Archive for the ‘Food’ Category

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

Say goodbye to the other white meat

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Pork is out and chicken is in.

Expect to see a whole lot less pork-belly and a whole lot more fowl in the next few months.

Food trends in the USA

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

On my visit to the USA last year I noticed sliders – those delicious burgers – making a big splash. I was very interested to see that they are still huge over here. Sliders in all shapes and forms – vegetarian, pork and beef served with onions, cheese and other sauces – look set to become a regular menu fixture in the States … and possibly abroad?

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New York, Los Angeles and Las Vegas

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

If you could eat anywhere in New York, LA or Las Vegas where would it be?

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As you’ve probably guessed I am heading off to New York, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. I have a lot of work to do in the USA but I will definitely find time to dine at a selection of fabulous restaurants.

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While you may not be on the trip, or in the restaurant with me, I do plan on including all of you in my adventure. I will be posting all my great finds and experiences right here on this blog. How exciting!

If there is anywhere you think I simply have to visit please let me know.

2010 Bastille Festival in Franschhoek

Monday, July 12th, 2010

It’s almost time for the 2010 Bastille Festival and this year’s festival promises to be everything last year’s was and more. Taking place, in Franschhoek, on Saturday the 17th and Sunday the 18th of July 2010 the Bastille Festival is definitely one of the highlights of the Franschhoek Festival Calendar.

Le Quartier Français, Bread & Wine and Môreson will all be in attendance and they’ll have the following delicious dishes and wines on offer.

Le Quartier Français
Mademoiselle Lamb Burger Junior (she last made an appearance at the 2009 MCC Festival)
Brownies
Donuts.

Bread & Wine

Flatbread with a delicious topping (always excellent and a Franschhoek Festival favourite)
Gourmet Hotdog
Filled Focaccias
Tina’s Fudge.

Môreson

They will be showcasing their Miss Molly range of wines – including the new Miss Molly Bubbly – which means that a percentage of each bottle sold will be donated to the South African Guide Dog Association for the Blind.

Local is Lekker: 2010 Le Quartier Français Accommodation Special

Friday, May 14th, 2010

Stay at Le Quartier Français between the 3rd of May 2010 and the 31st of August 2010 for just R895pp*.

Each person will also get an additional R150 worth of Le Quartier Français Currency to spend – during their stay – in iCi, The Tasting Room, The Treatment Room, The Screening Room and Bread & Wine**.

To book call 021-876 2151 Ext: 341 or email: res@lqf.co.za

* This rate includes bed & a scrumptious breakfast.

**This offer is subject to availability and terms and conditions apply.

Winter Warmer Menu in iCi

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

From 3rd May 2010 for both lunch and dinner (Monday – Friday)

  • 2 Course Menu – R120 pp
  • 3 Course Menu – R150 pp

Winter, in Franschhoek, has never looked like so much fun!

To book call: 021 876 2151 Ext 440 or email: restaurant@lqf.co.za

Exclusive Books & Le Quartier Français Literary Festival Giveaway: 14th – 16th May 2010!

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

Spend R200 (or more) in one of our restaurants – over the 2010 Literary Festival – and receive a 10% discount and a bottle of Miss Molly wine (to take home) or a R100 Exclusive Book voucher.

You will also be automatically entered into the main draw where you could win one of three great prizes!

1st prize: R2 000 worth of Exclusive Book vouchers and a night (for two) at Le Quartier Français.

2nd prize: R500 worth of Exclusive Book vouchers and lunch for two at Le Quartier Français.

3rd prize: R250 worth of Exclusive Books vouchers and breakfast for two at Le Quartier Français.

If you’re planning of spending the Literary Festival weekend in Franschhoek why not book the Le Quartier Français Literary Festival Package? We have limited space available so, if you’re interested, please don’t wait too long to book!

We look forward to seeing you this weekend!

For more information visit the Le Quartier Français website.

*Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.

Local is Lekker Special – Taste the Tasting Room

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

Book for an evening in The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Français from the 3rd till the 16th May 2010 and for just R350pp (excluding wine) we will surprise you with a unique menu designed by Margot Janse (and her team).

Taste the Tasting Room aims to give local diners the opportunity to taste the best of The Tasting Room and some of Margot’s all time favourite dishes.

This offer is subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.

To booking call: 021-876 2151 Ext. 440 or email: restaurant@lqf.co.za

Dining at Noma

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

Eating at Noma, only fours days after it was awarded the title of 2010 S.Pellegrino World’s Best Restaurant was an incredible experience.

It is impossible to describe the dinner in a few words, but what I loved the most is that it was so true to itself. We tasted Nordic cuisine, herbs, pickled vegetables, berries and more. I chose to pair my meal with wines while Susan had hers with a juice pairing – incredible, especially the apple and pine shoots!

What stood out for me?

The raw chestnuts sliced at different thicknesses for texture, served with a fishroe sauce, rye crumbs and cress. The whole crayfish tail, just cooked, served on a rock from the beach with a cream of oyster, and powder of seaweed which had to be eaten without cutlery – fabulous! Then there was the dehydrated scallop with grains, watercress and seaweed/squid ink oil.

In fact every course, of our six hour long dinner, was amazing. From the six pre-dinner amuse – served with champagne – to the incredible 12 courses that followed.

My inspiration has been completely re-charged. I only wish Copenhagen was a little closer to Franschhoek…