Posts tagged ‘Food’

October 11, 2016

blanko – new restaurant opens at the alphen hotel

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Last week saw the opening of Blanko, the newest restaurant addition to The Kove Collection‘s hotel and restaurant group. It was an opulent black tie event as The Kove Collection spared no expense to provide an unbelievable restaurant experience to their guests, including celebrities, socialites, designers and media. I was invited to share this special moment along with guests including TV personality Tracey Lange, Fashion Designer Warrick Gautier, Blogger Jasna Zellerhoff and Designer Jenni Button to name just a few It was a fairy-tail event on a lovely Spring evening in Constantia, Cape Town and guest were spoiled both delicious canapés and wines specially selected by the chef.

The Kove Collection creates personalised experiences, highlighting fresh food, good service and innovative design and culture, while upholding a strong, sustainable approach towards the people and environment they operate in. This contemporary new Italian eatery is located in the height of luxury at the iconic Alphen Hotel in Constantia. Blanko boasts a vibrant “all day” atmosphere, where locals can eat and drink to their hearts’ content in a series of beautifully designed spaces within a heritage location.

Blanko’s all-white gallery-style space reflects the contemporary style synonymous with the Kove Collection. With Italian marble tables, a dramatically-lit white bar and textured furnishings all highlighted in ambient lighting. A perfectly white outside terrace stimulates the senses, with a central water feature as the cherry on top. Group Head Chef, Amber-May Deetlefs delivers her culinary philosophy in her unique Italian style, “I believe the best food is prepared from the heart – it not only has to taste good, it should be something sincere and uncomplicated”.

A first for Cape Town, in collaboration with Cape Town’s Goodman Gallery, the walls of Blanko will feature work from some of South Africa’s greatest contemporary artists. Founder and MD of the Kove Collection, Paul Kovensky has a passion and appreciation of art which is evident in every aspect of Blanko. And the restaurant’s white interiors provide the perfect canvas to compliment great art. Artists who will be featured include Diane Victor, David Goldblatt, William Kentridge, Brett Murray, Michael Savitsky, Robert Hodgins and Walter Oltmann.

Kovensky is excited about the opportunity, “The current social “buzz” in Cape Town, paired with the locals need for exciting new places to eat, Blanko is the ideal concept for foodies & families. We believe Blanko’s contemporary concept provides a charming contrast and antidote to the “old world” architecture and ambience of the Alphen Hotel, bringing a breath of fresh air to the neighbourhood. We’ve always placed a high value on offering our guests the best, most memorable experience possible. And Blanko is simply a natural evolution of this”.

Blanko is an all-day affair – so come, stay and enjoy. Open daily 12noon-10h30pm for lunch and dinner, for reservations call 021 795 6300.

February 9, 2015

made for the mix – j&b met 2015

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Certainly a highlight every year, the J&B Met 2015 took place at Kenilworth Racecourse on 29 Jan 2015, but the festivities started the day before for me and a few friends. The amazing folks at African Pride Hotels graciously invited me to spend the weekend at their luxurious 15 on Orange Hotel. The J&B Met 2015 saw hundreds of horse-racing and fashion enthusiasts join some of South Africa’s most celebrated personalities enjoy an afternoon of entertainment. I was joined by talk show host Khanyi Mbau, media personality Jen Su, comedian Siv Ngesi, actress Boity Thulo, TV personality Leigh-Anne Williams, TV personality Maps Maponyane, media personality Lalla Hirayama and so many more at the exclusive J&B Met Main VVIP Marquee to enjoy amazing food and entertainment. With so much happening all at the same time, we wondered off to the prestigious Racing It’s A Rush VIP Marquee to spend some time mingling with Cindy Nell, Liezel van der Westhuizen and many more. The fashion was incredible and fantastically imaginative with best dressed couple prizes and entertainment by MiCasa. Thank you Hilton Weiner for dressing me to J&B Met 2015.

September 16, 2012

“entertaining at hamilton russell vineyards” book launch

Olive Hamilton Russell, Entertaining at Hamilton Russell Vineyards, Anthony Hamilton Russell

Last thursday night I attended the launch of Olive Hamilton Russell‘s new book, “A Year on a Cape Wine Estate – Entertaining at Hamilton Russell Vineyards” at the luxurious Cape Grace Hotel in Cape Town. It was a spectacular evening of Hamilton Russell Wines and canapés reinterpreted from recipes in Olive’s new book. Guests included fashion designer, Warrick Gautier, Marina Nestel and Henri Slier to name a few. Olive, married to Anthony Hamilton Russell, proprietor of Hamilton Russell Vineyards which was awarded “Top Achiever” and “Wine Cellar of the Year” for 2012 at the South African Wine Index (SAWi), personally autographed books available at the event as guests indulged in great conversation and company. Olive has developed and adapted recipes to showcase the best local produce incorporating seasonal and indigenous ingredients from the surrounding fields, orchards, vineyards and seas. “A Year on a Cape Wine Estate – Entertaining at Hamilton Russell Vineyards” follows the seasons, beginning with spring and each month contains a complete menu, with a starter, main course, side dishes, and dessert.

With superb photography and inspired design, this is a book for lovers of fine cuisine, wonderful wine and anyone who wants to ‘taste’ the winelands of the Cape and is currently available to purchase at Exclusive Books and other leading book stores.

July 17, 2012

taste of winter at cavendish square

Natalie Becker, Tracey Lange, Sean O, Chad Saaiman, ColCacchio, Cavendish Square

Last week, Cavendish Square invited 20 guests, including Natalie Becker, Tracey Lange, Guy McDonald, Sean O, Chad Saaiman & the Black Ties and myself, to indulge in some delicious wine tasting. The event took place at Col’Cacchio restaurant where we were treated to an array of delicious Col’Cacchio food paired with a variety of wines sponsored by Namaqua Wines. It was a winter wine and food event fit for any wine & food lover.

July 4, 2012

emma king’s evening of fun & wine with ms noble & madonna wines

Irit Noble, Emma King, Yolandi Malherbe, Tamsyn Lee Brown, Ayanda Tini, Natalie Becker, Lee-Ann Roberts, Jasna Zellerhoff

Last Wednesday I was delighted to spend an evening of fun and wine with Irit Noble, Emma King, Elana Africa, Natalie Becker, Yolandi Malherbe, Ayanda Tini, Tamsyn Lee Brown, Irma G, Lee-Ann Roberts, Jasna Zellerhoff and Dylan Savage to mention a few. Guests were greeted by an interesting champaign cocktail and snacks from Nando’s before Ms Noble‘s presentation. Madonna Wines offered a delicious shiraz wine tasting while Minx Nails SA ensured the ladies were looking their best. It was a great evening of conversation, snacks and wine.

May 29, 2012

the good food & wine show 2012

Good Food & Wine Show 2012, Natalie Becker, Liezel van der Westhuizen, Graeme Richards

The Good Food & Wine Show 2012 certainly drew in the crowds this past weekend with treats for every taste. Along with Primi, Col’Cacchio and Mugg & Bean, the Cavendish Square Celebrity Kitchen enlisted the culinary talents of various SA celebrities to cook up some delicious dishes to win a prize of R5000 to donate to a charity of their choice. The public were asked to vote for their favorite dish over the coarse of the event prepared by various celebrity guests including GoodHope FM‘s Guy McDonald, Tracey Lange and SeanO, SABC3 Expresso Show‘s Leigh-Anne Williams as well as The Next 48 HoursNaushad Khan. Actress Natalie Becker and SABC3 Expresso Show‘s Graeme Richards took to Cavendish Square‘s Diner at the show on Sunday afternoon to show off their flair for cooking with Mugg & Bean and Primi. Liezel van der Westhuizen also made an appearance at the show to cook up a storm with The Next 48 Hours and enjoy the festivities that the Good Food & Wine Show had to offer. Visit Cavendish Square on Facebook for more details about the competition.