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Mother's Day diners tuck into purple menu to raise funds for epilepsy research

Purple food was the order of the day at a restaurant backing a new drive to raise funds for epilepsy research.

Purple food on offer this Mother's Day at Cafe Tartine

Diners at Café Tartine in Edinburgh tucked into to a menu featuring purple-themed dishes on Mother's Day (Sunday 26 March).

Purple menu

Crab with a red cabbage gazpacho and wasabi crème fraiche was served to start.

Fillets of lemon sole with purple Peruvian potatoes, braised red cabbage and beetroot beurre blanc was on offer for the main course.

Completing the menu was blueberry cheesecake with shortbread and Chantilly cream.

Award winning restaurant

Café Tartine was named winner of the Best Restaurant in Edinburgh and Lothians 2016 at Scotland’s Business Awards. The Leith restaurant was one of several city eateries supporting International Epilepsy Awareness Day - also known as Purple Day.

We are delighted to support Purple Day and important epilepsy research that is happening here in Edinburgh. Epilepsy is a big part of our lives as my brother-in-law has suffered from extreme seizures since he was born. After a few major operations and ongoing treatment, he has had a better quality of life in recent years. But it hasn’t been possible to stamp it out completely. Our family takes each day as it comes and hopes more can be discovered to help him and other people living with epilepsy.

Joanne RamsayOwner of Café Tartine
Purple food on offer this Mother's Day at Cafe Tartine

Purple Day

On March 26th each year, people all around the world wear purple and host events in support of epilepsy awareness.  Victor Hugo and The Rabbit Hole in the city's Marchmont district also particpated. Welch Fishmongers donated the catch of the day so that proceeds can be donated to the cause.

Supporters of the initiative were asked to add a donation to their bill at participating restaurants or text MMEC17 followed by the amount to 70070.

Funds raised will be donated to the University of Edinburgh’s Muir Maxwell Epilepsy Centre, a medical research facility dedicated to improving the lives of children with epilepsy.

Epilepsy research

Researchers at the Centre hope to improve diagnosis of the condition, as earlier detection would allow earlier treatment. Experts are working on new therapies to help the thousands of patients who cannot be helped by existing medications.

This is a truly stand out way to celebrate Mother’s Day whilst increasing awareness of epilepsy.  Purple foods are not only beautiful but are delicious and filled with goodness.  We are grateful to the restaurants taking part in what is hoped to become an annual event – purple food for purple day. All proceeds raised will help us to improve the lives of people with epilepsy.” 

Dr Richard ChinDirector of the Muir Maxwell Epilepsy Centre

Related links

Visit the Muir Maxwell Epilepsy Centre website

See what culinary delights are on offer at Café Tartine