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Illovo Café Society Awards 2015

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The greatly anticipated annual Café Society Awards, sponsored by Illovo Sugar SA and brought to you by the Sunday Tribune Newspaper, took place on Tuesday the 27th of October 2015 at Duke and Duchess in Umhlanga. There was a buzz in the air as coffee fans and the top finalists in each of the four area categories (the South Coast, Pietermaritzburg and Midlands, Central Durban as well as Durban North and the North Coast) awaited the announcement of the winners. This year saw quite a few new faces walk away with the top honours alongside some old favourites.

Darrell de Wet, Marketing Manager for Illovo Sugar SA, commented on how pleased he was with the growth of the Café Society Awards over the past few years. According to de Wet, “We were thrilled to see a few new faces walk away with awards this year along with many old favourites who have risen to the challenge every year. Not only did all the past winners who remained in the top three work tirelessly to maintain their standards but the presence of some newcomers also shows how hard people have worked to be recognised for the first time. It’s very rewarding to see the genuine delight on the faces of the winners when their names are announced as it just goes to show how much credibility these awards now carry and what it means to people in the coffee and hospitality industry in KZN to win this award. Illovo Sugar SA is passionate about supporting the communities we operate in, so we are very proud to sponsor the Café Society Awards in KZN,” de Wet enthused.

Liam Joyce, Lifestyle Journalist at Independent Newspapers KZN, was delighted with this year’s turnout and also with the decision to announce the winners on the night. “This is Sunday Tribune’s 16th year of running the competition and Illovo’s 13th year of being the main sponsor. The excitement and anticipation was tangible this year as it was the first year that winners were announced at the awards ceremony before the results were published in the newspaper. It is clear that the love for coffee won at the end of the day and we look forward to another successful year in 2016,” said Joyce.

 

The 2015 Café Society winners announced were:

Best Coffee – South Coast:

1st Place: Beaver Creek Coffee Estate (Port Edward)

2nd Place: Tea @ Baytree (Shelly Beach)

3rd Place: Mojo’z Café (Shelly Beach)

Best Coffee – Pietermaritzburg and Midlands:

1st Place: Terbodore Coffee Roasters (Curry’s Post)

2nd Place: The Olde Duck (Underberg)

3rd Place: Essence (PMB)

Best Coffee – Durban:

1st Place: Stretta Café (Hillcrest)

2nd Place: The Factory Café (Glenwood)

3rd Place: The Bean Green Coffee Roastery (Glenwood)

Best Coffee – North Coast:

1st Place: Duke & Duchess (Umhlanga Ridge)

2nd Place: Republik  (Durban North)

3rd Place: Wonderland (Linc Church, Salt Rock)

Barista Personality Award:

1st Place: Musa Magwaza (Stretta)

2nd Place: Maverick (Duke and Duchess)

3rd Place: Mac (Republik)

Everyone who attended enjoyed celebrating with the winners and it was clear that these committed coffee fans are eagerly looking forward to next year’s Café Society Awards! Look out for a list of the Top 100 Coffee Shops around KZN in a special insert released in the Sunday Tribune on the 1st of November 2015.

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TAPAS OYSTER BOX STYLE

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With nobody travelling internationally at the moment The Oyster Box’s Executive Chef, Kevin Joseph and his culinary Team, decided to take guests to exotic places through their food instead. So the Flavour-cation concept was born. Through a variety of food experiences ‘flavour vacations’ are put together to showcase exciting new tastes… literally on our doorstep.

With the Tapas menu (Spanish word for small savoury dishes), each item, has a main ingredient and everything else on the plate contributes to the overall taste sensation. “We looked at what is popular with diners,” says Chef Joseph, “such as oysters, prawns, sharing platters etc. and then added our own taste profile and flair to each dish, to give it an Oyster Box twist. The babotie spring rolls are an example; our steamed buns are baked in-house; the Oysters harvested from our own beds and the pear chutney and hummus cooked from scratch.” The menu also offers ample choice for Vegetarians.

Tapas will be on offer in The Lighthouse and Oyster Bars until the end of November, with new and exciting dishes being added to the menu on an ongoing basis, so that our guests always have something new to look forward to.

Alongside the menu, a wide selection of wine, beer, Champagne and sparkling wine is on offer. A special mention should be made of the House Wine Selection, from our internationally-acclaimed sister winery, Bouchard Finlayson in the Hemel en Aarde Valley in Hermanus. Known for producing exceptional Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and renowned Pinot Noirs.

The TAPAS Menu is served in The Lighthouse and Oyster Bars from 12:00-19:30 daily.

Booking is essential on 031 514 5000 or by e-mail restaurants@oysterbox.co.za

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HIGH DAYS & HOLIDAYS AT THE OYSTER BOX

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Plan ahead for the winter holidays in South Africa’s warmest province and celebrate the festive season early at The Oyster Box.
There’s something for everyone this July.

July 2021

– There’s no doubt that Christmas 2020 was a fairly low-key event compared to the usual festivities The Oyster Box is known for. To make up for it, their food and beverage team is promising more fun and festivity during the month of July, than we’ve seen for a while…AND it includes a Christmas celebration…Yes, in July!
They are also going ‘glam’ in true Oyster Box style, for one of the country’s most prestigious horse-racing events, The Vodacom Durban July.
So, get your hat on and don’t miss the chance to join us in this ‘sport of kings’ event on Saturday 3 July.

JULY SPECIAL

Treat yourself to our legendary Crayfish and Prawn Cocktail and a complimentary glass of Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel from Monday to Sunday, 12h00-19h00 in The Oyster Bar at R390.00 per person.

Celebrate the Vodacom Durban July at The Oyster Box – 3 July 2021

Let Executive Chef Kevin Joseph bring the Vodacom Durban July to you this year, with all the elegance and style you’d expect on the big day! Dress to the theme, get to know more about the jockeys and their mounts and stand a chance to win a variety of prizes during the course of the day. 

Pick the most Winners and stand a chance to win a night’s stay at The Oyster Box.  Drinks and luxury canapes on arrival in the Durban July Room from 11h00, followed by a traditional braai and accompaniments on the Lighthouse Bar Terrace from 13h00.  A bottomless gin bar will be available with a DJ keeping the punters’ spirit’s up. 

From Monday to Sunday 5-31 July, The Oyster Box Christmas in July Ski Lodge is back in the Lighthouse Bar, from 12h00-19h00 daily. With Live music on a Saturday and Sunday at lunchtime with Rob Warren performing Christmas and contemporary rock , the nostalgic atmosphere of a mountain ski-lodge is brought to you Durban-style. Choose between one of our three gourmet Christmas Subs (Gammon, Turkey or Roast Beef), served with a Ciroc Christmas cocktail at R250 per person. 

On Wednesday 7 July, the Rebels of Black Elephant Vintners & Co, pair 13 of their wines with a musical soundtrack of their lives. Strong supporting line-up provided by Executive Chef Kevin Joseph and his Kitchen Team, from 18h00-21h00 in the Oyster Bar.  Cost is R590.00 per person.

One of Durban’s most respected Cocktail Mixologists, Haroon Haffajee brings his innovative magic to the Wonderful World of Whisky at The Oyster Box on Wednesday 14 July 2021.  Drinks in the Oyster Bar on arrival at 18h00, with dinner in The Grill Room from 18h30.  The four-course sensory experience will feature whiskies from the Diageo World Class portfolio, paired with Haroon’s inimitable style, at R690.00 per person.

Finally…a chance to celebrate the Festive Season that wasn’t!! Join us for a traditional Christmas in July lunch on Sunday 25 July 2021 on the Ocean Terrace from 12h00-15h00.  With live music by Leon, a visit from Santa and entertainment for kiddies, you’re in for a fun time. Adults are R690.00 per person and R350.00 for Kids under 12 years.

The monthly Wine Wednesday food and wine evenings are back, with different South African wine estates hosting the monthly dinner, in conjunction with Executive Chef, Kevin Joseph and his Kitchen Brigade. The evening kicks-off at 18h00 in The Oyster Bar with canapes (first course) and a welcome drink at individual tables.  Guests move to The Grill Room at 18h30 for dinner, with an explanation from the Chef about the Menu and comments from the Farm representative on the various pairings, throughout the evening. Wines from the featured estate will be available to order on the evening.

July’s event on Wednesday 28 July features French-style wines from Morgenster Estate and a French-inspired menu courtesy of The Oyster Box. Family-owned and family-run, Morgenster has a long history dating back 300 years. Situated near the foothills of the Helderberg Mountain in Somerset West, the property produces award-winning Bordeaux-styled wines, Italian cultivars and extra virgin olive oil.

 

EXCEPTIONAL DINING AT THE OYSTER BOX

* High Tea in The Palm Court – Inspired by the hotel’s original architecture and with chandeliers purchased from the Savoy Hotel in London, High Tea at The Oyster Box is a lengthy, leisurely affair.  Live piano music provides the perfect backdrop to tea. High Tea is served daily at the following times: Mondays – Fridays from 14h30 – 17h00. Saturdays and Sundays, 12h00-14h00 & 15h00-17h00. Cost is R390.00 per person. 

* Legendary Breakfast in the Ocean Terrace – With al fresco tables offering panoramic Indian Ocean sea views and regular sightings of passing whales and dolphins, the generous breakfast buffet which includes fresh Oysters and Sparkling Wine, is the perfect way to start your day. Breakfast is served from 07h00-10h30 daily at R450.00 per person.

*The Curry Buffet in the Ocean Terrace – Continues to attract fans from far and wide.  Set in the Mediterranean-inspired Ocean Terrace, with gorgeous views across the Indian Ocean, the impressive curry selection, of at least 11 curries daily, includes meat, fish and vegetarian options. Using delicate blends of spices and fresh herbs…each curry is a masterpiece in itself.  The Curry Buffet is open for lunch and dinner from 12h00-20h30 at R390.00 per person.

Versatile muso Leon, provides Live Music from Thursday to Saturday evening and on a Sunday at lunchtime. 

Due to current covid protocols, reservations are essential.  Dinner bookings are available from 17h00-19h30 and Lunch bookings from 12h00-15h00.

 

For enquiries and to book for one of the events, contact Restaurants on (031) 514 5000 or by e-mail on restaurants@oysterbox.co.za

 

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Cake & Prosecco Class at Old Town Italy

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Join Old Town Italy on the first Saturday of every month for a fun Cake-Decorating class, hosted by renowned bakers at our adored Old Town Italy stores 🎂

Start your morning at 10am, where you will learn a series of cake decorating techniques while sipping on refreshing Prosecco 🥂
This class includes your own cake to decorate and take home, Prosecco and a selection of Old Town High Tea treats.

See upcoming dates below:

5 June – Marble Buttercream
3 July
7 August
4 September
2 October
6 November
4 December

Price: R650 per person
Limited tickets available at each store

Enquire in store or contact us directly to book & find out more info:
gm-umhlanga@oldtown.co.za | 031 566 5008
Book here

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