Eveleen Coyle devises and plans the Trails along with the great FFT team of guides and keeps abreast of all the new and exciting food developments in Dublin, Cork and across the country.
Following a long (and happy) career in book publishing working with some of the world’s leading international publishers
including Bloomsbury, Picador, Penguin, Oxford University Press and Macmillan,
Coyle founded Fab Food Trails in 2006. Her aim has always been to celebrate our local food
produce, reflecting the traditional and contemporary Irish table across the island of Ireland.
While all trails are food led, guests also delight in shared curiosities relating to Ireland’s
culture, history and architecture as they walk, chat, explore and taste the produce that has
become an inherent part of Ireland’s story.
Róisín Fallon’s curiosity about and passion for good food goes back to her childhood, her whole family were involved in the food industry. Róisín has worked as an advisor on many food projects, including Fallon & Byrne in Exchequer Street in Dublin and of course, on the Fab Food Tasting Trail.
Novelist Chris Binchy is a fully trained chef and was restaurant critic for The Sunday Tribune. Chris is published by Harper Collins and when not leading our Tasting Trails he spends his days working on his next book.
Dee Laffan is a freelance food writer and editor. She is a member of the Food Writers' Guild and Convivium Leader of Dublin's Slow Food Chapter. Formerly editor Easy Food magazine, she has written for The Irish Independent and Sunday Independent.
Born-and-bred Dubliner and dedicated lover of great food, Aoife worked front-of-house in some of the city’s best restaurants from her late teens to early thirties. Today she works as a freelance writer and editor specialising in food, wine and travel, as well as delivering lectures in journalism, workshops in food writing and of course food tours with our Dublin Tasting Trails. Aoife is the Chair of the Irish Food Writers’ Guild, general editor of a series of cookbooks from the Irish Countrywomen’s Association and a periodic blogger at holymackerel.ie.
Aoife McElwain is a food writer and eating enthusiast. Passionate about Irish produce, she loves exploring the stories behind the food. She writes about food for Totally Dublin, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times, and makes videos and writes recipes on her website www.forkful.tv. Find her on twitter and instagram @aoifeforkful.
Dubliner, Catherine Allen, a Ballymaloe-trained chef and food blogger is one of our Fabulous Food Trail guides. Following a number of years in the finance industry, she decided to follow her passion and is now pursuing a career in the culinary world – she hasn’t looked back! Find her on instagram or on her blog https://elbowsoffthetable.ie/.
Few people know the food scene in Dublin as well as Miceal. He is the creator of the wonderful takingaleaf, maker of fabulous feasts and taker of beautiful photographs and of course, a great guide. Miceal is a keen and knowledgeable forager.
Deirdre McQuillan Fashion Editor of The Irish Times, an award-winning travel writer, free lance feature writer and author of a number of cookbooks. Deirdre leads and advises on our Food & Fashion walks as well as guiding our regular Trails.
Dubliner Lorna Brown is a freelance journalist and copywriter. She worked in London during her twenties and returned to her home town and settled in Temple Bar. Food, fashion and art are her passions, and according to Lorna, Dublin is Europe’s best kept secret! Follow her blog www.ilovesaturday.ie.
Alice comes from another foodie part of the Coyle family. Recently graduated from UCC with a degree in architecture she knows every nook and cranny of the Munster capital and where the best, often hidden food spots are. Alice creates the most beautiful food maps – The Cork Food Mapping Project. See her work on alicecoyle.com
Joleen grew up in her family pub and restaurant Cronin’s of Crosshaven and is no stranger to the Cork food scene. She is a gifted freelance photographer with a keen interest in food and hospitality and is the author of the best selling photographic travel book Coast of Cork. Aside from food, Joleen’s speciality topic is red hair! She is the founder and event organiser of the Irish Redhead Convention, and annual whacky festival celebrating ginger loving madness.
An adopted Dubliner, Philippa grew up in her family tea rooms in Co. Wicklow so the hospitality industry is somewhat in her blood. She has worked in several different well known spots in Dublin and when she's not steaming milk or toasting sandwiches you'll find her hosting cheese events with her company Two Blind Mice. She is passionate about cheese and is so proud of the wonderful produce we have on this little island.
Noelle is a graduate of the world famous Ballymaloe Cookery School, a passionate gardener and cook. Along with her husband Adrian, they own and run the four star guesthouse, Glenwood House in Carrigaline, Co. Cork.Noelle hosts cooking classes for small groups and produces Glenwood Homemade jams, chutneys and sauces. She experiments with brewing country wines from foraging expeditions and garden produce, writes a weekly food column for the local newspapers and guides for Fab Food Trails
Limerick born Dubliner Bríd grew up in a busy country guest house and restaurant. She studied travel and tourism and went on to open the renowned restaurant Brioche in Ranelagh.
As well as guiding with Fab Food Trails, Bríd works in Event Management, personal styling and as a personal shopper all of which has given her in-depth knowledge of Dublin's food and fashion retail scene.
Sarah grew up in County Kerry in the countryside where her mother and grand mother gave her the love of all things food. Growing, baking, making and serving. Sarah loved watching Darina Allen on tv in the 80s and 90s, much to the confusion of her siblings, and as soon as she could she got a job in bars, cafes and restaurants. She traveled the world working, eating and learning about food and service from place to place but always returned to the food capital of Ireland-Cork! Sarah earned a degree in Hotel and Catering management at Cork Institute of Technology. Sarah spent 3 fabulous years under the watchful eye of the wonderful Kay Harte in the Farmgate Cafe in the English Market and now works in a newly opened Restaurant called the Spitjack and joined the Fab Food family in February!
Keelin is passionate about both food and her native place of Cork. She is Coordinator of Cork Food Policy Council. A keen food activist, she is learning how to grow stuff as part of an urban grassroots collective. Keelin has trained and worked as a Professional Chef and holds a Masters in Anthropology of Food from SOAS, University of London.
Stef returned home to Dublin after almost eight years living, working and travelling abroad. While away, she witnessed time and again the value of food, the importance of it both socially and culturally, and the joy that it can bring to our lives when shared with others. She is as interested in the people behind the food and their traditions, as she is in the eating of it and, as a guide with Fab Food Trails, she is delighted to be able to show people what exciting things Dublin has to offer.
Erica Drum was raised near the fishing village of Howth, Co Dublin. It is where she worked as a chef and restaurant manager influencing her passion for food, hospitality & tourism. She was raised by a family of food lovers and has always had a love for locally grown Irish produce cooked with a simplistic approach. Now living in the heart of Dublin city, Erica enjoys exploring and sampling the cities restaurants and cafes. Having recently become a private chef and tutor, she loves to welcome individuals & groups to her kitchen for cookery demonstrations and can be found on Instagram @ericadrum