imageLast month I was lucky to eat at La Colombe twice, a lunch by invitation of Saronsberg, and a dinner by invitation of La Colombe Head Chef James Gaag. I was impressed with the growth in the restaurant cuisine and theme since first eating at the restaurant after its move to Silvermist two years ago.

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imageThe two-day Nederburg Auction 2016, which came to an end yesterday, had the theme of Heritage this year, and reflected in art installations, its marketing, its lunch yesterday, and in the topic of the Keynote Address yesterday by Tim Atkin MW. The Auction raised R7,6 million in sales, top buyers being Southern Sun, Distell International, Spar Western Cape, and Singita. (more…)

ken-forrester-adviniIt was announced yesterday that Ken Forrester has sold the controlling share in his business Forrester Vineyards to the French wine distribution company AdVini, a move aimed at doubling sales in the next five years. Forrester (left in photograph) signed the deal with AdVini CEO Antoine Leccia. (more…)

imageI have heard about world-class restaurants hosting multi-sensory dinners, but had not experienced them locally before. I had the good fortune to attend two sensory dinners within the space of the week, the first by Chef Guy Clark. The second was a pop-up dinner by Chef Matt Manning for client Whirlpool, to launch its new 6th SENSE range of technologically advanced intuitive appliances, and the dinner was designed to awaken our senses! (more…)

imageI met Camphors at Vergelegen Chef Michael Cooke at the AMEX Platinum Fine Dining Awards at Boschendal for the first time last week, and was impressed by what a friendly young man he is, and his cooking career history to date. When Barbara Lenhard and Florian Gast from Opulent Living and Chefs who Share invited me join them for lunch at Camphors on Sunday I accepted immediately.  (more…)

imageHarbour House in the V&A Waterfront has launched a new sushi menu, to rejuvenate its sushi offering, having introduced an American-style sushi, with a more pronounced taste and colours.

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imageLast week I attended three sessions of the Tourism, Hotel Investment & Networking Conference Africa 2016 at the Radisson Blu Waterfront hotel. The highlight of the conference sessions which I attended was hearing that the international market perceives our country to be one of the safest travel destinations, given the recent attacks on European, Asian, and North African cities. (more…)

imageFor two years running the Blaauwklippen Blending Competition has been won by a team from Hamburg in Germany, the Weinnasen wine club achieving the highest score out of 72 wine club entries. (more…)

cuvee-clive-graham-beckGraham Beck flagship MCC Cuvée Clive 2009 has been named best South African sparkling wine at the 2016 Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championships held in London earlier this week, at an event attended by a hundred top sparkling wine and champagne producers from around the world. (more…)

imageThe Sweet Service Award goes to The Ivy in Franschhoek, which invited me to try their Apartment 3 on Monday evening. I did not spend much time in the apartment, but slept there in a very comfortable bed that was warm, with an electric blanket, and an air conditioner in the bedroom. The apartment is very spacious, with two bedrooms, each with a bathroom, one en suite. The kitchen is equipped with quality appliances, and everything one would need for a self-catering stay. I did miss a converter plug to be able to use the two-prong hairdryer and to charge my phone. Parking is available on the property, and employee Wellington was very friendly in showing me the apartment, in helping me to set up the wifi, and switching on the air conditioner. Breakfast the next morning was at the nearby The Village Tart, owned by Lisa Adams, who also oversees the management of The Ivy.

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