Forest to Sea Odyssey

29 Jan 2016


I am delighted to present Mimi and Oddur Thorisson of A Kitchen in France and the blog Manger as the hosts of our next Lens & Larder workshop in the wilds of Connemara at the stunning Ballynahinch Castle Hotel & Estate, February 23-26th, 2016.


Under the guidance and energy of Mimi & Oddur’s unique perspective and casual elegance, we will collect indigenous ingredients from the land and sea to create recipes, which participants will use to craft their own visual story and discover an exciting translation of food through the lens. Over the course of three nights and two days we will engage in the most tactile way with our ingredients foraging the shore and estate while enjoying the relaxed luxury and friendly atmosphere of Ballynahinch Castle.

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Included:  3 nights luxury accommodation, 1 welcome reception with oysters and Stout, 3 full Irish breakfasts; 2 lunches; 3 dinners including wine and cocktails; all food with a focus on locally sourced, artisan ingredients (vegetarian options will be catered for).

Excluded: Travel to Ireland and transportation to Ballynahinch Castle; Travel insurance; Extras

Cost: USD $2440 USD– EUR €2250 per person sharing dual occupancy. If you prefer a private room, the tuition will be USD $2650 – EUR €2450.  An 80% non-refundable deposit will be required to secure your spot. Final 20% Payment will be due upon arrival at Ballynahinch Castle.

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Due to timing logistics, there will be absolutely no refunds for this workshop. Please make sure you can attend before securing a space for the retreat. We strongly recommend that you to take travel insurance. Owning an SLR camera is preferable.

Please email: to register your interest.


Mimi Thorisson is the author of Manger, a blog devoted to French cooking that was named “Saveur’s Best Regional Food Blog” in April 2013. Her best-selling cookbook, ‘A Kitchen in France’, published by Clarkson Potter in October 2014, has been translated in Germany, France, Italy, China, Taiwan, Holland and Poland. After a career in television and having lived in Hong Kong, London, Singapore, Reykjavik and Paris, she settled with her photographer husband, Oddur, their 7 children and 10 dogs in the Médoc, South of France. She is the star of Canal+ cooking shows “La Table de Mimi” and “Les desserts de Mimi” in France. Her new upcoming cookbook, “French Country Cooking” will be published in October 2016 with Clarkson Potter.

Oddur Thorisson is an Icelandic photographer. He started his career as an art director and worked his way into photography often combining the two. He has worked for countless companies and organisations and been involved in various magazines and publishing projects like Condé Nast Traveler, Elle, Vogue, Bon Appétit, Wall Street Journal, Food and Wine to name a few. He lives with his wife Mimi, 7 children and 10 dogs in the Médoc, South of France.

Back soon with book recipients announcement and a spring recipe!

Slan Abhaile,


Images by Oddur Thorisson. Ballynahinch Castle photo by yours truly.


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6 Responses to “Forest to Sea Odyssey”

  1. Nora says:

    Hi Imen, I’m a long time admirer of your blog, lovely photography and recipes! I’m a fan of Mimi’s too and am looking forward to some pics from this collaboration 🙂 sounds great!

  2. Cara O'Sullivan says:

    What is that dish that has the green cabbage leaf (I am assuming that is what it is) for covering? I have never seen anything like that. It looks exquisite.

  3. What an exciting collaboration with Mimi, Oddur, and you! I look forward to the posts. Debra xx

  4. // Heidrun says:

    Oh, what a pleasure. I’m a Great Fan of Mimi Thorisson! I know her blogsite of enjoyed Each post.

  5. Krista says:

    What an incredible wonderful time this will be. 🙂 I’d join in a heart beat if I could. Maybe next year will be my year. 🙂

  6. Miranda says:

    Oh this is a dream workshop for sure!!

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