The FoodSmart City concept promotes sustainable seafood by connecting academia, the business and the general public, primarily through working with the project’s partners. Our selection of partners reflects this need to work with the food industry and an NGO.
We chose ECO-UNESCO as our NGO partner, because they are Ireland's Environmental Education and Youth Organisation aiming to conserve the environment and empower young people. Not only is ECO-UNESCO affiliated to the World Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centres and Associations (WFUCA), they also have a huge national network of schools with bright students motivated to understand, improve and protect the environment around us.
Connecting with and working alongside ECO-UNESCO gives Food Smart Dublin the great opportunity to reach out to the most important community - our youth, agents of change who will probably be most affected by the way we treat our environment today. With this collaboration we maximise our outreach impact and enable knowledge production and transfer with the next generation to promote sustainable living. Climate justice is increasingly becoming integral to the agency of young people and Food Smart Dublin supports this.
ECO-UNESCO employes highly experienced experts in developing and running interactive, bespoke workshops for and with Ireland’s Youth having established a unique connection with our next generation citizens. Five workshops in close collaboration with ECO-UNESCO are a key part of Food Smart Dublin. Moreover, a questionnaire directed at the students will form a key part of the surveys on responds to the processes of sourcing and developing seafood menus.
Find out more about ECO-UNESCO here.Visit the ECO-UNESCO website here
We chose Niall Sabongi as our food industry partner as he is truly passionate about local and sustainable seafood. This passion was sparked in his childhood growing up at the shores of Dublin Bay raking for cockles, picking mussels and catching mackerel. With this ‘second nature’ to eat whatever fresh seafood was available around him and being born into a family with a strong gastronomic background he became an outstanding chef (Failte Ireland Food Champion in 2016 and many other awards) with a mission - “to remind the Irish people that we are an island nation, surrounded by seas and amazing seafood”.
Now, Niall is the proud owner of three very popular seafood restaurants, Klaw, Poké and the Seafood Cafe all located in the heart of Dublin City Centre. His eateries are ‘casual and accessible’ caring primarily about local, fresh and tasty seafood. Niall is a creative visionary committed to sustainability and his own quest to source the best fresh fish led him to establish a wholesale business, Sustainable Seafood Ireland. This unique position enables him to know exactly where each shellfish and fish was sourced – right down to what boat caught it, and when. A true people person, and with his interest in Irish food culture, Niall is a charismatic and very popular speaker at food festivals nationwide.
Niall Sabongi’s restaurants and his skills are central to the project’s work of assessing consumer responses to innovative seafood meals.
Niall's role on the project will primarily be to create innovative and appetising dishes inspired by historic recipes and forgotten cuisines.
Find our more about Niall Sabongi here and check out his finger licking seafood dishes.Visit Niall's website here