Thursday, October 31, 2019

The Trade Show 2019 at Welgelegen, Cape Town

It certainly is the time of year for Wine Trade shows which we are always happy to attend to taste the new wines on sale. This time it was the Trade show of a group of wine marketers and negociants who call themselves The Trade Show. They are Miranda Rieker, Kirsten Stewart, Michelle Stewart, Bev Murray, Stephen Botha, and Hein de Jager and the tasting was held at Welgemeend in Gardens, an old Cape Dutch house which is now a museum and which can be hired for functions
Canapés of smoked salmon 
Migliarina wines always impress us
made by Carsten Migliarina
Karin Steytler and Robert Stolk of Kaapzicht with Rozanne Nel of Boplaas
Kaapzicht had the new vintage of the very popular 1947 chenin, this year it has rather more wood than before
Wilna Hofmeyr was showing the Meinert wines, now made by Cape Wine Master, Brendan Butler
Contemplating wine on the verandah
More canapés
Cape Grace Sommelier Marlvin Gwede and Attie Louw of Opstal. Attie’s Opstal Carl Everson Chenin Blanc is as interesting and excellent as it always has been and no doubt will continue to win awards
Some warm quiches
A line up of Attie Louw’s current wines
Small warm mushroom filo canapés
It is a very good space for tasting wines and there were other rooms with wines
Jackie Rabe and Conrad Vlok of First Sighting/Strandveld Vineyards
showed their excellent, crisp, award winning, high scoring wines from Elim. We hope to visit them soon
Etienne Louw was showing his own wines with very decorative labels. The brand is The Vinoneers. He has a Cape Blend, a bush vine Chenin and a really nice dry, but full of rose petals and Turkish delight, Gewürztraminer from a vineyard that no longer exists. Buy soon, this is going to move quickly, Gewürz is becoming rare, sadly, as many farms have stopped making it
Hugo Truter with Miranda Rieker. Hugo was showing his Agaat wines, very elegant
Wines from Remhoogte. Free to Be is a Riesling
and was shown by Rob Boustred of Remhoogte
Classics from Hartenberg which we love. The 2016 Eleanor is their Flagship Chardonnay,
so elegant, so Burgundy in style with nutty wood. Their Riesling as also a Cape classic
Lots of trade attended, many friends, and there was good interest in the wines
And procreation was taking place in the garden

SASSI Trailblazer Awards 2019

This year’s SASSI Awards (Southern African Sustainable Seafood Initiative) to chefs and others who promote the use of sustainable fish was held this year at Harbour House restaurant in the V&A Waterfront. The wine on offer was sponsored by Spier, gratefully accepted and much enjoyed
We gathered on the top deck where the venue was held; it had been closed for the function
The event is sponsored by the World Wildlife Fund-SA whose spokeswoman and SASSI programme organiser is Pavitray Pillay,
here seen talking to a previous winner of the award, Chef Christian Campbell of Boschendal with his wife Moya
On offer as canapés was some good sushi
Christian Campbell and Gustaaf Boshoff hold one of the obligatory signs for Tweets or Facebook posts
The banner says it all
Chef Christiaan and Moya Campbell
Clare Mack begins the awards ceremony
Pavitray Pillay of the SASSI Programme with WWF-SA, said; “Chefs serve as the gatekeepers for the food and hospitality industry
and so play a critical role in leading market forces, influencing popular taste and promoting ocean-friendly seafood...
...Our partnership with them is inspired by a commitment to help restore our over-exploited seafood species
The chefs we recognise have gone the extra mile in advocating the sustainability message. Congratulations to all the winners!”
Time for the awards. This year's WWF-SASSI Trailblazers of 2019 are:
Nicole Loubser, GÅTE (Stellenbosch). She could not be present
Carolize Coetzee, Tokara Restaurant (Stellenbosch)
Gustaaf Boshoff, The Green Goose Eatery (Stellenbosch)
Guy Bennett, Gigi Rooftop (Cape City Bowl). He was not able to be present
Kyle Knight, The Shop (Sea Point)
Matt Manning, Grub & Vine (Cape City Bowl)
Gustaaf Boshoff, The Green Goose Eatery (Stellenbosch)
Carolize Coetzee, Tokara Restaurant (Stellenbosch)
Kyle Knight, The Shop (Sea Point) accepts his award. We have to go and visit, we must admit we had not spotted this restaurant which has been there for a year. It is in Glengariff Road, next to Clicks, where Buzby's Grill was for many years
Christiaan accepts the award for Guy Bennett of Gigi Rooftop (Cape City Bowl)
The four winning Chefs who were able to be here for the awards with Pav Pillay
L to R Gustaaf Boshoff, The Green Goose Eatery, Matt Manning, Grub & Vine (Cape City Bowl),
Kyle Knight, The Shop (Sea Point) and Carolize Coetzee, Tokara Restaurant (Stellenbosch)
And out comes food to sustain us in the cool breeze One was a rice ball, the other a Dutch croquette
Prawn balls with a mayo dip
Snoek Paté on toast topped with beetroot. Not sure that works well together
Make your own bruschetta!
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Spier launches The Spier Farm Café

Spier Wine Estate, on the R310 Baden Powell Drive outside Stellenbosch, opened a new family style restaurant on the 1st of October, called the Spier Farm Café, and we were invited with other media to come and sample the food and the ambience last week
Had it not been raining, we would have sat outside. It will be a really popular place to visit when the sun shines
There are other historic buildings around the Werf and they too are being developed
The view of the restaurant from across the Werf
The inside of the Farm Café definitely has a farm feel with clean wood chairs (they are comfortable) and tabletops,
good lighting. Some chairs are bar stool height
The long serving bar has lots of cakes on offer for dessert and the usual coffee and tea stations
John could not resist taking photos of what was on offer
A classic baked cheesecake topped with strawberries, fruit preserve and blueberries
A nut topped Carrot Cake
Pain au Chocolat
Plain Croissants
Courgette muffins
Pain au Raisin topped with Pistachio and Apricot - also amusingly known in France as Snails
The bread on the table was all made by PJ Vadas at his Spier restaurant, Vadas Smokehouse & Bakery,
and was really very, very good. It was served with an olive tapenade, a red pepper humus and farm butter
We had Sourdough baguettes and some moist whole meal brown bread
Maureen Muller says she is the Werf Champion, she was a banker turned chef and now works at promoting what Spier is doing with their Werf (a farm homestead and farmyard). Her title is Werf Product Development Manager. There are some exciting changes and developments. The new Garden experience will be starting on the 1st of December. They are also doing picnics which you can have on the Werf lawn. They want to make it a relaxed environment for families. And something exciting for children is coming and is soon to be announced (we have been briefed but our lips are sealed until it is). They want to do healthier options; they want to impress with simple and delicious, focus on flavour and simplicity
Exciting times and lots of enthusiasm at Spier
She introduced us to the restaurant manager Leticia, who has been at Spier for 5 years
Maureen said Leticia has the hospitality gene, she loves to care for people and give them things that delight and surprise them
We were introduced to the Executive chef Hendrik Nel
He explained that they want to do honest food, made with care and passion, and using healthy local ingredients from the Spier farm,and local producers. The meat comes from pasture-reared animals raised without the use of antibiotics or hormones. This includes beef and pork from Spier’s Farmer Angus, who also supplies eggs, laid by happy, outdoor-roaming hens
Spier 5 Creative Block, a blend of 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39 % Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot, 3% Malbec
was much enjoyed with lunch
Spier Creative Block 2, a crisp and very enjoyable blend of 88% Sauvignon Blanc & 12% Semillon, much awarded
The menu for the event, it is a shortened version of their normal menu
They do breakfast and lunch and you can look at both current menus, just click here
The wine list
Chef PJ Vadas joined us for lunch and he is very involved in the new developments
John and several others at our table ordered the Hamburger which was much enjoyed
It comes with crisp fried potatoes and a tomato sauce
We ordered the Caesar Salad to share and to go with lunch and were very impressed. It is a very authentic Caesar and very satisfying, a main course on its own. It is the correct cos lettuce, a good anchovy sauce, shavings of parmesan and lots of quartered boiled egg. It is sprinkled with fried breadcrumbs instead of the usual croutons
Lynne could not resist ordering the pork pie
More of a slice of terrine encased in the hot water pastry than a single pie, the flavours are superb and the meat jelly is excellent
Served with a good fruit chutney, grain mustard, a small salad and some sharp piccalilli
Our arms were twisted, so we ordered dessert. The baked cheesecake was deemed impressive by John
This is one of the best carrot cakes Lynne has ever had. Light and moist, topped with and full of nuts, and well spiced;
it is so like Lynne's secret recipe that she has to look in her safe to see if it has been borrowed
A triumph and a challenge to all of you who think you make a good one, go and taste this beauty
We hear the Chocolate tart was fantastic too
Don't hesitate, take friends and the family there soon; we know you will enjoy this experience