Special Events

2010 - Orchid Cooking Class

Head Chef Poon conducted a Thai cooking class for 16 guests of the Studley Hotel. It was part of their annual corporate meeting and proved a great success.

The cooking class was conducted from 9am til 12.30 noon. The students learned how to four Thai dishes:
Perfect steamed rice
Beef Yum Nuea
Green Thai Curry
Tom Kha Gai

Thank you to Harrogate College who allowed the Orchid to use their facilities. Coming soon, updates on the website about group cooking classes in 2012 .

2009 - Dim Sum Promotion - Menu

The Orchid invited Tony Cheung, Dim Sum specialist from Hong Kong to host Dim Sum Menu for one month. Tony's career spans 40 years, working in Hong Kong and London. He became established whilst at the Oriental, Dorchester Hotel where he worked with Chef Poon and was also part of the Michelin team.

A native Hong Kong chef, he came to the UK in 1990 to open the Oriental, there he worked for 14 years until he was asked to open Ping Pong in London. More recently he worked at the Old China Hand in Clerkenwell which has received acclaimed reviews for his food.

2008 - Taste of Leeds Festival - Menu

Set in the heart of the city, in Millennium Square, the four day food festival offered hospitality professionals the chance to show the tempting delights of some of Yorkshire's finest establishments.

Top restaurants exhibited at Taste of Leeds included The Orchid, the Michelin-starred, The Star Inn, Casa Mia Grand, and local culinary hero Anthony Flinn's eponymous Leeds establishment.

As well as showcasing signature dishes, top chefs were on hand to impart their culinary wisdom in the Taste Theatre and the Taste.

The Orchid brought exciting dishes that were exciting to taste and visually unique.

We selected dishes our menu and show cases the variety that we serve in the Orchid chosen for their unique flavours and contrasting textures.

2008 - Rémy Martin Dinner - Menu

The highest quality Cognac on the market today, Louis XIII de Rémy Martin Grande Champagne Cognac, has been carefully tended by three generations of Rémy Martin cellar masters to result in a magical combination of savoir-faire, art and patience. Undoubtedly the world's finest, this exceptional Cognac has always been a favourite in the world of politics, fashion, and art. Its connoisseurs include Christian Dior and Elton John. Queen Elizabeth II was served Louis XIII de Rémy Martin Grande Champagne Cognac in Versailles Palace in honour of her 1957 visit to France and Winston Churchill celebrated his election victory with it in 1951.

Rémy Martin hosts around 10 dinners annually at select restaurants. The Orchid was invited to host a special dinner with Rémy for vip guests. The Rémy Martin matching dinner was made and designed by Head Chef Poon and was hosted by Alexandre Quintin, the Rémy Martin Brand Ambassador. Due to the exclusive nature of Louis XIII de Rémy Martin Grande Champagne Cognac we only accommodated 16 guests for this superb occasion.

2005 - Calender Girls Lukemia Raising Dinner - Menu

A spectacular Fund Raising banquet, in aid of Leukaemia Research was held at the Orchid Restaurant in the Studley Hotel in Harrogate on 4th January 2005.

The evening was kindly sponsored by Mr. Bokmun Chan, the owner of the Orchid to support the fund raising effort of a very brave boy, Michael Fogarty who, after a traumatic fight conquered Leukaemia.

Since his recovery, Michael has taken it upon himself to raise funds to provide equipment for Leukaemia Research to help others as a way of giving something back in thanks for the loving care given to him.

The evening was attended by fifty five people, including five of the Calender Girls (Angela Baker, Chris Clancy, Ros Fawcett, Lynda Logan and Tricia Stewart) who were very keen to support Michael's fund raising effort, Their presence and involvement helped to make this a very special evening.

The wonderful meal included mouth-watering authentic Far Eastern cuisine from Hong Kong, Japan, The Philipines and Thailand was enjoyed by everyone and received considerable praise.

There was an Auction and Draw, of kindly donated gifts, which helped to raise money, which made the Total amount of £4000 raised on the evening for Leukaemia Research. This takes the total raised by Michael since August 2004 to over £10,000

Jackson Estate Wines

2004 - Jackson Estate Evening with John Stichbury

Since the first release of Sauvignon Blanc in 1991 topped a tasting by three Masters of Wine, and the following vintage was awarded "the world's best Sauvignon" in London, Jackson Estate has continued to produce wines of outstanding quality.

"Enjoy the best of New Zealand Wine making at the Orchid"

"Due to the ongoing success of the Orchid though mainly the support from our valued customers. like yourselves I am inviting you as selected guest to the Jackson Estate Evening at the Orchid on Tuesday 1st June 2004.

You are invited to evening with John Stichbury, the founder and owner of Jackson Estate who will introduce his wines and its 'marriage' with the cuisine of the Orchid restaurant."

An Unstinting Devotion to Quality

The hallmark of Jackson Estate is an unstinting devotion to quality. If a cooler than average season means grapes fail to develop the mouth-filling fruit flavours the wines are known for, they are on-sold or even left on the vine. In 1995 for example only a proportion of the Chardonnay was harvested, although the remaining grapes were later picked at 54 brix (sweeter than treacle) to make a palate-blowing "sticky". This went on to take the botrytised wine trophy at the 1996 Liquorland Top 100.

Reserve wines are vinted only in exceptional seasons, like 1996 when a long, dry autumn marked the start of an El Nino drought. The result for Marlborough vineyards was a light harvest of excellent fruit, making wines of unsurpassed quality which within weeks of release have grabbed the attention of wine-writers throughout the world.

Determination to wrest the best possible flavours from the fruit means management techniques on Jackson Estate's 90 acres of vineyard can compromise yield. Vines are grown on the Scott Henry system which maximises grapes' exposure to sun and wind; boosting brix and minimising disease but reducing potential crops. Until recently no irrigation was used, which tended to restrict fruit volumes, but intensified flavours. Three drought years in a five year period, however, meant that drip irrigation had to be installed to avoid plants becoming unduly stressed. Irrigation was completed in October 2001, but the viticulturalist still prefers to rely on the climate for moisture. Hand-pruning, foliage trimming and leaf plucking to prevent the excessive leaf growth which can shade the crop, all add to vineyard costs - but that investment of time is repaid in reputation.

The weighting of quantity over quality was never an option for the Jackson Estate label.

2003 - Trimbach Evening

Trimbach Evening at the Orchid

An evening with Jean Trimbach his wines and the marriage with the cuisine of the Orchid restaurant. March 2003..

Jean Trimbach from the celebrated Triumbach winery in Alsace France guided us through his famous wines together with our cuisine. There wines for the aperitif and four different wines with the set menu.

Jean Trimbach began making wines in Alsace as long ago as 1626.Thanks to superb vineyards and excellent wines his descendants were able to build up an enviable reputation within the region and beyond. International acclaim came in 1898, when Frederic Emile Trimbach showed his wines at the great international fair in Brussels, where he carried off the most coveted prizes. From thattime Trimbach has been rated globally as one of the great names of Alsace.

Now run by the 12th generation of the family, Pierre and Jean. The family supervises all operations from planting and vinification to selection and bottling, giving them 100% control over production.