Rituals of Plate is a food experience design studio focusing on slow food and embodied eating. Its founder is artist and designer, Steph Sheahan.
"I believe slowing down a naturally sensory daily activity like eating can greatly inspire a more embodied and joyful life here on earth. Rituals of Plate is a space to explore slowing down, deepening our connection with edible nature, and in turn, discovering our own true nature. Rituals of Plate finds its inspiration in longstanding food traditions performed by our ancestors in the past (fadó), while designing new ways to interact with food in a more meaningful, mindful, creative and embodied way."
Steph has warm memories of her childhood summers spent on the farm that her mother grew up on in county Laois and remembers feeling at peace in a sunny glasshouse de-shelling nuts in silence, enlivened while picking and munching on a fresh harvest of raspberries and scallions, and inspired while watching her grandmother bake milky soda bread and her aunt Biddy make jam from her blackcurrants. She feels connected to nature, her community and herself through food. And although she doesn’t live on a farm, she feels farming in her blood.
With a unique background in design, hospitality and horticulture and a passion for growing, cooking, art and performance, Steph is passionate about designing engaging food experiences that encourage slowing down and coming into our senses – so that we can savour food (and life!) more fully. This approach to food encompasses the full scope of the Slow Food Movement – honouring seasonal, local, organic and wild produce right the way up to the end; taking the time to cook mindfully, taste fully and truly nourish ourselves, our families and communities.
Steph is very interested in holistic forms of healing including the traditional yogic natural medicine of Ayurveda, as well as cooking in line with balancing the chakras. She finds her inspiration through travel, writing in creative cafes, collecting cookbooks, designing and experimenting in the kitchen.
Over the past two years, Steph has been cooking and facilitating at food experience events with Rituals of Plate. She currently facilitates mindful food experiences and teaches cookery on the new Food Experience and Whole Wellness retreats at the acclaimed Cliffs of Moher Retreat in Clare.
Steph is a talented designer, cook and teacher with an ability to make food experiences approachable and enjoyable. Her expertise lies in the union of design + food + meditation; transforming everyday food activities into mindful rituals so that we can interact with food in a more meaningful, creative and embodied way. Steph’s intention is to inspire consciousness and creativity through personal projects, collaborations, teaching and consultancy work. The intention for all projects (however hard at times!), is to place as much emphasis on the process as the output.