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Just popping into your local restaurant takes on a new meaning for foodies this summer as Jenny Greene discovers
An ambitious team behind a new restaurant aims to pop up around York, Harrogate and Leeds over the next few months promising to serve gourmet standard dishes.
For four nights only in each city the Chateau Marmot will appear at different venues and serve up a mind blowing gastronomic experience with the help of chef Miles Dupree, who is taking a break from his job with Londons innovative Ottolenghi restaurants.
Creative, locally sourced, modern British food with an international twist and new cooking techniques courtesy of Dupree will be the order of the day.
I want to share some exciting takes on classic dishes as well as interesting new techniques and flavour pairings with people in Yorkshire this summer, says Dupree. Our forager in Harrogate is out raiding the hedgerows and our organic farmers in North Yorkshire are selecting their best meat and veggies for us as we speak. Its going to be fun.
Owners Theo Cooper and Danielle Treanor say Chateau Marmot will feature a tasting menu able to compete with the best but minus the formality of a Michelin starred restaurant.
We want to outlaw the stuffiness associated with eating amazing food; for people to have a fantastic time and be blown away by the food theyve eaten in a friendly and unexpected context, says Danielle. Im from Yorkshire and I know the passion people have for food here and the amazing variety of local producers we have. We know this kind of eating experience is relatively new to the area so were excited to see what happens.
Guests will dine on a five course tasting menu for just 25 per head with dishes including roast duck breast, orange puree, black olive, quinoa and almonds or poached snapper, turnips, radish, butter dashi and Duprees secret recipe liquorice powder. Drinks will be primarily bring your own with wine pairings suggested by their sommelier on their website. Award-winning Rudgate Brewery beer will be served and there will also be a cheese cart, packed with cheeses from Yorkshire as well as from elsewhere.
All of this will be taking place in a central York, Harrogate or Leeds location to be revealed to guests a few days before their booking. There will be art pieces from the Marmots own private collection on display and occasional guest speakers, musicians and other entertainers, details to be confirmed on their website.
Pop up dates and places Chateau Marmot are York July 13th-16th; Leeds August 16th -19th and Harrogate September13th -16th. To book a table email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to chateaumarmot.tumblr.com
The print version of this article appeared in the July 2012 issue of Yorkshire Life
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