Autumn blues no more
October may very well bring us down with its plummeting temperatures, but we know just what will make you fall in love with autumn this year. Head straight over to the Auberge du Vert Mont, the headquarters of chef Florent Ladeyn, and experience a culinary escapade that is anything but average. A mere 30 minutes from Lille, in the middle of the countryside, this inn with a Michelin-starred restaurant dominates the Monts de Flandres region. The natural surroundings will astonish you throughout this season and you will be struck immediately by the tranquility and serenity of the setting as soon as you arrive. The building’s natural character and raw materials are highlighted through a recent renovation and large bay windows offer a 180 degree view out over the region. Just as at Bloempot in Lille, there is no menu here; you simply choose the number of mystery dishes to be served. You may request a meal on its own, or one with food and wine-pairing, or even food and beer-pairing. Meals here are as creative and wild as expected; this extraordinary chef’s cuisine is a true delight and is instinctive without being improvised. The inspiration for these meals is drawn from the various local products that Florent Ladeyn showcases beautifully, with each dish a veritable ode to this region that he holds so dear. His food reflects a humble and generous personality that has remained intact despite his notoriety. At the end of your meal you will leave the Auberge cheerful and revived. Clearly Florent Ladeyn knows the recipe for happiness.