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KINO PRESENTS STAYCATION FESTIVAL: A SUMMER OF FOOD, FILM & MUSIC

24th May 2024

Marco Pierre White        Nigel Slater        Grace Dent

                                     Dinner and conversation with top chefs and food writers

                   Classic films, live music and mouthwatering paired menus at Kino

 

Food, conversation, films and music bring the spirit of travel and exploration to Kino and the Howard Assembly Room in Leeds this summer with the first ever Staycation Festival. From dining with leading chefs and food writers as they share their food memories, to a carefully curated selection of films with menus and live acts to match, this is the perfect opportunity to make new discoveries without stepping foot outside the city.

A series of Food Experiences will see well-known chefs and top food writers from across the UK food scene discussing their inspirations and some of the unforgettable dishes they have encountered during their careers, while presenting a three-course bespoke menu co-created with the chefs at Kino.

First up is Leeds lad and legendary chef Marco Pierre White, who will host both a lunch and dinner on Saturday 15 June to chat about his stellar career which has seen him rise from being the ‘enfant terrible’ of the UK dining scene to an acclaimed restaurateur, garnering (and giving back) several Michelin stars along the way. Over the next three months, the roll call of culinary greats continues with celebrated food writers, broadcasters and cooks Grace Dent, Nigel Slater, Angela Clutton and Bee Wilson.

Over a long weekend in July, a series of film screenings in the Howard Assembly Room will whisk audiences away to locations across the world, with live music to match. Alongside each showing, Kino will present a special three-course menu inspired by the film’s location, from the Greek islands to the Grand Canyon. Film-goers fancying a snack can also enjoy a handmade antipasti box during the film, with accompanying drinks available from the bar.

The first location is Italy on Wednesday 3 July with a showing of Roman Holiday preceded by a set of Neapolitan songs performed by members of the Chorus of Opera North. The following day, celebrate Independence Day by setting out on the ultimate American road trip with Thelma and Louise and an Americana live set. Other choices include a chance to party Greek-style on Friday 5 July with a singalong showing of Mamma Mia! after a fun vocal cord warm-up.

On Saturday 6 July, little ones can look forward to the family favourite Ratatouille, before a screening of the classic movie musical An American in Paris paired with a French set menu in Kino and live Gershwin standards before the film. The weekend closes with a rare opportunity to see the entire Before trilogy in one go, watching a relationship – and Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy who play the two main roles – change and evolve every nine years in a series of stunning locations.

Henry Filloux-Bennett, Executive Director, Opera North and Kino, said:

“We’re hoping our inaugural Staycation Festival encourages everyone to get into the holiday spirit this summer and we are truly thrilled to be joined in Kino by so many brilliant chefs and food writers. Whether people are looking for culinary insight, an unforgettable dining experience, or love the idea of immersing all their senses with film, food and live music from around the world, Leeds is definitely the hottest place to be this summer.”

Kino offers classic British and French cooking with deliciously decadent flair in the city centre of Leeds. From the signature Pâté en Croûte starter to stylish desserts, fresh and vibrant seasonal flavours shine through the menus. Pastry work is both a speciality and an obsession of the Kino kitchen, with a monthly sell-out ‘Pastry Club’ tasting menu showcasing the team’s creativity. Winner of the Sustainability Award in the 2024 Oliver Awards celebrating the best restaurants across Leeds, the kitchen is highly praised for its nose-to-tail approach and focus on seasonally available, local and foraged produce.

Part of Opera North, Kino is an independent restaurant situated on New Briggate between leading international music venue – the Howard Assembly Room – and the beautiful Leeds Grand Theatre.

More information, menus and tickets to all events can be found on the Opera North website.

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Food Experiences:

 

Discover the food experiences which have inspired some of the UK’s most highly respected chefs and food writers, while enjoying a three-course meal created especially for the occasion.

Saturday 15 June: Food Experiences with Marco Pierre White

Dinner and conversation

Venue: Howard Assembly Room

Time: 1pm and 6pm

Tickets: from £120

Book: operanorth.co.uk/whats-on/marco-pierre-white/

 

Saturday 22 June: Food Experiences with Grace Dent

Dinner and conversation

Venue: Kino

Time: 1pm and 6pm

Tickets: £100

Book: operanorth.co.uk/whats-on/grace-dent/

 

Tuesday 9 July: Food Experiences with Bee Wilson

Dinner and conversation

Venue: Kino

Time: 6pm

Tickets: £60

Book: operanorth.co.uk/whats-on/bee-wilson/

 

Wednesday 31 July: Food Experiences with Angela Clutton

Dinner and conversation

Venue: Kino

Time: 6pm

Tickets: £60

Book: operanorth.co.uk/whats-on/angela-clutton/

Saturday 10 August: Food Experiences with Nigel Slater

Dinner and conversation

Venue: Kino

Time: 1pm and 6pm

Tickets: £100

Book: operanorth.co.uk/whats-on/nigel-slater/

 

 

Films, Food and Music:

 

At 6pm prior to each evening showing, a special set menu is available in Kino with two courses for £28, three courses for £31 and three courses with a glass of prosecco for £38.

 

All screenings, excluding the Before trilogy, will be preceded by a live music act inspired by the film’s location.

 

A Staycation antipasti box for two is available to order for £20 and can be enjoyed during the film.

Wednesday 3 July: Roman Holiday

with an Italian menu and Neapolitan song
Venue:
Howard Assembly Room
Live Music: 7.30pm
Film: 8.15pm

Tickets: £12

Book: operanorth.co.uk/whats-on/roman-holiday/

 

Thursday 4 July: Thelma & Louise

with an American menu and Americana set
Venue:
Howard Assembly Room
Live Music: 7.30pm
Film: 8.15pm

Tickets: £12

Book: operanorth.co.uk/whats-on/thelma-louise/

 

Friday 5 July: Singalong Mamma Mia!

with a Greek menu and a vocal cord warm-up
Venue:
Howard Assembly Room
Warm up: 7.30pm
Film: 8.15pm

Tickets: £15

Book: operanorth.co.uk/whats-on/mamma-mia-singalong/

 

Saturday 6 July: Ratatouille

with a special children’s menu and jazz

Venue: Howard Assembly Room
Live Music: 1.30pm
Film: 2pm

Tickets: adults £8; children £5

Book: operanorth.co.uk/whats-on/ratatouille/

 

Saturday 6 July: An American in Paris

with a French menu and Gershwin set

Venue: Howard Assembly Room

Live Music: 7.30pm

Film: 8.15pm

Tickets: £12

Book: operanorth.co.uk/whats-on/an-american-in-paris/

Sunday 7 July: Before Sunrise (part of the Before trilogy)
Venue:
Howard Assembly Room
Time:
Film: 3pm

Tickets: £10 (watch all three films for £18)

Book: operanorth.co.uk/whats-on/before-sunrise/

 

Sunday 7 July: Before Sunset (part of the Before trilogy)
Venue:
Howard Assembly Room
Time:
Film: 5pm

Tickets: £10 (watch all three films for £18)

Book: operanorth.co.uk/whats-on/before-sunset/

 

Sunday 7 July: Before Midnight (part of the Before trilogy)
Venue:
Howard Assembly Room
Time:
Film: 7pm

Tickets: £10 (watch all three films for £18)

Book: operanorth.co.uk/whats-on/before-midnight/