Blathnaid Bergin | Litfest A Food and Drinks Literacy Festival at Ballymaloe
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Blathnaid Bergin, graduate of Shannon College of Hotel Management, grew up in a General Merchants Business which encompassed a Public House, Grocery, Service Station, Undertakers, Post Office, and Agricultural Service to farmers. Blathnaid went on the study Hotel Management at Shannon College of Hotel Management, graduating with honours. Blathnaid then worked in the UK and Ireland in management roles in the industry and took one important year out to learn from Myrtle Allen in the kitchens at Ballymaloe House.
 
Blathnaid ran her own catering business and cookery school from 1984- 1998, catering for events ranging from christenings to weddings in venues as diverse as hunting lodges to fields.
 
Blathnaid undertook a Masters Degree in Hospitality Management in 2002 and followed this with professional qualifications in Adult Learning , Conflict Resolution and Mindfulness Based Interventions, all of which are channelled into her work with businesses.
 
Blathnaid has been assisting restaurants, hotels, public houses, coffee shops and cafes with opening and improving the efficiencies of their businesses for several decades. In 2010, Blathnaid launched the Business of Food Courses.
 
Having witnessed at first hand the mistakes people make time after time while setting up in the food service sector; Blathnaid developed a range of short, focused, practical courses aimed at saving time, money, heartache and financial misery. The Business of Food Courses focus on getting the business part of food right, so that the business is a successful financial enterprise.
 
The courses have already attracted students from all over the world, some of whom have gone on to open successful food service businesses.
 
Blathnaid has worked with, and continues to work with many new and developing businesses across the food service sector and is proud to be the preferred provider of Business Learning at the Ballymaloe Cookery School. Blathnaid has delivered Business of Food Courses to the members of the Vintners Federation of Ireland in 2016 and both VFI & the Restaurants Association of Ireland in 2017.
 
Years at Litfest: 2017
Type: regular

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Litfest - A Food and Drinks Literacy Festival at Ballymaloe is a weekend filled with fascinating facts, inspirational stories, intriguing discussions, incredible knowledge, fantastic music, fabulous dancing and of course, delicious food and drinks.
 
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