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Kobus la Grange at is art

Kobus la Grange is a young, and very talented artist from Cape Town. How moving and evocative are his wood sculptures? Unreal. We’re pretty sure he could make Pinocchio a real boy too!

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2012-11-17 14.19.14See the sculptures at is art.

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Relais & Châteaux 2013 Guide

Relais & Châteaux 2013 Guide
Relais & Châteaux’s new guide for 2013 was launched recently at Delaire Graff and simultaneously, for the first time in Paris.
The guide presents the latest properties worldwide to become members of this unique family of hoteliers, plus 520 charming hotels and gourmet restaurants in 60 countries. The guide comes in six languages: French, English, German, Spanish, Italian and Mandarin, with 60 countries of distribution and from January 2013 it’s available on www.relaischateaux.com/appstore
A digital version of the guide is also available on the website in ultra-light mode to facilitate download. http://publications.relaischateaux.com/guide2013/en
Discover 5 new dream destinations in the 2013 edition:  Zambia, Botswana, Kenya, Guatemala, Fiji Islands, 36 new Relais & Châteaux properties, four spas, and 12 new Grand Chefs including three who have been promoted.
New member properties that have joined the Africa Delegation include Delaire Graff Lodges and Spa situated in Stellenbosch, Morukuru Family in the Madikwe Game Reserve, Ol Donyo Lodge, Kenya, Royal Chundu in Zambia and Zarafa Camp in Botswana bringing the total number of member properties within this delegation to 22.

Relais & Châteaux’s new guide for 2013 was launched recently at Delaire Graff and simultaneously, for the first time in Paris.

The guide presents the latest properties worldwide to become members of this unique family of hoteliers, plus 520 charming hotels and gourmet restaurants in 60 countries. The guide comes in six languages: French, English, German, Spanish, Italian and Mandarin, with 60 countries of distribution and from January 2013 it’s available on www.relaischateaux.com/appstore

A digital version of the guide is also available on the website in ultra-light mode to facilitate download.

Discover 5 new dream destinations in the 2013 edition:  Zambia, Botswana, Kenya, Guatemala, Fiji Islands, 36 new Relais & Châteaux properties, four spas, and 12 new Grand Chefs including three who have been promoted.

New member properties that have joined the Africa Delegation include Delaire Graff Lodges and Spa situated in Stellenbosch, Morukuru Family in the Madikwe Game Reserve, Ol Donyo Lodge, Kenya, Royal Chundu in Zambia and Zarafa Camp in Botswana bringing the total number of member properties within this delegation to 22.

And of course we’re in the guide too!

Relais Chateaux

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The Eat Out Awards 2012!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
26 NOVEMBER
Margot Janse is crowned Chef of the Year and The Tasting Room claims the number two spot in the Top Ten Restaurants of the 2012 Eat Out DSTV Food Network Restaurant Awards
South Africa’s most prestigious restaurant awards are also known as ‘the foodie Oscars’ and the country’s top chefs came dressed accordingly—trading their whites for evening wear and celebrated with the cream of the fine dining restaurant crop.
Not only did The Tasting Room claim the number two spot in the Eat Out Top 10, but in a culinary coup, Margot Janse, the executive chef, was crowned Chef of the Year 2012. The preceding day the golden chef was also invited to be a speaker at the Eat Out Conference in Cape Town, and shared the stage with internationally acclaimed chef Massimo Buttaro.
Bruce Palling, Eat Out’s international judge had this to say: “Here is a chef with superb classical training, yet with a sense of playfulness. I would rank my dinner here with the best I have had anywhere in the past year. I was blown away by the playfulness and the complete self-assurance of a professional.”
Eat Out’s editor, Abigail Donnelly praised Margot’s ‘vibrant flavours and polished dishes’ she said: “Cleverness and confidence shine on the plate. Margot is simply extraordinary.”
The Tasting Room has made it into the Eat Out Top 10 an unprecedented 11 times, and Margot was also Chef of the Year in 2002.
Margot is delighted with the result: “It’s a fantastic honour, especially after the year we’ve had—we’ve achieved this accolade with a completely new team of chefs. The awards are thanks to them—I wouldn’t be carrying this title without my team.”
The Tasting Room has been one of the only South African restaurants to appear consistently on the S. Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants list year after year, to date, eight years in a row. Plus, Margot is an accredited Relais & Châteaux Grande Chef, one of only two in South Africa.
Margot’s food explores Southern Africa on a plate and is a celebration of regional produce; a parade of timeless African ingredients like baobab, buchu, and sorghum are made completely new—each course tells its own story.  In fact the whole experience is geared towards story-telling. The chef is continuously inspired by the people and produce around her, and this vision comes through on the plate as a vibrant tribute.
Margot had this to say to Eat Out: “The guests that come to dine are not just there for dinner. The whole experience is about celebrating our country and region. Our service style is based on storytelling, instead of factual information sharing. We tell you about the winemakers and his dog, the things granny did with buchu and why the baobab is called the upside down tree. When, at the end of the evening I get thanked for a special experience and for all our guests learned about this amazing country, its culture and indigenous produce – that’s when I know we got it right.”

Margot Janse is crowned Chef of the Year and The Tasting Room claims the number two spot in the Top Ten Restaurants of the 2012 Eat Out DSTV Food Network Restaurant Awards

Eleanor, Margot and Linda looking fly at the ceremonyC

Eleanor, Margot and Linda looking fly at the ceremony

South Africa’s most prestigious restaurant awards are also known as ‘the foodie Oscars’ and the country’s top chefs came dressed accordingly—trading their whites for evening wear and celebrated with the cream of the fine dining restaurant crop.

Not only did The Tasting Room claim the number two spot in the Eat Out Top 10, but in a culinary coup, Margot Janse, the executive chef, was crowned Chef of the Year 2012. The preceding day the golden chef was also invited to be a speaker at the Eat Out Conference in Cape Town, and shared the stage with internationally acclaimed chef Massimo Buttaro.

Bruce Palling, Eat Out’s international judge had this to say: “Here is a chef with superb classical training, yet with a sense of playfulness. I would rank my dinner here with the best I have had anywhere in the past year. I was blown away by the playfulness and the complete self-assurance of a professional.”

Eat Out’s editor, Abigail Donnelly praised Margot’s ‘vibrant flavours and polished dishes’ she said: “Cleverness and confidence shine on the plate. Margot is simply extraordinary.”

The Tasting Room has made it into the Eat Out Top 10 an unprecedented 11 times, and Margot was also Chef of the Year in 2002.

Eat Out Winner_Chef of the Year_Margot Janse

Margot is delighted with the result: “It’s a fantastic honour, especially after the year we’ve had—we’ve achieved this accolade with a completely new team of chefs. The awards are thanks to them—I wouldn’t be carrying this title without my team.”

The Tasting Room has been one of the only South African restaurants to appear consistently on the S. Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants list year after year, to date, eight years in a row. Plus, Margot is an accredited Relais & Châteaux Grande Chef, one of only two in South Africa.

Margot’s food explores Southern Africa on a plate and is a celebration of regional produce; a parade of timeless African ingredients like baobab, buchu, and sorghum are made completely new—each course tells its own story.  In fact the whole experience is geared towards story-telling. The chef is continuously inspired by the people and produce around her, and this vision comes through on the plate as a vibrant tribute.

Margot had this to say to Eat Out: “The guests that come to dine are not just there for dinner. The whole experience is about celebrating our country and region. Our service style is based on storytelling, instead of factual information sharing. We tell you about the winemakers and his dog, the things granny did with buchu and why the baobab is called the upside down tree. When, at the end of the evening I get thanked for a special experience and for all our guests learned about this amazing country, its culture and indigenous produce – that’s when I know we got it right.”

We’re in great company too:

The Top 10 restaurants

1.     The Test Kitchen
2.     The Tasting Room
3.     Jordan Restaurant
4.     Overture
5.     Rust en Vrede
6.     DW Eleven-13
7.     La Colombe
8.     The Greenhouse
9.     Terroir
10.   Hartford House

Posted by: Susan Huxter
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Black ingredients for Black Friday

The day after Thanksgiving is known as Black Friday in America.
The day’s name was first used to describe heavy traffic, both pedestrian and vehicles on the day after Thanksgiving. These days ‘Black Friday’—as it’s the beginning of the Christmas shopping season—means the point at which retailers begin to turn a profit, or are ‘in the black’.
But we’ve decided to give it a different meaning and celebrate our favourite black ingredients: black garlic, caviar, black truffles, and black cherries.

The day after Thanksgiving is known as Black Friday in America.

The day’s name was first used to describe heavy traffic, both pedestrian and vehicles on the day after Thanksgiving. These days ‘Black Friday’—as it’s the beginning of the Christmas shopping season—means the point at which retailers begin to turn a profit, or are ‘in the black’.

But we’ve decided to give it a different meaning and celebrate our favourite black ingredients: black garlic, caviar, black truffles, and black cherries.

black cherriesblack garliccaviartruffles

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Finesse Magazine

The official magazine of the Thomas Keller Restaurant Group, Finesse Magazine, is available in digital format as an app

The magazine features original content about The French Laundry, Per Se, Bouchon, Bouchon Bakery and Ad Hoc. Contributing writers include culinary scribes such as Michael Ruhlman, Ruth Reichl, Scott Haas and Jun Hamamoto.

They say: “each issue highlights poignant chapters of the group’s history, special products born from the evolution of ideas, recipes from the culinary and pastry teams and anecdotes that highlight unique facets of the group’s culture.”

For more information  and to download the app visit the website: www.finessemagazine.com

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What to eat at The ‘Magic of Bubbles’

The ‘Magic of Bubbles’ Cap Classique & Champagne Festival is on the weekend of 30 November - 2 December 2012.

Local Cap Classique and French Champagne producers will present their bubblies in a grand tent on the manicured lawns surrounding the Huguenot Monument. The theme this year is black and white with an emphasis on birds and bows—and the best dressed couple wins a prize!

Expect local Cap Classique from Graham Beck Wines, Krone, La Motte, Môreson, Pierre Jourdan, Simonsig, Steenberg, Villiera, and more. As well as the French stuff, such as Billecart Salmon, Tribaut and Veuve Clicquot.

And we’ll be there to feed you
At the LQF stand Margot Janse will be offering spiced pulled pork on buttermilk bun with delectable brownies for dessert; both sublime matches for bubbly. And at Bread & Wine dig into smoked salmon sosaties, with avocado, tomato & rice, followed by fabulous fudge & macaroons.

macaroons

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Win this Movember!

It’s halfway through the month and by this stage all of you growing a mo for Movember should be looking bright-eyed and bushy faced.

As a reward for your hirsute pursuit snap a picture of yourself at either Bread & Wine or The Common Room and you stand a chance to win a return meal at the restaurant as well as a bottle of Miss Molly bubbly.

Either tweet us the pic or load it up onto our Facebook page.

Go! Make like Tom Selleck.

tom selleck

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Posted in: Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant, Competition, The Common Room,
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Farm fresh food in Franschhoek

Our gorgeous little valley is featured in Africa Geographic’s Safari Interactive magazine. Both The Tasting Room and Bread & Wine are highlighted. Plus the feature includes two recipes from Tina Jewell’s South African Flavours cooking class hosted in my country kitchen.

Check out the feature Farm fresh food in Franschhoek and try your hand at trout with buchu samp, spinach, onion purée and a biltong vinaigrette or tuna boerewors with pap, corn purée and chilli jelly.

bread and wine

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The latest beauties at Is Art

These are some of the newest stunners at our contemporary fine art gallery, is art: below is a bronze sculpture from Cornelia Stoop, then, also in bronze, are chairs by Guy du Toit. Check out the red sculpture by Uwe Pfaff (we also have one in The Tasting Room), and lastly a little bit of love from Hartedief. Come for a browse and then pop in at The Common Room for a glass of bubbly.

Cornelia Stoop, bronze

chairs

uwe Pfaff

harte

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Posted in: Art, Franschhoek, Is Art, Uncategorized,
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Yelcho Lodge

I’ve been cooking up something exciting in Chile these last couple of weeks. Charlotte Pennington (from Santiago) and I have refurbished Yelcho Lodge using the talents of local craftsmen. It’s been an amazing process, and puma have been spotted twice in the last two weeks on the property!

yelcho

And no wonder as the lodge is in the heart of the unspoilt wild, situated in the middle of mountains and glaciers: Yelcho en la Patagonia is located on the shores of one of the largest lakes in Chile, Lake Yelcho. It’s an ideal getaway for the adventurer traveller; plenty of fly fishing and hiking to do. But it’s also perfect for those looking to escape the hum of big cities, and to relax in pristine nature.

The lodge has been restyled and is now the epitome of cosy elegance. Rustic yet sophisticated. The food’s pretty good too! (The wine list has over 65 types of Chilean wine.)

The lodge re-opens today and it’s looking beautiful! ! Head over to their Facebook page to see the transformation in progress. For more information visit their website

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Posted in: Chile, Travel, yelcho lodge,
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