Students prepare special menu in aid of RNLI Galway Lifeboat Station

Galway Daily student chefs make great menu for charity

For the third year running, talented young chefs at GMIT will host a very special gourmet evening in aid of the local RNLI Galway Lifeboat Station, which saves many lives each year at sea.

The mouth-watering menu will include dishes such as House Cured Pastrami, Sauerkraut, and Gubbeen Cheese Crostini; Cup of Warm Spiced Butternut Squash Soup with toasted Pumpkin Seeds and Yogurt; Pan Fried Hake with Crispy Chicken Skin, Dashi, and Shitake Mushrooms; and Friendly Farmer Roast Turkey and Honey Baked Castlemine Ham, Champ Croquette.

The event, which will take place on Monday, 4 December at 5pm, is expected to sell out.

And looking at that menu, it’s not all that surprising.

Lecturers Cormac Handy and Brian Morrissey will lead and support both groups of students, from the Higher Certificate in Arts in Culinary Arts and the BA (Hons) in Hotel Management programmes, welcoming guests at 5pm to a drinks reception followed by a seasonal menu with accompanying wines.

Diarmuid Ó Conghaile, recently appointed Head of Dept of Languages & Humanities, and Heritage & Tourism, has been co-ordinating this GMIT event with the Lifeboat for the past few years.

“We are delighted with its success each year as all proceeds go to the RNLI whose volunteer crew are on call 24/7 to help save lives at sea,” he says. “It is a great teaching and learning experience for our students and forms part of their studies each year.”

Tony Hiney, Community Fundraising Manager, RNLI, says the charity values GMIT’s ongoing support. “We are grateful to the students and staff of GMIT who generously give of their time, skills and efforts each year, supporting our work and raising awareness among the general public of the importance of respecting the water while enjoying our beautiful natural resources in Galway, the sea and our waterways.”

Tickets are priced at €30pp and bookings can be made by emailing or phoning 087-2065689.