Ireland’s first sherry festival to take place in September hosted by Cava Bodega.
Friday 29th July 2016
Multi-award-winning Spanish restaurant Cava Bodega in Galway is celebrating the grape harvest by hosting “Sherry Fiesta’, a sherry festival in September.Special dishes with sherry pairings will be available throughout the festival, and staff will be available to talk to diners about different sherries, such as Manzanilla, Fino from DO Jerez and Barbadillo.
A series of three sherry masterclasses will take place on Friday the 9th, 23rd and 30th of September fro 4pm to 5pm. One of these will be hosted by Cava Bodega owner and Michelin star chef JP McMahon on the 23rd of September. Another will be led by Elizabeth Fox, a wine lecturer in GMIT, on the 9th of September; and another by Paddy Murphy, the young Irish sherry aficionado and certified sherry educator behind The Vine Inspiration blog, on the 30th of September.
JP McMahon says, “Sherry is such a beautiful, under-appreciated wine. From dry to nutty to sweet, there truly is something for everyone to enjoy. Sherry is a food lover’s wine. I want everyone to enjoy the pleasure of understanding this unique and ancient drink.”
The cost is €45 per masterclass which includes a copy of the Tapas: A Taste of Spain in Ireland cookbook by JP McMahon. It features recipes from the Cava Bodega menu that have sherry as a key ingredient, such as octopus, chorizo & Oloroso sherry, whole prawns in Fino sherry, and free range duck, plums & PX sherry. The capacity of each masterclass is limited to 25 people.
Follow Sherry Festival on twitter: @sherryfestival for up-to-date details of the festival.
New 3rd Edition of Cava Bodega Cookbook, Tapas: A Taste of Spain in Ireland.
Friday 22th July 2016
Our cookbook is now in its 3rd Edition, the updated version with over 30 new recipes and new stories is is available from Friday 2nd September; it is priced at €25.
The Cava Cookbook will be available to purchase in any of our restaurants, or online here. We ship worldwide. The cookbook is full of tasty recipes from Cava Bodega.
The launch of the 3rd Edition of the cookbook will be held in Cava Bodega on Saturday 10th September in conjunction with our Sherry Fiesta. Free Event - All Welcome.
Sample excerpts of the book are available to download below. Click on the image to download the individual pdfs.
Christmas Opening Hours 2015
Friday 11th December 2015
We will be open for lunch in Cava Christmas week Sat 19th to Thurs 24th December from 12noon.
Christmas Eve 24th: 12 - 5pm
Christmas Day 25th: Closed
Stephen's Day 26th: Closed
December 27th: Open as normal
January 1st: Closed
January 2nd: Open as Normal
For bookings call tel: 091 539 884 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet the WineMaker at an Evening of Organic Wine & Tapas: Monday 7th Dec'15Wednesday, 2nd December 2015
Enjoy 5 organic wines and mouthwatering matching tapas, Spanish premium wines from family run organic vinyards in Navarra, Penedes and Monsant, introduced by the winemaker himself: Fernando Barrrena from Azul y Garanza wines. The wines are localy supplied by Dirk Flake, Kinvara.
Booking Required: €25 per person
Monday 7th December 2015, 7pm
For bookings call tel: 091 539 884 or email: email@example.com
Enter our Competition and enjoy #TAPASLIFEWednesday, 16th September 2015
WIN A TRIP TO SPAIN AND HAVE YOUR TAPA CREATION FEATURED ON THE CAVA BODEGA MENU
Our #TAPASLIFE COMPETITION is back! Win a trip to Spain and have your tapa creation featured on the Cava Bodega menu. To be in with a chance to win, simply email your own tapa creation to firstname.lastname@example.org with #tapaslife in the subject box. Tapa recipes can be as simple or complex as you like.
4 runners up will feature on our specials board for one week. The tapa that sells the most is our winner!
Deadline for entry is Friday 2nd Oct at 12pm.
GALWAY FOOD FESTIVAL
EatGalway is proud to be participating in this year's Galway Food Festival, Easter week 2nd - 6th April. We have a number of events running in all three of our restaurants, including a BBQ and 2hour Cruise on the Corrib Princess.
FRIDAY 3rd April
12pm / Eat @ Massimo / Popup Fish Shop
Popup fish shop with Gannet Fish. Pick your fish, and we’ll cook it for you. 12 noon to 5pm. Prices vary 091 582239 www.eatgastropub.com
4pm / Cava Bodega / Cava on the Corrib
Join us on the Corrib Princess for a Boat tour and BBQ. 4-6pm. €22.50. Bookings can be made by contacting Róisín: email: email@example.com or phone 091 592447 or book online http://tiny.cc/gzmfvx
5.30pm / Aniar / New Nordic Cuisine
Guest chef Sasu Laukkonen from Chef & Sommelier, will prepare a 6 course tasting menu with Jp McMahon & Ultan Cooke. €70 (wine not included in price). Available all night, to book email firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 091 535 947 or book online: www.aniarrestaurant.ie
SATURDAY 4th APRIL
2pm - 3pm / Aniar / Looking Back to Look Forward: A History of Tradition
Talk taking place in Aniar (Free Event). No Booking Required. Looking back to look forward: a history of tradition.
Tel: 091 535947 www.aniarrestaurant.ie
1pm / Cava (IN DEMONSTRATION TENT)
Preparing for a Party, 6 Simple Tapas
This demonstration will show people how to prepare Tapas at home.
SUNDAY 5th APRIL
1pm / Galway Arts Centre / The Birth of The Restaurant
Food in Art: 1850-1950. With JP McMahon. FREE. www.galwayartscentre.ie
3pm / Eat Gastro Pub (IN DEMONSTRATION TENT)
The Whole Hen: How to get 5 Meals out of a Chicken - This demonstration will show people how to use the whole chicken in an easy and accessible way.
7pm / Eat @ Massimo / One Night with a Hooker
Artisan beer and tasting menu with Ronan Brennan, Galway Hooker. Four Galway Hooker matched with four small plates. Sunday 7pm to 9.30pm. €35 pp. Places limited to 35 people. 091 582 239 www.eatgastropub.com
MONDAY 6th APRIL
12pm - 1pm / Aniar / Wild Foods of the West of Ireland
Talk taking place in Aniar (Free Event). No Booking Required. 091 535 947 www.aniarrestaurant.ie
3pm / Eat @ Massiomo / Pig on Spit
Join us between 3pm and 5pm for a pig on the spit. All donations in aid of Crumlin Children’s Hospital. 091 582239 www.eatgastropub.com
On Saturday and Sunday afternoon from 2 to 5pm, CAVA & EAT will be participating in the Galway Food Festival Taste Trail, savour special taste offerings at a very special price.
To download the full festvial programme, click here.
Mexico Vs Spain
Lily Ramirez-Foran (www.amexicancook.ie) will be
joining Jp for a 'Mexican -Vs- Spain' tasting event, on
Thursday 26th March. The two chefs will prepare a 6
course tasting menu: three Mexican influenced dishes
and three Spainish influenced dishes. Grab your voting
card and vote for your favourite tapas dish on the night!
Call: 091 539 884 to book your tickets
6 Course Tasting menu with wine €50pp
Thurs 26th March 7pm
Jp is Speaking at the The Kerrygold Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food and Wine
Jp is delighted to have been invited to speak at the The Kerrygold Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food and Wine 2015. Jp will speak alongside national and international authors, chefs, foragers, educators, wine experts, gardeners, publishers, TV presenters, bloggers and journalists.
The inaugural Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food and Wine brought 8000 people onto the grounds of Ballymaloe House and Cookery School in May 2013.
It is a weekend filled with fascinating facts, inspirational stories, intriguing discussions, incredible knowledge, fantastic music, fabulous dancing and of course, delicious food and drinks.
It is the only festival of its kind in Ireland and has created an important hub for food enthusiasts worldwide to meet and share ideas with each other.
Don't forget to get Litfest 2015 dates into your diaries too, 15th-17th May 2015
Jp will be speaking at the following events:
Saturday 16th May 2015 at 4.30pm-5.30pm:
Cava Bodgea Tapas- Jp McMahon discusses his book and restaurants.
Sunday 17th May 2015 at 1.15pm-2.15pm:
What’s happening in Irish Food- JP McMahon, John Wilson, Stevie Toman, Alain Kerloc’h and Kevin Thornton in conversation with John McKenna
To check out the full line up and purchase tickets visit www.litfest.ie
Jp's Turkey with Black Pudding Stuffing
features on Sally & John McKenna's
Theatre of Food Special on the Elecrtic Picnic website.
Try an alternative stuffing in your turkey this Christmas!
Check out the full recipe here
Cava Cookbook, Tapas: A Taste of Spain in Ireland
Jp releases his first cookbook highlighting the joys of Spanish cooking. His first book ‘Tapas - A Taste of Spain’ in Ireland is bursting with recipes featuring traditional and contemporary tapas created using ingredients sourced in Ireland. All dishes are either currently on the menu in Cava Bodega or would have featured at one point over the last number of years since Jp and his wife Drigin opened Cava Restaurant in 2008.
The Cava Cookbook, TAPAS: a Taste of Spain in Ireland is out next week, Saturday 6th December. It is priced at €25. The Cava Cookbook will be available to purchase in any of our restaurants, or online here. We ship worldwide. The cookbook is full of tasty recipes from Cava Bodega. Sample excerpts of the book are available to download below. Click on the image to download the individual pdfs.
GALWAY RESTAURANT WEEK: MON 3rd - SUN 9th NOVEMBER 2014
Cava is partcipating in the first Galway Restaurant Week, which takes places this Monday 3rd to Sunday 9th November. Galway Restaurant Week is a week of great food in a great city. It aims to celebrate Galway's own culinary landscape; from the restaurants, chefs, cafe’s & wine bars, to the farmers, bakers, and artisan producers. To celebrate Galway Restaurant Week, Cava is offering 5 tapas for the price of 4 (cheapest tapas free). We look forward to seeing you during Galway Restaurant Week.
GMIT STUDENTS - THE DINING EXPERIENCE EVENT
Last Tuesday, we had some culinary students from GMIT in for a special menu. Jp designed a 5 course menu with matching wines for the students. This 'Dining Experience' event is apart of the GMIT curriculum; the students visit a restaurant for a 'Dining Experience' and complete an essay on their experience afterwards. We are delighted to work closely we GMIT to assist in educating young chefs, many of our staff (both past and present) have studied culinary
related courses in GMIT. Below is a selection of photos from the 'Dining Experience' Event.
COME CELEBRATE CAVA WEEK WITH US!
Wednesday, 1st October 2014
This October Spain celebrates the 25th Cava Week festival paying homage to the bubbly beverage. Cava Bodega could not let the week go by without celebrating its namesake.
Come celebrate cava week with a free glass of cava when you dine in Cava Bodega, Monday 6th to Friday 10th October, from 5pm to 7pm.
Cava Pop Up in Dublin this September.
Tuesday, 26th August 2014
Cava Bodega are teaming up with Boutique Wine Importer Honest2Goodness to create a Cava Bodeaga Pop Up experience in Dublin this September.
Honest2Goodness is hosting a 6 course ‘Nose to Tail’ Dining Experience with JP McMahon of EatGalway (Cava Bodega, Aniar Restaurant, Eat Gastropub). The event will take place in the Honest2Goodness Market Cafe in Glasnevin on Thursday September 25th. Featuring Rare Breed Pork from The Whole Hoggs free-range farm in Slane, Co. Meath dishes will be paired with matching wines from exclusive wine producers across Europe.
Experience cooking skills and techniques JP and his team have honed in his
top class restaurants paired with the fantastic flavour from Rare-Breed, hand reared Tamworth Pigs. The event will be hosted in the quirky but convivial surroundings of the Honest2Goodness Market and Cafe which hosts great local producers every Saturday. Numbers are restricted to 50 people so advanced booking is essential!
“This Little Piggy Went to the Market...”
Six Course Dinner with Matching Wines €75.00
For bookings contact Colm or Brid:
colm@honest2goodness or brid@honest2goodness.
Telephone 087 9914291 or 087 6294713
Twitter: @colm_h2g @brid_h2g
Enter our Competition and enjoy #TAPASLIFEWednesday, 6th August 2014
WIN A TRIP TO SPAIN AND HAVE YOUR TAPA CREATION FEATURED ON THE CAVA BODEGA MENU
We have just launched a competition which will see three runners up have their very own tapa recipe featured on the restaurants Specials menu for a week. The tapa creator that attracts most orders will win a trip for two to Spain plus have their dish listed on the next Cava Bodega menu.
All entrants need to do is create a tapa and post the recipe with the hashtag #TapasLife to either Twitter or Facebook. Tapa recipes can be complex using innovative cooking techniques or as simple as two beautifully complimentary ingredients. The imaginative and the whacky will also be considered.
So get your thinking sombrero on and get posting your spanish creations.
Terms & Conditions apply.
Open for entries until September 25th. Entries can also be emailed to email@example.com
We're celebrating International Sherry Week
2nd to 8th JuneWednesday, 8th May 2014
No longer is sherry seen as the tipple of your estranged elderly aunt. Today sherry is reclaiming its rightful place at our table (or bar!) The growing popularity of this fortified wine from Jerez has led to the establishment of International Sherry Week. Check out http://www.isherryweek.com/
Here in Cava Bodega we have an extensive list of sherrys by the glass, with food pairing suggestions. During International Sherry Week we will have promotions and specials to help you enjoy the diversity of flavours this little drink has to offer.
'Dine in the Dark' at Cava Bodega with Torres Wines
in aid of National Council of the BlindFriday, 25th April 2014
Cava Bodega with Torres Wines will host a fun ‘Dine in the Dark’ evening on Wednesday 30 April. Diners will be shown to their dimly-lit table, blindfolded and presented with a 5-course tasting meal, along with accompanying wines.
We gain 55% of all the information we process by what we see. The rest of the senses account for 45% of that knowledge: hearing 18%, smell 12%, touch 10%, while the flavour left behind by something, the aftertaste, accounts for just 5% of that information. The Torres Blind Dinner aims to emphasise and reactivate those senses that normally remain locked in the background of our experiences. The absence of vision principally opens our sense of taste (concentrated mainly around the balance of flavours), sound (the silence, or conversely the creak of the table, or pepper being grinded) and touch (the structure of the food itself, and the way it is presented). All this combined creates a fountain of new sensations, while the wine, and its relation to gastronomy acquires a whole new significance and importance.
Jp McMahon says, “We have carefully designed the menu so the focus is on texture, taste and smell. It’s our first time holding this type of event, and we’re looking forward to some fun – both with the diners and with the food.”
The menu consists of five courses, with each course theme centred around one predominant ingredient, its textures and tastes. Menu highlights include textures of beetroot and scallops to start, a nose-to-tail pork and chicken dish, and two dessert options. There is a very interesting ‘textures of cream’ as a second desert. If finding your fork is proving too difficult, eating with your fingers is encouraged!
The accompanying wines are an important part of the experience – Torres have carefully selected a wine match to each course. Wine, in particular, takes on a new dimension without the use of sight, as we rely so much on our eyes: would we confidently distinguish between a red and a white wine blindfolded? Even the best sommeliers has been tricked into believing red is white and vice-versa.
Torres export manager and sommelier, Toni Batet comments: “We are delighted to be partnering Cava Bodega Restaurant for this exclusive sensory event, and we hope that diners will embrace the intensity of their senses of smell, taste and hearing to discover a new world of sensations through the wines and food”.
Tickets for this event are €65 per person, which includes dinner with wine, competitions, and spot prizes. Proceeds on the night go to the National Council for the Blind. Space is limited. Booking essential.
Please contact 091 539 884 to book or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Galway Food Festival 2014Thursday, 17th April 2014
The third Galway Food Festival is upon us this Easter weekend, Thursday 17th to Monday 21st. Check out all the fantastic events on around the city. Here at Cava Bodega we will be taking part in events over the weekend. Our sister restaurants Aniar and Eat@Massimo will also be taking part in a number of events.
Visit www.galwayfoodfestival.com to download the complete programme and for more details about the festival.
Here's a list of the events taking place at Cava Bodega
GOOD FRIDAY 18th: 12-5pm
Cava Bodega: Pick up a Pincho
A taste of Basque Cuisine €5
SATURDAY & SUNDAY 2pm to 5pm
Cava Bodega: Taste Trail
Jp will also be a doing DEMO in the Festival Tent
GOOD FRIDAY 18th 4pm
Demo Tent: Cava Bodega
The chicken, the cow, and the pig
TALKS & DEBATES
Mick Lally Theatre / How a Restaurant works
JP McMahon - Eat Galway, John McKenna - McKenna Guides, Martine McDonagh - Martine’s Restaurant, Fergus O’Halloran - 12
EASTER SUNDAY 20th: 3pm
Galway Arts Centre / Talk - Art, History, Food
With JP McMahon
New Opening Hours: Now Open For Lunch Friday, Saturday and SundayFriday, 11th April 2014
In conjunction with the launch of the Galway Food Festival, Cava will launch its new opening hours. Cava will open for lunch from 12 noon Friday, Saturday and Sunday starting next week, Good Friday 18th April.
The Cava lunch menu will consist of soup, sandwiches, and salad as well as our tapas menu. Expect to see our Tortilla sandwich,our chorizo and sweet potato soup, and of course, when available, our famous squid sandwich.
NEW Opening hours : Mon – Wed: 5pm to 10pm Thursday: 5pm to 10.30pm
Friday: 12noon to 11pm Saturday: 12noon to 11pm Sunday: 12noon to 9.30pm
Cava Restaurant to re-open on Middle Street
Friday, 9th August 2013
By Marie Madden, Galway Independent
Popular city restaurant Cava is reopen in September, it has been confirmed. As exclusively revealed in the Galway Independent in May, restauranteurs Jp and Drigín McMahon entered discussions in recent months with a city centre venue to reopen the Spanish restaurant and tapas bar, formerly located on Dominick Street. The hugely-successful venture closed its doors in January but the Eat Galway pair, who also run Eat Gastropub and the Michelin-starred Aniar, confirmed this week that the restaurant will reopen in early September under the name Cava Bodega. The new incarnation will be located on Middle Street, opposite Charlie Byrne's Bookshop, in the site previously occupied by Mustard. The new premises has been vacant for a prolonged period, with extensive renovations for the new Cava Bodega restaurant currently being undertaken. “There was overwhelming support for Cava when we closed and a persistent demand for a reopening, it was just a matter of finding the right location" said Jp. "Our food will focus on tapas and shared eating. Each dish will be based on Spanish and Moorish cuisine but through the lens of local food farmers, producers, and suppliers. We will continue to source and import chosen meats and cheeses direct from Spain."