Project: Voices around the Table

In 2018, with funding from Healthy Ireland, Ruth Hegarty with collaborator Jamie Gorman, facilitated a series of workshops with community groups around Galway city and county to explore people’s interactions with, and the impacts of, food in their daily lives. The workshops examined people’s perceptions and experiences of food and their own diets through the lenses of health, access and culture. The workshop series aimed to bring in voices that are not normally heard from when it comes to conversations around food and food policy. Ruth and Jamie authored a report from the workshop intended to inform potential future food policy for Galway.

Voices around the Table
  • Consultancy & Mentoring

    I’ve been very lucky to work with Ruth in several capacities. Since our early interactions in creating Chef Network, it has been a pleasure and reassuring to work with someone who not only understands our industry but how policy and the right direction can affect change. Over the years we have worked together on Chef Network, Food on the Edge and numerous industry events and projects, and her professionalism, presentation, skills and work ethic are both admirable and inspirational.

    Mark Anderson, Culinary Director, Gather&Gather
    Chef Network, Food on the Edge
    Mark Anderson, Culinary Director, Gather&Gather
  • Content & Writing

    Ruth Hegarty is the authority on food and food policy in Ireland. She is my go-to when looking for independent, insightful commentary on all matters of food related. I brought Ruth on board as a columnist during my tenure as Editor of Hotel & Catering Review magazine and was delighted to commission her again as Editor of 25, the magazine for the global speciality coffee industry when she penned an incisive article on geographical indications for food in Europe. Ruth and I have collaborated on a number of projects for the media, public sector and industry associations over the last decade and I always find her a joy to work with. She has an innate understanding of what it takes to produce good food, from policy-level, through production and into foodservice, and she is well-positioned to provide astute guidance and commentary on all aspects of the food chain. In short, no one knows or understands food more than Ruth.

    Sarah Grennan, Crimson Communications
    Industry commentary/content writing/various collaborations
    Sarah Grennan, Crimson Communications
  • Facilitation & Moderating

    I first met Ruth Hegarty when she was facilitating the "Future Proofing Food Service" event in Bord Bia's Thinking House.  The event focused on eradicating plastics in the kitchen, sustainability and efficiency in the kitchen.   She was extremely knowledgeable about a diverse range of subjects affecting the industry. As a result, we were delighted she was available to facilitate our own "Conscious Cafe" event which included presentations and panel discussions covering food and packaging waste along with addressing the new single-use plastics directive.  Ruth knew exactly how to steer the conversations so that the audience was able to learn about their particular concerns in an industry with many challenges.  We are thrilled that Ruth will be facilitating future events with the Conscious Cup Campaign and the Regional Waste Offices.

    Sorcha Kavanagh, Co-ordinator, Conscious Cup Campaign
    Conscious Cup Campaign/Regional Waste Offices – Conscious Café Seminars, Facilitation/Moderating
    Sorcha Kavanagh, Co-ordinator, Conscious Cup Campaign
  • Business & Strategy Development

    We recently needed help developing a business plan for our business and Ruth from egg&chicken was recommended to us. Ruth was so easy to work with and we were so happy with the finished product even though we had a tight deadline. It really is an exceptional piece of work, the level of thought and detail is brilliant. We only had to explain once to Ruth what we wanted and she really came up trumps for us, keeping us updated at all times on her progress. We have two more similar projects to do later in the year and Ruth will definitely be doing them.

    Micheal Keating – Owner of Natural Milk Company
    Natural Milk Company - Business Plan
    Micheal Keating - Owner of Natural Milk Company
  • Business & Strategy Development

    I have always found Ruth to be incredibly helpful and while our product is quite a niche she always seemed to know exactly what we wanted from it. She was able to take all of our ideas on board and expand upon them in a unique and creative manner. On top of that, we only have the height of praise for Ruth, she’s a lovely person.

    Breda Butler, owner, Cuinneog
    Business & Product Development, Customer Relationship Management
    Breda Butler, owner, Cuinneog
  • Facilitation & Moderating

    Having worked alongside Ruth on various projects for the past 8 years I cannot speak highly enough about her. The Irish Food Scene is definitely a better place with Ruth involved in it. I have had the pleasure of working with Ruth through her work Euro-toques and Chef Network and have had assistance from egg&chicken on the Athlone River and Food Festival. I have always found Ruth to be utterly professional, always friendly, amazingly efficient and extremely thorough. Every project that I have witnessed Ruth involved with has always been a huge success. Ruth will always add value to anything that she gets involved with.

    John Coffey, Proprietor Thyme Restaurant/ Committee member, Athlone River & Food Festival
    Athlone River & Food Festival - Facilitation & Strategy Development
    John Coffey, Proprietor Thyme Restaurant/ Committee member, Athlone River & Food Festival
  • Business & Strategy Development

    Ruth Hegarty is one of the unsung heroes of Irish food. She has been instrumental in helping Food on the Edge to flourish and securing Irish food a place on the world stage. Her skills at communicating and networking show true leadership.

    JP McMahon, Chef & Symposium Director, Food on the Edge
    Food on the Edge Management Team, Moderator, Funding Manager
    JP McMahon, Chef & Symposium Director, Food on the Edge
  • Business & Strategy Development

    We have worked with Ruth for the past decade, from the start of our business to today Ruth has been with us all the way. Her market insights and network of contacts was essential for us at the beginning.  As we grow Ruth's ability to spot true market trends and guide us in the right direction has been essential to our growth.

    The Friendly Farmer
    Feasibility Study, Business Development
    The Friendly Farmer
  • Business & Strategy Development

    The advice Ruth gives is always 100% spot on. Her genuine nature and sincerity is her hallmark. She was so helpful and easy to get along with that it made the project both enjoyable and satisfying.

    Martina Calvey, Achill Mountain Lamb
    Achill Mountain Lamb - Business Development/Customer Experience
    Martina Calvey, Achill Mountain Lamb
  • Consultancy & Mentoring

    Ruth is a superwoman! She gently puts your business into a higher gear and before you know it you are at a different level altogether. She is at the cutting edge of the food industry in Ireland and knows the industry so well that her advice and guidance is always spot on...she also knows the worldwide food trends. I highly recommend her as a business coach.

    Una Ní Bhroin, owner, Beechlawn Organics
    Beechlawn Organic Farm – Business Development
    Una Ní Bhroin, owner, Beechlawn Organics