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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Diva Online - a Pop Up Christmas Shop!!


- Are you living in Cork but have friends and family in Donegal and want to share the Diva Love?-

Then get ready guys! now's your chance! 

 Diva will be launching an online Pop Up Christmas Shop for all our fans and their love ones to take diva delights around the country (ireland only) for their Christmas Celebrations and gifts! thats right!! - christmas puddings, christmas cakes, mexican hot chocolate mix, gingerbread puddings, homemade jams and chutneys, locally roasted coffee,  hampers like a the 'Delux' (lordans sausages, badger and dodo coffee, abernethy handmade butter, diva brown bread, irish cheeses, diva chutneys and our delicious honey granola. perfect for christmas morning! there will be much more on offer at all price points and we can courrier all the shop items with a one day delivery! we are so excited to be launching this pop christmas shop along with a new and improved dynamic website! we hope you are too!!!!

Diva Christmas Cakes

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Friday, June 28, 2013

Diva's First Annual Pie Bake Off!

We're hosting a pie bake-off! the competition is during the Ballinspittle village Festival along with a barbecue cook off the same day! hosted by Lordan's Butchers. it should be a real foodie day, along with great prizes to the winners! the winner of the pie bake off gets a hamper worth €50 chock full of diva products! see lordan's facebook page for more details on the barbecue cook off.
we are really excited to be hosting this fun event, along with our guest judges. one thing is for sure: everyone is going to eat some pie!
the bake off is for either sweet or savoury pies, so show us what you can bake!

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Monday, June 17, 2013

2013 so far!

A black and white theme at The Vintage Wedding fayre in Dublin, we were really loving the 'nude' wedding cake that has been trending on Pinterest!
the ribbon wedding cake is the wedding cake of 2013 
the new edible window box by Anu Green at the cafe, loaded with herbs and decorative grasses,  
local strawberry and ricotta cheese salad with diva poppyseed dressing

Here are a few photo's of what we've been up to so far, I know the blog has been kicked to the side, so I am trying to be a little more pro active about posting!  Even if it's just a few pictures and a few words, with a recipe...  I have had a lot of response to the Hidden Costs blog post which you can read here .
And people are wanting a Hidden Costs part 2,  so keep an eye out for that, it will be a pretty detailed post since I've had 3 more years under my belt... In the meantime I hope you like some of these pictures and hopefully we will be seeing you in the cafe or bakery!

the most recent vintage wedding fair in cork, we did a woodland picnic theme table
a lattice top berry pie for the vintage wedding fair

pork and apple pies
ummera smoked salmon eggs benedict with homemade hollandaise 
catering tapas platters for off site catering

bailey's chocolate cake

paddy's day cookies

the handmade croissants are here to stay!

we became the first retailer of abernethy hand churned butter in cork! 

we are selling our fresh baked breads and cakes to the black pig wine bar in kinsale!

wedding cake tasting for the bride and groom

more ribbon wedding cakes!

a wedgewood inspired wedding cake with chocolate ad peanut grooms cake

in memory of hostess cakes, the hostess cupcake!

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

A Diva Field Trip To Toonsbridge....Meet The Producers

Diva is back in action!  After our winters break we opened last weekend...Thank You to all that came to wish us well,for the upcoming 2013 season and to enjoy their favourite Diva treat, wether it was sweet or savoury, that they had been missing since we closed :)
On the Monday after we had opened, the kind people of The Real Olive Co., also the producers of Toonsbridge Buffalo Mozzarella, invited us as well as other people from the area who sell or use their products in their restaurants, café's, deli's or gourmet shops.  It was a lovely day, meeting with other foodies and chatting about the food being produced in the area...
Jenny-Rose, Toby and Gik were our hosts.  They provided a gorgeous lunch after we all have a sneak peak at how the mozzarella was being made...

It was amazing how quick it all happens.... all of irelands buffalo mozzerella is produced by these two men, (one of them being the farmer himself.) they are really good at what they do!

After lunch we took a tour of the herd....What lovely gentle creatures these buffalo are....

we sell Toonsbridge Buffallo Mozzerella as well as the buffallo 'feta' and Teargay hard cow's milk cheese in our deli. the toonsbrudge herd is the first buffallo herd in ireland and the first irish creamery to produce buffallo milk cheeses! wow, isn't cork lucky?! we are also delighted to be stocking the Real Olive  Co's olives, olive oil and delicatessen down in the deli as well!
thanks again to Toby, Jenny and Gik for having us and showing us a great day out at the creamery, it won't be forgotten!
shannen and taylor 

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Friday, February 1, 2013

A Look Back At 2012 In Diva...

Happy Belated 2013 Everyone!

Yes, you're right, it has been a long while since our last post...When December came, well...we hit the ground running!

I've been wondering what to blog about since we've been closed and I thought that a good place to start was to take a look back to 2012...I think it's a great way to start the year fresh, when you can see what you've achieved in the year that is now gone...  Last year I made a list of all that I wanted to achieve for the coming year...boring stuff like: Plan way ahead for any upcoming holidays, keep a waste log, increase our seasonal offerings, perfect the croissant production and more organizational stuff that I won't even bother going into, it was a pretty big list..and to be honest we did pretty good..YAY.  I am very happy with the way our year went...we increased our bread production in the bakery, reduced our kitchen waste in the cafe, we now have a wider range of products in the deli, 3 times more cheese than when we started and was also selling more local veg from chemical free and organic farmers..

But now, it is time to start a new list of goals before we open for the 2013 season in March....before we go down that road, here is what 2012 looked like at Diva in pictures!

the year started out with a new paint job and these cool chairs that I bought for 3 euro and painted and re-upholstered

My vision, Fiona and I worked on this floor for days, but sadly it didnt hold up to the busy cafe, and had to be replaced with a solid brown floor..

The newly repainted hot pink sideboard, and my door for our new bar area

Diva danishes...there's those lovely hand rolled croissants!
Anew addition to the menu..The Diva Deluxe..bacon, avocado, cheese and carmelized onion! A big seller

increasing our range in the deli

Increasing our menu selection in the cafe

perfecting the hand rolled croissant

we catered a Vintage Style Tea Party in Glebe House, Ballinadee..

Yummy buttermilk pancakes, yes our waffle iron broke towards the end of the year :(

T-shirts made for staff...I am hoping to have Diva clothing for retail sale this year :)

 the chemical free veg from Radical Roots farm went really addition to our salad leaves from Horizon Farms
the deli could be your one stop shop for great food.

This year we provided full service catering for two weddings, up from last year.
Although we do a lot of party catering and provided quite a few wedding was really great to provide everything for our wedding clients!

We had 3 extra seats added in the cafe, and it really made a difference.  the other change was that we moved all of the take away to the made service during busy time at the cafe much easier.
in this photo, you can see the table in the back

we had two of our submissions the the Blas na hEireann Food Awards shortlisted, the chocolate cupcake selection box, which included the S'More cupcake, The Elvis, The Chocolate Chocolate and the Tuxedo Cupcake.
Also our sourdough Wheaten Loaf was shortlisted.  Sadly we came home empty handed, but there is always this year! In 2011 we took home two silver awards for our Seeded Sourdough Boule and our Lemon Meringue Tart

This year I did my very first baking demo at the Lis Ard Festival and then again at Electric Picnic with The Theartre Of Food...I really enjoyed it and it was great to meet other people in the food industry doing great things!  Thanks To VSC Productions and Sally and John McKenna from McKenna guides for organizing these events!  I hope to do more this year 
This year was the first year that we made fresh local berry jam to sell in the bakery..
I was so excited when it all sold!  We were getting our berries from Rose Cottage Farms..
It was jam mania in the bakery for two months...will try to be more organized this year and add more of a variety of our fresh fruit jam...

Three years ago I bought this baby...and this year she got pimped out and was on the road...this year she will get her Diva graphics!
Look out Ireland Diva had gone mobile!  
The plan is to use her for serving out of at weddings, markets etc.,

Another slice of Americana made its way onto the Diva Cafe menu!! My favourite sambo...The Reuben..I thought I would give it a whirl and it was so popular it stayed on the specials board for the rest of the season...

Our cupcakes getting ready to head down to Dingle for the Blas taste  awards...We had a bakery staff outing for the awards, which took us to The Dingle Food and Wine Fest...a weekend of total indulgence and a few tears(remember we came home empty handed? just joking..there were no tears just a downer for a moment) 

Halloween was fun in the village!  We had our first Halloween Function in Ballinspittle...We learned a lot!  Next year will be great 
This picture was taken at a market I did in Cork City, the sunset on the way home was insane!

 This brings us up to Turkey Day!!  We ran our annual Thanksgiving Dinner in the was great, there were Americans who came all the way from Italy to have their Thanksgiving Dinner...they had been there 3 years was so nice to see them again..Plus all of our 'regulars' the same people who have been coming since we started serving Thanksgiving Dinner 4 years ago

we may have come empty handed from the Blas Food Awards, but Roz Crowley from the Irish Examiner gave our mince pies a number one rating for the best mince pies in Cork and our Austrian Stollen second place for an alternative to christmas cake...needless to say, we sold more mince pies and stollen than any other year before!!

Here are a few last pictures to finish 2012...Thank you to everyone for your continued support!! We are looking forward to a great 2013 and I am hoping to cross more off of my list this year!

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