Greetings! How do wines from Portugal and a spicy Indian journey meet in harmony at Field & Fork? James Frost (pictured below), co-owner of Quinta de Sant’Ana, a small family run vineyard near Lisbon, will host a Portuguese Wine Dinner on Thursday 18 May; both red and white grapes from its cool climate offering wines with deliciously elegant complex reds and minerally whites, all with great textures and lengthy finish.
The vineyard’s equally sophisticated history includes a king, one Dom Luís (1838 – 1889) who gave the property to the beautiful actress Rosa Damasceno and an aristocrat, Baron Gustav von Fürstenberg. James, decades later married the German baron’s daughter Ann. The wines are matched with an equally elegant dinner including grilled local octopus, English asparagus with salt cod croquettes, suckling pig and a trio of desserts including Portugal’s famed custard tart. All-inclusive tickets: £60. Book on 01243 789915.
India, by contrast was loud, brash and fascinating. Our two-week holiday, a rarity, centered on northern India. During all my travels food has always been a great bonding experience between people and breaks down any language barriers; this trip was no exception. Janet and I didn’t eat anywhere fancy or Michelin posh. I helped in the kitchen in the Sikh temple in Delhi, rolling roti breads and making curry for the 4000 people they feed there for free each day – very humbling; eating sweet curd cheese in a cardamon saffron yoghurt from the street food stalls with the tuk-tuk driver in the Muslim quarter in Jaipur’s pink city.
Back to Field and Fork reality, the kitchen continues its eclectic style but sans India spicing with the likes of smoked duck salad with crispy duck egg and mushroom parfait from the a la carte
Pickled mackerel with radish and puffed wild rice from the market menu
And how about finish with a Chocolate Pavé with banana and raspberries, also from the market menu?
Do book early for pre-theatre now that the season has opened with Chichester Festival Theatre’s Forty Years On, directed by Daniel Evans, the new artistic director.
Sam, Janet and the team