Friday 13th September 2013
Mixed Seafood Gratin
Pork Fillet “Cordon Bleu”
Grilled Tomato & Green Beans
Danish Blue, Camembert
Porridge Oat Biscuits
Coffee & Homemade Shortbread
NB: Menu subject to market purchases and alteration
Whilst sitting in a lakeside bar on my hols in the south of France with views of the foothills of the Pyrenees and Spain, I perused the menu and specials board in the bar and there were some classic dishes on offer that you will always seem to find on a French menu. I thought “If it ain’t broke why fix it” as the saying goes. So it got me thinking!
On my return I also got wind of an upcoming pop up “Boutique Music Festival” close to “HC HQ” that is helping to support a local charity “The Hospice in the Weald” that I have also in the past helped raise money for. I have been in touch with the festival organisers and felt this next months dinners should be something of a unique nature.
Firstly on the Friday night it will be a normal pop up at “HC HQ” with what I am terming a retro menu and then on the Saturday evening we are offering to provide some luxury picnics for attendees of the inaugural “The Vicars Picnic” festival.
This new event is being held on the outskirts of the village of Yalding between Tunbridge Wells & Maidstone on private land. Talking to the organisers they have ambitious plans and also secured a stellar line up along with 90’s Brit Pop legend Mark Morriss of the Bluetones. There will be food available on site but they have kindly agreed for me to provide the following picnics to also include a ticket to the festival!
There will be a limited number of what we are calling our “The Bishops Feast”… these will be a three course special menu of cold food served in your own returnable “Tiffin Box” and includes a Festival ticket.
We will also have a number of what we are calling “The Vergers Box” a simple salad box that will have three freshly made salads that will be perfect to eat along with the Hog Roast provided by the Smoking Hot Pig Hog Roast. Again it will include the price of a Festival ticket
So the menu for the Friday night will be what we are terming “1970’s Retro” and will include dishes that we think could be well up for a revival!
We felt a little mixed seafood gratin to kick the meal off would be a good start… we will serve it as individual portions as we have recently purchased some little paella shaped pans that will fit the bill perfectly so a cheese based sauce will be surrounded by some Duchesse potatoes and a mixture of seafood.
The main course will be a classic Pork fillet “Cordon Bleu” – a thin schnitzel piece of pork beaten out and then a slice of raw ham and piece of Emmenthal cheese inside a breadcrumb coating that is then pan fried. It will be served with a grilled tomato, green beans and roasted potato gnocchi.
Our cheese course will also feature some retro cheeses… A classic on the 70’s cheese board for it’s “exotic provenance” would have been a Danish Blue and Camembert… how times have changed! Of course our porridge oat biscuits will be served as well as some of our home-made banana jam, celery and grapes!
Finally we thought what would be a fitting finish is a classic Crème Caramel – a dessert still found on many a European menus and we will serve ours with a little whipped cream as an extra indulgence!
We will then serve coffee with some home-made shortbread as well.
Please note we will not insist on 70’s clothing! But if you want to then…
For the picnics “The Bishops Feast” (Limited Numbers) will start on the top layer of the “Tiffin Box” with some nibbles and our infamous home-made Beer bread.
The first course level will be a home-made tea smoked chicken & dried apricot brawn with herb cream and Melba toasts.
The main course layer will be some freshly Poached Salmon & King Prawns with a Garlic Mayonnaise and then a selection of home-made fresh seasonal salads.
Finally the dessert layer will be a Crème Caramel and a home-made chocolate brownie with fresh summer fruits. All served in your own returnable “Tiffin Box”.
“The Vergers Box” will comprise of three freshly made salads that will come served in its own disposable box with eco friendly cutlery and napkin that will go perfectly with the hog roast being offered on site.
All bookings for the Saturday “Vicars Picnic” will need to be made by 9am Wednesday 11th September in order for us to fulfil the orders.
Both picnics as I said will also include a festival ticket and can be pre-ordered below. We will call you normally within 48 hours to take a credit card payment. Arrangements for pick up of festival tickets and return of the Tiffin Boxes will also be made on confirmation of purchase.
So all you need to do is choose which night you want to attend and then if coming to the festival which type of picnic you would like.
Friday 13th – Hari’s 70’s Retro Dinner – Suggested Donation £35 per person
Saturday 14th -The Bishops Feast Picnic Suggested Donation incl Vicars Picnic Festival Ticket £35
Saturday 14th – The Vergers Box – 3 Freshly made salads + Hog Roast incl Vicars Picnic Festival Ticket £25
Please complete our Booking Form below. We will normally contact you within 48 hours to confirm your booking with a credit card number.