Beano & Ginger Catering Co. delivers food from the heart

Posted on: 9th March, 2018

Category: Food & Wine

Contributor: West Cork People

Tasty, healthy, delivered – that’s the tagline of Beano & Ginger, West Cork’s newest catering venture. The women behind this growing success are Beibhinn Kelly and Esther Whelband, both from a background in catering and hospitality. Beibhinn and Esther’s passion for tasty wholesome food and wanting to make it accessible to health-conscious food lovers in West Cork, is what brought this duo together.

The Beano & Ginger Catering Co. is based at the GAA Complex in Ahamilla, Clonakilty where they run a daily lunch delivery service to businesses in Clonakilty; it is an ideal location to have lunch and take a walk on the track, as there is a pick up option for everyone at 12pm daily. In addition, they also offer event catering and have bookings building up nicely for upcoming communions, confirmations and other events.

Their catering menus include hot food options such as cottage pie, lasagne and garlic bread, chicken casserole or beef stew, chicken korma and a selection of other curry dishes. There is also an extensive quiche and salad menu. Additional options include cheese and meat boards, dips, meal-size speciality salads, platters of sandwiches and wraps and homemade soup with a selection of breads. Eaton Mess, lemon meringue pie and chocolate fudge cake are just a few of the sweet options available.

Esther Whelband and Beibhinn Kelly of Beano & Ginger, West Cork’s newest catering venture.

Beano & Ginger’s lunch sandwiches are made with Arbutus breads, generously filled and prepared fresh to order using quality ingredients. There are also a selection of salads including The Tuna with wholemeal pasta, tuna, rocket, cucumber, red onion, salted peanuts, apple, parmesan and a honey and citrus olive oil dressing; The Granny, a mix of butterhead lettuce, home cooked ham, free range egg, tomato, cucumber, beetroot, mayo, smoked paprika and chopped chives (can be ordered with two eggs and no ham for vegetarian option; or the Chopped Power Salad, egg frittatas on a bed of crispy lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, peppers, red onions, parsley, olives, feta and bacon, all chopped and combined to make a delicious fresh and nutritious salad served with a ramekin of a light citrus and olive oil dressing (can be ordered with extra frittata instead of bacon for a vegetarian option).

Daily specials might include a roast pepper and carrot soup with cinnamon (not to be missed), a delicious falafel wrap, a carmelised pear and blue cheese salad, a cottage Pie with soft Champ Mash, or carrot noodles with prawn, chicken or tofu – yum! For those with a sweet tooth at lunchtime, there are chocolate brownies, with other options under discussion! All of their delicious fare arrives with their trademark ‘heart’ stamped on the packaging.

Conscious of reducing plastics, Beibhinn and Esther are hoping to become completely plastic-free in their packaging, a process that is already being phased in.

Beano & Ginger have many exciting plans for this fledgling catering company, including bringing their quality produce to some of the great food markets we have here in West Cork. It is with excitement that they are developing their plans whilst continuing to serve delicious lunches every week day to all of the businesses in Clonakilty and carrying out quality catering for events.

You can check out Beano & Ginger’s catering menus online at For daily lunch specials follow on facebook and Instagram or get in touch and ask to be put on their ever growing daily email list.

If you would like to order Beano & Gingers delicious lunch options

please email your order to before 10.15am, Monday-Friday. Alternatively call Beibhinn 086 890 3537 or Esther on 087 752 0339.

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This Saturday the 10th March, will see some magically curious activity as local Bandon national schools compete in a Wizarding Harry Potter Quiz. The prize will be the beautiful Bandon Banshee Perpetual Cup.

As any Harry Potter enthusiast knows, Bandon has the unique honour of having a character named after the town. The Bandon Banshee, was referred to as the nemesis of Gilderoy Lockhart in the Chamber of Secrets. The book grossed €60 million in sales and was the 7th highest earning film of all time.

Locals, looking to enhance the town for young people, saw the quiz as an ideal way promote the connection. The universally absorbing book series brings young readers on a huge adventure of magic, adversity and triumph. It is also an exploration of loyalty and friendship, good and evil – so it is not only popular way to engage young people, it is a hugely positive connection.

Zoe Tennyson, one of the organisers said they were delighted with the response from schools who ran a qualifying quiz as part of World Book Day. On Saturday Bandon Town Hall will be transformed into Hogwarts Great Hall, with proceeds going Bandon Playground Group, and to cover costs of the event.

Bandon Books will be rewarding the winning team with vouchers to each of the five members. The Bandon Banshee, or Bean-sidhe na Bandaan Perpetual Cup will be hotly contested – but which school will the Banshee go to??

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