Entries tagged with “Franschhoek”.


After seven years at Grande Provence, Chef Darren Badenhorst is set to leave the wine estate to open his new restaurant Le coin Français By Darren Badenhorst on the Franschhoek main road. Stepping into his shoes from today is new Executive Chef Guy Bennett.  (more…)

It fascinates me how the local Gin market is growing by leaps and bounds, and that new Gin producers see new gaps to launch their brands. On Monday I attended the launch of Cape Town’s newest Gin brand Geometric Gin and associated with it unique Symmetry Botanical Tonics.  (more…)

The Sweet Service Award goes to the Labia Theatre, and its usherette Christine, who organized a reserved seat for me for each of the two recent screenings of the Camino de Santiago movie and documentary, screened over two consecutive days. I had pre-paid the tickets, but couldn’t reserve a seat. I was coming through from Franschhoek for the first screening, and was worried that I would not get a good seat. Christine always has a friendly (more…)

On Friday a group of writers was invited on behalf of Holden Manz, by its marketing consultant Tanya Fourie.  We were taken on a tour of the Holden Manz wine cellar, tasted its latest wine vintages, introduced to the new Holden Manz Chenin Blanc to be launched soon, and spoilt with an excellent lunch prepared by Chef Ricardo Le Roux and paired with some of the Holden Manz wines.  (more…)

La Colombe has announced the name of its new restaurant at Le Quartier Français in Franschhoek, as well as its opening date. (more…)

Yesterday I attended a Tutored Tasting of some of our country’s exceptional wines, which had in common that they were made from vines many decades old. The Tasting was led by South Africa’s leading expert on Old Vines, Rosa Kruger being a passionate pioneer for the preservation of our country’s vintage vines.  (more…)

Last Friday I drove to McGregor via Franschhoek, so that a friend and I could try out the new Reuben’s Franschhoek, which opened two weeks ago in a new location off the main road. The year of reshaping and renovating the new venue has been well worthwhile,  the restaurant feeling homely, offering good service, the food being excellent, and with Chef Reuben in the kitchen.  (more…)

Haute Cabrière in Franschhoek has announced a new Sunday Feast treat, a new winter Menu, and pop-up dinners in Johannesburg, Pretoria, and Durban in July.  (more…)

Last night I attended the Phoenix Charity Dinner and Auction at Tintswalo Lodge Atlantic, which raised R290000 towards Thula Thula, a non-profit organization which assists township residents in Hout Bay with replacing possessions lost in fires. (more…)

Yesterday Leeu Collection announced that it has acquired a new property, its first in London. The current office block 55 Newman Street is to be turned into an 100-bedroom luxury hotel, planned to open its doors in 2019.  (more…)