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R210 000 raised at Rock in White Party

Guests, attired in white, mingled before the start of the 'Rock in White' party.

On Friday, 27 July, friends and supporters of the Franschhoek Hospitality Academy came together for a sensational evening at the academy’s ‘Rock in White’ fundraiser held at ROCA Restaurant.

ROCA’s team were phenomenal from the start, working closely with To-Netts Décor to add beautiful touches to the venue, which only enhanced its already eye-catching ambiance. Guests arrived in white and were ready to dance the night away with the Uncorked Band, who stole the show and put on an exceptional performance which was enjoyed by everyone in attendance.

NASA astronaut to visit Bridge House

Astronaut Dr Don Thomas, pictured here with the space shuttle Discovery, will visit Bridge House on 17 September 2018.

Following the sold-out, three-city 2017 tour, former NASA astronaut Dr Don Thomas will be returning to South Africa, for the Living Maths Space Tour 2018, from 16 to 27 September. STEAM-based NGO Living Maths will be giving South Africans the rare opportunity to meet a bona fide spaceman, during a series of public talks and school visits in Cape Town, the Cape Winelands and along the Garden Route.

If you have ever been curious about what it is like to be blasted into space and to live and work in a shuttle while orbiting the Earth, then the upcoming tour is not to be missed. During his twenty-year tenure with NASA, including four historic shuttle missions, Dr Thomas logged over 1040 hours of adventuring in space and completed 692 orbits of the Earth.  His inaugural mission aboard the STS-65 Columbia in July 1994 set a new flight duration record for the US Space Shuttle program with 236 orbits of the Earth and 6.1 million miles travelled, in 353 hours and 55 minutes.

New Delight at Pierneef à La Motte Restaurant

Farmed cob with steamed West Coast mussels, crispy cauliflower, toasted sunflowerseeds, dill and mussel liquor dressing

Expect a fresh interpretation to the acclaimed wine and food experience on Franschhoek-based La Motte Wine Estate. With an eye on global culinary trends and embracing the signature modern focus of newly appointed executive chef, Eric Bulpitt, Pierneef à La Motte Restaurant is shining a new light on heritage cuisine.

Since opening its doors in 2010, Pierneef à La Motte has been renowned for its exceptional cuisine, innovative wine experience and authentic Cape Winelands hospitality. “We are passionate about our heritage and in keeping with the international trend, the focus at Pierneef à La Motte Restaurant will stay on heritage cuisine and an authentic food experience. It is, however, time for a fresh interpretation and Chef Eric’s creativity and bold authenticity will introduce traditional cuisine to guests in a brand new way”, says La Motte CEO, Hein Koegelenberg.

Lunch at Pierneef à La Motte treats guests to a sophisticated à la carte menu within the restaurant’s elegant ambience, beautifully embraced by tranquil gardens. Chef Bulpitt’s selection of starters, mains and desserts changes with the season and the menu represents seasonal and sustainable, locally-sourced artisan ingredients. All dishes come with wine suggestions from an award-winning wine list offering both current and older vintages of La Motte, an interesting selection of other South African and international wines as well as an exceptional representation of Franschhoek Méthode Cap Classique wines.

The à la carte lunch is served inside the restaurant and on the water deck, from Tuesday to Sunday, 11h30 – 15h00. Reservations are recommended.

Welcoming guests to its culture of sharing, the Garden Menu is a brand new addition to the Pierneef à La Motte offering. Guests are invited to enjoy this more relaxed dining experience under the estate’s majestic oak trees during warmer weather, from October to Easter. Relish the calm garden ambience, enjoy a glass of wine and choose from an ever-changing seasonal menu of delicious sharing options.

Despite its more informal feel, the Garden Menu echoes the à la carte menu’s theme of modern heritage cuisine. Expect unique South African tastes such as flavoursome Cape curries, mosbolletjies, biltong, curry lamb kebabs, cinnamon pancakes and all those interesting combinations of sweet, sour and savoury, presented with Chef Eric’s innovative touch. The menu offers guests a selection of smaller plates to enjoy with La Motte wines.

Commencing in October 2018, the Garden Menu is served in the garden or on the Pierneef à La Motte stoep from Tuesday to Sunday, 11h00 – 17h00. (Last orders at 16h30). No Reservations.

With the delightful confectionery of the Farm Shopalways a temptation, the La Motte gardens also offer a beautiful opportunity to sit down with a glass of the estate’s award-winning Méthode Cap Classique, coffee or tea and a choice of delectable bakes.

The La Motte Farm Shop is open from Tuesday to Sunday, 09h00 – 17h00.

The La Motte Wine and Food Tasting is one of the motivations behind the estate having been announced the winner an exceptional four times, in the Drinks International Wine Tourism Best Food and Wine Matching Experience. As part of the renewal in the restaurant, the menu for the La Motte Wine and Food Tasting has also seen a complete transformation.

The food pairings support the restaurant’s focus on modern heritage cuisine, curated with the input of Cellarmaster Edmund Terblanche to complement the five La Motte wines in the tasting. The food tasters are delicately plated but still represent everyday flavours and tastes and will guide guests towards more reliable food-and-wine selections, with reference to weight and intensity, as well as the influence of the primary taste sensations. Presented by a well-informed Wine Ambassador, this Friday morning event is both educational and entertaining.

The La Motte Wine and Food Tasting takes place on Fridays at 10h00. R295 per person. Strictly by appointment only. | 021 876 8000

La Petite Colombe, mon amour

Franschhoek spoils for choice when one is considering where to dine. The best of South Africa appears to be concentrated in the main street and where to eat is not made any easier by La Petite Colombe’s winter special. Visitors can expect the same stellar standards in both service and cuisine, as they have come to know from world renowned parent restaurant La Colombe.

The winter lunch special that is currently on offer at Le Petite Colombe has been described as a bucket list worthy!

Artist with great taste

Artist Reason Ndlovu at work on one of his chocolate paintings.

Perhaps one day they will have a section in the National Gallery devoted to paintings done in chocolate. Well, so hopes Reason Ndlovu, a Franschhoek artist who has come up with an innovative idea – painting with chocolate.

It all began when Danny Windvogel of Huguenot Fine Chocolates was walking in the main road and saw Reason doing painting work on a shop door. Their subsequent chat led them to the idea that the process of making chocolate could be illustrated by means of an artistic portrayal in a chocolate painting.

A short time later, working on the premises, so that he had access to chocolate pods and pictures of the cacao botanical process, Reason began his two works which are almost finished and will have pride of place in the shop once completed.

More than 60 percent of the world’s cocoa beans are grown in Africa, so it was appropriate that the painting should have an African theme.

Val de Vie’s Berg River bridge opened

The new Berg River Bridge at Val de Vie was officially opened on 21 June 2018.

The Berg River Bridge at Val de Vie Estate was officially opened by Executive Mayor of Drakenstein Municipality, Councillor Conrad Poole, on Thursday, 21 June 2018.

“The opening of the Berg River Bridge is a remarkable event for Val de Vie Estate and is the first private bridge of this scale in South Africa. Drastically reducing the travelling time to Cape Town International Airport, the Mother City and Stellenbosch was the main drive behind the project which cost the development company over R100 million,” said Ryk Neethling, Val de Vie Estate Marketing Director and Shareholder.

Stuart and Leigh greet PnP

Stuart Downie and Leigh Courtnage purchased the ‘Co-op’ in 1997. This photo dates from the mid-1990s.

Stuart Downie and Leigh Courtnage laid down the reins as owners of the PicknPay Franschhoek stores in May 2018, after 21 busy years in the Franschhoek retail sector.

Their retail journey together started in 1996, when their paths crossed at the then Franschhoek Verbruikers Ko-operasie in the centre of the village, or the ‘Co-op’ as everybody knew it.  They purchased the business and, in 1997, established the Village Supermarket.  In 2003 they joined the Pick n Pay family. A Pick n Pay Liquor store was added to their business in 2009 and a Pick n Pay Daily store in 2010.

State to launch turnaround strategy for Solms-Delta

The Department of Rural Development and Land Reform announced in a press release on 31 May 2018 that it is to initiate a turnaround strategy and a restructuring of the operations at the Solms-Delta Wine Estate.

The Department acquired the estate in December 2016 as part of the pilot phase of the Policy Framework on Strengthening the Relative Rights of People working the Land. As part of this agreement workers acquired a 45% stake in the wine making business.

Proposed luxury retirement village angers neighbours

Architect’s rendering of group housing units proposed for historic Die Eike property. (Jan Hanekom Partnership).

News that the owner of erf 3476 (Die Eike) is planning a luxury retirement village on the property has not been welcomed by the property’s neighbours.

Bruce Gatland, GM of La Cotte Farm, says: “If this development were to be approved, it would have a marked detrimental effect on the value and enjoyment of our property … La Cotte Farm is regarded as of great cultural and historical importance … We have gone to great lengths and expense to preserve and restore the heritage aspects of the property. The applicant’s proposal is alarming and disappointing in its apparent total disregard for this heritage.”

Pniel Female Farmer wins SABF award

Mbalie Zamisa (SBF) and Claudia Williams

Pniel entrepreneur, Claudia Williams, was recognised at a prestigious event at the Birchwood Hotel in Johannesburg on 5 June. The SAB Foundation Tholoana Enterprise Development Programme annual awards ceremony recognised seven entrepreneurs who are creating jobs in their regions. Just two years ago, this remarkable woman started off as the only employee in her own company. Due to her remarkable growth, she now employs 18 staff members.

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