The Family Behind Ireland’s Artisanal-Food Renaissance

March 30, 2015 4:03 PM

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The Family Behind Ireland’s Artisanal-Food Renaissance

Myrtle Allen, the 91-year-old matriarch behind Ballymaloe House—a restaurant, inn and cookery school founded in 1964—has transformed ‘fine Irish cuisine’ from a punch line into a bona fide culinary movement

DESPITE RAIN falling in buckets on the Irish countryside for the better part of a week and a howling wind from the Celtic Sea littering debris on County Cork’s winding roads, the dining room at Ballymaloe House is full. Tonight, as on most nights, matriarch Myrtle Allen welcomes guests and presides ...

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