Northcote Road, Langho, Blackburn BB6 8BE
As part of the food festival Obsession, held annually at Northcote restaurant in Langho near Blackburn, we have a unique opportunity to sample the food of Ana Ros. This is a chef whose restaurant Hisa Franko I looked into visiting, until I discovered it was in a part of Slovenia particularly inaccessible by public transport!
See here for the Slovenian restaurant website: http://www.hisafranko.com/en/anas-kitchen/philosophy/
And this is the text from the Obsession 17 marketing brochure:
Ana Roš is a polymath. She speaks five languages, skied for Yugoslavia from the age of seven and has studied both dance and diplomacy. But it’s food that’s she dedicated her life to, inspired by the spices, aromas and fragrances she first discovered during childhood family holidays. After meeting her husband Valter while studying in Italy, the couple embarked on a gastronomic trip that took them to the best restaurants in the world including el Bulli, The Fat Duck and El Cellar de Can Roca. After an intense period of experimenting in her own kitchen, Roš opened Hiša Franko with Valter (taking the restaurant over from Valter’s parents) in a country house outside the town of Kobarid in the thickly wooded and stunningly beautiful countryside of the Soca Valley in the far west of Slovina, the region where she and Valter both grew up. At various times over the last century, Hiša
Franko has been a roadside inn, a village mill, a First World War hospital and an agricultural estate. For the last 16 years, it’s been home to three generations of Roš’s family in addition to being an idiosyncratic restaurant with rooms complete with herb, flower and vegetable garden and trout creek. Inside, the dining room is decorated in warm, earthy tones while outside, the large terrace overlooks
the breathtaking valley. The completely self taught Roš says she takes an ‘almost scientific’ approach to dishes like mountain dog-rose with fermented cottage
cheese, millet and roe buck that focus on local ingredients sourced from within walking distance of the restaurant, but that also incorporate influences from nearby Italy and spices from her travels. Pasta might be topped with sheep’s
milk cottage cheese, langoustines, black trumpets and bone marrow or foie gras, smoked apples, tonka sauce and long pepper. Foraged ingredients pepper the menu such as fallopia japonica (Japanese knotweed) that Roš serves with
trout accompanied by wild berries and buttermilk; or pimpinella (a plant in the
carrot family) that complements a dish of langoustine and watermelon. Roš has emerged as a leading national and international culinary figure with her own series on Slovinian TV and a number of documentaries about her and the restaurant including an episode of the acclaimed Netflix series Chef’s
Table. She is the only female chef to have participated in the international Cook it Raw experimental culinary programme
Cost: £130 will cover a Louis Roederer Brut Premier and canape reception, plus a five-course signature menu (although judging by the one I attended in February 2016, this description doesn't do it justice!). Drinks are extra, and a service charge of 12.5% (this is £16.25 on the food portion) will be payable on the night.
Payment: £140 to be paid on RSVP. £130 will be paid to the restaurant on making the reservation. The remaining £10 covers PayPal fees and admin charges.
Refund Policy: A full refund will be provided if the Meetup is rescheduled or cancelled. Otherwise, if you are no longer able to attend, a refund (less fees) can be requested only if you have changed your RSVP status to No AND all places at the Meetup (including yours) have been taken; if the Meetup does not fill, you will not receive a refund.
IMPORTANT NOTE: the tickets go on sale on 1 November, and the chances of me being able to get a reservation are very slim. If I fail to get a reservation, your payment will be refunded in full. If I am successful in getting a reservation but for a smaller number of people than have signed up, places will be assigned in order, and remaining diners will be refunded in full.
Payments you make go to the organizer, not to Meetup. You must make refund requests to the organizer.