Somewhere Between The Sand and the Stardust Auction

Home Leeds Restaurant

The menu Somewhere Between the Sand and the Stardust was created by our chef patron Elizabeth Cottam. Her inspiration came from the artwork and poetry of her good friend Joshua Van Leader who tragically took his own life on November 4th 2022.

The artwork selected to hang on the walls at HOME accompanying the menu and the poetry books that contain the poems that the dishes were inspired by make up a collection of unique, authenticated artworks that will be auctioned on the 3rd May to raise funds for suicide prevention.

The collection available includes the actual, over sized prints from the walls of the restaurant and two other sizes of these artworks, five special edition presentation boxes containing all three of Joshua’s poetry books and five recycled perspex “spaceman’ menus All have been authenticated and offer the opportunity to own a very rare, unique and collectable artwork. You can view the available artworks and their details here.

These works will be available to attendees of our silent auction and dinner event on Wednesday May 3rd, starting at 7pm. Reservations can be made online.

Part One – The Sand

Fierce Nature

Mussel tartar, blackcurrant. lardo

Beetroot, buckwheat, lamb fat

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she absorbed
all the patience
from the woods
and applied it to her spirit she took the wisdom from the stars
and applied it to her mind, she took the power of the sun
and put it forward in her actions
she took the fierce nature of the sea
and she applied it forthright into everything
she wanted to be.

Fierce Nature – Joshua Van Leader

Oceans of Imagination

Bread and Butter – Brittany salt, anchovy seaweed

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She was in love with stories
that ended alongside pain and chapters questioning her role in the universe,
admiring souls that ached for more than surfaced beauty, and words that assisted her
in an ocean of imagination
she was never content with the ordinary,so why should you ever be?

Oceans of Imagination – Joshua Van Leader

Inspired by the Sea

Langoustine, salted plum, ajo blanco

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She sits on the cliffs
and looks out at sea
she soaks it all in
at all she can be, as the hues of the blues
from the seas to the skies,
empty their hearts and fill up her eyes.

Inspired by the sea – Joshua Van Leader

Part Two – The Between

Washed Away

Potato, truffle, sauternes


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Just bleed and express how you feel

We won’t know how impactful we have truly been until many years from now, when our bodies are washed away between the sand and the stardust, and all that remains are our words and ideas
for those to come.
So stand up for what you believe in,
create in,
what you imagine in and dream, dream, dream away.

Washed Away – Joshua Van Leader

Brighter than Fire

Scallop, yuzu, smoke


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You will Always return brighter than the fire, you will Always prove

to be more powerful than the storm, you will Always shine through the darkness and you will Always defeat the shadows,




Brighter than the Fire – Joshua Van Leader

Broken Skies

Butter poached Turbot, cauliflower, liquorice


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There are the broken skies
with rains that bring thunder
there are the unhinged oceans that drown us all in wonder
with cyclones, typhoons and hurricanes
but all they ever do
is remind you to be you
and that all the broken pieces will always shine on through.

Broken Skies – Joshua Van Leader

Part Three – The Stardust

View from the Moon

Aged Beef, black peppercorn, bergamot


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You deserve to feel
like you are among the stars,
like you are sitting on the moon.

View from the Moon – Joshua Van Leader


Coconut, rum, white chocolate


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Then fail again.
Fail again
and again and again.
Whilst we circle the sun and witness breathtaking gaseous nebulas, we watch supernovas from the years before and meteor showers within our blanket of skies.
How, that in our lifetime we watch such magnificent events unfold, and still doubt our own dreams?
Let it be known,
whilst these things are discovered
I do not doubt myself and just as importantly
I certainly do not doubt you.

Supernova – Joshua Van Leader

Night Sky

Rum and Coke


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Have an
that will stretch out
the night sky and a love
that would
fill it.

Night Sky – Joshua Van Leader