I requested a list of suggestions for pâtisseries to visit whilst in Paris from Chef Glen Williams of Foxcroft, who had visited Paris for a week last year. His top recommendation out of a list of about ten pâtisseries was L’Éclair de Génie. Continue reading →
Influential travel publication Condé Nast Traveler has announced its 2015 Readers Choice Top 15 Food Cities in the World. For the first time Cape Town is at the top of the list! Continue reading →
The January 2016 edition of Qantas’ Spirit of Australia in-flight magazine has named a dish by Tokara Chef Richard Carstens as one of the top 10 dishes in the world in 2015, rubbing shoulders with two dishes from Michelin-star restaurants! The photograph of the dish is the main Continue reading →
A Western Cape trade, tourism, and investment delegation is currently visiting China, led by Premier Helen Zille and Minister of Economic Opportunities Alan Winde. Exports to China from the Western Cape were valued at R2 billion in 2013. The delegation’s goals include doubling Continue reading →
CapeWine 2015 is the most successful wine exhibition ever hosted in our country, its attendance in the Cape Town International Convention Centre having grown by 27% since 2012, with 1900 visitors from 58 countries attending. A total of 350 wine estates and producers offered their wines to taste, in what has been the largest wine expo in the Southern Hemisphere. Delegates came from the USA, Continue reading →
Condé Nast Traveler has ranked Cape Town as the third Best Food City in the World in its Readers’ Choice Awards 2014. It follows hot on the heels of Spanish San Sebastián and Paris, and beat Florence, Rome, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore, Barcelona, Quebec, Sydney, Vancouver, Montreal, Lyon, Bologna, Kyoto, Vienna, Budapest, Madrid, and Melbourne.
Cape Town was lauded as a food destination as follows: Continue reading →
* Tim Harris has been appointed as the new CEO of Wesgro, the trade, investment and tourism promotion agency for the Western Cape, for three year period Minister Alan Winde announced today. Harris currently is the Investment Officer of the City of Cape Town, and will replace Nils Flaatten from 1 January. (received via media release from Minister Winde’s office)
* Despite doom and gloom, South Africans enjoy eating out at restaurants and buying food at take-away outlets, according to a survey by Statistics SA. October was the third best month in respect of food and beverage expenditure in the past four years, with a total expenditure of almost R4 billion. R1,8 billion was spent at restaurants and coffee shops, and R1,5 billion at take-away and fast food outlets. Catering made up the balance. The food and beverage industry grew by 11,5% year on year, with the take-away/fast food side growing at 15%. Total expenditure on the food and drink industry was R43 billion in the past year.
* Minister of Public Enterprises Lynne Brown has requested Eskom to communicate its loadshedding schedules more Continue reading →
The Sweet Service Award goes to The New Age, which generously delivers a pack of its newspapers every day on weekdays, to the benefit of our Whale Cottage Camps Bay guests, at no charge.
The Sour Service Award goes to the Taj Cape Town, for associating itself with The White Club owner Rene Dehn, in preparing seven months ago what appeared initially to be its exclusive Taj First Growths Wine List Exceptionelle. Dehn has just been outed as having been fraudulent in his The White Club tastings held around the world, in London, Hong Kong, and in Switzerland, as well as locally, in having served what he said were very rare wines with old vintages, but may have been younger wines thought to have been decanted into the older bottles. The exclusive Taj wine list was described as being the most sought-after in the world, many of the 36 wines having been sourced from Dehn (at high prices no doubt). It is hand-written with detailed tasting notes, and is bound in white leather. At the time Dehn was quoted Continue reading →
* Construction of the new tourist-friendly cruise terminal in the Cape Town port could begin at the end of this year, with tenders being sought.
* The Cape Town International Jazz Festival is estimated to generate R520 million for the economy of the country this weekend, with 35000 jazz lovers attending two nights of local and international jazz, sold out two months ago already, reports The New Age.
* OR Thambo International handled more international passenger arrivals (3,9 million out of 4,8 million) in 2013 than all other local airports combined, reports The New Age. International arrivals at Cape Town International were reported to be 750000 in the past year. While Bloemfontein and Port Elizabeth are both designated as ‘International Airport’, they only handled 31 and 216 international passengers, respectively, in the past year!
* The 20th anniversary of our country’s democracy will be celebrated in April with a month-long celebration of South African wines in Hong Kong. On 16 April a South African Wine Festival will offer 150 wines to taste at Hotel ICON. South African Sommelier Association Chairman Neil Grant will lead a wine pairing dinner at Above & Beyond restaurant on 25 April. The Continue reading →