5 Glossy Things To Do This Weekend

Signing up for COOKERY CLASSES, a wardrobe clear out with TK MAXX and an ITALIAN WINE TASTING at Dollard & Co, find out what we’re planning this weekend …

WHO: We’re in prime evening class season and if you haven’t signed up for one may I recommend Alix Gardner’s Cookery School? Held in the relaxed environment of Alix’s lovely home kitchen, evening classes start with a demonstration before some hands-on practice. The evening I attended we made sticky Korean chicken with an Asian salad and whipped up a dairy-free Chocolate fudge cake … all in the space of two hours. There were plenty of take home tips as well as recipes which I’ve since used. Having participated in several cookery evening classes I found Alix’s engaging, effortless and entertaining. She covers menus with Asian influences, vegan, bowl food, cakes and dessert treats which means you’ll be equipped for the (dinner) party season. Priced at €280 per person, classes are for four nights (once a week for four weeks) for a maximum of eight students, so they’re a fun way to get together with friends or colleagues. Ingredients are supplied and, better still, you also get to take home your culinary triumphs. Gardner’s Cookery School at 71 Waterloo Road, Dublin 4. www.dublincookery.com.

WHY: I’m clearing the clutter at home this weekend and hoping to take a bag of clothes and accessories along to my local TK Maxx. It’s the perfect way to make some space and also support a good cause. TK Maxx’s “Give Up Clothes For Good” campaign supports Enable Ireland, raising funds for children and young people’s disability services in Ireland.  Now in its eleventh year, Give Up Clothes For Good is one of Ireland’s longest running clothing donation campaigns, with each bag delivered worth up to €20 for Enable Ireland. Jodie Kidd is just one of the celebrities supporting the cause and I can attest she is down-to-earth, incredibly tall (!) and a worthy face for this admirable campaign, having met her earlier this week. www.tkmaxx.ie.

WHAT: To Dollard & Co. where they are running a wine month, every Thursday until October 11 with complimentary tastings of featured wines. This Thursday the focus is on Italian wines (my favourite!) supplied by Italicatessen – A&G Folonari Baby Super Tuscan Sauvignon Blanc, A&G Folonari Baby Super Tuscan Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot and Speri Valpolicella Classico DOC will be profiled. Tastings on Thursday 20 run between 4-8pm and on Saturday 22 from 1-5pm. www.dollardandco.ie.

WHERE: I can’t wait to visit the new spa at Osprey Hotel in Naas, designed by architect Hugh Wallace of Douglas Wallace Architects. He has created an urban sanctuary using natural materials to bring the outside in. Set over three floors, the spa comprises a thermal suite, dry floatation bed, double and single seaweed baths, Rasul chamber, and a salt grotto. Two relaxation rooms are conducive to a post-treatment snooze and refreshment. As for treatments the signature “Osprey Revive & Harmonise” (90 minutes from €120) starts with a peppermint foot soak followed by a dry body brush and a body massage. Guests will also enjoy a Voya express facial and hot oil scalp massage. The treatment ends with a deep soak in a detoxifying seaweed bath. To book call (045) 881111 or see www.ospreyspa.ie.

WHO: On Saturday September 22 I’m looking forward to “Speeches of Note: A Celebration of the Old, New and Unspoken,” compiled by Shaun Usher at the Pavilion Theatre Dun Laoghaire at 8pm. Usher is the author of the bestselling book Letters of Note and is curating a rich collection of speeches including Tilda Swinton’s tribute to David Bowie, Nelson Mandela’s speech on becoming President, and secret drafts of speeches prepared for President Nixon should Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong become stranded on the moon. www.paviliontheatre.ie.

Penny McCormick

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