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Dine amongst the wines: A unique one-off dining event! Tuesday 3rd November


Danish superstar chef Kasper Gaard is joining forces with Robin Rea from the award-winning Rusty Pig in Ottery St Mary to cook a one-off supper at Smiths Wines in Magdalen Road.

Kasper, who took part in the River Cottage series ‘3 Good Things’, is a feted restaurateur in Denmark, and runs the Ilse restaurant on the island of Samso, where he lives.

Iain Smith of Smiths Wines said: “It’s been a long-term ambition of mine to persuade Kasper to cook for the people of Exeter.

“He’s previously dazzled the folk of Ottery St Mary with his cooking, and I decided it was our turn next. I’ve known Robin for many years too, and I’m looking forward to seeing what these two exceptional chefs concoct between them. ”

Both chefs are committed to ethical dining with sustainable aims and the dinner will be based on seasonal local ingredients. On Samso, Kasper Gaard is an expert at foraging for ingredients to use in his cooking, whilst in Ottery St Mary, Robin Rea has strong ties with local suppliers for fish, game, beef, vegetables and salad. He also raises his own Oxford Sandy and Black pigs on a nearby smallholding.

Iain regularly hosts suppers for small numbers in the shop, which is equipped with a long dining table that nestles between the shelves of wine, and armchairs for customers to use in between browsing the shelves at Smiths Wines. He and his team have a comprehensive knowledge of wines and Iain will be choosing the varieties to complement the meal created by Kasper and Robin.

The supper is on Tuesday, November 3. With space limited to 20 diners, the four course set meal costs £80 including wine. To book, call Iain on 01392 426550.

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