Guinea Pigs at Home

Home, the Leeds fine dining restaurant run by Mark Owens (ex Box Tree) and Liz Cottam (Masterchef finalist) have announced their new March menu. Onions they say feature prominently with a posh leek tart then pork belly, pigeon, Coronation chicken and orange parfait. Sounds good to me though be warned, it’s a pricey £70 for 10 courses.

Worth knowing about are their guinea pig nights when for £35 you can sample four experimental courses which are bound to be worth trying. Tables sell out quickly so get on their mailing list for early notice.

Home, 16/17 Kirkgate, Leeds

York Food Festival

Pies

 

York Food Festival finishes on Sunday. There’s still time to see some good  cookery dems, check out the market stalls, the street food, music, talks and workshops. If you’ve never been go now, it’s been on for ten  days and it’s the biggest and arguably the best of our regional food festivals. Our pick of the festival:

 

 

Friday 25th

Drop in to any of the free demos that run all day every hour from 12 noon. Highlights are Masterchef finalist Sara Danesin Medio and Raffi’s Spicebox

 

Italian Wine Tasting Evening 7pm Guildhall

Karen Hardwick is  a delightful, informed and unpretentious wine expert. Her evening of Italian wines and shared platters of Italian meats and cheeses be well worth the ticket price. £30

 

Saturday 26th

Wild Food Foraging Walk 10.30am Under Skeldergate Bridge

Wild Harvest are conducting a walk around York to discover all the edible plants growing in the heart of the city. £9.50

 

Cocoa House

 

Chocolate Fair. All Day. Guildhall

The Guildhall is taken over for the whole weekend in a celebration of chocolate led by York Cocoa House. There will be a chocolate café, workshops and at 2pm a ‘banquet of cake’ by the Clandestine Cake Club. Free entry.

 

 

Sunday 27th

Cochon Aveugle 1pm Demo Area

Cochon Aveugle in one of York’s best restaurants so this demonstration should be well worth going along to. Fee Entry

 

Finally I want to catch the Food in Art exhibition outside York Art Gallery that runs all week and sample the new Café No 8 outlet there too.

 

Masterchef Champion Cooks for Jessie

If you want to be one of the first to taste some of Sara Danesin Medio’s fabulous Italian cooking as seen on Masterchef, you will need to book a table at York’s Dean Court on 29th June when Sara will be hosting a charity dinner ahead of the opening of her dining club at her home in York in July.

If you’re a Masterchef fan you’ll remember how earlier this year Sara made it to the finals of the competition in what was probably the toughest Masterchef ever.

Sara will be cooking her own Italian inspired menu alongside DCH head chef Tony North all in aid of Jessie’s Fund, a York based charity founded by the parents of Jessie George, a pupil at Park Grove School who was only nine when she was diagnosed with an incurable brain tumour. Jessie’s parents set up a fund to finance a trip to the USA for treatment but Jessie died in May 1994 before she could go.

Jessie’s parents Lesley Schatzberger and Alan George, both professional  classical musicians, decided to use the money to fund projects for severely ill and disabled children through music. The fund now pays for music therapists in 43 children’s hospices and gives children with profound learning difficulties access to music through the Soundtracks programme.

There are just 35 places for the dinner at Dean Court and all the money raised will go to Jessie’s Fund, so hurry up and book your table for a good dinner and a good cause.

Dean Court Hotel ,  Duncombe Place, York T: 01904 683390 . Price: £35  including a welcome drink and canapés and music played by Jessie’s family.

There are just 35 places for the dinner at Dean Court and all the money raised will go to Jessie’s Fund, so hurry up and book your table for a good dinner and a good cause. [Jill]

Dean Court Hotel ,  Duncombe Place, York T: 01904 683390 . Price: £35  including a welcome drink and canapés and music played by Jessie’s family.

www.jessiesfund.org.uk

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