“Chef Takeover” for Charity Cancer Fundraiser in The Bookshelf at the Elysian

Gastro Evening at The Bookshelf at the Elysian, in aid of the “Make Room For ARC” Project in aid of Cork ARC Cancer Support House

Pictured l/r: Paul O'Carroll, Owner, The Bookshelf at the Elysian, Joanne McCarthy, Marketing/Communications Manager, Cork ARC Cancer Support House, Monika Gieroszka, Manager, The Bookshelf at the Elysian and Rob Slowiaczek, Head Chef, The Bookshelf at the Elysian.


Thursday July 18th will see up to 100 guests attend an exciting dining experience at The Bookshelf at the Elysian Cork. The event is being held to raise funds for Cork ARC Cancer Support House.


The Head Chef on the night will be Rob Slowiaczek – the partner of Monika Gieroszka who is currently suffering from Breast Cancer. Monika is Manager at The Bookshelf at the Elysian and her team want to get behind her 100% and do whatever they can to support her through this challenging time.


The Bookshelf at the Elysian team, led by Rob, are aiming to raise €2,000 on the night which will go to one of the worthiest causes in Cork. Cork ARC provides a holistic centre in which people with cancer and their families can find emotional support, practical help and trust. Since Cork ARC opened their doors in 2003, they have supported thousands of families throughout Cork and the wider Munster region, through their drop-in centres, telephone support services, all available free of charge for cancer patients, their families and carers. Other services include counselling, therapeutic massage & reflexology, a dedicated Breast Cancer Nurse Counsellor and a wide range of group programmes, information and educational sessions. Cork ARC's services, complementary to the medical model, have been proven to have a positive effect on clinical outcomes, and provide a range of essential supports not only to cancer sufferers but also to their families.


Speaking ahead of the event Rob Slowiaczek,

We want to show our appreciation for local cancer support services through this fundraiser for Cork Arc by showcasing the quality of Eastern European food, to the people of Cork on a special night. Cork Arc have been a fantastic support for Monika and we just want to pay a small tribute to that work and to say thank you in the best way we know how.


Professor Seamus O'Reilly, Co-chairperson of Cork ARC says,

"We are thrilled to see that The Bookshelf at the Elysian are getting behind our #Room4ARC campaign. Since 2003, Cork ARC has been there to help people at the most vulnerable time of their lives, delivering free, non-clinical services that have been proven to have a positive effect on clinical outcomes, and providing a range of essential supports not only to cancer sufferers but also to their families. In 2019, these services are needed more than ever - since the first centre was developed, cancer has increased in Ireland by 7% per year. We’ve now outgrown the physical infrastructure of our current building. Sarsfield House will provide a more 21st-century appropriate infrastructure so we can better deliver the services that we know will have an impact on the lives of people with cancer - that is our mission. We are delighted to witness the groundswell of support in Cork for #Room4ARC and wish The Bookshelf at the Elysian the very best of luck with their Chef Takeover event."


On the night:

  • Rob will tailor make and design a 4-course meal with wine pairings.
  • Guests will enjoy a 4 course Eastern European inspired menu, paired with specially selected wines as well as a dessert cocktail which will be designed especially for the night.
  • Music entertainment will be provided by the fantastic Stevie G.
  • All profits will go to Cork ARC.


Paul O’Carroll, Owner of The Bookshelf at the Elysian, spoke of the involvement in the event,

We are all so invested in making this night a huge success in honour of Monika and in recognition of the great care Cork ARC are providing her with, in this difficult time. We are calling on the people of Cork to get behind this event which promises to be a night for the senses to remember – and all in aid of such a good cause. Monika has been an integral member of the team at The Bookshelf at the Elysian for the past 5 years and we all just wanted to show her some support while she is going through her treatment. It is great to be able to do that whilst also helping one of Cork’s most important charities.”


Monika spoke about Cork ARC’s support to date in her cancer journey:

“When I got the news of my diagnosis I really did not know who to talk to who could give me good advice on what to do next. My friends and family were great of course, but I needed to talk to somebody who could tell me what to expect, what to do in the meantime and how to come to terms with the news on a personal level. Cork ARC were such a big help, they just gave me simple things to do on a day-to-day basis, such as my diet, tips to help my mindset and so much more that made me feel like I was actually getting somewhere.”


Tickets for the event cost €45 (food only) or €65 (including paired wines and a cocktail) and can be booked by calling The Bookshelf at The Elysian on 021 4311591.