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A MASTERCHEF CELEBRATION AT THIS YEAR’S DURBAN GOOD FOOD & WINE SHOW

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It’s going to be a MasterChef celebration at this year’s Good Food & Wine Show in Durban with MasterChef South Africa winner Kamini Pather in action with fellow show contestants Siphokazi Mdlankomo and Claire Allen.

They join celebrated MasterChef Australia judge George Calombaris and will help South Africa’s premiere food show create its own MasterChef magic.

Pather, who grew up in Durban and learnt her love of food there, says winning MasterChef SA in 2013 changed her life. “It certainly boosted my cooking career and I realised that anything is possible. However, my passion for food and cooking started long before that with little things like sitting on my grandmother’s porch while she chewed on orange peels, or licking the batter spoon while perched on my mom’s kitchen counter as she made cakes. Since winning MasterChef I’ve starred in my own show Girl Eat World. It is now broadcast on Food Network in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, India, South East Asia and the Philippines and on SABC 3 and Netflix.”

Pather will be in action in the Chefs Open Theatre and Eat Well, Live Well Theatre (for the first time entrance is free and it is included in the ticket price). She will also be Cooking with Chefs.

Mdlankomo was the runner-up in MasterChef SA in 2014 and has since then created a live performance show, Short Chef Skinny Chet with fellow contestant Claire Allen. She’s the star of a new show, Let’s Eat with Siphokazi, currently on Mzansi Magic, and this year published her first cookery book The Little Black Recipe Book.

“Audiences can expect simple but delicious food demonstrations that are not intimidating. Anyone can make the dishes in their own home while learning new techniques. I can’t wait to meet everyone.”

She will be in the Chef’s Open Theatre while also appearing in Short Chef Skinny Chef with Claire Allen. Entrance to both is free.

Allen is also delighted to be back: “Siphokazi and I will host 25 Short Chef Skinny Chef demos over the weekend in the interactive cooking theatre and have more than R30 000 worth of prizes to give away. The Good Food & Wine Show provides a platform for local chefs, which is so important, as well as local producers to sell and grow their brand to a direct market. Most importantly visitors are exposed to incredible food and wine – it’s not called the Good Food and Wine Show for nothing!”

Says Calombaris – who will once again keep viewers glued to the screen when the highly anticipated eighth season of MasterChef Australia returns to M-Net on October 10: “I am thrilled to be coming to Durban. There are going to be a few little surprises during the demonstrations and I am going to ‘play’ with people’s senses. It’s also an opportunity for people to come and meet me and get a good idea of who I am and why food has played such a major part in my life.”

They join the stellar line-up who has already been announced including Siba Mtongana, Jenny Morris, Sarah Graham, Neill Anthony and J’Something.

MEET THE CHEFS & THOSE TAKING PART AT THE DURBAN GOOD FOOD & WINE SHOW 2016

CLAIRE ALLEN
Short Chef, Skinny Chef Theatre
An entrepreneur by the age of 17 and a successful business owner at 28, Claire Allen is the definition of a self-starter. Cape Town based Claire was born to a family of cooks in Dundee in KZN, where her passion for food was nurtured from a very young age. Claire entered MasterChef South Africa in 2014, and was blown away by the experience. She has since spent the time travelling the world, growing her palate while learning new recipes, and cooking techniques. Last year she launched Short Chef Skinny Chef with Siphokazi Mdlankomo.

GEORGE CALOMBARIS
Chefs Open Theatre/Chefs Table
One of Australia’s top chefs, George Calombaris’ style of cuisine has earned him many accolades and much respect from culinary aficionados at home and abroad. His Greek heritage was central in his upbringing; indeed it’s his trademark today. With many accolades to his name and a string of restaurants, Calombaris is also known for his cook books, his contribution as a judge on MasterChef Australia and his entrepreneurial skills.

JENNY MORRIS
Chefs Open Theatre /Cooking with Chefs/Wine Theatre
Jenny Morris – aka the Giggling Gourmet – is one of SA’s most-loved food personalities. She is an author, magazine writer, radio and TV presenter, celebrity chef, teacher, caterer, restaurateur and culinary tour guide who has had an ongoing love affair with food since she was a child. Not only has she conquered radio but Jenny has made several television appearances both locally and internationally. Her first show for the Food Network was Jenny Morris Cooks Morocco. It was the first occasion that a South African chef fronted their own show on the channel. She opened her own restaurant, Yumcious, in Cape Town last year.

J’SOMETHING
Chefs Open Theatre /Cooking with Chefs
Portugal-born Joao Da Fonseca is better known as J’Something, the lead singer of South African band Mi Casa. But he’s also a passionate cook and in 2014 showcased his love of food with the13-part series Something’s Cooking on Mzansi Magic which went on to reach over two million viewers. His follow-up series What’s For Dinner on SABC 3 reached 10 million viewers. When he’s not collaborating with chefs to demonstrate his cooking skills and love for soulful food, J’Something can be found working on his first cookbook or co-hosting a radio show.

KAMINI PATHER
Chefs Open Theatre /Cooking with Chefs/Eat Well, Live Well Theatre
Kamini (pronounced like harmony with a ‘K’) won the title of MasterChef SA in 2013 and has since been living her food dream. She is an ad-hoc guest presenter on Cliff Central, she’s hosted a bi-weekly food segment on GoodHopeFM, as well as a weekly segment on Heart FM, and she’s demo’ed in the Celebrity Chef’s Theatre at the Good Food and Wine Shows in Johannesburg and Cape Town. In 2015, Kamini’s highly anticipated food-travel show Girl Eat World debuted on Food Network EMEA and, after a successful run, the show also aired on SABC 3 and Netflix US.

NEILL ANTHONY
Chefs Open Theatre /Cooking with Chefs and Chefs Table
Cape Town-based private chef Neill Anthony, who trained in the kitchens of Gordon Ramsay, Marcus Wareing and other big international cooking greats, gets invited to cook in the homes of prestigious clients, socialite friends and fun-loving acquaintances transforming their dining experiences into exclusive and private dinner extravaganzas. Partnering with local TV producers Okhule Media has been the foundation of his TV journey. His 13-part Food Network TV series Private Chef, broadcast locally and internationally, has been the launch pad for his international exposure.

SARAH GRAHAM
Chefs Open Theatre/Eat Well Live Well
Sarah is a well-known cook, food writer and TV show host. She grew up on a small wildlife conservancy in Zimbabwe and this instilled in her a food philosophy built on creating simple, healthy dishes. Sarah started her food blog, A Foodie Lives Here in May 2010, and later that year was the first local food blogger to be awarded a cook book contract by Penguin Random House. Sarah has filmed two cooking shows that have aired locally and internationally. She is currently writing her fourth cook book and planning another season of her TV series Food Safari.

SIBA MTONGANA
Chefs Open Theatre/ Chef’s Table
Siba Mtongana is a passionate and dynamic food enthusiast who brought style and charisma to South Africa television food scene. She is well known for her show Siba’s Table on DStv’s Food Network, which debuted in September 2013 and was an instant hit worldwide. It is now broadcast in more than 130 countries in across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the US, Australia and Asia. She’s an award-winning food writer, an author, and has a degree in Food and Consumer Sciences, with majors in Food, Food Science and Nutrition.

SIPHOKAZI MDLANKOMO
Short Chef, Skinny Chef Theatre/Chefs Open Theatre
Siphokazi Mdlankomo captured the hearts of South Africans as she cooked her way to the final of the third season of MasterChef South Africa. Growing up near Umtata her mother and grandmother taught her everything about cooking. She reflects on her MasterChef journey: “I learnt a lot on the show, from patience to creativity and respecting the ingredients I use in my cooking. I also realised I have talent and that I have lot of fun in front of the camera – and would love to work as an on camera chef teaching others how to cook. Last year she launched Short Chef Skinny Chef with Claire Allen.

THE GOOD FOOD & WINE SHOW DURBAN

Dates: Friday October 28 to Sunday, October 30.
Venue: Durban Exhibition Centre, 11 Walnut Road, Durban
Hours: Friday, October 28, and Saturday, October 29, 10:00-21:00; Sunday, October 30, 10:00-18:00

Ticket Prices:
Early bird: R85
Adults: R100 at the door
Students: R70
Age 13-18: R50
Children under 12: Free
Senior citizens: R70. Free entry on Friday, October 28.
Weekend pass: R150
International chef table: R800
Local chef table: R300

Wine Tasting Prices:
Wine Combo Ticket: R130 (Includes show entry, wine tasting glass and five wine tasting vouchers)
Wine Glass and tasting: R 50 (Includes GFWS glass to keep and five tasting vouchers)

Tickets:
Available through Computicket (www.computicket.com) or at the door.

The Good Food & Wine Show is bought to Durban by the following sponsors: Durban Tourism, SABC3, Core, Rolkem, Clover, Qantas, Taurus and Total Gaz

Go to:
www.goodfoodandwineshow.co.za
@goodfoodSA
@Good Food and Wine Show SA

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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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Old Town Italy’s La Dolce Vino

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Old Town Italy’s monthly wine & dinner pairing will be happening on 27 May 2021 in conjunction with Morgenster wine farm.

Indulge in their 4-course authentic Italian dinner menu, carefully paired with immaculate wines from the Morgenster wine farm, located in Stellenbosch and of Italian origin 🍷

The evening begins promptly at 6pm.
Prepare to be taken on a culinary journey, guided by a guest speaker from the wine farm as well as live entertainment to compliment your dining experience 🎶

Tickets are R425 per person. 🇮🇹
Bookings are essential.

Book your spot now!
gm-umhlanga@oldtown.co.za | 031 566 5008
Book here.

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