The Sweet Service Award goes to Le Lude wine estate in Franschhoek, and its Orangerie Restaurant Executive Chef Nicolene Barrow, for spoiling me with two bottles of Le Lude sparkling wine, my favourite bubbly, when I and a friend had lunch at her restaurant and I handed over a prize of a bottle of Adhara olive oil to her for being included in the 2021 Top 10 Women Chefs List. Continue reading →
Chef Judi Fourie received recognition as one of the Cape’s Top Women Restaurateurs last year. This year she has been selected as a 2021 Top 10 Woman Chef, owning both Pilcrow & Cleaver as well as Fideli’s on Parliament Street in the Cape Town city centre, as well as three Judith Fresh Cafés. She received a bottle of Adhara Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oil as her prize.
Chef Judi fearlessly opened Fideli’s nine months ago, and offered a weekly menu for Pilcrow & Cleaver which one could collect or have delivered. It was the restaurant I supported the most during Lockdown, collecting a freshly-made order combined with a friendly chat with Chef Judi, and a shop at Fdeli’s. She is an innovative marketer, most recently handing out Fideli’s vouchers as a thank you to persons who have been vaccinated. She is a trailblazer for SASSI, supporting sustainable fishing.
#gratitude for such a wonderful day, with no stress or strain; for an admin and writing catch up day, allowing me some time off this weekend; for a visit by Anna Marie V. Tielmann, who saw me on my terrace when she walked past with her baby son, catching up on 6 months since we had last seen each other; for a wonderful Bakoven walk, seeing three heart and one dancer clouds; for my Minsky showing me so much love, being far more housebound than ever before, finally having forgiven me Continue reading →
The Sweet Service Award goes to Pilcrow & Cleaver and Fideli’s, both owned by Chef Judi Fourie, for the kind marketing of her restaurant and Deli on Parliament Street, at the CTICC and in her restaurant, by handing out discount vouchers to those persons who are vaccinated, a win-win for both. Continue reading →
Kerry Kilpin is the Executive Chef at Steenberg, in charge of both Tryn and Bistro 1682 restaurants on the wine estate. She was selected as one of the 2021 Cape’s Top 10 Women Chefs, and receives a bottle of Adhara Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
Heading up one restaurant is a challenge in itself, but heading up two restaurants and that during a pandemic which affected the restaurant industry the most through its constantly changing Lockdown regulations regarding alcohol sales, operating hours, and restaurant capacity, reflects Chef Kerry’s strength as a manager as well as a chef.
#grateful for a cooler day with some rain and clearing in the afternoon, with more rain expected overnight and tomorrow; for a busy morning, also preparing for two meetings; for excellent meetings at Zest Restaurant and newkings boutique hotel this afternoon; for a Bakoven Walk; for lovely Kfm Dansdag music; and for being happy, healthy, and free. 🙏💙 Continue reading →
The Sweet Service Award goes to my Dentist Dr Wim de Beer, in the Waterfront, who assisted me at short notice when a dental implant cracked, and came loose. I was on my way to Gordon’s Bay, and he was leaving for a two week break before I returned to Cape Town. I had to delay my departure to Gordon’s Bay so that he could reinstall the implant. Best of all is that he didn’t charge me a cent for this emergency procedure. It was done so quickly that I got to Gordon’s Bay before it got dark, despite late afternoon traffic. Continue reading →
#grateful for a slow start to the day, building up in speed and action, with a lovely spontaneous ending; for a peaceful morning working and a second snooze; for a shopping walk to Woolies; for a tea visit by Hans-Werner Klein and Rose Klein, just warm enough to sit outside, it being misty all day; for the sad yet happy memorial service for David Morris on Zoom, my first such experience; for taking photographs of Eden Smith, the prize winner of a Utopia giveaway done in conjunction with Continue reading →
#grateful for a wonderful day; for an amazingly fantabulous 2 hour breakfast at Grand Pavilion in Sea Point, with the great company of Mullerie Taljaard, whom I met at Zest on Tuesday for the first time; for a good walk to Zest from Grand Pavilion; for putting together a quick promotion for Zest with the beauty service providers in Piazza da Luz for Women’s Month; for a working afternoon, getting into bed early as the mist rolled in, it becoming very cold, after a fabulous sunny day; and for being healthy, happy, and free. 🙏💙 Continue reading →
The Sweet Service Award goes to Somerset Hospital, and its vaccination team, for its efficient and relatively quick second vaccination service a week ago, taking an hour this time, for the roughly ten persons in the queue. The chairs we sat on in the queue were wiped and sanitised each time we moved forward. I received a notification to go to the CTICC, but because Somerset Hospital was so efficient for the first vaccination, I went back there instead. Well done Western Cape Government. Continue reading →