Big Bottle Festival walk about 30th August 2014

It is that time of the year again, The Big Bottle Show!

This year at the Taj hotel, The Big Bottle walk-about and tasting is on Saturday 30th August. Various wines from selected wine farms.
All the wines will be poured from big bottles during the Walk-About. This is great fun as guest walk from one room to the next to experience big wines and big personalities. Some of the chefs include: Rudi Liebenberg from the Mount Nelson, Gregory Czarnecki from Waterkloof Restaurant, Brad Ball from Steenberg’s Bistro 1682, Shyam Longani from the Taj and Christian Harbeck from Raith Gourmet.

Tickets for the Big Bottle Festival are available through Webtickets ( with the Walk-Around Day Pass priced at R450 (this includes food and wine), the Gourmand Dinner Evening priced at R2600 per person.



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Avondale Wine and Dine, 29th August 2014

Beef chuck, bbq short rib, butternut and sweet potato pavé, celeriac

WINE & DINE DINNER | 29th August 2014

Canapés on arrival:
beef cheek empanada│beef tartare│cured beef roll with feta and pickled vegetables
Avondale Camissa 2013

Red wine cured kabeljou
grape salad, sour cream
Avondale Anima 2012

Pepper-cured duck breast
confit of leg, char-grilled orange, roasted pear
Avondale Brut Armilla Blanc de Blanc 2009

Lamb tail cannelloni
deep fried poached egg, spinach purée, rocket
Avondale Samsara Syrah 2007

Beef chuck, bbq short rib
butternut and sweet potato pavé, celeriac
Avondale La Luna 2007

Cheese crispy fried mozzarella
smoked tomato, cider glazed onions, whipped brie
Avondale Cyclus 2011

Coffee time …
mascarpone mousse with dulcey cake, mocca ice cream and coffee chantilly
Avondale Muscat Blanc

Freshly brewed coffee and infused tea

starts at 19h00 │ R485 per person

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Hamilton Russel Wine & Dine, 1 August 2014

On this months menu we have a few surprises with regards to the pairings. We have also included the most delicate little fish that is farmed in Mauritius, a European sea bass. This has been paired up with two of my favourite ingredients, Jerusalem artichoke and African wild garlic made into the most beautiful velvety smooth puree.


canapés on arrival
Southern Right Sauvignon Blanc 2014

smoked trout
hot smoked pressed with pickled fennel, cold smoked parcel with a citrus and fennel salad
Ashbourne Chardonnay-Sauvignon Blanc 2014

sea bass
jerusalem artichoke and wild garlic purée, kohlrabi salsa, sorrel oil
Hamilton Russell Chardonnay 2013

venison lasagne
slow braised neck with roasted cauliflower, parmesan crème
Ashbourne 2008

roast pork fillet
smoked pulled pork cheek, braised red cabbage, sautéed mushrooms and a sherry jus
Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir 2013

nut and seed crusted brie
grapes, walnut biscuit, thyme honey
Ashbourne ‘Sandstone’ 2009

pear and hazelnut cake
dark chocolate ice cream, gianduja cremeux

Tea and coffee
starts at 19h00 | R485 per person
includes 7-course dinner and a glass of all paired

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Cheese Fondue in August


August 2014: Winter may have dug in its heels, but why don’t you say “cheese” to that, don your heels, and make your way into the inviting arms of The Nellie.  Head down the new Nkanyezi gallery corridor (with the stunningly vibrant works of James Musoke-Lule) and enter into a warm and comforting planetary experience – Chef Rudi’s Cheese Fondue for two.

Available throughout August and September, Rudi’s unique recipe is made with local gruyère, Emmentaler and mature cheddar with a hint of garlic.  Your dipping condiments are homemade breads, croûtons, and grissini, as well as radishes, apple, celery, gherkins and other home made pickles – so you could Banting and Atkins to your heart’s content. (But be aware: lose your dip in the fondue, and you will have to pay for the next round of drinks.)

This is the mother of all comfort foods, good old fashioned fun and highly recommended to enjoy in small groups in Planet Restaurant. Rudi’s Cheese Fondue is well priced at R260 for two people.

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Steenberg Pop Up

Once again I will be entering Brad’s Kitchen at Steenberg, last years event was brilliant, even if I was slightly drugged and half mobile with one leg in a cast. Unfortunately this event was sold out very quickly as only 18 seats are made available. Below is the menu with my personal favorite being the seafood salad and the tortellini.
Seafood salad
Lightly cured tuna, marinated trout, oyster ceviche, poached prawn, mussels
served with avocado, shellfish aioli, light spiced broth

Slow cooked pasture reared egg

peas, black pudding, chorizo hash, garlic crumbs

Chicken tortellini with Jerusalem artichoke puree, Parmesan

Beef rib eye en croute
with bacon and mushroom served with a bordelaise sauce
Citrus torte
van der hum creme, chocolate crémeux, chocolate sorbet
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Chef’s who share 2014

The one event that can not be missed, after last years success it is back on the 11th  September, 2014.

Take note that this is an unbelievable event imagine:

7 different menus

14 award winning chefs from South Africa

7 Internationally acclaimed chefs from Europe

7 top Sommeliers

The chefs team up in trios to create individual menus for groups of only 36 people each! The proceeds of the ticket sales and the art auction go to two established charities who support underprivileged children: MAD Charity – Make a Difference and the Laureus Sport for Good
Venue: City Hall Cape Town / South Africa
Tickets: R 3 000 per person; tables of 12 available; enquiries at
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Last year I was teamed up with Christiaan Campbell from Delaire Graff and we had the most fantastic evening, even if I was in a moon boot. Below is the menu we served, many of our dishes were based on sharing and passing food around.

Corn taco with cured beef
Green asparagus bun, Gruyère mayonnaise
Crisp fried BBQ Pork and sticky rice
Pickled beetroot and labneh

Home Made Artisan Bread

Beef short rib and mushroom broth
beef cheeks, sweetbreads, cauliflower parmesan cream, pickled mushrooms, charred corn

Sharing Fish
Fennel crusted smoked trout, fresh oysters, marron terrine, Saldanha Black Mussels, White mussel sausages, Cured Farmed kabeljou, white asparagus, pickled vegetables
Abalimi Bezekhaya salad

Farmer Angus Lamb ….a little bit of everything served with vegetables from Eric, Steve & Jerry.

The things you never see
From a bowl, a spatula, a tray, a piping bag……




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Light seafood salad with a cold spiced broth

Fresh seafood salad in a cold spiced broth

Canapés on arrival
Mulled Marianne Natana Cuvee Rouge

Fresh seafood salad in a cold spiced broth
Marianne Sauvignon Blanc 2011│2012

Seared scottish salmon
with avocado salsa, sour cream and pickled fennel
Marianne Sauvignon Blanc 2011 & Marianne Merlot 2008

Confit chicken tortellini
served with a mushroom ragout
Marianne Cape Blend 2009

Beef sirloin en croûte
beef sirloin, mushroom, spinach, bacon and foie gras
wrapped in puff pastry, served with bone marrow and red wine jus
Marianne Floreal 2006

Cheese selection
brie, Healey’s cheddar, blue cheese and apple compote
Marianne Desirade 2005

Frangipane and kumquat tart
raspberry rose chantilly and raspberry sorbet
Marianne Rosé 2012

Freshly brewed coffee and infused Tea


starts at 19h00 | R485 per person
reservations essential | +27-21-4831000 I


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Whiskey and Dine, 30 May, 2014

Join me with Pernod Ricard to bring you an evening of top class Irish Whiskeys paired with a fantastic menu on 30th of  May.

oysters with whiskey sours | beef tartare with whiskey | gravadlax with whiskey
Jameson Original

hot smoked dusky kob salad
with sweet potato, corn, avocado and a jalapeño dressing
Redbreast 12 year old

pressed duck terrine
layers of seared duck breast, confit and liver with a prune purée
served with bitterballen
Redbreast 12 year old cask strength

roasted carrot and butternut ravioli
toasted seeds and nuts with a sage beurre noisette
Redbreast 15 year old

grilled lamb loin
slow braised lamb shank, quinoa salad with bbq lamb neck,
pasture salad and a jerusalem artichoke purée
Jameson Gold

whiskey and cheese fondue
Green Spot
chocolate, coffee and Jameson
Jameson Reserve

starts at 19h00 | R485 per person
reservations essential| +27-21-4831000


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Biodynamic Luncheon on Sunday, 18 May on Avondale Farm

Avondale’s will be hosting a Biodynamic Luncheon on Sunday, 18 May from 12h00 to 15h30. This is a small intimate three course lunch prepared by Rudi at the table on Avondale farm, showcasing beef, eggs and vegetables from Farmer Angus McIntosh paired with the wines from Johnathan Grieve
Please contact Caelli at or 021 863 1976021 863 1976. The cost is R500 per person.
pepper cured beef tender chuck
fried beef cheek parcels

slow cooked egg
linguini, oxtail ragout and pasture

grilled beef rump
red pepper BBQ beef rib, butternut and sweet potato pave, sautéed organic vegetables

crème brulee
served with a fruit sorbet

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Planet Wine & Dine Series 2014

Every month we host a wine and dine evening in the Planet Restaurant, showcasing some fantastic wines  paired with a six course menu.

Schedule for remainder of 2014

30 May – Whiskey with Pernod Ricard

27 June – Marianne Wines

1 August – Hamilton Russel/Southern Right

29 August – Avondale

26 September – Steenberg Estate

31 October – Simonsig Estate

28 November – Dalla Cia Estate

R485 pp with a six course wine paired menu

Don’t miss out – reserve a table +27(21) 483 1000 or email

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