Tuesday, March 31, 2015

PR-Net Trade’s Tourism and Hospitality exhibition at the Cape Sun

This was held at the Cape Sun this week and we had a chance to listen to a presentation by Enver Duminy, Head of Cape Town Tourism, with his innovative strategy for tourism in our great city. We also met several new tourism people on their stands and did a lot of networking. We hope to visit some of these areas and places soon and write about them
A very friendly Anika de Goede of Hermanuspietersfontein Winery told us all about the new winemaker and the wines and their cottages in Stanford
An old friend, Martina Barth, who represents the Vineyard Hotel and the Oude Werf Hotel in Stellenbosch, with Chantelle Philander and Crystal Hendricks
Brian Berkman, organiser of the event, gets proceedings going
GM of Cape Sun Jacques Moolman making the announcement that Tsogo Sun have agreed to spend R200 million on a complete refurbishment of the Cape Sun. It so needs it
Tony Romer-Lee, head of PMR Hospitality reminisced about Liz McGrath, the recently deceased, well-respected owner of The Collection hotel group for whom he worked for several years
A large audience
Cape Town Tourism CEO, Enver Duminy telling us about his 10 point strategy for publicising our beautiful city
We try to practice many of these strategies when we write about the Cape and what it has to offer
The Cape Whale Coast - destination marketing for the Overstrand: Hangklip, Kleinmond, Hermanus, Stanford & Gansbaai. Joanne Kunz was charming and amusing, and gave us lots of information about an area we know well and visit often. She told us of a beach walk in the Gansbaai area with a marine expert and, as we plan to be there at the end of April, we certainly will get more information on this. We absolutely love beachcombing
We learnt about De Zeekoe Guest Farm, Reserve and venue in Oudtshoorn from Adri, who had us in stitches - a huge personality and very enjoyable. It is on our list of places to visit one day soon
Nice to meet you!
Lynne with the girls from Around About Car Hire
Newmark Hotels’ stand was ably manned by Waleed Taliep and Angelique Engelbrecht. They have the V&A hotel, The Victoria and the Dock House Private Hotel in the V&A Waterfront as well as Motswari Private Game Reserve in Limpopo
The surfer girl from Stoked School of Surf, Claudia Hopkins – should you wish to learn how to surf. They take you to the beach with the best waves on the day of your lesson. And they have weekend surf camps
Brian and the team saying goodbye. It was a good evening. Some of the posher foreign venues were not very forthcoming with information, or welcoming, but the "locals" certainly were full of advice, information and friendliness. Others tables we visited that we can’t wait to contact are the West Coast National Park and the Cape West Coast Way, who offered to plan a road trip. Also Oudtshoorn Tourism, when we do another trip via Calitzdorp, Oudtshoorn and Knysna
© John & Lynne Ford, Adamastor & Bacchus 2015

SAA Voyager redemption launch at Le Franschhoek

Do you travel a lot? Do you accumulate Air Miles? Are you a South African Airways Voyager member? Do you never redeem your miles earned on travel? Miles for Style is another innovative way to use them. They offer luxury goods, travel, experiences and so much more in exchange for your miles. Investigate and register here: https://milesforstyle.com/ We were at the official launch at Le Franschhoek last week
The weather gave us all four seasons in one day, producing some lovely light
Le Franschhoek was known to us years ago as the Swiss Farm Excelsior and Lynne’s parents used to take her there for Sunday lunch. It has been fully refurbished
A welcome glass of Genevieve MCC
Lynne chatting with old friends, Judy Brower of Wine.co.za, Tamsin Snyman and wine producer Charles Withington of The Darling Wine Shop
A tinkling piano and lots of networking
Doreen and Teddy Hall and Elizabeth Brandt, with Director of Miles for Style, Yegas Naidoo
Eddie Turner of Meerlust, Margie Hoffe and Emil Kanstinger of Anura
Miles for Style Director Sonja Delport
Suretha Cruse of the SAA Voyager programme
Presenting a flower basket
Rose Jordaan of Bartinney Wines with Yegas Naidoo
Friendly staff behind the drinks stand
Nice to chat to Debbie Millner again
Rose chatting to Jonathan Snashall
Jenni Button won the raffle prize
This young lady won the prize we all wanted so desperately, a trip on the Blue Train
A deep and meaningful discussion between Rose Jordaan, Jonathan Snashall and Georgie Prout of Glen Carlou
© John & Lynne Ford, Adamastor & Bacchus 2015

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

150324 Main Ingredient's MENU - Casa Labia and Kalk Bay, Solms Delta Oesfees, Nitida Cellarbake

A black backed gull in the evening light
In this week’s MENU:
* Melktert
* Learn about wine and cooking
We write about our experiences in MENU, not only to entertain you, but to encourage you to visit the places and events that we do. We know you will enjoy them and we try to make each write up as graphic as we can, so you get a good picture of what is on offer at each place, restaurant, wine farm, festival we visit.
To get the whole story with photographs, please click onREAD ON.....” at the end of each paragraph, which will lead you to the related blog, with pictures and more words. At the end of each blog, click on RETURN TO MENU to come back to the blog version of MENU.
It’s a quick, early MENU this week. John has a two day photographic job at a winery and sending out later in the week will be a challenge too far. So you will get this early.. on Tuesday instead.
Off in search of fish and an elegant tea     We couldn’t resist taking our Dutch visitors for a day by the sea at Kalk Bay, so that they could experience some of the magic. After a great lunch, the ladies shopped in the high street for a while and the lads went off to see Casa Labia in Muizenberg, where the girls joined them later for a good tea and scones or coffee and “death by chocolate” cake. Read On
Oesfees – The Real Deal     We love this festival, which Solms Delta hold at the end of Harvest every year for their staff, the staff of surrounding wine farms, and the public. The music is very local and lekker and the atmosphere laid back and so friendly. Read on
Cellarbake at Nitida     Now in its second year, Cellarbake pairs local bakers and their wares with Nitida Wines. You buy some tokens and exchange them for mini tastes of each baker’s art with a taste of one specifically matched wine. It was extremely popular this year, they sold over 700 tickets and the place was pumping. Read On
Because of our time constraint, there is no recipe this week
Learn about wine and cooking We receive a lot of enquiries from people who want to learn more about wine. Cathy Marston and The Cape Wine Academy both run wine education courses, some very serious and others more geared to fun. You can see details of Cathy’s WSET and other courses here and here and the CWA courses here. Karen Glanfield has taken over the UnWined wine appreciation courses from Cathy. See the details here
The Hurst Campus, an accredited school for people who want to become professional chefs, has a variety of courses. See the details here
In addition to his Sense of Taste Culinary Arts School, Chef Peter Ayub runs a four module course for keen home cooks at his Maitland complex. Details here
Nad├Ęge Lepoittevin-Dasse has French cooking classes in Noordhoek and conducts cooking tours to Normandy. You can see more details here
Emma Freddi runs the Enrica Rocca cooking courses at her home in Constantia
Nicolette van Niekerk runs baking courses at La Petite Patisserie in Montague Gardens
George Jardine will be running a series of winter cooking courses and other activities at Jordan. Details here





24th March 2015
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Monday, March 23, 2015

Cellarbake at Nitida

Now in its second year, Cellarbake pairs local bakers and their wares with Nitida Wines.  You buy some tokens and exchange them for mini tastes of each baker’s art and a taste of one specific wine. It was extremely popular this year, they sold over 700 tickets and the place was pumping.
Nitida winemaker Danie Keulder and his wife were enjoying the occasion. They had brought their twins
Waiting for customers
One stand had pulled pork sandwiches and they were the most popular stand, as everyone wanted one for lunch.  It caused a bit of a traffic jam in the hall though
Cooking the pork on a barbeque
Wordsworth books also had a stand and Lynne was being tempted by the Ottolenghi books
Some samples for tasting
The band played throughout
You have to have tea with cake
Cup cakes and tarts and biscuits to buy
The Dolce stand had good chocolate cake and all the stands were supported by students from Silwood School of Cookery
and baking courses were on offer from Nicolette van Niekerk of Le Petite Patisserie
Some sample wedding and celebration cakes on display
Kerry Prendergast of Nitidand Social Media Strategist Linda Harding of The Squashed Tomato had a busy day on their tasting stand
Denise from Denise’s Delight’s, our local Sea Point baker
Wicked gooey meringues
Queen of Tarts wares. We bought four of the tarts for dessert at a dinner we were going to that night
Handing over the precious box
Manager Jacus Marais of Nitida telling us about the wine
Everyone gets an arm band at the door
Time for some lunch on the terrace
There was seating in the middle of the hall, but it was very busy
Slaving over a hot stove to get out the hot sausage rolls and other treats
The Food Barn Deli had savoury tarts with olives and anchovies and a brochette with chicken liver pate topped with cherries. One small juicy cherry rolled artfully down Lynne’s pale green trousers. But their food tasted superb.
You could sit out by the dam
Or enjoy a glass of something under your umbrella - Lerato Moagi & Vusi Mabilisa
John’s lunch was a freshly baked chicken sausage roll with chilli jam
Owner of Nitida, Bernhard Veller, with his beautiful daughter Lara
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© John & Lynne Ford, Adamastor & Bacchus 2015