Family run egg producer ‘Riverview Eggs’ are taking a proactive stance towards giving back to the community by facilitating a cooking demonstration that will benefit Cork’s most vulnerable citizen’s. The Cork based egg company organised an instructive session demonstrating how to cook tasty and nutritious meals using eggs as a core ingredient which was aimed at staff and volunteers at Cork Simon Community. This innovative event took place at Cork Simon’s Emergency Shelter on Anderson’s Quay, Cork [Tuesday, 11th October] with well-known local Chef Beth Haughton from Club Brasserie giving generously of her time and skill while Riverview Eggs provided the egg and other food elements to complete the menu.
The event was attended by a number of Cork Simon kitchen staff and volunteers who were shown how to prepare hearty dishes for residents and service users of Cork Simon. Dishes included the ‘All Day Breakfast Bake’, a luxurious ‘Home Made Egg Mayonnaise’ and an easy but delicious ‘Asian Chicken and Egg Fried Rice’. The recipes were explained, prepared and cooked in real time in the Emergency Shelter kitchen with participants all pitching in to chop, dice and peel, getting stuck in to learn from Chef Beth. The overall aim of the demo was to show ways in which affordable meals can be put together for either individuals or large groups with recipes that can easily be ‘scaled up’. The session was light hearted and fun, providing entertainment in equal measure to the practical applications of the recipes being learned. Speaking about her involvement in the event Chef Beth said “Being that Club Brasserie is located so near to Cork Simon, we feel a neighbourly obligation to give them our support when and where we can and I was delighted to be asked by Riverview Eggs to partner with them on this event and I hope that the kitchen team find it was of benefit and will give them a few new ideas for dishes to create from the regular egg donations they receive” Beth and her family also have a historical connection with charities in Cork through Cork Penney Dinners.
Meanwhile, organiser of the event, DJ Kelleher of Riverview Eggs said “Giving back to the community is a legacy handed down from my parents Dan Joe and Margaret Kelleher who set up the business back in 1966, and being that this is now our 50th year supporting local charities, like Cork Simon Community and Penny Dinners, is a tradition we are proud to continue”. Riverview Eggs have a long history of community interaction and involvement. On a weekly basis they donate 30 dozen eggs a week, to both Cork Simon Community and Cork Penny Dinners while also contributing cartons of eggs to the St. Vincent de Paul’s Christmas hampers on an annual basis.
There is clearly a strong spirit for giving back to the community at Riverview Eggs and Club Brasserie and as D.J Kelleher puts it “We have been inordinately fortunate to have such a successful business and we are so grateful to everyone who has stocked our product or bought from us down through the years. We are privileged to be in a position to be able to give back to the community that has supported us for so long.”