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Celebrity Chefs Challenge Dinner

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Samp and beans, pilchards, and butternut—these are some of the distinctly South African ingredients four of the country’s top chefs will be cooking with for charity.

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Reuben Riffel, Margot Janse, Duncan Doherty and Neil Jewell are teaming up  to create a six-course menu using only Peninsula School Feeding Association’s (PSFA) staple ingredients.

The Celebrity Chefs Challenge Dinner takes place on Saturday 29 September at The Granger Bay Hotel School Restaurant in Mouille Point, Cape Town. Contact Janine Tilley on janine@psfa.org.za to purchase tickets for the event. Tickets are R370 per person, which will feed one child every school day for a whole year!

Blogs we Love!

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Our most recent favourite has to be Coolness. We love the eclectic collection of all things cool from around the world. Great ideas, wonderful inspiration and fabulous writing.

It is jam packed full of our very best things and, if you want to add a little more spice to the upcoming year, this bad boy needs to become part of your daily reading list.

Dinner that Delights …

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

The Peninsula School Feeding Association (PSFA) will once again be hosting a dinner – on Saturday the 9th of October 2011 – to raise funds for hungry Western Cape school children.

This dinner once again marks the start of the annual National Nutrition Week, which runs from the 9th to the 13th of October 2010, and it showcases dishes with a twist by our very own: Margot Janse and Neil Jewell.

The twist is an interesting one … all dishes created for the evening by the chefs must make use of only PSFA’s feeding programme ingredients. So you can expect to see these culinary geniuses wowing diners with includes that include: soya, lentils, cabbage and more.

The evening – which hosts 90 people – is already sold out. If last year is anything to go by it is going to be a huge success, and it will result in a whole lot more school children being fed.

The PSFA is a registered non-profit organiseation that currently feeds 237 000 children in 645 schools on a daily basis. For more information call (021) 447-6020 or visit www.psfa.org.za

Instead of Xmas Cards

Friday, December 10th, 2010

Last year instead of sending out Christmas cards and gifts we paid for a local crèche’s first Christmas. This party was funded entirely by the money that we would have spent on your Christmas card and gift.

The party, last year, was such a huge success that we have decided that this Christmas we will once again be giving to those that need it most. This means that we will be throwing Christmas parties for not one but two local crèches.

Mrs. Ndaba and her toddlers and all the children at the Liwa Lethu ECD Centre will enjoy Christmas parties filled with healthy food, laughter, clothes to take home, cupcakes, sweets and an exciting visit from Santa Claus!

Successful Peninsula School Feeding Association Dinner

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

The Peninsula School Feeding Association (PSFA) dinner, hosted at Reuben’s Restaurant in Franschhoek, was a huge success with a total of 240 children finding sponsorship.

100 guests, who each paid R370, attended the dinner with a twist: a menu designed around the ingredients used in the dishes the children eat everyday. Ingredients used included: dehydrated vegetables, pilchards in tomato sauce, baked beans, samp, soya, lentils, cabbage, rice, jam and fruit.

The chefs’ – Margot Janse, Reuben Riffel, Neil Jewell and Darren Roberts – did an excellent job. With each managing to turn these seemingly normal ingredients into delectable fine dining cuisine.

Who knew dehydrated vegetables and pilchards in tomato sauce could look and taste so delicious?

Cooking for a Good Cause

Monday, October 4th, 2010

The Peninsula School Feeding Association (PSFA) will be hosting a dinner – on Saturday the 9th of October at Reuben’s Restaurant in Franschhoek – to raise funds for hungry Western Cape school children.

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This dinner marks the start of the annual National Nutrition Week, which runs from the 9th to the 13th of October 2010, and showcases dishes with a twist by: Margot Janse, Reuben Riffel (Reuben’s), Darren Roberts (Grande Provence) and Neil Jewell (Bread & Wine).

The twist is an interesting one … all dishes created for the evening by the celebrity chefs make use of only PSFA’s feeding programme ingredients. Think less truffle and more soya.

The four course dinner, paired with local wines, costs R370 per person with all proceeds going to identifying and feeding hungry children.

There are only 90 seats available and tickets are moving fast. For more information, contact Maryké Riffel on (021) 876-3772 or email reservations@reubens.co.za.

The PSFA is a registered non-profit organiseation that currently feeds 237 000 children in 645 schools on a daily basis. For more information call (021) 447-6020 or visit www.psfa.org.za

Daf running Comrades for Mrs. Ndaba Friday

Friday, May 28th, 2010

Daf, a friend of mine from Harvard, is running the Comrades Marathon this Sunday. As he runs he’ll be raising funds for Mrs. Ndaba. How Fantastic?

If you’d like to track Daf’s progress, during the 2010 Comrades Marathon, check out our Facebook Fan Page where we’ll be posting regular updates.

Thanks Daf, this is a truly amazing gesture. Good luck from everyone here at Le Quartier Français!

Travel with Purpose

Monday, May 17th, 2010

The Mrs. Ndaba programme has forever changed the way we look at travel.

We are now constantly looking for new experiences that enrich our lives but, at the same time, make a significant difference in the lives of others.

In Buenos Aires we found another great Travel with Purpose Experience. A friend of mine, Milagros, has opened a wonderful restaurant. This restaurant offers diners great local food  and at the same time it helps makes a difference in the lives of countless homeless children.

Milagros is doing something phenomenal, she’s changing lives.

Lannice Synman

Monday, May 10th, 2010

It was with great sadness that I learnt yesterday that Lannice Snyman: friend, author and respected culinary guru had passed away in the early hours of the morning. At moments like this I find myself wondering about the fairness of life … life where such a wonderful, gifted, passionate person – a person who has so much to give – had to leave the world too soon, way before their time.

I have known Lannice for over 30 years and we have shared a love of food, traveling and – most importantly – family and friends.  On a professional front I think all restaurateurs and chefs respected Lannice’s views because she really had been there and done it! Lannice knew what it was like to be behind the stoves and how to cope with the pressures of everyday in a restaurant. She introduced the first real restaurant awards. She was always brutally honest and fiercely loyal.

Over the years Lannice and I ate in London and Paris, we explored all sorts of shops, we laughed together and shared many a difficult time together. But in the 30 years I knew Lannice I also knew that what really made her eyes light up, and her face radiant, was her family. She adored Mike – her husband who she met at school and shared the rest of her life with - and her two daughters, Tamsin and Courtney. They were the centre of her universe and I think that Lannice considered, the day she became a grandmother, her greatest achievement.

When we returned from the 2010 S. Pellegrino World Top 50 awards, in London, we all remarked that the one thing that was missing was Lannice. I was fortunate enough, along with Margot, to have visited Lannice last week. Both Margot and myself enjoyed an extraordinary hour with Lannice. We discussed food, dinners in Paris, 30 years of friendship and just how bad hospital food really is! I will forever treasure this hour with Lannice, it was a gift.

Lannice – my dear friend – we will continue to strive to be better. We will miss your advise, your input and your smile. You will be with us in spirit whenever we enjoy a meal in a restaurant that we have read about, researched and traveled half way around the world to get to. You were our mentor, our sounding board, our fiercest critique and above all our dear friend.

We will miss you Lannice.

Mrs Ndaba Video

Monday, April 19th, 2010

We recently had a group of children take part in the Mrs. Ndaba Fridays Programme. It was so cute that we couldn’t resist putting together this video.