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[Soul Food]

26
May 2018

Soul Food

Soul food has ‘bold, punchy flavours’

 

Have you ever wanted to taste true soul? Soul food prepared by some of Cork’s finest institutions will be on show at this year’s Soul in the City festival.

 

Soul food is a widely popular and eclectic cuisine from the Deep South in the US, but may not be well known to many on Leeside. A mixture of African influences and European, Native American and other influences, soul food originates from the time of slavery and is a staple of the American south.

 

Photography by Ryan O’Neill 

Soul in the City, which the Cork Independent is media partner of, will see outlets on MacCurtain Street and its surrounding area cooking up a storm with some unique variations on traditional soul food dishes.
Stephen Vaughan, owner of the White Rabbit Bar & BBQ, said: “This year we’ve got corn cakes, an old-fashioned staple from the American south. We’ve also got smoked chicken wings with Alabama white dipping sauce, a southern tradition, which will be available during the festival.”

 


Photography by Ryan O’Neill 

Bruno Pasquali Bortolotti, chef at The Shelbourne Bar, said:“I am Brazilian, and our history of colonisation by the Portugese means a lot of our food is very much ‘soul’ – rice, beans, and lots of flavour. So I’ve used that, as well as sweet potato, which is popular in Deep South America, to create beef cooked in spices, crunchy sweet potato fries with a saffron rice. Hopefully people like it!”

 


Photography by Ryan O’Neill 

Amit Katti, chef at Gallagher’s, has created classic shrimp and grits with spicy Italian sausage, tempura vegetable with slow cooked beef and sweet potato puree, and a Bananas Foster dessert. He said: “Soul food is known for bold, punchy flavours. We’ve interpreted it in our own way to give it that comforting twist but keep it modern and interesting. Our dishes have that hearty ‘hit the spot’ feel but at the same time are delicate and textured.

 


Photography by Ryan O’Neill 

Photography by Ryan O’Neill 

 


Photography by Ryan O’Neill 

Photography by Ryan O’Neill 

 


Photography by Ryan O’Neill 

 


Soul in the City takes place from 1–3 June in the Victorian Quarter, in locations on MacCurtain Street and the surrounding area. The full list of partaking restaurants are the White Rabbit Bar & BBQ, The Shelbourne Bar, Gallagher’s Gastro Pub, Gourmet Burger Bistro, Tara’s Tea Rooms, Spice Route, Son of a Bun, Da Mirco, The Bridge, Cork Coffee Roasters, El Door Bakery, the Fish Wife, Novecento and the Metropole Hotel.Soul in the City takes place from 1–3 June in the Victorian Quarter, in locations on MacCurtain Street and the surrounding area. The full list of partaking restaurants are the White Rabbit Bar & BBQ, The Shelbourne Bar, Gallagher’s Gastro Pub, Gourmet Burger Bistro, Tara’s Tea Rooms, Spice Route, Son of a Bun, Da Mirco, The Bridge, Cork Coffee Roasters, El Door Bakery, the Fish Wife, Novecento and the Metropole Hotel.

Photography by Ryan O’Neill 


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