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On Saturday and Sunday we hosted the second edition of Convivium – a movement in food. Conceptualised by Andy Fenner (Frankie Fenner Meat Merchants) and Wesley Randles (The Shortmarket Club) the event saw it’s first installment on Kalmoesfontein last year in February. This year, with the help of foodie event specialists Studio H and the support of many top producers and growers, the weekend totally blew us away.
On Saturday we served
breakfast – prepared by Collete Robert (The General Store) in the veggie garden
lunch by Wesley Randles (The Shortmarket Club) & Jess Grant (The Table) in Die Bos
and dinner by PJ Vadas (Hoghouse) & Ash Heeger (ASH) at the Old House
to 70 chefs and industry insiders. These guests also had the opportunity to listen to some incredibly inspiring talks by some very passionate and intriguing humans.
On Sunday we served up a lunch like no other for the almost 150 lucky guests. With chefs like Wesley, Ash, Karen Dudley (The Kitchen), Jason Lilley (Jason’s Bakery), Emma Hofmans (Halleluyah) and Angelo Scirocco (Urbanology) – to name only a few, click here for a more complete list – cooking on open fires, under ground, with veggies from the garden and eggs from the chickens it was a treat from first bite to last lick of the plate.
It is a hard thing to put into words what we took away from all the stories and talks about responsibilities outside the kitchen and restaurant, the many angles of ethical and sustainable ‘from farm to table’ supply chains, networking tips and so much more.
Meanwhile Adi cooked for The Great South African Cookbook which launches TODAY – since today is Madiba Day and the proceeds of this great book goes towards The Nelson Mandela Foundation.
Adi and Lars attended Imbibe Live in London with Caperitif, Jasper tasted his way through Spain and Portugal, Helena launched a Swartland wine onto a Stellenbosch wine list and we’ve had some rain, glorious rain.
There are also plans for the 2016 edition of Convivium in the pipeline, Sunday lunches coming up and a bit of a ‘if we can’t have a Swartland Revolution we’ll just throw our own early November party’ event, coming soon.
Our friends at Devil’s Peak Brewing Company have invited us to pair some wine with food prepared by The Taproom’s in-house chef David Walker at their monthly Artisan Night.
Welcome drinks, canapes and a fantastic three course menu specially created with the flavour of each wine in mind (trust us, we tasted all the options!). Add in some chirps from Adi and you have yourself a good night out.
Date: Thursday 23 June 2016
Price: R280 per person
Time: 6.30 for 7pm
Place: The Taproom, DPBC, 95 Durham Ave, 1st Floor PALS Building, Salt River, Cape Town.
Tickets: Quicket http://bit.ly/25waR5C
Please let us know if you are a vegetarian. Karen@devilspeakbrewing.co.za