Purple menu raises funds for epilepsy day

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

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

Dish of the day

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

Café Tartine is offering a purple-themed menu in aid of the University of Edinburgh’s Muir Maxwell Epilepsy Centre
Main course: lemon sole with purple Peruvian potatoes, red cabbage and beetroot

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


Completing the menu is a blueberry cheesecake with shortbread and Chantilly cream.

Café Tartine was named winner of the Best Restaurant in Edinburgh and Lothians 2016 at Scotland’s Business Awards.

The purple menu has been designed by Head Chef Michael Rath.

We are delighted to support Purple Day and important epilepsy research that is happening here in Edinburgh.

Joanne RamsayOwner, Café Tartine

International Epilepsy Awareness Day

The restaurant at Leith Shore is one of several city eateries supporting International Epilepsy Awareness Day - also known as Purple Day.

On March 26th each year, people all around the world wear purple and host events in support of epilepsy awareness.

Supporting research

Also taking part are Victor Hugo and The Rabbit Hole in the city's Marchmont district.

Welch Fishmongers have donated the catch of the day so that proceeds can be donated to the cause.

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

Improving lives

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.

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.

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, Muir Maxwell Epilepsy Centre


Related links

Muir Maxwell Epilepsy Centre

Edinburgh Medical School

Cafe Tartine