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Good Food at The Deli & The Bistro

Good Food & Co's new owners, Kelly Pilkington & Nico Vorster, have made some tasty changes.

You may have noticed some bright new banners outside Good Food & Co.  Chef Nico Vorster and his fiancé Kelly, who took over the restaurant in November, have rebranded it as ‘The Deli’ during the day, and ‘The Bistro’ for dinner.  Also new are the menus.  Rest assured though that the old favourites are still there:  the humungous burgers, butternut flapjacks and all of the vegan dishes.  You can also still pop by to stock up on your beloved Heat ‘n Eats, oils, chutneys, breads and slices of heavenly cakes.

Nico has now put his own stamp on the menu.

Mornings kick off with bottomless coffee from 07h30 – 09h00, when ordering breakfast, and the lunch menu has been tweaked.

Nico is passionate about sourcing products locally. Always keeping things in season means that the menu at The Bistro changes on a monthly basis:  December offers things like Stone Fruit Salad and the Vegan Vegetable Bowl packed with fresh veggies and chickpeas.

Evenings from 18h00 are a family affair at The Bistro with a great kids menu on offer.

Pop by and see what’s on the menu – for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Nico says his wish is that patrons come by, sit down under one of their umbrellas, and sigh “Ah, I’m home and I feel good!”

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Rediscover Your Love for the Finer Things with Franschhoek’s Cap Classique Route

The festive season is fast approaching and it’s the perfect time to stock up on your favourite Cap Classique. Running out of ideas on what to add to your collection? Franschhoek’s Cap Classique Route, the first of its kind in South Africa, holds the key.

Regarded as one of South Africa’s leading Cap Classique producing areas, Franschhoek established its Cap Classique route a few years ago. Today it boasts more than 20 producers ready to welcome you and showcase their Cap Classique offerings to you. These range from large traditional estates to the smaller lesser-known niche producers.

Franschhoek has been challenging other wine-producing areas in South Africa, with great strides in quality in recent years, and is proud to have many of the most innovative and progressive producers in the country among its wineries. The winemakers responsible for producing these superb Cap Classiques range in their approaches, resulting in a diverse range of wines. This is reaffirmed by the numerous industry accolades bestowed on some of the region’s producers, which include Le Lude (2021 5-star Platter recipient) and L’Ormarins (Gold medal winner and recipient of the Best Rosé for their Brut Rosé NV at the 2020 Amorim Cap Classique Challenge).

One of the unique characteristics of this route is that visitors have the opportunity to tailor make their experience by means of a user friendly Cap Classique Route map, which can be downloaded here. Alternatively a map is also available from the tourism office.

Less than an hour’s drive from Cape Town, a day trip to Franschhoek is a breeze, but why not treat yourself (and that someone special) to an overnight escape, or better yet a weekend getaway. Perfect for your Cap Classique adventures. Franschhoek offers a wide range of accommodation– from luxury boutique hotels to quaint bed and breakfasts and self-catering establishments. Choose to stay in one of the many establishments located within easy walking distance of the main road or opt for a more secluded establishment – located on farms in and around the valley – offering you the ultimate winelands experience.

For more information on things to do in and around Franschhoek this season, visit www.franschhoek.org.za.

From Paw Paws and Baobab to Litchi and Titch

Litchi & Titch's Lecia Durham & Debbie Shriekker

A new shop – almost entirely devoted to soft, smooth skin – has recently opened opposite the Franschhoek Town Hall. The Tatler stopped by to find out more.

Litchi and Titch is the brainchild of Lecia Durham with business partner Debbie Schriekker – respectively the Litchi and Titch in the business’ name. Lecia and Debbie both have sales and marketing backgrounds and share a passion for all things natural and environmentally conscious, especially cosmetics. Starting a business to profit from their passion seemed a logical step, so they took it in 2017. Their first product, a paw paw balm, proved an instant success and they soon started adding other products to the range.

Christopher Duigan: Piano concerts adapting to change

One of the country’s most prolific and accomplished concert pianists, Christopher Duigan, has performed two live-streamed free concerts every week throughout lockdown.

So far he has clocked in an astonishing 70 concerts since the beginning of lockdown!

Duigan, and his Music Revival initiative, are synonymous with accessible live classical music concerts performed throughout South Africa, with home-town Pietermaritzburg as its fulcrum. For the past 30 something years, Duigan performed on average 100 performances a year – solo, with associates and with musical ensembles.

Biltong & All That’s Good

Two locals taken their love for biltong and droëwors and turned it into a small business: Village Biltong & Deli.

Owner Herman du Plessis and shop manager Bets TerBlanche decided early on that they would only stock hand-selected, premium biltong products that are ethically sourced. “Our beef product suppliers rear their livestock with care and no steroids or growth hormones are given. You can taste the difference,” says Herman.

Three Wins for La Motte at Best of Wine Tourism Awards

La Motte Wine Estate

La Motte Wine Estate was crowned the winner in three of the seven categories of this year’s Best of Wine Tourism Awards. This international annual competition is designed to reward the wineries in each of the Great Wine Capitals Global Network’s member regions for their excellence.

Wesgro, the Official Tourism, Trade and Investment Promotion Agency for Cape Town and the Western Cape worked closely with Vinpro, a non-profit company that represents 2 500 South African wine producers, cellars and industry stakeholders in finalising these awards.

La Cotte Farm: An Icon Restored

The La Cotte manor house overlooks rambling gardens with unrivaled valley and mountain views.

For almost twenty years the manor house and werf on La Cotte Farm, one of the nine original Huguenot farms in the valley, lay neglected.  Then, with new owners, came new life as an understated country hotel and restaurant on a working farm right at the edge of the village.

Visitors won’t be able resist. They’re bound to be enchanted. Ancient oaks, white-washed walls, simple gabled buildings and rambling Cape Mediterranean gardens combine with unrivalled valley and mountain views to charm all comers. It’s no surprise that old SA master Hugo Naudé chose to paint the view from the manor house more than once.

How to plan for your pets this festive season

It’s hard to believe the festive season is mere weeks away! After the way 2020 turned out, you’d be forgiven for leaving your holiday planning to the last minute – up until a few months back there wasn’t a holiday to be had, with many of us thinking we’d be stuck indoors for the foreseeable future.

However, with many restrictions lifted, the festive season can still be festive – albeit with safety precautions in place. If there was ever a year we needed a break, this would be it. While our pets are our priority during the year, with all the year-end hustle and bustle, we often find ourselves forgetting to make arrangements for them over the December period.

David Roache, dotsure.co.za’s Chief Operating Officer, says that arranging pet care over this period can be very stressful for pets and pet parents alike.

“We have found that over this period, there is an increase in claims. This is because of pets being stressed by changes that may occur in their usual schedule. This unfortunately can lead to them becoming sick or attempting to escape, especially if they have a pet sitter or are left on their own for long periods of time. Plus, this year may be even more tricky with many people having worked from home, or are still working from home, and your pets have become used to having you around.”

Lions Club Bowls Day

Despite the smiles, the competition was intense at the Lions Club's Bowls Day!

The Franschhoek Lions Club held a Bowls Day at the Franschhoek Country Club on Sunday, 22 November 2020.

The three-a-side event featured twelve teams that competed on a knockout basis. Participating teams were invited to bring along their families while pizzas and a fully stocked bar was available from the Country Club. All in all it made for a fun, family-friendly day of raising funds for the Lions administration account to enable the club to plan future community projects. Some half-decent bowls were even played! The Lions Club plan to make it an annual event.

Anthonij Rupert Wyne Strikes Double Gold at Veritas

The wine industry was abuzz on Saturday, 14 November as the winners for the 2020 Veritas Wine Awards were announced. At this year’s awards 70 Double Gold and 128 Gold medals were awarded. Anthonij Rupert Wyne took home Double Gold for both the Cape of Good Hope Altima Sauvignon Blanc 2019 and Cape of Good Hope Serruria Chardonnay 2018. Gold was also awarded to their L’Ormarins Brut Classique Rosé NV. These awards confirm the team’s commitment to quality, producing only the best and building an impressive track record for their wines.

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