Upsetting the Apple Cart
The unique L’Ortolan restaurant in Reading, the only Michelin star in the city, is hosting Brännland cidermaker and entrepreneur Andreas Sundgren Graniti. Invited guests to a unique gourmet experience like no other. A six course fine dining menu will be served at the historic tables of L’Ortolan and accompanying Brännland artisan ciders on Friday March 1st.
L’Ortolan is named after the small French song bird, once a delicacy, and now illegal to eat, a forbidden and past treat. With a long history of Michelin stars and legendary chefs, since 2015 it has fallen to Tom Clark to set the standards and maintain the coveted Michelin star.
Brännland Cider produce a range of ciders in the north of Sweden close to the university town of Umea 600 kilometers north of Stockholm. Focussed on IsCider, their production comes from 100% Swedish dessert apples and has won many international awards.
Andreas Sundgren Graniti reflects
‘People thought that we were mad to try and create cider 650 kilometers north of Stockholm, but after several years of trying, in 2012 we successfully created ciders which are now prized by chefs and sommeliers across Europe and in the United States. We are delighted to be partnering with L’Ortolan to bring together two carefully crafted items – the menu and Brännland Ciders.’
Brännland Fine Ciders partner fine dining particularly well, because of the strong natural acidity from the apples. As much as this differentiates them from wines, they are produced in almost exactly the same way as wines and, once tasted, demonstrate that they deserve the same respect as fine wines.
No strangers to doing things differently, L’Ortolan’s owner Peter Newman said
‘L’Ortolan has a long history of food and menu innovation, creating dishes that entice and match drinks in surprising yet delicious ways. We look forward to bringing this innovative cidermakers dinner and Andreas’ fascinating story to L’Ortolan’s customers. You might say that from time to time, at L’Ortolan, we like to upset the apple cart!’
Tom Clarke’s innovative 6 course menu includes some of the finest produce including Orkney scallops, goose liver parfait, Wiltshire loin of pork from West End Farm awarded Pig Producer of the Year concluding with Chef’s pre-dessert and a sumptuous apple parfait with an eastern twist. These dishes have been carefully chosen to perfectly pair with the delicious and natural Brännland Ciders which will accompany each course include Just Cider, a drier aperitif style, the Pernilla Perle a richer, naturally, lightly sparkling style, the IsCider, the only naturally cold produced IsCider in Europe, and the exquisite, limited edition Barrique.
The full tasting menu including cider pairing is priced at £129 per person.
For reservations please call L’Ortolan on 0118 9888500 or via the website L’Ortolan.com.
For information about Brännland Ciders contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.brannlandcider.se
What is A Cider-makers Dinner?
It is an informal occasion that pairs food and ciders attended by the cidermaker. Each course, like a wine-makers dinner, is paired with a different cider. This is a special event where the guests have the insight direct from the maker of the ciders, whose responsibilities are every bit as intricate as a wine-makers. In honour of their attendance the restaurant carefully constructs a menu to pair with the accompanying range.
Why fine cider is like wine:
• Like wine, it’s made from 100% freshly-pressed fruit (apples or pears) and is harvested once per year
• Like wine, it’s fermented using wild or cultured yeasts
• Like wine, the sugars come only from the juice of the apples
• Like wine, ‘terroir’ is inherent in each producer’s ciders
• Like wine, it’s fermented using wild or cultured yeasts
• Like wine, it has a wide variety of styles – dry to sweet, sparkling or still, even natural rosé
• But unlike most wines, ciders tend to be much lower in alcohol
L’Ortolan’s historic building has had a rich culinary history dating back to 1984 with legends such as Nico Ladenis, John Burton Race being in residence. Peter Newman came to L’Ortolan in 2001, and it has held Reading’s only Michelin star for 16 of those 17 years. Since 2015 Head Chef Tom Clarke has led the kitchen team, maintaining and developing the menu and culinary expertise bagging a clutch of industry respected awards. L’Ortolan is known for its French accent menus, impeccable restaurant management by Marco Nardi and outstanding wine selection by sommelier Lucian Obreja.
The Brännland Cider Story
Brännland Cider started in 2010 with the dream of making great cider using apples grown in the cold climate of northern Sweden. After two years of trial, error, discovery and progress, we came to the conclusion that our fruit and climate were best suited for making Ice Cider or as it’s called in its country of origin, Cidre De Glace. A few years into Brännland Ciders existence we produce several varieties of cider for the domestic and international market.
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