Artist-in-residence Fiona Hallinan and chef Katie Sanderson have devised a delicious weekend of food, talks and music, following the success of their 2013 collaboration at the Temple Bar Gallery and Studios in Dublin and more recently at the Irish Museum of Modern Art. Their pop-up café takes its intriguing name from SS Hare CWS, a relief ship which brought food to starving strikers during the 1913 lockout, a major industrial dispute in Ireland involving 20,000 workers.
For “The Hare” café, sourcing, preparing and serving unusual local produce is key to Fiona and Katie’s concept of food presentation as a performative process.
Drop-in delicacies : Savoury and sweet boards will be on sale throughout the weekend - brack, cheese and crabapple jelly...
Saturday and Sunday 11am to 3pm; 6pm to 10pm
Seated meals : The Hare experience - a delicious « 3-in-1 platter », dessert and special drinks
Saturday 1pm and 7pm, Sunday 1pm, 15€ per person FULLY BOOKED
Talk: Sustainable agriculture – the Irish perspective
Saturday at 11.30am, admission free, in English
Conversation: Discover Dillisk with two of Ireland’s most renowned chefs
Sunday at 6pm, admission free, in English
Dillisk is a seaside food project based down on the machair of Aughrusbeg in Connemara and takes its name from the special alga that grows there in abundance. Katie Sanderson and Jasper O’Connor will talk about how they came to set up a summer restaurant in a boat shed, harvesting seaweed, working with local suppliers and fisherman in Cleggan Harbour and selling out every seat. With introduction by Aisling Rogerson of the Fumbally cafe in Dublin where both Katie and Jasper worked as chefs.
Saturday and Sunday at 8.30pm, admission free
Buffalo Woman (Neil Watkins & Tim O’Donovan), Margie Jean Lewis, David Donohue
As part of this event the Centre Culturel Irlandais are bringing from Ireland a unique structure created by three artists based in Dublin: Dan Tuomey, Tanad Aaron Williams and Tom Watt. The structure, pictured above, will act as the bar from which The Hare will serve over the weekend. It was commissioned as part of the Summer Rising events at Irish Museum of Modern Art in July 2014.
Who is cooking up this tasteful mélange?!
Fiona Hallinan: talented multi-media artist who, as well as being a chef, is currently collaborating with composers to create site-specific music and sound scores. http://www.heterodyneprojects.com/
Katie Sanderson and Jasper O’Connor: renowned chefs, they have developed a project in Connemara around dillisk – Irish seaweed – rich in nutrients as well as associations in the collective memory. http://www.livingdinners.com/the-hare/ ; irishtimes.com seashore-dining-in-the-west
Rayne Booth: curator of The Hare 2013 in Dublin
Aisling Rogerson: co-founder of Fumbally Café which has become a hub where the local community mix with artists, musicians and food lovers. Aisling will create a limited edition zine following The Hare in Paris. Interview with Aisling
Noreen Lanigan : French market manager for Bord Bia, Ireland’s state agency promoting Irish food abroad
Neil Watkins and Tim O’Donovan: electro-pop group « Buffalo Woman ». Neil Watkins is also an actor, poet and playwright whose practice took a new path following the months he spent working at Fumbally Café. fringe-2013-neil-watkins-dinner-and-a-show/
David Donohue: artist, designer and musician, David is a pro in solo improvisation wending his way from acoustic to digital, keyboard to wind instruments. http://www.daviddonohoe.com
Margie Jean Lewis: classically trained violinist and jazz singer, Margie plays a myriad of antique instruments, experiments with loops, electronics, heavy beats and tops it off with her rich, bewildering vocals. lay-lay-feat-margie-lewis
This event is part of the annual Week of Foreign Cultures organised by FICEP (Forum of foreign institutes in Paris) of which the CCI is a member. The theme for 2014 is savours and colours; for details of the full programme running from 19 to 28 September, check the FICEP website: www.ficep.info