Well we’ve hit March already and the 19/20 season is flying by quicker than we at La Cantine would like! It’s been a season of new staff, new specials, brilliant snow days and wicked adventures with epic friends – what more could you want from a season hey?
After a great summer season, we underwent a few changes including new hours and a whole new team. We now open from 8am-5pm whilst still opening for three evenings a week, so don’t worry, our Tignes Famous Thali night is still live and kicking and better than ever.
With a new team comes new ideas and fresh perspectives so lets go ahead and introduce ourselves:
CHAR is our new super cool boss manager and she’s the queen of curries on a Friday and sizzling steaks on Tuesday and Wednesdays.
RITA brings the spice to her dhals whilst keeping her incredible recipe top secret. Oh, also, her chocolate cake with added chocolate shards is pure legendary.
RHI’S vegan pea soup disappears before we’ve even started the day and her cracking paprika hummus is always worth a trip through a blizzard to sample.
JACK is our carrot cake king, loaded up high with cream cheese icing and walnuts it’s a true show stopper, plus he has a secret family jerk pork recipe to die for.
ELLA cracks out her super gooey vegan chocolate sponge and brings her A-Game when it comes to Guinness and Chocolate cake too.
So now you’ve met us, what have we been getting up to this year? A lot to be honest. We’ve brought back a few super specials whilst also throwing in some amazing new recipes to try out.
Our Christmas special filled with turkey, cranberry sauce and homemade stuffing topped with a pig in blanket just flew off the counter with new and old seasonnaires alike waiting in line to get their hands on our gooey, cheesy, christmassy toastie!
After that came our smokey Boston Bean packed with extra bacon. This spicy, beany, luscious toastie made our cold wintery days feel just that little bit warmer and cosier.
Up next we had our Brie, apple, buttered sage and onion delight. Think fresh apple, melted brie, sharp sage coming through, mmmmm….
Our fourth special pleased all the Brits in resort with a Toad in The Hole banger! Sausage, homemade gravy and a topping of a gravy filled yorkshire pudding put everyone in a happy place food coma. We even had homemade veggie sausages too!
Once more we had a toastie with an exceptional extra topping. This one was homemade pesto, chicken, sun dried toms and mozzarella topped with, wait for it…a deep fried mozzarella ball. Holy Moly was it a goodun.
Our best seller this year though has to be our mac ‘n’ cheese toastie loaded with either chorizo and caramelised onion or sweet roasted tomatoes and spinach. This one left your belly warm and your heart full of pure mac ‘n’ cheese goodness.
Although we’ve had some incredible specials so far, make sure to keep your ears and eyes out for new and even more exciting toasties grilling your way soon!
So welcome back to La Cantine, come in, say hi and grab yourself some cheesy delights or some sweet treats, tell us about your rad ski day or where the best powder is and we might just share our secrets to the best toasties in town….
…but maybe not, they’re the best for a reason 😉
The Summer Summary
It’s hard to imagine that in a couple months time we’ll be covered in snow again. What a great summer we’ve had in Tignes. The terrace has been bustling under the alpine sun and the ice cream sundae’s have been flying out.
Whether you’ve been in and out all summer or just a quick visit we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support. We’ve managed to build on the success of last winter and continue to receive great feedback whilst having a blast at the same time.
For anyone who didn’t manage to stop by this summer, maybe you’re still interested in what’s been going down in cheese town.
In addition to the usual suspects from the winter grilled cheese menu we chose one of the more summery specials to stick around. This was the Moroccan inspired chickpea, red onion and feta sandwich. A refreshing mix with the addition of black olives and lemon, glued together of course with our gooey 5 cheese house blend. Sounds almost healthy!
We also thought we’d try our hands at the burger game. Covering all bases, we had a classic beef burger, a chicken fillet burger and a veggie falafel burger, all served with delicious crisps and a crunchy salad. For our gluten free and vegan friends (not exclusively of course) we offered a spicy falafel salad served on a crunchy salad with a sweet tangy dressing.
It’s not all been slaving over a hot grill here at La Cantine, we’ve been out and about all over the place enjoying the mountains. Camping trips to lake Annecy, concurring the Via Ferrata, stalking the Tour de France, endless BBQ’s and lakeside activities.
We’re actually all fitter than ever and totally ready to get the ski’s and boards back on.
Roll on winter, more grilled cheese and who’s know what?!?
WOW! OUR FIRST SEASON IS ALMOST OVER!
Unbelievably we’re already only a couple of weeks away from the end of the season, it seems like only last week that we welcomed everyone in for a sample taste of what was on offer. Since then we’ve gone from strength to strength and sandwich to sandwich, we’ve added to the menu bit by bit and now have a long list of weekly specials. Some of our favourites being; slow braised beef chilli, served with guacamole. Jerk pork served with caramelised pineapple. Steak and cheese, and would you believe it mac ‘n’ cheese with bacon, carb monster!!
We’re all very thankful and perhaps a little relieved at how well its been received by both seasonnaires and holiday makers alike. Our mission was to try and provide an affordable and alternative lunch option amongst all the pizzas, crêpes and burgers on offer around Tignes. And to hopefully add to the growing reasons for people to visit Le Lavachet, which over the last few years has become a great place to hang out.
A special thank you is most definitely owed to the amazing team that have ran the show and helped to iron out all the teething problems along the way. Alice, Bleu, Chenoa, Andy, Charlie, Joe, Debbs, Sophie, Amy and Amy, and also Anna for her amazing cakes. It’s been great vibes and service with a smile from start to finish. Which is probably why our loyal seasonnaires keep coming back for more grilled cheese.
What’s next then….?
We’re all having a well earned break and putting our feet for a few weeks. Then we’re back for the summer with more delicious grilled cheese and summery treats. Expect some refreshing and healthy salads, and some naughty and not so healthy desserts, perfect for a warm summers day.
Project Update – Work is Underway
The interior of what used to be a ski rental shop has been gutted and we’re well under way with the transformation into a modern and lively eating space.
Much of the interior design requires a new wooden framework to enable us to create the desired effect.
A running theme throughout the space will be the use of reclaimed materials and quirky objects to form an interesting and inviting environment.
Much of our reclaimed wood has been retrieved from old pallets found in the local area. These have been sanded down a little and will be used as cladding around the breakfast bar and the front counter. To contrast the pallets, we have a full length blackboard wall which will be used to display the menu and artwork.
The next part of the project will be the floor. After stripping the carpet and the glue beneath, we’ll be left with a tiled floor which will then be painted a dark grey and stencilled!
We’ll have more project updates coming very soon…
Laser Printing – Engravings for the cafe interior
Just before leaving the UK for a summer back in Tignes, we managed to visit our friends at ‘Drawn by the Light’ to prepare some laser engravings for the interior of the cafe. One of the first installs of the build will be a timber clad bar front made from reclaimed pallet wood.
Here are some previews of the work so far: