Entries tagged with “Iain Banner”.

I was invited to the newly opened Coco Safar a few days ahead of its opening in the newly refurbished Artem centre, previously the Adelphi Centre in Main Road in Sea Point. A week ago I invited a young chef intern to join me for Brunch at Coco Safar, on a Sunday morning.  (more…)

Yesterday I attended the HQ Brunch Sunday Social, the first time that the restaurant in Heritage Square opened on a Sunday.  Brunches are a new trend, La Parada Constantia Nek also launching its new Toast Brunch yesterday. (more…)

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The black-tie gala dinner for ‘Chefs who Share – the Art of giving‘ will be held for the third time this year, once again in the City Hall in Cape Town, on 10 September. What is an exciting development is that a Young Chef Award will go (more…)

Chefs who Share Mercedes-Benz Whale CottageWhen Opulent Living‘s Barbara Lenhard and Florian Gast organise an event, you know it will be beyond perfect, the German precision being evident from the minute one enters the venue.   Outperforming its ‘Chefs who Share – the ART of Giving‘ Gala Dinner and Auction of last year, which raised R1,2 million then, R 2,5 million was raised at ‘Chefs who Share‘ on Thursday evening from the 250 tickets sold at R3000 each for the Gala Dinner, and the smart auctioneering of art works and other auction lots.

Arriving at the not-often-used Darling Street entrance to the City Hall, the Mercedes-Benz (the company was a sponsor) CLS Coupé was outside the steps, and photographs taken of the VIPs attending.  Halfway up the steps were the tables to register one’s attendance, with tall vases of beauty created with vegetables, all of which plus the vegetables used for the table decor going to a soup kitchen the following day.  Outside the Hall itself, waiters greeted us with glasses of Chefs who Share Barbara Lenhard Whale CottageGraham Beck MCC, and one could admire the artwork hung in the passages, which was auctioned later in the evening.  A continuous stream of canapés was offered, and the waiters linked to the creators of these Chefs who Share Rudi Liebenberg canapes Whale Cottageserved them, which helped in that they knew what they were serving.  Little name cards, with the description of the dishes and the chef’s name, made the identification for Tweeting easy.  Those served by Chefs Jackie Cameron, Rudi Liebenberg with Michelle Theron, Darren Badenhorst, Malika van Reenen, and Christiaan Campbell attracted particular attention.  It was in the passage that we could chat and congratulate Barbara, who looked beautiful and glamorous in her Gavin Rajah dress. (more…)

Chefs who share chefsAn unusual recipe of 14 top South African chefs working together in pairs of two in less than ideal temporary kitchen conditions set up outside the City Hall, supported by a sommelier and restaurant serving staff per chef pair, and serving 36 guests a unique four-course menu each, dreamt up by Opulent Living publisher Barbara Lenhard, saw R1195000 raised for charity on Thursday evening, alongside which Chefs who share Barbara Lenhard Whale Cottage Portfoliothe brand new Mercedes-Benz S Class was launched.

The A list event, which was covered by Top Billing and was MCd by Top Billing presenter Bonang Matheba and previous Top Billing and The Dr Mol Show presenter Dr Michael Mol, was first announced in May, and even though the tickets cost R3000, they were snapped up within a very short period of time, leaving many food lovers disappointed that they were (more…)

I have met lovely Kim Kallie and her husband Iain and daughter Sarah Page Banner twice in the past two weeks. Last week it was at The Grand Café & Beach, at a function to publicise the new show ‘Mom and Me‘ that will be performed by mother and daughter duo Judy Page and Kim Kallie from 10 – 12 May, to celebrate ‘all things grand’, Mother’s Day, and the special relationship between mothers and their daughters.

Judy Page is a well-known singer who has lived in Johannesburg for most of her life, a grande dame of theatre, who has had lead roles in the major Broadway and West End musicals.  She told me that she has won three Naledi Theatre Awards, including a Lifetime Achievement Award recently. She loved performing with orchestra leader Gerry Bosman. She is a performance coach now for her agent, training up ‘seedlings’, she said.

Kim Kallie, using her mother’s maiden name as her stage name, was our country’s biggest recording artist in the mid-Eighties, and performed Madonna’s music under her second star name ‘Margino’, when Madonna prohibited her music from being played in our country.  She had lead roles in ‘Evita’ and ‘Tell me on a Sunday‘, and achieved double gold, before moving to London for ten years.  She and her family moved to Cape Town recently.

Judy Page and Kim Kallie will perform under the direction of Johan Laas, who will accompany them on piano. He was the Musical Director of ‘Idols’ for ten years.  The programme includes classics such as ‘Moondance’, ‘Desperado‘, and ‘Feeling Good’, Lloyd Webber hits, as well as a musical journey around the world to ‘Amsterdam‘, ‘Spain’, ‘Paris in Springtime‘, and ‘Barcelona’.  The show will include theatre too.

While we did not hear Judy and Kim perform, we did get a taste of Grand on the Beach Chef Greg Beaverstock’s new winter menu, and received a printed copy of the menu for the show evenings.  Chef Greg was previously at the Five Flies, and will be serving a three course meal, with starters of fish cakes, a winter salad, and carrot and red lentil soup; mains of braised beef ‘pot au feu‘ or line fish with a wild fennel and ginger sauce; and a dessert of lime-chocolate tart with almond ice cream, which was one of our lunch dishes.

Having met both Judy Page and Kim Kallie, and given the calibre of their talent, ‘Mom and Me’ is sure to be a very special evening out with the girls and their moms. I enjoyed meeting Jane Lello, who handles the marketing for Grand Africa, the holding company for all the Grand properties in Cape Town and Plettenberg Bay.

Grand Café and Beach, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town.  ‘Mom and Me’, 10, 11 and 12 May at 19h00.  Tel 072 586 2052. www.grandafrica.com Twitter: @GrandAfrica   Tickets www.webtickets.co.za R 450 includes Dinner and Show.

Chris von Ulmenstein, Whale Cottage Portfolio: www.whalecottage.com Twitter: @WhaleCottage