4.57pm, Tuesday 20th September, Yalumba Clocktower, Angaston, Eden Valley, SA
Well folks, the storm certainly landed yesterday. Temperature dropped by about 15 degrees, and the rain buckeyed down, pushed along by gale force winds. But today has come up nicely, and at least for us hay fever victims, the dust was settled for a day. Interesting that in the Advertiser newspaper today (the daily Adelaide paper) the lass that measures the pollen count every day reckons that it hasn’t been this high in September for about 14 years. So after such a lush winter with a warm early spring, no wonder everything is in full bloom! And were sneezing our heads off. See this example of pollen laden native vegetation to see what I’m talking about!
Now to the title of this post.
I dropped in to see a winemaker mate of mine on the way to work yesterday morning, and I have heard one of the best rumors of the year. Apparently we’re going to have a “pop up” restaurant land in Angaston later on this year with a stellar chef at the stove. I was in the right place – one of Angaston’s historic buildings the rambling old homestead in Washington Street opposite the Town Hall -“Franklin House”. This has been the headquarters for Chris Ringland Wines for several years. Chris and I went through winemaking at Roseworthy in the same class group back in the dim dark ages, and when Chris bought the place, it had been the restaurant Barr Vinum, and before that had been the restaurant / cafe /photography gallery Seasons of the Valley. Prior to that, from 1911 – 1968, it was the home of the stationmaster for the nearby terminus Angaston Railway Station – the end of the line up to the Barossa from Adelaide.
Now just recently, the whole place has had a lick of paint and the main dining room has been taken over by Taste Eden Valley, which is a combined cellar door for a group of small Eden Valley wine producers. And apparently from Ocober 29th this year through mid January 2012, there’s going to be a pop up restaurant land there, doing lunches on Saturday 12 -3 and Sunday 12 – 4.
Well apparently it’s chef Ayhan Erkok from Adelaide’s Celsius restaurant. He’s worked at some incredible foodie addresses – Sydney’s double header of Marque and Pier, as well as the 2010 Restaurant of the Year, Noma in Copenhagen. All the press on Ayhan is tops! He’s called ‘inventive’ and he forages for seasonal wild ingredients himself. The kitchen garden at Franklin House has also impressed already. So the word is that Ayhan will be doing “rustic share plates” for weekend lunches from the end of next month. This is good news for the locals!
Here’s the quince tree at Franklin House – not missing out on being a pollen producer!