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We can’t wait for this.

A Ballymaloe trained chef is planning a unique pop-up foodie event at The Rocket Man on Princes Street in Cork on Sunday, June 3rd.

Ellie Kisyombe’s ‘Our Table’ aims to promote discussion about the Direct Provision system through food.

In the Direct Provision system, 4,300 people seeking asylum in Ireland are denied the right to work and the right to cook. Adults in Direct Provision are given an allowance of just €19.10 per week and €15.60 per week per child.

The pop-up is part of a larger initiative called the Cork Sanctuary Runners, which will see asylum seekers, refugees and Irish people run the Cork City Marathon together in solidarity with those in Direct Provision.

Ellie is still living in Direct Provision where she does not have the facilities (or the right) to cook for herself or others, even though it’s one of her greatest passions.

Her menu on the day will be inspired by different cultures. Breakfast patrons can choose from a selection of organic Macroom porridge served with Ballymaloe cream, Ballymaloe soda and sourdough bread, granola served with yogurt, salami and cheese.

Lunch is inspired by Middle Eastern, African and Indian tastes, with chicken samosa, vegetables, banjira (falafel) and ciabatta bread served with Heritage Ham, donated by award winning artisan butchers James Whelan Butchers, who will soon be opening a store in Cork.

The main menu will be served until 8:30pm and will include barbecued chicken with peri peri sauces, mang’iga (cow legs cooked in spinach with sweet tomato sauce), coconut beef stew and vegetable sides.

On the side? Red smokey rice, injera bread from Ethopia and Eritrea, East Central West African salads, Mediterranean salads like quinoa fig salad.

If you still have room for dessert, you can try the Algierian chocolate sweets and banana toffee cake.

The event has been made possible through a donation from Cork City Council, which has allowed Ellie to bring a team to create some spectacular dishes inspired by countries all over the world.

“Food or when people break bread is when people come together.” said Jack Crotty owner of the Rocket Man, who has allowed his premise to be used for the event.

“People who live in Direct Provision don’t have this basic privilege and this event is about changing that mindset. It’s about bringing people from all walks of life together to break bread as they celebrate the end of the marathon.”

The Our Table event will start at 9am and the café will stay open until 8:30pm – get there early to pick your favourite dishes.


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