It’s not all about the mountains here at LVG – today we’re quizzing the lovely Linda Wearn of La Table d’Emilie, in Caunes Minervois, way down south in sunny Languedoc-Roussillon.
- Tell us a bit about yourself
I own and run a restaurant in the beautiful village of Caunes Minervois, Languedoc Roussillon, it also happens to be the same village where Amanda from LVG lives some of the year. I have been open for 3.5 years and I have a wonderful mix of customers, ranging from local vignerons who pop in regularly for their lunch through to international expats and holiday makers. However, I started out my working life in the Alps working for Crystal in the mid 1990’s, based mainly in Austria but also a little bit in France and America too.
- What do you love most about your job?
I love being a chef, it is all I ever wanted to be! I love the creative freedom of working for myself, discovering new local recipes and being able to utilise the abundance of fresh locally grown fruit, vegetables, wines and cheeses on my doorstep.
- How did you choose LVG?
- How does business change between Winter and Summer?
Spring, Summer and Early Autumn are busy for us down here and the Winter time is much quieter, so I try to get away for a few days skiing if I can.
- What are the most popular wines with your clients?
Anything from the Languedoc Roussillon, but we mix things up a bit and put a different international wines on the list each month so that the locals can try something different.
This is actually something I had on my menu during May, there is a superb local Asparagus producer two minutes from my restaurant so this year I paired a nicely chilled glass of Aumonier Organic Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire with a starter of Asparagus Squid ink Tempura.
- One drink for the rest of your life what would it be?
It would have to be a Gin and Tonic, Amanda persuaded me to try the C’est Nous French artisan gin recently, I was a bit hesitant as I was born and brought up in London but to my surprise it was gorgeous, really smooth and delicate.