on chef, Kevin Thornton and food blogger, Caroline Hennesy as they meet in Thornton's Restaurant to talk about everything from their food philosopies, to their latest finds at the Famers' Market.

Special super close up food recordings for the program were made by Chris Watson, with Kevin playing a variety of instruments, from the fish knife to the carcas of venison.

Each week, the conversation will flow around one class of food, from livestock to dairy to food that grows wild around the country

+ Program 1: "Livestock" (Christmas Day)
Kevin Thornton and Caroline Hennessey hunt down some fine meats and
Kevin's project to rear Irish Kobe beef. With guests Jacque Barry from Jacques, Cork and Fingal Ferguson of the Gubbeen Smokehouse, Schull, West Cork

+ Program 2: "Seafood" (New Year's Day)
Kevin Thornton and Caroline Hennessy share their pleasure in eating seafood. With guests Tony Daly from The Lime Tree, Kenmare, and Paul Kelly, Mussel farmer and goldsmith, from Kilmacillogue

+ Programme 3: "Spices" (11th Jan)
Kevin Thornton and Caroline Hennessy marvel at the power of spices. With guests Carmel Somers from Good Things Café, Durrus, Co Cork and Arun Kapil of Green Saffron, Midleton, East Cork

+ Program 4: "Wild Food" (18th Jan)
Kevin Thornton and Caroline Hennessey gather up an armload of free, wild food. With guests Áine Maguire from Kueppersbusch and Seamus Moran of LoTide Gourmet Sea Vegetables, Westport, Co Mayo.

+ Program 5: "Dairy" (25th Jan)
Kevin Thornton and Caroline Hennessey explore all things creamy. With guests Aoibheann McNamara, Ard Bia, Galway and Kieran Murphy from Murphy's Ice Cream, Dingle

+ Programme 6: "Garden" (1st Feb)
Kevin Thornton and Caroline Hennessey marvel at the good things a garden has to offer, and wonders how many more of us will now start to grow our own. With guests Henry Stone from Sha-Roe Bistro, Clonegal, Co. Carlow and Ultan Walshe of Nohoval in Cork, who grows the veg for (among others) Denis Cotter of Café Paradiso.