Pictured at the announcement are Alex Petit, Group Executive Chef, Trigon Hotels; Elaine Murphy, Communications and Fundraising Manager, Cope Foundation; Pierce Lowney, Director of Food & Beverage, Trigon Hotels; Sandra Murphy, group event creation and production manager with Trigon Hotel along with Ger Whealey and Troy O'Sullivan, who are supported by Cope Foundation. Photo: Brian Lougheed

Enjoy a divine dinner and help Cope Foundation

Trigon Hotels is to celebrate its ongoing partnership with Cope Foundation at a gala event where guests can sample local and artisan dishes created by Trigon chefs.

The Garden Table is a fundraising dinner taking place at the Beech Hill Garden Centre in Montenotte on the evening of 24 August.

Cope Foundation is a not-for-profit voluntary organisation supporting over 2,000 children and adults with an intellectual disability and/or autism throughout Cork. Through its charity partnership, Trigon Hotels has supported the group in a wide range of fundraising initiatives.

The Garden Table dinner promises to be a top class culinary event, where people supported by Cope along with team members of Trigon Hotels will come together for an evening of camaraderie and shared purpose.

Guests will be welcomed with a selection of refreshments, including prosecco and non-alcoholic mint and cucumber cordial. Attendees will then be treated to a meal showcasing a wide array of culinary offerings under the creative guidance of Trigon Hotels Group Executive Chef Alex Petit. Each dish will incorporate freshly harvested fruit and vegetables from Cope Foundation’s sensory garden, a collaborative project established by the charity in Montenotte in 2021 with the support of Trigon Hotels.

The menu at The Garden Table will include starters with a sharing board of local artisan food, Irish produced meat and fish plates, and a range of desserts to choose from such as masala chai crème brûlée and raspberry tartlet, West Cork strawberries and lemon verbena financier, chili and cocoa profiteroles, and salted caramel and chocolate fudge.

Kathleen Linehan, Strategic Director of HR Trigon Hotels said: “We are honoured to join hands with Cope Foundation for what promises to be a really special evening. The Garden Table is not just a fundraising dinner; it is a testament to our shared values of diversity, inclusion, and environmental responsibility.

“I believe that when we collaborate, we can create a positive and lasting impact on our community, fostering a brighter and more inclusive future. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all partners and supporters for their unwavering dedication to this shared vision. The funds raised during the event will further ensure that projects such as the Cope Foundation sensory garden continue to flourish.”

Sean Abbott, Chief Executive Officer, Cope Foundation said; “This event is a great way to showcase and highlight our longstanding partnership with Trigon Hotel Group. Over the years, people we support have gained employment and work experience through Cope Foundation’s Ability@Work Programme in Trigon Hotels.

“Together, we have developed a sensory garden which brings a great sense of joy to Cope Foundation and it helps Trigon Hotels with their sustainability efforts. They have used their time and expertise to create a really special and unique dining experience in The Garden Table, all while raising much needed funds in aid of Cope Foundation.

“These funds will allow us to continue providing invaluable services to people with an intellectual disability/and or autism across Cork. We are really looking forward to an evening of fun, delicious food and celebration.”

The event takes place at Beech Hill Garden Centre, Montenotte on Thursday 24 August from 6pm - 9.30pm. Tickets are available on Eventbrite.