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Christmas Gifts & Food

Our Gift and Food Guide for Nollaig 2020 is now available. You can download it from here or we’ve got printed copies at both Rua Delicatessen on Spencer Street and Cafe Rua on New Antrim Street.

Our Christmas Food can now be pre-ordered online.
We’re asking everyone to do this for any food collections for the 3 days in the run-up to Christmas, so that’s :

  • Tuesday 22nd
  • Wednesday 23rd
  • Thursday 24th December

We’re using a great new Irish website called Click & Collection to help facilitate this process. The site features all our Christmas essentials such as trifles, mince pies, roulades, red cabbage, pate, stuffing and much more. If you need to order food for collection on days before this (up to the 21st December)  you can just call us at Spencer Street on 094 9286072.

  

We’ve also got a selection of our Hampers and other gifts available for delivery in Ireland this year.

Our BOSCA NOLLAG for €50 is a perfect family gift box and is available to preorder and for shipping on three pre-selected dates in December.

Our BEST OF THE WEST HAMPER is available online this year. We’ve slightly amended the original and this version is without any perishable products. We can deliver it in Ireland – for €100 inclusive of delivery. Last day for shipping is 16th December.

As always, our GIFT VOUCHERS can also be bought online and we’ll post it out for you.

We also have some other great gifts available for delivery such as our Rua Shopping bags and reusable water bottles. You can see everything available for delivery here.

For lots more HAMPERS we are also offering a click and collect service this year.

Click here, and choose your hamper – we’ll have it ready for collection on your chosen date and time slot. If you don’t see what you’re looking for or want something particular,  you can always contact us on 094 9286072 and we’ll put together something to order. We can generally have most hampers ready with 24 hours notice.

We’ve also converted our upstairs cafe on Spencer Street into a Hamper and Gift Shop and filled it with lots of ready to go hampers as well as many Irish made gifts.

The Hamper shop opens from Tuesday, December 1st and will be open from 9am – 5pm.

At the time of writing, the entire restaurant industry is awaiting instruction and guidelines from the government on reopening in December. We hope to be open and operating an eat-in service at the original Cafe Rua on New Antrim street once clarification comes. Our Cafe on Spencer Street will function as an extended Hamper and gift shop and pick up point in the run-up to Christmas, and we hope to reopen here as a seated cafe immediately after Christmas. Please stay tuned for news on our social media.

We appreciate you for considering us for your gifts this year. Many of our gifts such as our chopping boards, food products and ‘Best of the West’ hampers are made by ourselves or come from local suppliers.

Your purchase directly supports local employment.

Go raibh maith agaibh. 

 

CAFÉ SKILLS PROGRAMME – EARN WHILE YOU LEARN

At Rua, we’re always on the lookout for people with heaps of energy and vitality, a deep caring for what they do and a genuine interest in good food.

This year, we’re offering a limited amount of positions in our front of house team that aren’t reliant on having any specific hospitality or restaurant experience. If your career or studies is at a crossroads or you’re thinking about taking time out, our 6-month CAFÉ SKILLS position might just be the opportunity for you.

This fully paid position will allow you to develop your skills and earn some money while you contemplate your next steps in life…

As well as getting to work with a fantastic team, Our training programme also includes:

  • Full and certified BARISTA training with our local and award-winning coffee roastery BEAN WEST COFFEE
  • Full service and hospitality/service skills programme in conjunction with SABOC training company
  • Other training essentials such as manual handling, Food safety programme with FOOD FLOW training company
  • Over the 6 month programme, there will be a number of site visits to local producers and training with other specialists in food, wine and hospitality service

So, if you’re thinking about a career in the food industry, looking to further develop your own talents, or taking a year out and looking to add to your own skillset, this is could be a great opportunity for you.

For more information about joining us, please contact us with your name, contact details and your current CV by latest Friday, October 2nd when applications close to jobs@caferua.com or give us a call on 0949286072.

Please note for our to be considered for our Cafe Skills position you must…

  • be over 18 years of age
  • be available for full-time employment from October 5th 2020 for a minimum period of 6 months
  • be available to work 5 days over 6, including some Saturdays
  • have fluent English
  • have a genuine interest in food.
  • be legally able to work in Ireland
 

The Mayo Ingredient….and Street Food Festival

Drawing it’s inspiration from our county’s larder, we’re running two cookery demos over the month of June entitles ‘The Mayo Ingredient’.

Both demos will include recipes featuring wonderful local produce from the likes of Velvet Cloud (yogurt and cheese), Achill Sea Salt, Gerry Hasset’s smoked fish, Kelly’s puddings, vegetables from Glasraí, eggs from Claremorris and much more.

At the first of the demos on Wednesday June 5th, we’ll be visited by Breda from Cuinneog Dairy and making some fruit soda bread, ice cream and a salad dressing using their wonderful buttermilk.

At our demo on Tuesday 18th, we will be joined by Fiontann from Wildwood Vinegars, and very much look forward to sampling some of his amazing bottled wild flavours.

This latter demo is a fundraiser for the ‘Mayo Street Food Festival’, a wonderful one day event and gathering of local restaurants and producers to be held this year at Bridge Lane, Castlebar on Sunday, September 8th. In the lead up to the big day, the county town’s leading food and drink ambassadors are teaming up to host a series of exciting food events to raise much-needed funds for the festival. Events on the food series calendar between now and September will include this food demo but also foraging, a wine evening, food quiz, comedy bingo, and more yet to be announced. If you or your company would like to get involved and support the Mayo food scene by becoming a festival or event sponsor, please get in touch by emailing mayo.street.food.fest@gmail.com.

Both of our demo evenings include supper, a glass of wine and notes from the demonstration. Limited tickets priced at €35 must be bought in advance for each evening are available by calling our delicatessen on 094 9286072. Demo starts at 7.30 pm.

Our demo on the 18th is a fundraiser for Mayo Street Food Festival, which takes place in Castlebar on Sunday 8th September.

 

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