Thursday 2 september 2021
Racines, Brinz’l, VerTige, Julien Hazard Affineur, Cokoa, Cipiace, Nanobrasserie de L’Ermitage
A journey to explore the origins and passions of the chefs and artisans present this evening. With the Italy of Francesco and Ugo (Racines), the Mauritian influences of Laure Genonceaux (Brinz’l) and the very rustic-style Brussels of Kevin Perlot (VerTige). Next, a selection of cheeses by Julien Hazard, the most Flemish of the Brussels Walloons, and the floral dessert of Anaïs Gaudemer (Cokoa). Not forgetting the melodiously-named CiPiaCe cocktail bar and the Brussels beers of the Nanobrasserie de l’Ermitage. A flavourful evening inspired by multiple destinations…with plenty of local terroir too!
Doors open at 18:00. Service starts at 18:30 sharp.
Ixelles. Francesco and Ugo, from Florence and Capri respectively, are the stars of the show at Racines. These two friends share their passion for Italian cuisine with lovers of fine dining. Trained in some of Italy’s most prestigious restaurants, their take on gastronomy is demanding, sustainable and local, using Belgian products where possible and high-quality Italian products imported directly.
Uccle. Laure Genonceaux, Lady Chef of the Year 2017, has been at the helm of Brinz'l for four years. She has chosen to focus on a “bistronomic” cuisine subtly enhanced with the flavours of Mauritius, as a tribute to her mother, of Mauritian descent. Brinzelle actually means “aubergine” in Creole. The scene is set!
Brussels. The latest addition to the Sang Hoon Degeimbre family, VerTiges (formerly San) is headed by young chef Kevin Perlot. He has set his sights on the gastronomy of tomorrow, mainly based on nature and sustainability. A fresh and creative cuisine that reinvents itself each time with seasonal vegetables. In fact, Kevin adapts his menu every day to the harvests of the local producers with whom he works.
Uccle. Julien studied philosophy and sees his profession as a fully-fledged science, both human and artisanal. This farmer's grandson who likes the good things in life stocks the best cheeses from passionate producers and craftsmen he meets all over France and Belgium. It is also in his four cellars that Julien Hazard matures his cheeses, bringing out each of their characters.
Ixelles. Each creation by Anaïs Gaudemer is a pleasure for the taste buds and the eyes. A landscape architect by training, Anaïs creates delicate floral pastries. From seasonal desserts to biscuits, cakes, and macaroons, this bubbly business woman brings delicious, colourful landscapes to life.
Saint-Gilles. Renowned for its Italian dishes as well as for its unmissable cocktails and aperetivo italiano, Cipiace bar is a high-quality, trendy address. This little piece of Italy offers you cocktails with singing names: Fiorito, Rotolando Verso Sud, Mambo Salentino... All served in a typical warm atmosphere.
Anderlecht. In 2013, Henry, François and Nacim were roommates and passionate about beer. They lived together on rue de l'Ermitage in Ixelles, hence the brewery's name. It was in their kitchen that they tested their first brews. After several years of trial and error, the beers with the sweet names of Lantern, Emperor's Theorem, Soleil and Noire du Midi were born and are a real success. Taste them in their Anderlecht taproom or in their famous bar on rue de Moscou in Saint-Gilles.