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The Celebrity Chefs Challenge

Friday, October 4th, 2013

Feed a child for a year and attend a swanky gourmet evening at the same time. Sound good? On 12 October, The Celebrity Chefs Challenge is back.

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“Join celebrity chefs Margot Janse (Le Quartier Français), Chris Erasmus (Pierneef à La Motte Restaurant), Neil Jewell (Bread and Wine) and Reuben Riffel (Reuben’s) for a unique dining experience where they will prepare a six-course menu using only Peninsula School Feeding Association’s staple ingredients such as samp, beans, maize, carrots, lentils and sugar beans.”

All courses will be paired with complimentary wines. Tickets cost only R395, which will cover the cost of feeding a child for a year!

To book your tickets, send your request to Kate at ccc@psfa.co.za

12 October, 6.30pm
Granger Bay Hotel School Restaurant, Mouille Point, Cape Town

PSFA currently feeds 22 000 children daily in 113 schools across the Western Cape. Last year, the Celebrity Chefs Challenge raised over R233 000, feeding over 630 learners for the entire year. For more info please contact us on 021 447 6020.

An auction item list is available to preview. Please email ccc@psfa.co.za to request a copy. Credit card facilities will be available. If you’d like to add items to the auction, please let them know.

The Cape Wine Auction

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

We’re thrilled to announce that on Friday, October 25th, The Cape Wine Auction will reveal their sponsors and charities as well as introduce their 20 ‘Auction Ambassadors’ at Le Quartier Français! Five other international launches will happen simultaneously to kick-start the international fund-raising.

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Mike Ratcliffe of Warwick Wines, on behalf of the Auction Committee, answered a few questions about this exciting event.

What is The Cape Wine Auction?
Our annual charity wine auction. An anxiously awaited must-attend social event. The glamorous epicenter of the wine-lands. A showcase. A gastronomic banquet celebrating all that is great about our wine industry. An event to unite the industry around a common cause. A global branding opportunity for South African wine. A memorable party.

What will the Auction be like?
The Auction will be a glamorous lunchtime affair on March 15th 2014, perhaps the most beautiful month of the year. Expect guests to be dressed beautifully in their best summer finery. Iconic South African winemakers and an A-list culinary team lead by Grande Chef Margot Janse will mingle with guests during a day of indulgence and fun. Interactive screens will bring the kitchen and auction activities to you. The auction itself will remain relaxed and fun with a professional auctioneer keeping it light and pushing guests to reach deep for an exceptional cause.

What will be auctioned?
Auction lots will focus on wine experiences. Special wines not available to the public, winery experiences and personal interactions with top chefs and winemakers in incredible locations. Ever wanted to buy a barrel from your favourite winery and follow its maturation through to bottling? Ever wanted a top chef and winemaker to partner for a dinner party in your home? How about a personally curated wine tour of iconic wineries and restaurants with a group of friends? Have you ever wanted access to the Napa Valley Wine Auction or Hospice du Beaune? Auction lots will invite the public into the beating heart of the wine industry. VIP access has never looked so good.

What is the charitable focus?
The auction will focus on the two pillars of ‘local’ & ‘education’. By definition, the Auction will focus it’s proceeds predominantly on education in the wine-lands of South Africa. The Auction remains inclusive of all aspects of education from infant development, through nutritional education all the way to the provision of a leadership academy and tertiary educational endowments. The charities that will align with the Auction are The Pebbles Project and the Make A Difference Foundation.

The Auction’s three day agenda?
The Auction aims to be a three day event encompassing a high-end introduction to the South African wine industry for inbound guests. The agenda will kick-off on Thursday night the 13th of March with a ‘Bring-a-Magnum’ party launch event hosted by one of South Africa’s most prestigious Franschhoek properties. Multiple events will be hosted around the winelands on Friday culminating in the ‘Barrel Auction’ to be hosted by Waterford Estate on Friday night.

Who will be at the Auction?
The Cape Wine Auction needs to be an international event to be successful in it’s objectives. In 2014 we expect 250 guests with half of the attendees flying in from abroad. The Auction Ambassadors will be integral in identifying colleagues, friends & associates with a philanthropic agenda who will educated about the Auction objectives in advance, and will attend and bid on their specific auction lots.

What is an Auction Ambassador?
The Auction aims to partner with 20 ‘Ambassadors’ who identify with the charitable cause and wish to be supporters. Ambassadors can be stakeholders, organisations, individuals or families. Ambassadors would be vocal in their support of the auction and align with the charitable vision of the organisers.

What role does an Auction Ambassador play?
Curate an auction lot: Ambassadors will identify specific donors in their networks and approach them with the objective to create a lot that would be attractive to them. Based on the value of the proposed donation, Ambassadors would curate a specific lot to satisfy the wishes of that donor in order to ensure the donation is realized.
Organise a pre-event: Ambassadors will organise pre-auction events to entertain their network, additional fund-raisers and/or become involved in the event organisation. The Auction intends becoming a three day event that could attract people to Stellenbosch for the weekend from around the world.
Gather your philanthropic circles. Ambassadors can host a table at the auction and play a role in motivating guests towards extreme generosity.

Find The Cape Wine Auction on Facebook and Twitter

Chefs who Share raised R1 195 000 for charity!

Monday, September 16th, 2013

Earlier in September, Margot Janse took part in charity dinner Chefs Who Share. 14 acclaimed South African chefs – paired in duos –presented seven especially designed menus for the night. Margot was paired with David Higgs from Saxon Hotel and Spa.

“It was an amazing night,” said Margot. “14 chefs all there for the same reason. It was well organised and there was an amazing vibe in the room.

“David Higgs and I have been very good friends for a long time, and it was fabulous working on this function together! We had loads of fun putting the menu together and then finalising all the preparations with 1000km between us.”

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Chefs who Share raised a total of R1 195 000 from ticket sales and an art auction which saw ten art pieces, donated by top South African artists, auctioned off by Cape Town businessman Iain Banner on the night. All proceeds raised by this prestigious event will go to MAD CHARITY (Make a Difference) and Laureus Sport for Good Foundation.

Veggie Boxes piled high with fresh ingredients donated by Woolworths destined for soup kitchens to feed underprivileged children, were also sold on the evening at R1000 per box. Chefs who Share hope to make this an ongoing initiative.

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A dish on the 7-course menu entitled: 'Gone Fishing'

Margot Janse featured in Caterer and Hotelkeeper

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

“I always get asked the question what the difference is between male and female chefs is, and I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s actually a very sexist question. Food is determined by the person cooking it and gender doesn’t come into that. It’s as simple as that.” – Margot Janse

Margot Janse was recently featured in Caterer and Hotelkeeper!  The magazine is a weekly UK business magazine for hospitality professionals. See the article below.

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How we say goodbye

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Most people love a good food fight. And while us civilians may be stuck with boring things like fruit and vegetables—and if we’re lucky the occasional pie—chefs have an arsenal of wicked things to throw.

Recently our team of chefs bid goodbye to senior chef de partie, Elizabeth Ackermann—with the leftovers of the day. In the mix was oyster vichyssoise from the espuma gun, liquid beetroot and more.

Chef Liz

“Business is business,” said Margot Janse. “But when the day was done the team expressed their farewell feelings…

“Liz is great!” she enthused. “I am very, very proud of how she has grown into an amazing chef over the last three years. She has done a couple of overseas trips with me too. I hope Joburg is ready for her…”

Good luck Liz! We’ll miss you.

Ready, set, Virgin Orange is on the mark!

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013
Long-time friends, and now running partners, Margot Janse and Saskia Blaisse, are on a
mission. One that encompasses hundreds of kilometres of pounded pavement, an altruistic
goal, and The Cape Town Marathon on 22 September 2013.
They’re both Franschhoek locals: Margot is the executive chef of world-renowned Le
Quartier Français, and Saskia is the co-founder of Truckles Traditional Cheese and Blazing
Grey.
New to the marathon circuit, the two Dutch-born athletes have called themselves VIRGIN
ORANGE, and can be seen rain, sleet or winter sunshine every morning training on the
streets of their village (much to the delight of the townspeople driving past on their daily
commute, who have become the runners’ unofficial cheering squad).
Blazing a trail, the dynamic duo have been increasing their distance exponentially, with the
most recent achievement standing at 27 kilometres on one stretch—though the true goal
of competing in The Cape Town Marathon lies in raising funds for The Kusasa Project
Breakfast Club.
Since 2007 over 650,000 breakfasts have been provided at Dalubuhle and Wes Eind
Primary School, one of the most crucial programs which prepares the children for a day of
learning, facilitated by The Kusasa Project in conjunction with Le Quartier Francais.
This huge volume of meals requires a variety of utensils, equipment, storage and kitchen
structures as well as large numbers of plates and cutlery.
There is an urgent need to replenish this equipment and VIRGIN ORANGE have taken
on this challenge to raise R200 000 to purchase a significant amount of vitally needed
resources.
Please support this cause with donations to The Kusasa Project throug our registered
charities in South Africa, UK, Holland and the USA with a reference VO
Or visit http://www.justgiving.com/VIRGIN-ORANGE
Banking details
South Africa                                       Netherlands
Bank: Nedbank South Africa                                           Name: Stichting The Kusasa Project
Account Number: 1670005186                                              Bank: RABO Bank
Branch Code: 167005 & SWIFT Code: NEDSZAJJ      Account Number: 0135981468
Beneficiary: The Kusasa Project                                      IBAN No: NL 58 RABO 0135981468
United Kingdom                                     USA
Bank: Clydesdale Bank                                                              US tax payers can send a cheque
Sort Code:  826419                                                                     payable to KidsForce International
Account Number: 70128619                                                    put THE KUSASA PROJECT in memo line
Beneficiary: The Kusasa Project UK                                        and send to:
KidsForce International
c/o Alicia Fitts
5920 Manor Place
Brentwood, TN 37027

Long-time friends, and now running partners, Margot Janse and Saskia Blaisse, are on a mission. One that encompasses hundreds of kilometres of pounded pavement, an altruistic goal, and The Cape Town Marathon on 22 September 2013.

They’re both Franschhoek locals: Margot is the executive chef of world-renowned Le Quartier Français, and Saskia is the co-founder of Truckles Traditional Cheese and Blazing Grey.

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New to the marathon circuit, the two Dutch-born athletes have called themselves VIRGIN ORANGE, and can be seen rain, sleet or winter sunshine every morning training on the streets of their village (much to the delight of the townspeople driving past on their daily commute, who have become the runners’ unofficial cheering squad).

Blazing a trail, the dynamic duo have been increasing their distance exponentially, with the most recent achievement standing at 27 kilometres on one stretch—though the true goal of competing in The Cape Town Marathon lies in raising funds for The Kusasa Project Breakfast Club.

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Since 2007 over 650,000 breakfasts have been provided at Dalubuhle and Wes Eind Primary School, one of the most crucial programs which prepares the children for a day of learning, facilitated by The Kusasa Project in conjunction with Le Quartier Francais.

This huge volume of meals requires a variety of utensils, equipment, storage and kitchen structures as well as large numbers of plates and cutlery.

There is an urgent need to replenish this equipment and VIRGIN ORANGE have taken n this challenge to raise R200 000 to purchase a significant amount of vitally needed resources.

Please support this cause with donations to The Kusasa Project through our registered charities in South Africa, UK, Holland and the USA with a reference VO. Or visit www.justgiving.com

South Africa
Bank: Nedbank South Africa
Account Number: 1670005186
Branch Code: 167005 & SWIFT Code: NEDSZAJJ
Beneficiary: The Kusasa Project

United Kingdom
Bank: Clydesdale Bank
Sort Code:  826419
Account Number: 70128619
Beneficiary: The Kusasa Project UK

Netherlands
Name: Stichting The Kusasa Project
Bank: RABO Bank
Account Number: 0135981468
IBAN No: NL 58 RABO 0135981468

USA
US tax payers can send a cheque payable to KidsForce International, put THE KUSASA PROJECT in memo line and send to:
KidsForce International
c/o Alicia Fitts
5920 Manor Place
Brentwood, TN 37027

Forage & feast!

Monday, June 3rd, 2013
Blogger http://lanaloustyle.com captured the second edition of Linteloo at Weylandts in Joburg beautifully. We reported on the Cape Town event here. http://blog.lqf.co.za/2013/05/linteloo-at-weylandts/#more-999

Blogger lanaloustyle.com has captured Dutch design and food evening: Linteloo at Weylandts beautifully. We reported on the event here.  Thank you Lana for your beautiful words and photographs!

Weylandts-evening-1 (1)An excerpt: “We experienced a sensory and visual delight that’s certainly difficult to explain. Starting with a wooden tree adorned with bird houses and nests filled with intriguing colourful ‘balls’. You had no idea what you were biting into, which made the experience all the more fun. Potted salmon in squid ink crumbs, Beetroot and spiced lime in beetroot crumbs and Saffron risotto rolled in parmesan snow… the flavours were exceptional and so creative.” Read the rest of Lana’s piece here.

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Linteloo at Weylandts

Friday, May 17th, 2013
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Last night at Weylandts in Green Point was like walking into The Secret Garden of gourmet food. Guests were giving foraging gloves at the door to protect their hands and clothes and instructed literally to dig in!
The night was a celebration of Dutch furniture designer Linteloo, who is also a benefactor of our charity Isabelo, where we feed 800 to 900 children a nutritional breakfast every day! Last night beautiful chairs were auctioned off to raise funds for the cause. Watch this video to find out more about the charity.
Margot Janse and her team of chefs put on a dazzling display, from the moment you entered the contemporary furniture store you were whisked away into another world. It was like Charlie and The Chocolate Factory for grown-ups. There was a wooden tree hung with tubes of truffle that instructed you to smear the paste onto porcini bark; a multitude of colourful textured  ‘balls’—filled with delicious intriguing centres; birds’ nests made out of fried potato, and, and…
Move away from the tree dripping with delicious treasures to a trough filed with edible soil, mushroom and beetroot sponge, buttermilk and Jerusalem artichoke soups in dainty glasses; and tin cans that once opened revealed a pickled ‘roll mop’; and much, much more. Guests were encouraged to literally graze and forage this garden of explosive colour.
The next stop on this food journey was to the cheese table, where a chef diligently shaved fungi-looking slivers of cheese, to be accompanied with fruits suspended in a flower vase like so many marbles. To accompany the cheese, slices of crescent toast hung on another tree made out of nails.
The last installation was a wall covered literally with dessert spoons; each one holding something sweet, like rough and textured edible rocks.
What a night!

Last night at Weylandts in Green Point was like walking into The Secret Garden of gourmet food. Guests were giving foraging gloves at the door to protect their hands and clothes and instructed literally to dig in!

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The night was a celebration of Dutch furniture designer Linteloo, who is also a benefactor of our charity Isabelo, where we feed 800 to 900 children a nutritional breakfast every day! Last night beautiful chairs were auctioned off to raise funds for the cause.  Find out more about the Isabelo Feeding Scheme.

Margot Janse and her team of chefs put on a dazzling display, from the moment you entered the contemporary furniture store you were whisked away into another world. It was like Charlie and The Chocolate Factory for grown-ups. There was a wooden tree hung with tubes of truffle that instructed you to smear the paste onto porcini bark; a multitude of colourful textured  ‘balls’—filled with delicious intriguing centres; birds’ nests made out of fried potato, and, and…

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Move away from the tree dripping with delicious treasures to a trough filed with edible soil, mushroom and beetroot sponge, buttermilk and Jerusalem artichoke soups in dainty glasses; and tin cans that once opened revealed a pickled ‘roll mop’; and much, much more. Guests were encouraged to literally graze and forage this garden of explosive colour.

The next stop on this food journey was to the cheese table, where a chef diligently shaved fungi-looking slivers of cheese, to be accompanied with fruits suspended in a flower vase like so many marbles. To accompany the cheese, slices of crescent toast hung on another tree made out of nails.

The last installation was a wall covered literally with dessert spoons; each one holding something sweet, like rough and textured edible rocks.

What a night!

Head over to our Facebook page for more photos.

We’re number 53!

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013
The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Français ranks 53 in San Pellegrino World’s Top 100 Restaurants
At a prestigious awards ceremony in London last night The Tasting Room moved up the gourmet ladder from 57 to 53 on San Pellegrino World’s Top 100 Restaurants. Only one of two African restaurants on the list (Cape Town’s The Test Kitchen came in at position 61) makes this a remarkable achievement.
No stranger to international recognition this will be Chef Margot Janse’s ninth year on the San Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants list. The incomparable chef has also been crowned Chef of the Year at the 2012 Eat Out Awards, and has made it into the Eat Out Top 10 an unprecedented 11 times. She’s also been a Relais & Châteaux Grand Chef since 2008.
At The Tasting Room – in a break from the habitual – there is no menu. Expect the unexpected with the surprise tasting menu, each course is unveiled with the spirit of true African story-telling—through texture, aroma and nostalgia; and the continent’s timeless ingredients are made new on the plate for utter food theatre. Margot is continuously inspired by the people and produce around her, and this vision shines through as a vibrant tribute.
We’re enormously proud of Margot and the Tasting Room’s dedicated team.

The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Français ranks 53 in San Pellegrino World’s Top 100 Restaurants!

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At a prestigious awards ceremony in London last night The Tasting Room moved up the gourmet ladder from 57 to 53 on San Pellegrino World’s Top 100 Restaurants. Only one of two African restaurants on the list (Cape Town’s The Test Kitchen came in at position 61) makes this a remarkable achievement.

No stranger to international recognition this will be Chef Margot Janse’s 10th year on the San Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants list. The incomparable chef has also been crowned Chef of the Year at the 2012 Eat Out Awards, and has made it into the Eat Out Top 10 an unprecedented 11 times. She’s also been a Relais & Châteaux Grand Chef since 2008.

At The Tasting Room – in a break from the habitual – there is no menu. Expect the unexpected with the surprise tasting menu, each course is unveiled with the spirit of true African story-telling—through texture, aroma and nostalgia; and the continent’s timeless ingredients are made new on the plate for utter food theatre. Margot is continuously inspired by the people and produce around her, and this vision shines through as a vibrant tribute.

We’re enormously proud of Margot and the Tasting Room’s dedicated team.

Fine Dining Lover, the official coverage for the awards, did this interview with Margot in the run-up.

Chefs Who Share

Monday, April 29th, 2013
Chefs Who Share
Two of South Africa’s best chefs, Margot Janse and Peter Tempelhoff, have just returned from London R&C Diner des Grand Chefs – now it’s our country’s turn to host a top gala dinner. Billed as ‘the black tie event of the year’: the dinner will be held in the Cape Town City Hall on Thursday, 5 September 2013 and will feature 14 acclaimed South African chefs, seven knowledgeable sommeliers and seven celebrated artists in aid of youth development.
Presented by Mercedes-Benz South Africa, ‘Chefs who share – the ART of giving’ all the monies from the ticket sales and the proceeds of an art auction will go towards two youth development charities: Make a Difference Foundation (MAD) and Laureus Sport for Good Foundation.
To make the night even more exciting the chefs will be pairing their skills by cooking in duos.
The teams
Margot Janse (The Tasting Room, Franschhoek) & David Higgs (Five Hundred at the Saxon, Johannesburg)
Bertus Basson (Overture Restaurant, Stellenbosch) &  Peter Tempelhoff (Greenhouse at the Cellars-Hohenort, Cape Town)
Rudi Liebenberg (Planet Restaurant, Cape Town) & Christiaan Campbell (Delaire, Stellenbosch) Jackie Cameron (Hartford House, Mooi River, Kwazulu-Natal) & Reuben Riffel (Reuben’s, Franschhoek)
Darren Badenhorst (Grande Provence, Franschhoek) & Chris Erasmus (Pierneef at La Motte, Franschhoek)
Harald Bresselschmidt (Aubergine, Cape Town) & Chantel Dartnall (Mosaic at The Orient, Pretoria)               Marthinus Ferreira (DW Eleven-13, Johannesburg) & George Jardine (Jordan Restaurant, Stellenbosch)
Tickets are available at R3 000 per person. Early booking for individual tickets or entire tables is recommended to secure your preferred chefs for the evening.
For more information visit www.chefswhoshare.com, email tickets@chefswhoshare.com or call Tel: 021-433 1699.

Two of South Africa’s best chefs, Margot Janse and Peter Tempelhoff, have just returned from London for the Relais & Chateaux Diner des Grand Chefs – now it’s our country’s turn to host a top gala dinner. Billed as ‘the black tie event of the year’: the dinner will be held in the Cape Town City Hall on Thursday, 5 September 2013 and will feature 14 acclaimed South African chefs, seven knowledgeable sommeliers and seven celebrated artists in aid of youth development.

Margot will be cooking on the night

Margot will be cooking on the night

Presented by Mercedes-Benz South Africa, ‘Chefs who share – the ART of giving’ all the monies from the ticket sales and the proceeds of an art auction will go towards two youth development charities: Make a Difference Foundation (MAD) and Laureus Sport for Good Foundation.

To make the night even more exciting the chefs will be pairing their skills by cooking in duos.

The teams
Margot Janse (The Tasting Room, Franschhoek) & David Higgs (Five Hundred at the Saxon, Johannesburg)
Bertus Basson (Overture Restaurant, Stellenbosch) &  Peter Tempelhoff (Greenhouse at the Cellars-Hohenort, Cape Town)
Rudi Liebenberg (Planet Restaurant, Cape Town) & Christiaan Campbell (Delaire, Stellenbosch) Jackie Cameron (Hartford House, Mooi River, Kwazulu-Natal) & Reuben Riffel (Reuben’s, Franschhoek)
Darren Badenhorst (Grande Provence, Franschhoek) & Chris Erasmus (Pierneef at La Motte, Franschhoek)
Harald Bresselschmidt (Aubergine, Cape Town) & Chantel Dartnall (Mosaic at The Orient, Pretoria)               Marthinus Ferreira (DW Eleven-13, Johannesburg) & George Jardine (Jordan Restaurant, Stellenbosch)

Tickets are available at R3 000 per person. Early booking for individual tickets or entire tables is recommended to secure your preferred chefs for the evening.

For more information visit www.chefswhoshare.com, email tickets@chefswhoshare.com or call 021-433 1699.