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AN IRISH COUNTRY AFFAIR

WITH

MIMI + ODDUR THORISSON

GLIN CASTLE, IRELAND

OCTOBER 28-31ST, 2017

 

 

 

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AN IRISH COUNTRY AFFAIR

WITH

MIMI + ODDUR THORISSON

GLIN CASTLE, IRELAND

OCTOBER 28-31ST, 2017

 

 

 

We are delighted to announce our next Lens & Larder retreat, An Irish Country Affair: Glin Castle, October 28-31st, 2017.  Please join us at one of Ireland’s most historic castles on the banks of the River Shannon for an enchanting autumn weekend to celebrate cooking, photography, and country pursuits with a special nod to Samhain, the ancient Celtic tradition of Halloween, which originated in Ireland in the 9th century.

At the helm of Lens & Larder: An Irish Country Affair will be Mimi and Oddur Thorisson, the internationally acclaimed food writing and photography team behind the award-winning food blog, Manger, and best-selling books, A Kitchen in France, A Year of Cooking (2014) and French Country Cooking (2016) published by Clarkson-Potter. Mimi and Oddur live in Médoc, France with their 8 children and 9 dogs. Together they host wildly popular cooking and photography workshops in their home and the surrounding wine country. Both Oddur and Mimi are contributing editors to Condé Nast Traveler, and their work has featured in Vanity FairNew York Times, Vogue Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, House & Garden, Bon Appetit and more.

Lens & Larder is positively tickled to marry Mimi and Oddur’s classic country house cooking and visual aesthetic with the noble history and sensational style of Glin Castle for an unforgettable weekend of visual learning, cooking lessons, magic and mirth. 

Over the course of three nights, student guests will experience cooking with a bounty of indigenous and seasonal Irish ingredients, traditional music, an autumnal garden walk and history talk with renowned landscape architect and daughter of the Knight of Glin,  and welcome cocktails with her husband, actor, Dominic West; an authentic pub dinner at the charming O’Shaughnessy’s of Glin, afternoon tea in the castle, an Irish Harriers Hunt, and will finish with Mimi’s magnificent masquerade Sahmain farewell feast. All the time honing and developing the skills to capture this story as it beautifully unfolds. 

Glin Castle is not a hotel, but a magnificent, privately-owned property. Home to the late Knight of Glin and the Fitzgerald Family and located in Glin, County Limerick, one hour from Shannon Airport. Spaces are limited to 12-14 as we fill the castle and create our own spellbinding weekend in this historical gem in the Southwest of Ireland.

2480 euros per person. Includes: Private Ensuite Room, Cookery and Photography Lessons, Welcome Reception with Champagne and Oysters, Welcome Three-Course Dinner, 3 Irish Breakfasts, 1 Hunter’s Lunch, 1 Afternoon Tea (working lunch with sandwiches), 1 Pub Supper, 1 Masquerade Farewell Feast, Wine and Beverages with Meals, and Heaps of Hospitality!

80% due on booking and 20% upon arrival at Glin Castle.  

Due to timing logistics, there will be absolutely no refunds for this workshop. Please make sure you can attend before securing a space for the retreat. We strongly recommend that you to take travel insurance. Owning an SLR camera is preferable.

PLEASE EMAIL: LENSANDLARDER@GMAIL.COM to REGISTER. 

Mimi Thorisson is the author of Manger, a blog devoted to French cooking that was named “Saveur’s Best Regional Food Blog” in April 2013. Her best-selling cookbooks, ‘A Kitchen in France’, October 2014, and French Country Cooking published by Clarkson-Potter have been translated in many different languages. After a career in television and having lived in Hong Kong, London, Singapore, Reykjavik and Paris, she settled with her photographer husband, Oddur, their 7 children and 10 dogs in the Médoc, South of France. She is the star of Canal+ cooking shows “La Table de Mimi” and “Les desserts de Mimi” in France.

Oddur Thorisson is an Icelandic photographer. He started his career as an art director and worked his way into photography often combining the two. He has worked for countless companies and organisations and been involved in various magazines and publishing projects like Condé Nast Traveler, Elle, Vogue, Bon Appétit, Wall Street Journal, Food and Wine to name a few. He lives with his wife Mimi, 8 children and 9 dogs in the Médoc, South of France.

 

 

"Lens and Larder is a cut above all the rest and sets the bar for how to properly look after a group of eager creatives. Starting with their breathtaking surroundings, they know how to let nature do most of the inspiring. Then there is their deep knowledge and appreciation of the culinary world which is half the foundation of food styling and photography. The other half is professional experience and they bring in the best people in the business to share their secrets and inspire you first hand. I would take this workshop again and again and again (as many people do!)." - Claire Ptak, Violet Bakery, London, and author + stylist of the award-winning cookery book, The Violet Bakery Cookbook.

 

"Always held at truly unique and inspiring locations, Imen and Cliodhna, host with such warmth and attention to detail, creative learning retreats with incredible teachers from all over the world.Having both been a teacher at one retreat, and attended one as a participant, I wouldn't hesitate to do both all over again. On both occasions, I left not only with new knowledge gained, but felt completely rejuvenated, inspired to the brim. What they have been able to create in Lens and Larder is truly unique, and in a sea of current creative retreats, theirs stand out as one of a kind powerhouse of learning and creativity, with a generous amount of heart and soul." Marte Marie Forsberg, Norwegian Photographer & Author of forthcoming cookbook autumn 2017.)

 

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OUR TEAM

 

 

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OUR TEAM

 

 

In 2014, Imen and Cliodhna brought together their shared love of food, film, and storytelling to begin producing Lens & Larder retreats in Ireland.

Imen McDonnell

Imen McDonnell is a cook and author who contributes to Condé Nast Traveler (USA), Town and Country Magazine (UK) and is the writer and photographer behind the popular food blog, Farmette.ie. Before moving to her husband’s family farm in rural Ireland, she worked as a broadcast producer for global food and beauty brands, and as part of the production team for an Emmy award-winning television series while living in New York, Minneapolis, and Los Angeles. 

Imen’s modern Irish recipes have been featured in The New York Times, The Irish Times, The Sunday Times (UK) The Los Angeles Times, Saveur Magazine and more. Her first book, The Farmette Cookbook, Recipes and Adventures from my Life on an Irish Farm was published to international distribution by Roost Books & Penguin Random House, March 2016. 

Cliodhna Prendergast

Cliodhna Prendergast is a professional chef, writer, and producer living and working on the west coast of Ireland with her husband and three children. She started her career in the kitchens of her family's country house hotel in Connemara. She continued working in many great Irish kitchens and went on to study at Ballymaloe Cookery school before taking over as head chef in Delphi Lodge for 11 years, when there was named best chef in Connaught by Food and Wine Magazine.

Cliodhna is an avid gatherer of wild food, a writer/food photographer for the Sunday Times (Ireland) and other publications, and is the producer and host of Breaking Eggs thirty beautifully filmed programmes to encourage parents to cook with their children. 

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ABOUT us

about


ABOUT us

Lens & Larder collaborates with world-class photographers, stylists and writers who serve as gentle tutors during each learning retreat. 

Each workshop is individually tailored, some teach informally with a hands-on in the field approach, and some will have structured master classes and demonstrations; most will have both of these elements. You will get a chance to spend one-on-one time with your mentor and get to know them outside of the workshop as well.

Lens & Larder is an extraordinary journey of visual storytelling, filled with teaching , creativity, adventures and fantastic opportunities to spend time with interesting and like-minded people while experiencing the terroir and culture of the destination at hand.

We make an effort to seek out exceptional places to stay and learn in Ireland and abroad - castles, country guesthouses, grand estates, farmsteads, boutique hotels, and more.

Join us on our next Lens & Larder retreat.

Some of our past instructors include:   Beth Kirby, Local Milk   |   Marte Marie Forsberg   |   Susan Spungen |   Gentl & Hyers

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