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Stellenbosch boasts with its Fine Wine and Food Festival, on 3 August!

It was the title of an article, looking very much like a copy and paste media release, that caught my eye, announcing the Stellenbosch Fine Wine and Food Festival ón 3 August, to be held in the ‘Gourmet Capital of South Africa’.  In my opinion, Stellenbosch has no such claim to this title, with only one restaurant on the 2019 Eat Out Top 10 Restaurant List!

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The Inside Guide ‘The 10 Best Restaurants in Cape Town 2017’ misleads!

When I saw a link on Facebook to an article ‘10 Best Restaurants in Cape Town 2017′  I was intrigued enough to read it. I found it an interesting reflection of restaurant and chef politics, in that ’14 of SA’s top chefs‘ fed back where ‘they go for a bite when they are not whipping up feasts in their own kitchens’. Continue reading →

Reuben Riffel new ‘Recipe for Success’, has much on his plate!

Reuben's O&O ReubenI spent the past four days in Franschhoek, and was able to meet with Chef Reuben Riffel for a coffee, to catch up on his new restaurant in Franschhoek, his new TV show ‘Recipe for Success‘, and the other activities in which he is involved.

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Inaugural 2016/2017 Gourmet Guide launched, Top 21 SA restaurants ‘plated’!

imageToday the inaugural ‘2016/2017 Gourmet Guide: Top South African Restaurants, their Chefs & Recipes‘ was launched at the Good Food & Wine Show. Twenty one top restaurants were honored with one or two plates, acknowledging them as the best restaurants in our country.
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Terroir restaurant offers generous Winter Special menu!

imageOn Friday I tried the new Winter Menu at Terroir, it being anything but wintry weather-wise.  The lunch was set up at short notice by Eske of Manley Communications, who had extended the invitation on behalf of the restaurant, as my planned trip to Greyton was confirmed that morning. Continue reading →

Conflict of interest: La Motte Culinary Director reviews Franschhoek restaurants for Eat Out

Eat-Out-mag-coverEarlier this year I was shocked to see that the La Motte Culinary Director (and wife of its red wine maker Edmund Terblanche) as well as Kokkedoor judge Hetta van Deventer had reviewed De Warenmarkt for Eat Out. Now it appears from the new Eat Out 2016 magazine that she reviewed a number of Franschhoek and other Boland restaurants (many on wine farms too) that are in direct competition with Pierneef à la Motte restaurant!

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Eat Out Restaurant Awards 2015: Restaurant Oscars, luckiest Friday 13th ‘disaster’!

Eat-Out-mag-coverIt could have been a disaster, changing the venue from the Mistico Equestrian Centre outside Paarl to the SunEvents Centre at GrandWest two days prior to the 17th Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards 2015 today. It turned out to be the best Friday the 13th disaster for New Media Publishing, organizers of the Eat Out Awards, described by many as the best Eat Out Awards ever! Continue reading →

Eat Out Awards new venue, Top 10 Restaurants 2015: a prediction!

imageOn Sunday the eagerly awaited Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards 2015 winners will be announced at its Gala Lunch, to be held at new event venue SunExhibits Centre at GrandWest. As is our tradition, we attempt a prediction of the Eat Out Top 10 winners as well as comment on the other awards to be presented Continue reading →

Eat Out Top 10 Restaurant Awards Gala Lunch chefs announced!

imageEat Out has announced which chefs will be cooking at its Top 10 Restaurant Gala Lunch on 15 November, when the country’s Top 10 chefs will be announced at Mistico Equestrian Centre outside Paarl.

In the past all chefs invited to cook were seen to be sure winners,  When this became so predictable, half the chefs cooking were awarded Top 10 status, while the other half were Top 20 Finalists who did not make it to Top 10. This year Eat Out has Continue reading →

Bistro13 pops up at pop-up Hands On Street Food by Nic van Wyk at De Warenmarkt!

imageA year after opening at Stellenbosch Vineyards, Bistro 13 has opened as a pop-up restaurant at De Warenmarkt in Stellenbosch, called Hands On Street Food by Nic van Wyk.

I popped in at De Warenmarkt yesterday, and was lucky to find owner a chef Nic van Wyk in attendance. He motivated their three-month presence at the trendy new Deli/retail outlet/restaurant space as an opportunity to offer employment to former staff members who approached him for a job, but which he can not accommodate at his Bistro 13. He has given
the staff at the pop-up a three-month contract. Chef Nic follows in the footsteps of  Chef George Jardine, who opened up with De Warenmarkt in July as its first pop-up. Chef Nic helped plan the pop-up at De Warenmarkt when it first opened.

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