Currently based in the UK, I was reading about a southern wedding fayre when something caught my eye – The French Revolution. It wasn’t the just the words that stood out for me and I love to find suppliers offering French wedding fare, but the delicious looking French crepes and galettes next to it, that had me immediately wanting to find out more.
So a little bit of research and emails later and owner Arnold filled me in all about Lui (the cute Crepe van) and The French Revolution happening down in Brighton!
Judy and Arnold have a love of France and whilst running A Lot of Gaul, French shop in the Brighton North Laines (known as the Tintin shop locally), Judy purchased a couple of burners (crepieres) whilst in France. After practicing and honing their technique for a few years, they decided to take the crepes and galettes out onto the road in 2003.
Arnold: ” We quickly found that our formula was very popular, and appeared at events and food festivals, and eventually in 2008 opened a cafe at Sussex university, which was hugely successful.”
Following the university’s decision to close the independent cafes, the duo then launched the Hub cafe at Ovingdean Hall College.
Then along came Lui, a classic blue 1976 Citroen H-van devoted to providing nutritious, tasty made-to-order galettes and crepes!
The selection of organic crêpes include:
- Freshly squeezed lemon and sugar
- Butter and cinnamon or vanilla sugar
- Nutella/ White chocolate or Belgium chocolate
- Banana and Nutella
- Berry jam, Coconut, roasted nuts
- Amaretto, Roast nuts, Coconut and vanilla sugar
- Morello cherries and Belgium chocolate
- Amaretto, organic maple syrup, banana and whipped cream
The huge range of gluten free galettes include, plus vegetarian options:
- Dry-cured ham, cheddar, roast garlic and/or fresh chillies
- Dry-cured ham, cheddar, mushrooms and roast garlic
- Chorizo, cheddar, caramalised onion and spinach leaves
- Brunch: dry-cured ham, free-range egg, cheddar, mushroom, caramalised onion, spinach leaves, roast garlic
Launching in Oct 2011, Lui found a temporary home near Brighton Station and during 2012 Lui could be found at festivals, parties and weddings. Sadly Lui is still looking for a new permanent home near Brighton, but was recently at the Real Food Market at the South Bank (Festival Hall) and shall be there again over Easter at the South Bank on Queen’s Walk.
If you are planning a French themed wedding or looking to add some French accents to your wedding day then Lui is available within a 70 mile radius of Brighton. Contact Arnold and Judy for prices and to discuss their delicious menu!
As well as large companies I am delighted to be able to highlight those small local French inspired businesses that can add those magical touches to your wedding day. If you are one such business or would love to recommend a small French inspired wedding business email me on firstname.lastname@example.org