Lisa’s Dinner

We’ve been very circumspect about pop-up dinners after a couple of poor experiences where the organisers were more excited by the venue than the food.

We think the Lisa@the Gallery dinners at the Staithes Gallery get the balance about right, first because the old fishing village of Staithes is a fabulous location. The Staithes Gallery where they are held is delightful and the meals are prepared by proper chef, Lisa Chapman, not just someone having a go.

Lisa Chapman

Lisa Chapman preparing lobster

Lisa ran the Endeavour fish restaurant for many years before selling up and concentrating on catering for events, holiday cottages and pop ups like this one.

We are biased of course because in the early days, Squidbeak helped get the dinners off the ground. Now they run quarterly and the menu for autumn is smack full of seasonal produce:

 

A taster of curried parsnip and apple soup with parsnip crisp

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Chicken liver and wild mushroom tartlet

Fig, pear & local goats’ cheese salad with walnut dressing

Fillet of sole with white wine and grape sauce

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 Local cod steaks with a mussel & leek stew

Venison steaks with red wine and elderberry sauce, celeriac mash and roasted autumn squash

Pumpkin and marrow bake with a carrot and sweet potato rosti  and beetroot tarte tatin

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Apple charlotte with English apple brandy sauce

Sloe gin & blackberry jelly with homemade quince ice cream

Yorkshire cheese with fresh fig and autumn chutney

Coffee

 

Next dinner: 23rd & 24th October 19, 2015

Time: 7.30pm

Price: £39. 50 inc. pre dinner drinks

Drink: Wines to purchase on the night

Booking: T: 01947 841840 E: alilouyates@yahoo.com

Squidbeak Dinner

We held the second pair of Squidbeak dinners last Friday and Saturday at the Staithes Gallery and had the most amazing time and judging by the noise level, the clean plates and the cheers, applauds and toasts, to say nothing of the stash of empty wine bottles we took to the bottle bank, so did our diners.

Our chef, Lisa Chapman pulled it off once again with a terrific menu, all cooked in a tiny domestic kitchen with no commercial oven let alone, plate warmers, dishwashers and other catering essentials.

And the thirty odd diners – a mix of Squidbeak readers, Staithes, locals and holidaymakers took it all in good spirit and threw themselves into a convivial evening. By the end we’d eaten and drunk well, strangers had become friends and quite a few were signing up for our next pair of dinners on 28th/29th September.

Lisa @ The Gallery Menu

Feta and olive terrine with roasted red pepper coulis

Local pigeon breast salad with medlar jelly dressing, pine nuts and croutons

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Whitby sea trout baked with orange and spring thyme served with garden peas and English asparagus

Yorkshire new season rack of lamb with ratatouille

Cashew nut and courgette pot with crispy crumble topping

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Individual pavlova with elderflower cream, English summer berries and sugared elderflowers

Sacher Torte with dark chocolate sorbet

If you like the idea of a good dinner by the sea, then book now for our next diinners 28/29 September at 7.15pm: 01947 841840 or 07972 012464 al@staithesgallery.co.uk  www.staithesgallery.co.uk

 

Squidbeak Dinner

So. Who would be mad enough to organize a pop up restaurant in a room above an art gallery in a tiny fishing village on the Yorkshire coast? And on two consecutive nights? We were. And did it work? Not half.

Our first Squidbeak dinners were held last weekend at the Staithes Gallery. Fulsome praise goes first to the amazing Lisa Chapman who somehow produced fabulous food* for 55 people from a domestic oven without throwing a single cheffy tantrum. Well almost. Her two unflappable co-workers Susie and Alison who made the room look lovely with white linen, tea lights and gleaming glasses are next in line for a round of applause followed closely by Al Milnes who owns the gallery and who somehow pulled the whole thing together with her customary charm and good humour.

You might well ask what Jill and I had to do with anything. Well we plied the unsuspecting diners with La Dolci Colline Prosecco and dusted down our waitressing skills under Susie and Alison’s expert tutelage and managed not to spill much at all. Not down a customer anyway. People came from far and wide; all sorts of folk, many of whom had never clapped eyes on us or one another before. The crowd included teachers, a photographer, a judge, a couple of café and B&B owners and Gus the musician from Baildon who just happened to be walking down the street in search of fish & chips and booked in on the spur of the moment. Nice one Gus, good to meet you.

Wines from Flourish and Prosper in Howden were from Chile: Montevista Reserve Viognier and a bio-dynamic Emeliana Reserva Pinot Noir. Even the coffee was served in mugs designed by resident Staithes artist, Rob Shaw, and the lovely people from Priorat Produce brought us a mighty bottle of their fab olive oil to raffle and generously distributed free samples to all. Thanks Tina and Neil.

There are few things more rewarding than witnessing a room full of happy eaters chatting away, glasses clinking, laughter rising. It was a blast and we can’t wait to do it all again 22/23 June and 28/29 September. Be there or be square.

*Yorkshire asparagus with hollandaise sauce went down a storm as did the shredded duck with honey and hoisin dressing. Lemon sole with herby butter was a winner and the slow cooked pork belly was just as good. There wasn’t a single portion of Lisa’s famous crème brulee with berry coulis left (grrr) so we had to content ourselves with a shared plate of chocolate roulade. It’s a tough job ..

 

Art + Dinner+ Wine at the Staithes Gallery

We are delighted to announce the first of a series of delicious, seasonal and sociable dinners by the sea.

Squidbeak have teamed up with local chef Lisa Chapman and our friends at the vibrant Staithes Gallery the independent wine merchants Flourish & Prosper,  to hold an evening of art, food and wine.

Evening at the Staithes Gallery

Lisa@thegallery

Art+Dinner+Wine

Friday & Saturday 11th/12th May & 22nd/23rd June

Staithes Gallery, High Street, Staithes TS13 5BH

A delicious, seasonal, three course dinner including wine and coffee £39.50 per person.

To book your place at the table: 01947 841840 or 07972 012464 al@staithesgallery.co.uk

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 Learn more: Our chef Lisa Chapman was owner of the much-loved Endeavour restaurant in Staithes for twelve years. She took the restaurant straight into the Good Food Guide where it stayed throughout her tenure. Lisa has run her own delicatessen and now cooks for private events.

The beach at Staithes

The Staithes Gallery is in a fine Georgian building in the heart of the old village. Upstairs is a splendid dining room and downstairs showcases the very best contemporary art inspired by the sea, the cliffs, the moors and the people of the area in a village that has always been a magnet for artists.

It was the convivial dinners prepared by Lisa for the residential courses run by Staithes Art School, that prompted us to link up with the Gallery for a series of Squidbeak dinners we have named  Lisa@thegallery.

The evening will begin at 7.15pm in the gallery with a welcome drink and a chance to view the work on show. We will then move upstairs for a three course dinner. Sean Welsh from the independent wine merchants Flourish and Prosper in Howden will present a choice of quality wines to match the food.

Lisa is happy to accommodate food allergies, intolerances, vegetarians and any special dietary requirements, but these should be discussed with Alison at the time of booking. Payment will be taken in full in advance.

Evening light Staithes harbour

If you would like to stay for the weekend then take a look at our reviews for Ash Cottage, Gun Gutter HouseLaura Knight’s Studio and the Longhouse. As well as these lovely self-catering cottages there a lots of other options in the village or in nearby Runswick, Sandsend and Whitby.

For your place at the table contact: al@staithesgallery.co.uk or telephone 01947 841840/07972 012464.

 

 

 

 

Dinner at the Staithes Gallery

CANCELLED WE HAVE JUST HEARD THAT LISA, HAS HAD TO CANCEL THESE DATES IN FEBRUARY. THE DINNER WILL NOW BE SCHEDULED FOR THE SPRING

We’ve got something good coming up  for Squidbeakers in the dark days of February: a delicious, seasonal and sociable dinner by the sea.

You may have noticed we have an enduring affection for Staithes, the characterful old fishing village 10 miles north of Whitby, so we have teamed up with chef Lisa Chapman and our friends at the vibrant Staithes Gallery to hold an evening of art, food and wine:

Friday 3rd & Saturday 4th February 2012 at 7.15pm
Staithes Gallery, High Street, Staithes TS13 5BH
A delicious seasonal three course dinner including wine and coffee
£45 per person
To book your place at the table:
01947 841840 or 07972 012464
al@staithesgallery.co.uk
www.staithesgallery.co.uk

 

Lisa's 'To Dine For' deli, Hinderwell

Our chef Lisa Chapman was owner of the much-loved Endeavour restaurant in Staithes for twelve years. She took the restaurant straight into the Good Food Guide where it stayed throughout her tenure. Since leaving the Endeavour Lisa has cooked at all sorts of outside events and runs her own excellent delicatessen and café ‘To Dine For’  in Hinderwell where she prepares fresh seasonal dishes to eat in or take away.

The Staithes Gallery is in a fine Georgian building at the heart of the old village. Upstairs has a splendid dining room and downstairs showcases the very best contemporary art inspired by the sea, the cliffs, the moors and the people of the area in a village that has always been a magnet for artists.

It was to Staithes that a young  Laura Johnson (later Dame Laura Knight) came after being told by her art teacher to  ‘Go to Staithes, there is no place like it in all the world for painting.’ That was the start of what became the Staithes Group of artists, a group of young British impressionists whose fame spread worldwide. The village still welcomes artists today, some of whom enroll on the residential art courses held at the gallery.

It was the convivial dinners cooked by Lisa for the Staithes Art School courses that prompted us to link up with Lisa and the Staithes Gallery for these occasional dinners.

The evening begins at 7.15pm in the gallery with a welcome drink and a chance to view the work on show. We will then move upstairs for dinner.  Lisa is happy to accommodate food allergies, intolerances, vegetarians and any special dietary requirements and these can be discussed with Alison when you book. Payment will be taken in full in advance.

Evening light Staithes harbour

If you fancy staying over for the weekend take at look at the reviews on Squidbeak for Ash Cottage, Laura Knight’s Studio and the Longhouse. As well as these lovely self catering cottages  there are lots of options in the village or nearby in Runswick, Sandsend and Whitby.

Seats are limited, so book your place now with Alison Milnes: al@staithesgallery.co.uk or telephone 01947 841840/07972 012464.

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