August 16-19, 2018

August 16-19, 2018

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Celtic Kitchen

Celtic Kitchen Irish Fest

Food stories are an important part of any culture. In Ireland, it's not all about the potato! Unless it's a boxty, and then it's quite a bit about the potato. Guest Chef, Padraic Og Gallagher, of Gallagher's Boxty House in Dublin, is a recognized expert on the potato. His restaurant puts the humble spud in the spotlight with three traditional versions of the potato pankcake from the border counties of Leitrim, Cavan and Fermanagh.

Don't miss the entertainment, education and tastings of traditional and modern Irish and Celtic cuisine at the Celtic Kitchen. Local and international chefs share recipes and stories in engaging, interactive demonstrations.

Meet the Chefs

Click each name to learn about our 2017 featured chefs and their restaurants.

Padraic Og Gallagher

Boxty House  Irish Fest

Padraic Og Gallagher, chef and restaurateur is the face behind the newly rebranded Gallagher's Boxty House. The iconic eatery in the heart of Temple Bar is over 25 years in business and thanks to Padraic Og's vision, is going strong. From Mohill, County Leitrim, Gallagher developed a love of food through his parents pub and farm. He studied culinary arts and wrote his thesis on the "Origins and Peculiarities of Boxy." Gallagher's Boxty House opened its doors on February 20th, 1989. Loved by tourists and Irish alike, Gallagher has a special relationship with artisan producers and has a deep understanding and passion for natural ingredients, bringing the best of Irish to the table. His enthusiasm for the potato will bring you an authentic Irish Cuisine experience. 

President of the Restaurant Association of Ireland, a regular at food festivals through Ireland and internationally, nominated Failte Ireland Food Ambassador for Dublin, and involved with the Urban Farm Rooftop market garden, Gallagher is passionate about the Irish culture and native home cooking, quite simply, he is a well known master in his field.

JP Toske

JP Toske is a part of the St. Paul Fish Company, which was founded in 2005, and is located within the Milwaukee Public Market, in the Third Ward. St. Paul Fish provides the best, top-notch fish and seafood in the Milwaukee area at prices that can't be beat. Through their commitment, experience and expertise, St. Paul Fish is establishing business relationships with their customers that will last a lifetime.

Paul Ward

Paul Ward was born in County Clare in 1977 and spent the early years of his life in Kilkenny, and then Co. Limerick before emigrating to US in 1994.

Paul graduated with a BFA from MIAD in 2001 and began working at County Clare Irish Inn and Pub, where he fell in love with bar tending and worked his way into management. He was awarded the best Guinness pour in the state by Fergal Murry, Master Brewer at St. James' Gate Guinness Brewery in Dublin in 2010 and 2013. He took second place the third time the award was offered behind good friend and protégée, Blake Johnson, County Clare bar manager.

Paul is currently general manager at Fuel Cafe in Walker's Point. 

Paul is no stranger to Irish Fest! He won the Irish Fest poster competition in 1999 and his artwork was featured in the Cultural Tent as part of a County Clare showcase.

Interested in sharing your Celtic or Irish food story? Are you a chef or restaurant interested in participating at Irish Fest at our Celtic Kitchen? Contact Cynthia here.

2017 Recipes from Padraic Og Gallagher - The Boxty House


Boxty Bread 
Boxty Dumplings
Boxty Pancake
Buttermilk Pudding
Carrot Puree
Chocolate Sauce
Corned Beef
Goats Cheese Cream
Mixed Berries
Parsley Sauce
Pink Peppercorn Sauce
Potato Rosti

2016 Celtic Kitchen Photos


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