Yesterday saw the Harrogate institution that is The Harrogate Club welcome me into its kitchen as part of its exclusive Dinner and Wine series.
Established as a ‘public reading and news room’ for bankers, chemists, doctors of medicine, gentlemen of independent means and solicitors, the club has been at the centre of Harrogate’s club life for business and professional people since 1857.
I was invited by club director Andrew McMillan to create a delicious four course menu for members to enjoy. Using delicious Yorkshire produce I designed a menu that transported guests to a world of fine French cuisine. The menu was accompanied by matching wines chosen by Patrice Lipatti-Mesme, The Club sommelier with an unrivalled knowledge of wine.
You can see the menu I created below. For more information on The Harrogate Club go to www.harrogateclub.co.uk
Green olive tapenade in a choux bun
Smoked salmon rillettes with dill on toast
King prawn with skewered confit lemon and cucumber
Wild mushroom velouté with roasted scallop and vegetable crisps
(Grande Passolo Chardonnay Rocca, Piemond, Italy)
Pork tenderloin poached in Calvados, roasted and caramelised apples, rosti
Halibut loin with crustaceous coulis, Provencal ratatouille, confit tomato, saffron potato
(Home of Erasmus Grenache, Swartland, South Africa)
Dark chocolate half-sphere filled with strawberry and mint mousse
Valrhona Dulcey chocolate tarte with coffee jelly
Mojito glass: confit minted pineapple, Rum Chantilly, lime and coconut biscuit
(Sparkling Vouvray Brut, Domaine Toussaint, Loire Valley, France)