It seems like everything has a day these days. Ireland has a National Potato Day, July 30th is Cheesecake Day and February 22nd is the boozy Margarita Day. For those of you who may prefer a few squares of delicious chocolate, you might be glad to know that International Chocolate Day is celebrated on September 13th.
I was completely unaware of the existence of this day, until I happened to see a tweet from Andy Greenslade, General Manager at Roganstown Hotel & Country Club, who have assembled a special Table D'Hote menu, with a chocolate dish available for each course. I've stayed at Roganstown in Swords before, where we enjoyed a very good meal in their McLoughlin's Restaurant, so I have no hesitation in giving them a shout out. Andy was kind enough to email me a copy that I could share with my readers.
Homemade Soup of the Day, Selection of Homemade Breads
Tartlet of Bluebell Falls Goat's Cheese, Baby Rocket Salad & Aged Balsamic Dressing
Chicken Liver Parfait, Red Onion Marmalade, Toasted Brioche
Savoury Mint & Chocolate Bruschetta, Orange Zest and Sea Salt served with Red Cabbage Salad
Oak Smoked Salmon, Rocket, Red Onion, Baby Caper Salad, Homemade Brown Bread
Pan Fried Hate, Chargrilled Mediterranean Vegetables & New Season Potatoes, Red Pesto Dressing, Balsamic & Wild Rocket
Roast Chicken Supreme, Red Pimento Emulsion, Grilled Asparagus, Fondant Potato, Shallot & Tomato Dressing
Irish 10oz Sirloin Steak, Lyonnaise Onions, Hand Cut Chunky Chips, Wild Mushroom, Pepper Sauce
Brioche Dressed Lamb Cutlet, Roasted Carrots, Gratin Potato with a Balsamic & Chocolate Reduction
Wild Mushroom Linguini with Mushroom Veloute, Fresh Herbs & Crumbled Goat's Cheese
Summer Berry & Butter Pudding, Vanilla Anglaise
Blackberry Parfait with Apple Puree
Death by Chocolate
Cheesecake with Berry Compote & Lemon Curd Cream
The cost is €37.50 or €65 for 2. If you want to indulge with a few glasses of wine, Roganstown can also arrange local pick-up and drop-offs in the Swords area. To book, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (01) 843 3118.
If you know of any other chocolate-themed events happening in Dublin or Ireland in honour of International Chocolate Day, please leave a comment below with the details.