Catering and takeaway - Dune du Pilat

Catering and takeaway

Eight businesses are present on the site including three restaurants and three takeaway businesses: a seafood tasting offer (including oysters from the Arcachon Bay) and tapas based on charcuterie and seafood; a range of verrines and casseroles of French cuisine linked to the local culinary heritage; a quality catering offer, simple and accessible to all based on fresh, local or organic farming products; organic-labeled bakery/sandwich products; organic frozen products; hot or cold sandwiches with emphasis on local products.

ORGANIC YUM YUM

Catering and takeaway - Dune du Pilat

Bio Yum Yum mainly offers organic ice creams and smoothies, made almost exclusively with vegetable milk. There are also hot products such as chocolate cakes (but always with a touch of ice cream) and iced coffees.

What do the Dune and running a restaurant on the site mean to you?

Petra SKUFCA, co-manager. “ It is an exceptional opportunity to have been selected as part of the call for applications. The location of the business somehow dictates success. You can have the best product, but if you're in a bad position, it won't work. Besides that, I can present my recipes to a wider, international clientele.

Your best memory here?

I remember being impressed the first time I came here. It's a special place. I had never known a place with all three landscapes (sea, desert, forest). I have known all three before separately but not together. This is a very special site, which cannot be found anywhere else.

Any visiting advice?

Do not visit it in direct sunlight (laughs).
Personally, I prefer slightly overcast days. And when it's windy, you can feel the force of nature. We then realize that we are very small compared to the immensity of nature. I would also advise coming back, choosing different times to visit the Dune, for those who are not just passing through.

How do you promote the site?

During the slightly calmer days, we talk with the visitors. They mainly ask us practical questions about the site so we inform them, we guide them, it's part of our work.

What made you want to work on this site?

The working environment is magnificent. I learned things here, when we climbed the Dune with the other traders. Before, the Bio Yum Yum concept was a truck and we went from one place to another. I responded to the Syndicat Mixte's call for tenders because I was looking for a nice place to settle down. And I was accepted.

A word to describe the Dune?

Gorgeous. It is an exceptional place. It's a privilege to be here, to work here.
Catering and takeaway - Dune du Pilat

OYSTER & TAPAS

Catering and takeaway - Dune du Pilat

As its name suggests, Oyster & Tapas offers oysters for tasting and tapas, charcuterie or cheese platters to share. It is possible to eat on site, on the terrace.

What do the Dune and running a restaurant on the site mean to you?

Arnaud LAFON, manager. “ When I learned of the call for applications, I took this great opportunity to respond. I am very happy to work here. I can sell my own products (he manages a company on the side) and seafood (oysters from the Arcachon Bay in particular). I also meet an international clientele here.

Your best memory here?

I was born in Arcachon. I know the site very well. I have come here very often, through more confidential entrances, even by boat. My fondest memory is the escape that the Dune gives me.

Any visiting advice?

To come by my house!
More seriously, you have to take the time to look at the landscape and see it change. With the tides, it changes completely. We must take advantage of the moment and the moments that the Basin gives us.

How do you promote the site?

We welcome quite a few people who unfortunately cannot climb the Dune. They settle in with us while waiting for the others to return. So we chat with them. Just start the exchange, smile, offer water for the dog and off you go. We invite them to visit the entire host village.

Visiting the Dune is a moment of life, of well-being to share. So we do everything to make them have a good time.

What made you want to work on this site?

I am a native of the country. I already had the opportunity several years ago but it didn't happen. This is the place to be! I am incredibly lucky. Working here is a consecration for a local child. I work with my two daughters, it's perfect.

A word to describe the Dune?

Extraordinary. I have wonderful memories here. People are amazed by it, that’s why we do everything to make their experience as successful as possible.

Catering and takeaway - Dune du Pilat

COFFEE MONUMENT

Catering and takeaway - Dune du Pilat

Monument Café offers catering on site, on the terrace or in its room (heated in winter) in the form of a fresh buffet, starters and desserts in glasses and hot or cold dishes. Its menu evolves regularly.

What do the Dune and running a restaurant on the site mean to you?

Morgane Comte, executive assistant. “ It is the first natural site in which a Monument Café is installed (there are ones at the Château de Versailles, at the Château de Fontainebleau or even at the Musée de la Marine), it is very symbolic and it is a great discovery. La Dune corresponds to Monument Café's values in terms of respect for the environment, fresh and local products. The working environment and environment are pleasant. Warm and peaceful are the words that often come from people's mouths.

Your best memory here?

The first time I came here was quite a while ago. For me, it's a family, friendly place, with children playing in the sand and very pretty sunsets..

Any visiting advice?

I would advise walking along the crest of the dune, walking in the sand, not hesitating to isolate yourself and not staying near the stairs.

How do you promote the site?

It's when customers leave their table that they are asked if they have climbed the Dune or if they are going to go there.

We advise them to bring water before going, to watch the short films in the exhibition cabin and to contact the mediators in the discovery cabin. Being so close to the Dune encourages these exchanges.

What made you want to work on this site?

The CEO of Monument Café fell in love with the Basin and the Dune. He is used to coming here on vacation. When he learned of the call for applications, he took the opportunity to respond. The fact of having fully understood the challenges of the Grand Site and the role of the manager allowed him to be selected among the candidates. It was obvious to him. In addition, it is the first natural site for the channel. It's symbolic.

A word to describe the Dune?

Extraordinary. It is an unusual natural phenomenon which is also very imposing. We feel very small next to it.”

Catering and takeaway - Dune du Pilat

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