I was lucky enough to attend this year’s Fry’s Annual Green Meeting hosted in Cape Town where they launched their latest product Kasha, an instant cereal that can be used as a shake on-the-go or as a warming porridge this winter. It’s filled with protein and superfoods, gluten-free and of course, 100% vegan. After the product launch, over a glass of white wine, Tammy and I sat down to chat about The Fry Family Food Co. and family.
UCOOK is one of South Africa’s top food box delivery service providers, and it’s not just because of their mouth-watering recipes. Their e-food company has a long-standing partnership with NGO, Abalimi Bezekhaya, their primary supplier of organic, high-quality fresh produce. As of March 2017, UCOOK will be contributing a generous portion of its gross profits to Abalimi’s developing agricultural project, Harvest of Hope.
They came. They cooked. They conquered. That is the motto of twins, Lebo and Tebo, who are cooking their way through the kitchens of Pretoria with their success in hosting pop-up dinners for those who enjoy quality food in the comfort of their own homes. In addition to that, they are regular contributors to food magazines, have cooked for the folks over at Top Billing and have been featured on The Gareth Cliff Show at cliffcentral.com.
You may know him as the lead singer in the local group Mi Casa, but in the past year, J’Something has forged his way into the foodie scene, starring in his own cooking show, appearing at nationwide expos and, this year, opening a restaurant in Menlyn, Pretoria.
Now, the folks at Drinks International wholeheartedly agree and confirm that the Stellenbosch wine route is indeed the Best Promotional Body when it comes to wine tourism across the world when they snagged the award at the International Wine Tourism Challenge.
We turned to Cape Sommelier, Ewan Mackenzie to find out what you need to know about the changing wine game.
Executive Head Chef Craig Paterson is known for his fantastic cuisine at The President Hotel, in the heart of Bantry Bay. His cooking techniques go a long way, so much so that he has had the pleasure of serving some of the world’s A-list dignitaries and celebs!
When Tongai Joseph Dhafana (‘Joseph’ to his friends) left Zimbabwe, he didn’t know where his path would lead him next. His first job on South African soil was as a gardener at Bar Bar Black Sheep in Riebeek-Kasteel, but hard work and enthusiasm saw him climb the ranks and into the restaurant as a waiter. This was when his love affair with grapes began and his mentors, Eben Sadie and Chris Mullineux, saw his potential. Joseph enrolled at the Cape Wine Academy in Stellenbosch to earn his qualification in oenology and he the esteemed sommelier at Silvermist’s La Colombe in the Constantia Valley.
From MasterChef to opening her own business, Lungi Nhlanhla is taking the foodie world by storm. When the youngest contestant on MasterChef SA made it to the finals, we paid attention. Then we watched as she took on the daunting role of food editor for Drum. Now, she is combining her love of food, writing and events management, in her own bespoke culinary business and blog, Lungi’s Corner.
Pearl Oliver had always wanted to be a doctor. Despite her interest in medicine, life had other plans. While waitressing at Catharina’s restaurant in Cape Town, Pearl’s manager handed her a glass of Steenberg Sauvignon Blanc Reserve. She took a sip – and the rest is history. Now a sommelier at Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel’s Planet Restaurant, and in her 10th year of studying the world of wine, she shares some of her knowledge.