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Cape Wine Auction 2015

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

The Cape Wine Auction 2014 was a smash success and raised a staggering R7.045 million for education in the winelands! The trustees ensure all funds raised through the auction lots are made available in their entirety for charitable purposes without offset or deduction. (See more about the trustees.)

Last year we interviewed one of the trustees, Mike Ratcliffe, in the lead up to the auction:

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. Read the rest of the interview here.

And now, without further ado… the sensational.. Môreson & Le Quartier Français Lot 2015

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The Ultimate Party Weekend in Franschhoek

Forty two people will have the exclusive and private use of Le Quartier Français for a whole weekend of partying. The Friday night includes an exceptional dining experience at the world famous Tasting Room, with a specially prepared menu by Chef Margot Janse.

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After breakfast at Le Quartier Français guests are invited to explore the charming Franschhoek village, and all transfers are included in Franschhoek.

On Saturday night the guests will take over the beautiful Môreson farm for a night of revelry, with food prepared by Chef Neil Jewell, a Bombay bar and a mixologist to ensure a night of decadent fun.

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Guests will finish off this amazing weekend with a final breakfast at Le Quartier Français before leaving the beautiful Franschhoek valley. The winning bidder will take home a barrel of Môreson’s superb Mercator Premium Chardonnay.

Please note three dates will be put forward. The winning bidders will need to select their weekend from these three dates.

Bread & Wine at The Magic of Bubbles 2014

Friday, November 28th, 2014

Are you coming to this year’s Franschhoek Cap Classique and Champagne Festival ‘The Magic of Bubbles’? Taking over taking place over the weekend of 29 and 30 November 2014, it Franschhoek’s most glamorous wine festival.

Expect a host of premium local MCC producers, including our family farm Môreson, as well as a number of French Champagne houses on the day.

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Neil Jewell will be presenting his masterful and delicious charcuterie—worth the ticket price alone!—along with artisan, sourdough bread.

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Tickets for Saturday are SOLD OUT! There are still tickets availible for the Sunday. Pre-book tickets online at www.webtickets.co.za or buy at the door. Remember your MasterCard card to receive 10% discount on the ticket price. Tickets cost R200 per person and include access to the festival, which is open daily between 12pm and 5pm, a complimentary tasting glass and tasting coupons.

Neil Jewell on StreetSmart

Friday, October 17th, 2014

Not familiar with StreetSmart? The organisation raises funds for street children through participating restaurants.

“StreetSmart has been in operation in Cape Town since June 2005 under the founding patronage of Emeritus Archbishop Desmond Tutu. The funds raised go to selected and approved organisations that run programmes for the normalisation of street and vulnerable children’s lives. The restaurants in each town raise funds for their own community street children programmes.”

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Neil Jewell of Bread & Wine an avid supporter of the cause recently said: “R5 does not buy much, but it can make a big difference! We were one of the very first restaurants to start supporting this charity and why not? If we can help make a difference or better the lives of these kids, then we certainly will try. I believe more restaurants should get involved. It’s a voluntary R5 on each bill (that’s nothing) and the more people that get involved, the more lives we can better.”

Sign your restaurant up here.

Nominees: Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards for 2014

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

We are thrilled, proud and honoured that two restaurants of the Le Quartier Français family have been nominated for the Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards for 2014!

Both The Tasting Room and Bread & Wine have both been shortlisted for the Top Ten restaurants in South Africa! The award ceremony takes places on 16 November 2014, in Thunder City, Cape Town. Grab tickets here.

A scene from last year's awards

A scene from last year's awards

That’s not all, Chef Neil Jewell of Bread & Wine is also cooking on the night, alongside  David Higgs of Five Hundred, George Jardine of Jordan Restaurant, PJ Vadas formerly of Camphors at Vergelegen, Bertus Basson of Overture, and Vanessa Marx of Dear Me.

We can’t wait for the night. Go team!

The Cape Leopard Trust 10th anniversary Fundraising Lunch

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Coming up on August, 16; Neil Jewell of Bread & Wine will be cooking at the 10th anniversary Fundraising Lunch of The Cape Leopard Trust: ‘an afternoon of delectable food, light entertainment and fabulous  people’

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Joining him on the star-chef line-up are Vanessa Marx and Pieter de Jager—and together the three fabulous chefs will’prepare a relaxed family-style lunch’. While local personalities Braam Malherbe and Liezel van der Westhuizen get involved in the kitchen too.

Plus, Elana Afrika-Bredenkamp and Ian Bredenkamp will lead you through the afternoon.

What will Neil be cooking? A silky rendition of Champagne risotto, pea and truffle oil.

Tickets are R1 500 per person and are available via :
Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards, Lené van der Merwe  at +27 (0)21 876 8002 or email reservations@leopardsleap.co.za / Or Opulent Living at +27 (0)21 433 1699 or email CLT@opulentliving.co.za

Ticket proceeds as well as 100% of the money raised via the auction go directly to The Cape Leopard Trust.

Recipe: 12-hour pulled Karoo lamb shoulder

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Bread & Wine recently posted a photo on their Facebook page of sublime dish: 12-hour pulled Karoo lamb shoulder with buttered lentil sourdough, aubergine, shallot & mint…

Needless to say, it piqued some interest. And Head Chef, Neil Jewell was only too happy to share the recipe with us.

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Slow cooked lamb shoulder
Serves 8

Wine suggestion: Môreson Mata Mata

Brine
Water & molasses
Warm water add molasses and stir to dissolve
Chill in a non-reactive container
Add trimmed lamb shoulder and leave in brine overnight

Spice rub
15 ml coriander seed
15 ml cumin
15 ml dried garlic
15 ml dried onion flake
15 ml paprika
5 ml cayenne
15 ml black pepper corns
Grind together in a pestle & mortar.

Method
Remove the lamb from brine and incorporate the spice rub well all over the cut. Place the meat on the Big Green Egg and cook at 110 -120 C, till tender; or in the oven at the same temperature.

Leave overnight. Then pick meat from the bone; and reserve. Use the bones and skin to make a stock. Reduce to a light syrup.

Potato crisps
Budget on 1 potato for four people

Wash, peel and then slice very thinly using a mandolin, if possible. Keep the slices in a bowl of cold water for ten minutes. The, drain and lay on a baking tray, brush with clarified butter, cover with greaseproof paper and weigh down with salt/lentils. Bake at 125 C for 60 -90 minutes.

Parboil 1 kg baby potatoes till tender. Drain and fry in olive oil and butter till lightly coloured. Wash and dry 20 leaves of sorrel, then tear into strips. Place lamb, potato and sliced onion onto platter. Scatter with potato crisps

Garnish your platter with 150 ml rocket juice, aerated with a stick blender and 5 ml lecithin.

Or, stuff the unctuous lamb into a  lentil sourdough bun

Recipe
Lentil sourdough

600 gram white bread flour
100 gram rye flour
500 gram French sourdough starter
15 ml salt
40 gram fresh yeast
300 ml water
300 gram lentils, cooked & drained

Dissolve yeast in water, mix with starter. Combine flours, salt & lentils. Add the liquid and work on the dough hook at speed two, till elastic & sticky.Remove dough hook and allow dough to rest covered till doubled in size. Chafe and portion into 120 gram pieces, ball. Cover and prove again till doubled in size. Brush with olive oil. Bake at 200C for 5 minutes, reduce heat to 150C and bake through, 10 minutes.

Recipe: 12-hour pulled Karoo lamb shoulder
Bread & Wine recently posted a photo on their Facebook page of sublime dish: 12-hour pulled Karoo lamb shoulder with buttered lentil sourdough, aubergine, shallot & mint…
Needless to say, it piqued some interest. And Head Chef, Neil Jewell was only too happy to share the recipe with us.
Slow cooked lamb shoulder
Serves 8
Wine suggestion: Moreson Mata Mata
Brine
Water & molasses
Warm water add molasses and stir to dissolve
Chill in a non-reactive container
Add trimmed lamb shoulder and leave in brine overnight
Spice rub
15 ml coriander seed
15 ml cumin
15 ml dried garlic
15 ml dried onion flake
15 ml paprika
5 ml cayenne
15 ml black pepper corns
Grind together in a pestle & mortar.
Method
Remove the lamb from brine and incorporate the spice rub well all over the cut. Place the meat on the Big Green Egg and cook at 110 -120 C, till tender; or in the oven at the same temperature.
Leave overnight. Then pick meat from the bone; and reserve. Use the bones and skin to make a stock. Reduce to a light syrup.
Potato crisps
Budget on 1 potato for four people
Wash, peel and then slice very thinly using a mandolin, if possible. Keep the slices in a bowl of cold water for ten minutes. The, drain and lay on a baking tray, brush with clarified butter, cover with greaseproof paper and weigh down with salt/lentils. Bake at 125 C for 60 -90 minutes.
Parboil 1 kg baby potatoes till tender. Drain and fry in olive oil and butter till lightly coloured. Wash and dry 20 leaves of sorrel, then tear into strips. Place lamb, potato and sliced onion onto platter. Scatter with potato crisps
Garnish your platter with 150 ml rocket juice, aerated with a stick blender and 5 ml lecith

Cook Franschhoek 2014

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014
Bread & Wine’s theme this year is Snout to Tail: and Chef Neil Jewell has planned a rather cheeky demonstration. The local legend will be making pigs’ cheek bacon; pulled springbok cheek, bone marrow & brioche as well as salmon cheek oysters.
Participating guests will enjoy this sumptuous spread with the equally delectable Môreson Chardonnay.
Taking place on the Sunday, this is a once off demonstration—with limited space—tickets can be booked at www.webtickets.co.za.

It’s that time of year again folks; the annual Cook Franschhoek is set to take place on 13 to 15 June: a weekend of interactive and exclusive hands-on demo kitchens and culinary experiences.

Neil Jewell at his most recent charcuterie course at Bread & Wine

Neil Jewell carving away at his most recent charcuterie course at Bread & Wine

Bread & Wine’s theme this year is Snout to Tail: and Chef Neil Jewell has planned a rather cheeky demonstration. The local legend will be making pigs’ cheek bacon; pulled springbok cheek, bone marrow & brioche as well as salmon cheek oysters.

Participating guests will enjoy this sumptuous spread with the equally delectable Môreson Chardonnay.

Taking place on the Sunday, this is a once off demonstration—with limited space—tickets can be booked at www.webtickets.co.za.

Sharpen your knives…

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Yesterday was Day One of Neil Jewell’s two-day charcuterie course.

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The participants gathered in the Farm Grocer and learn how to break down a pig.

The participants gathered in the Farm Grocer and learnt how to break down a pig.

Neil introduces and discusses the nuances of dry curing, brining and more

Neil introduced and discussed the nuances of dry curing, brining and more

Time to tuck into a delicious lunch as well as a tasting of award-winning wines from Môreson

Time to tuck into a delicious lunch as well as a tasting of award-winning wines from Môreson

And tuck in they did! To start: hot smoked salmon, Jerusalem artichoke salad with a walnut dressing

And tuck in they did! To start: hot smoked salmon, Jerusalem artichoke salad with a walnut dressing

pork fillet with sauerkraut

Followed by... pork fillet with sauerkraut

Neil demonstrated how to create blood sausage, mortedella and saussison sec, with appropriate tastings

Neil demonstrated how to create blood sausage, mortedella and saussison sec, with appropriate tastings

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And for the practical: participants created their own fresh sausages.

Keen to discover the world of nose-to-tail eating? Join local legend, Neil Jewell on these dates:

12th & 13th June
7th & 8th August
18th & 19th  September
16th & 17th October

12th & 13th June
7th & 8th August
18th & 19th  September
16th & 17th October

Charcuterie workshops with Neil Jewell

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

The only limit to what you can make is your own imagination.  Discover the world of nose-to-tail eating and preserving through the ancient craft of charcuterie with local legend, Neil Jewell!

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The head chef and charcuterist of Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant on Môreson will once again be conducting a host of charcuterie workshops.

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The workshops – which each take place over two days – cover the making of savoury French style sausage, cooked and air-dried hams, blood sausage and more. The cost per person is R2750, and this includes not only in-depth two day workshop, but also a feast in Bread & Wine with award-winning Môreson wines, charcuterie tastings, secrets and recipes to take home, as well as your very own Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant apron. Hop on over here to see some photos from last year.

Space is limited to just 16 participants, per course, so early bookings are essential! See the full details below, and to book please contact Tina Jewell on 021 876 4004 or email breadandwine@moreson.co.za

Neil’s Charcuterie Programme:

Day 1
1. Registration and Coffee 09h30
2. Lesson: Breaking down of the pig carcass by Neil
3. Tea break
4. Lesson: Neil introduces and discusses the nuances of dry curing, brining and more
5. Lunch and a tasting of award-winning wines from Môreson
6. Lesson: Neil demonstrates how to create blood sausage, mortedella and saussison sec, with appropriate tastings
7. Practical: participants create their own fresh sausages.

Day 2
1. Coffee 09h30
2. Lesson: Neil introduces and discusses rilette, confit and base ingredients
3. Discussion: Opportunity to raise any questions regarding the art of charcuterie

that have not yet been covered
4. Lesson: Neil demonstrates how to build an indoor smoker and experiments with mushroom, cheese, pepper or tomato. Participants go on a guided tour of Neil’s smokers, selected wood chips and more
5. Tea break
6. Practical: Tasting of meats, from the maturing room, with Neil

Neil’s Charcuterie Programme includes the following:
• Recipes for all the sausages, hams and other charcuterie produced
• A Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant apron.

THE DATES:

22nd & 23rd May
12th & 13th June
7th & 8th August
18th & 19th  September
16th & 17th October

Bacon, lettuce and tomato pizza by Neil Jewell

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

You lucky things! Neil Jewell has agreed to share his recipe for his utterly delectable BLT pizza – bacon purée included! Of course, you’ll need the best bacon in the universe to make it – don’t worry, it’s easy to get, here you go: www.baconofthemonth.co.za

Bacon, lettuce and tomato pizza
Pizza dough
500 gram white bread flour
5 gram salt
5 gram fresh yeast
Water as needed
Olive oil
Method
Dissolve the yeast in 125ml water; add a generous splash of olive oil. Then combine the salt & flour in a large bowl. Add the yeast, mixing well to form a soft and slightly sticky dough.
Turn onto table and work well till the dough starts to pull away from table, stretching, twisting and turning.
Cover with cling film and allow to rest for 30-60 minutes. Once this time period is up portion into 120 gram balls. You can leave the balls to rest in the fridge till needed, or roll out to desired size.
Bacon purée
300 gram bacon off-cuts
300 gram mirepoix (leek, celery, onion, garlic & carrot)
Method
Cook the bacon, allowing to colour slightly, add the mirepiox and continue cooking allowing to colour. Cook down over a low heat, for about 60 minutes.
Remove from heat, cool slightly then puree in blender adding a small amount of iced water to emulsify.
Dill-pickled tomatoes
1.2 kg water
1 kg peeled baby tomatoes
100 gram untreated salt
Large handful fresh dill
2 cloves fresh garlic
Method
Bring the water and salt to the boil, dissolving the salt. Add the dill and garlic. Pour over the peeled baby tomatoes, cover bowl and allow to cool.
Semi-dried tomatoes
Remove the skins from the tomatoes. Allow to dry overnight in a low oven
To assemble
Heat your oven to 200 ºC. Then roll out your pizza base, to desired size, par bake in the oven for 3 to 5 minutes. While this is happening, pre-cook half a packet of the best quality streaky bacon in a pan, till just slightly coloured.
Remove the base from the oven and smear with the bacon purée. Then top with a mixture of the prepared tomatoes, torn buffalo mozzarella, and streaky bacon, and return to oven to bake for further 4-6 minutes.
Once sizzling and bubbly, take the pizza out of the oven and top with shredded cos lettuce leaves tossed in a mustard dressing.

Bacon, lettuce and tomato pizza

BLT pizza

Pizza dough
500 gram white bread flour
5 gram salt
5 gram fresh yeast
Water as needed
Olive oil

Method
Dissolve the yeast in 125ml water; add a generous splash of olive oil. Then combine the salt & flour in a large bowl. Add the yeast, mixing well to form a soft and slightly sticky dough.

Turn onto table and work well till the dough starts to pull away from table, stretching, twisting and turning.

Cover with cling film and allow to rest for 30-60 minutes. Once this time period is up portion into 120 gram balls. You can leave the balls to rest in the fridge till needed, or roll out to desired size.

Bacon purée
300 gram bacon off-cuts
300 gram mirepoix (leek, celery, onion, garlic & carrot)

Method
Cook the bacon, allowing to colour slightly, add the mirepiox and continue cooking allowing to colour. Cook down over a low heat, for about 60 minutes.

Remove from heat, cool slightly then puree in blender adding a small amount of iced water to emulsify.

Dill-pickled tomatoes
1.2 kg water
1 kg peeled baby tomatoes
100 gram untreated salt
Large handful fresh dill
2 cloves fresh garlic

Method
Bring the water and salt to the boil, dissolving the salt. Add the dill and garlic. Pour over the peeled baby tomatoes, cover bowl and allow to cool.

Semi-dried tomatoes
Remove the skins from the tomatoes. Allow to dry overnight in a low oven.

To assemble
Heat your oven to 200 ºC. Then roll out your pizza base, to desired size, par bake in the oven for 3 to 5 minutes. While this is happening, pre-cook half a packet of the best quality streaky bacon in a pan, till just slightly coloured.

Remove the base from the oven and smear with the bacon purée. Then top with a mixture of the prepared tomatoes, torn buffalo mozzarella, and streaky bacon, and return to oven to bake for further 4-6 minutes.

Once sizzling and bubbly, take the pizza out of the oven and top with shredded cos lettuce leaves tossed in a mustard dressing.