An egg today is better than a hen tomorrow. (Benjamin Franklin)
Eggs were the ‘plat du jour’ at Cork Penny Dinners on Friday last (16th November 2012) where Cork-based family business Riverview Eggs put on a ‘Breggfast’ for all those in need at this very caring organisation in Cork City.
The day kicked off at 10am where Cork Penny Dinners was transformed into a hub of energy and enthusiasm as serving volunteers DJ and Richard Kelleher of Riverview Eggs and UCC RFC players (who are also sponsored by Riverview Eggs) Willie Ryan (Inniscarra), Peter McCabe (Kanturk) and Munster Rugby’s Darren Sweetnam (Bandon) began cracking, poaching, frying, whipping and cooking up a feast fit for a king. The cracking egg themed menu for the day included a variety of nutritious and delicious dishes such as an array of quiches and omelettes as well as sumptuous Chocolate Roulade for dessert, all prepared by Beth Haughton from one of Cork’s most prestigious restaurants The Club Brasserie.
Founded in the 1840s, Cork Penny Dinners is one of Cork’s oldest charities, offering a nourishing hot midday meal to all those in need, in exchange for a small coin. The charity cooks approximately 200 meals, seven days a week offering a warm, dry place to sit and eat, with a welcoming atmosphere where no questions are asked.
To coincide with the ‘Breggfast’, Riverview Eggs announced that they have decided to cover Cork Penny Dinners’ egg needs indefinitely with a fresh delivery every Friday to the Little Hanover Street Kitchen.
DJ Kelleher, Director of Riverview Eggs told volunteers on the day that “Riverview Eggs has seen the wonderful work Cork Penny Dinners does for those in need in Cork. Offering a hot midday meal to over 200 Cork people each and every day with limited resources is a trying task. We wanted to do our bit to help those in need and remind people that eggs are quite simply, one of Mother Nature’s most nutritious foods. Eggs are a great source of protein as well as essential nutrients that keep the body strong”.
Mr. Kelleher went onto say that “As a Cork family business, we know how important it is to look after the pennies and as eggs are also eggs-tremely good value for money and versatile, they are an eggs-cellent meal option for those with limited budgets!”
Commenting on the donation, Florence Harrison, Cork Penny Dinners said; “Cork Penny Dinners serves over 850 visitors each week and relies heavily on donations, contributions and sponsorship of this nature. We cannot thank Riverview Eggs enough for their kindness and generosity. The meals prepared today were truly delicious and it was great to see how versatile eggs can be.”
Richard Kelleher, farmer and producer at Riverview Eggs, and Manager of UCC RFC also came along to help on the day and mentioned that he and his players had an ‘eggs-ellent’ time helping those in need in Cork!