To the excitement of food lovers all across the country, the 30 nominees for the highly anticipated 2018 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards have just been announced: http://www.eatout.co.za/article/30-nominees-2018/ The nominees, in alphabetical order, are: Camphors at Vergelegen The Chefs’ Table (Umhlanga) Chefs Warehouse & Canteen Chefs Warehouse at Beau Constantia Chefs Warehouse at Maison DW Eleven-13 Fermier Restaurant Foliage Foxcroft Greenhouse at The Cellars-Hohenort Indochine Jardine Restaurant Jordan Restaurant La Colombe Le Coin Français La Mouette La Petite Colombe La Tête Marble Nobu at One&Only Overture The Pot Luck Club The Restaurant at Waterkloof Restaurant Mosaic at The Orient The Shortmarket Club Springfontein Eats The Test Kitchen Thali The Werf Restaurant at Boschendal Wolfgat The nominated restaurants were determined by the scores of a panel of anonymous judges, convened by Margot Janse, who dined around the country. “A fantastic field of nominees has come out of this year’s judging, with some newcomers and old favourites making up a list that truly represents the best of the best in South African dining today,” says Margot. “As always, these nominees have been nominated for their achievements in excellent dining, innovative menus, ambience and service excellence.” The judging criteria can be viewed at http://www.eatout.co.za/award/2018-eat-out-mercedes-benz-restaurant-awards/#awardjudging The Top 10 restaurants will be revealed on Sunday 18 November 2018 at the awards ceremony at GrandWest in Cape Town, following the countdown from positions 20 to 11. Says Eat Out Editor Linda Scarborough: “The announcement of the 30 nominees is an absolute highlight on our calendar. This year, we are pleased to see five new names featuring in the top 30 in South Africa, and we look forward to counting down to the restaurant of the year on 18 November.” Selvin Govender, Marketing Director of . . .
Johannesburg – The pride of South Africa, Lion Lager, is set to take the second screen by storm with the launch of a Light-hearted, relatable digital series digital drama series called ‘iLobola NgeBhubesi.’ This will be as part of the relaunch of the brand and their “Lion is back at R10” campaign. The series trailer officially launched today, 22th October 2018, with the first episode set to drop on Thursday the 25thof October on the brand’s Facebook page. “iLobola Nge Bhubesi’ tells a story that celebrates the resilient spirit of South Africa. It is a story about love, pride, life, overcoming challenges and resilient spirit of a young South African man named Sipho. The drama follows Sipho as he gets ready to marry the love of his life, but first he must overcome the challenges he is set to face” says Titi Mabitsela, Lion Lager Brand Manager. Mabitsela says Lion Lager has been quiet for quite a while and they want to relaunch the brand in a manner that resonates with consumers and, more than anything, showcases their resilient spirit as you’ll see in the digital series. “The series is a celebration of the tenacious and “never say die” attitude that we know of the Lion Lager man, no matter what is thrown their way. It’s not often that a brand delves into a uniquely Mzansi story and as many will see in the setting, this is a story that many South Africans can relate to,” adds Mabitsela. The lead character is played by an upcoming South African actor and musician Bafana Mthembu (26) in his breakout role. The series also features talented actors Nhlanhla Mahlangu (as Gumede), Sibonele Ngubane (as Malume) and Mcedisi Shabangu (who plays the bride’s Father). “Being a part of this one of a kind and ground-breaking production was really exciting for me. I could relate very much to the character I played because, like him, I’ve been exposed to the custom of iLobola and have seen some of my peers go through a similar journey. This made it easy to tap into the . . .
After an absence of more than 30 years Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse and his band will be returning to The Baxter at 8pm on 26 October for a one-night-only celebration. Not only will Sipho be performing all of his seminal hits, his bigger commitment is to usher in the next generation of hitmakers – all one on stage, all for one night only. As one of South Africa’s stateliest musical treasures who loves his country as much as he does performing live, Sipho promises Cape Town a show well worth the wait. “If you weren’t there, at The Baxter, 30 years ago, now it’s your turn,” Sipho teases. “We’ll be doing some riveting performances with some discovered talent from Music Exchange 2018 (MEX18) too.” The night will come alight with guest performances from Siphokazi Jonas and the Cape Town treasure and legacy artist Tony Cedras, the Elsie's River born accordion, harmonica, keyboard and guitar player. “Cape Town has not been able to appreciate its own,” Sipho says. “A big part of my show is about acknowledging and celebrating artists that come out of the Cape. I think it is very important that we get to appreciate it all, while it’s here.” “I have been privileged to have known someone like Tony for so long, “Sipho adds. “Siphokazi Jonas is an amazing poet. She’s going places. She’s a true inspiration to us all.” As to why it’s taken a good three decades for Sipho to dedicate a night to the Mother City, Sipho’s quick to defend that his career has kept him busy and away from the people he loves so dearly. “It’s been hectic,” he admits. “Privilege is something else. It’s a rare gift to be able to take to the stage and still have a room filled with fans who love what you do. I’ve been all over the world, but this Cape Town show feels like a kind of homecoming.” Promoted as an intimate experience, this show is going to be special. “I’m as excited for the audience to see and hear some of the new talent too,” Sipho says. “We’ll share the stage, not have it divided.” . . .
On Saturday evening, (October 13th), it was an evening of tiara’s, elegant ball gowns and trendy suits, with huge smiles and tears of joy when they crowned the 14th Mr, Miss & Miss Junior uShaka Marine World and Mr & Miss uShaka Kids World brand ambassadors, proudly supported by Star Hire, Even & Lovely, Tabloid Media & Ola hosted within the Village Walk beach arena at uShaka Marine World. The crowds of supporters, that of family and friends, had a fun and entertaining evening while the judges deliberated on their decision on who of the contestants, would walk away with prizes valued at over R70 000. The winners not only won prizes and cash but will also be included in the uShaka Marine World’s advertising campaigns throughout the year as well as be uShaka Marine World’s brand ambassadors where they will attend many of their high profile events in the upcoming year. The judges marking criteria included a number of categories from strong leadership abilities, ambassadorial skills, personality and overall appearance. An all-round 10 was required for the ultimate winner, and while the judges decided on the respective winners, the Afro Divas who are one of uShaka’s resident entertainers at Wahooz on the Promenade, entertained the crowds. Finally, once the judges’ results were tabulated there was a round of applause as the following winners per category were announced: In the Miss Junior uShaka category: 2nd runner up was 15 year old Andiswa Majozi from Woodlands, 1st runner up was 15 year old Yandiswa Hlatshwayo from Amanzimtoti, and 13 year old Westville Beauty Sisanda Duma was crowned the winner. In the Mr uShaka category: 2nd runner up was 24 year old Mfundo Mthimkhulu from New Germany with Sean Shibe who is 25 from Westville named as the runner up and the title of Mr uShaka 2018/19 went to 19 year old Durban resident, Dyllan Desfontaines. Finally, the coveted crown for Miss uShaka 2018/19 went to 21 year old Umlazi beauty Thabile . . .
05 November 2018, Johannesburg, Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa, will be collaborating with The Travelling Art Gallery to showcase South African artists at an exclusive Art Auction Dinner. The Travelling Art Gallery, started by Barbara Lenhard and Florian Gast, is an artists’ initiative to exhibit talented South African artists, across the globe. Fairlawns, nestled in Sandton, is a well-known patron of the Arts and boasts over five acres of beauty, which is itself sheer artistry. The intimate evening will see art lovers gather at an exclusive dinner where approximately 10 strong, colourful and diverse pieces of art from 12 South African artists will be proudly displayed at Fairlawns and auctioned off. “An essential part the collaboration is the transformative power of connecting people through art,” enthuses Barbara, “our aim is to take South African art to the world and to invite the world to South Africa.” “Art is a tremendous vehicle to promote South Africa and we see this as a natural collaboration and opportunity to support in any way we can,” explains Michael Kewley, Managing Director of Fairlawns, on their involvement. Fairlawns, an award-winning urban oasis, offers experiences to engage all the senses. #sharebeautifulstories “Growth is never by mere chance; it is the result of forces working together.” - American entrepreneur J.C. Penney To book your seat at the dinner, for more information or if interested in becoming a sponsor, contact Barbara Lenhard on +27 (0)79 403 2393 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Below is a piece by Ramarutha Makoba. Continued thanks to the Artists, The Travelling Art Gallery, Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa, Bidvest Panalpina Logistics, Panalpina Welttransporte, international and local media, and the support from business and individual art-lovers. Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa brings you unique spaces and enchanting experiences to suit your every need or preference. The venue keeps on . . .
For a wildly exciting evening of fang-tastic fun, Crocworld Conservation Centre has organised the ultimate Halloween celebration which will be spooking park visitors on Saturday, 27 October from 4pm until late. “We want to offer a truly unique Halloween experience so – for only the third time in the park’s history – we will be opening our doors after dark,” said Martin Rodrigues, Crocworld Conservation Centre manager. “There are a number of exciting adventures in store, hair-raising experiences and live entertainment, with the added bonus of getting to witness our spellbinding nocturnal species in action. It’s going to be an extreme Halloween celebration with something for every witch, wizard, ghost and mummy out there.” Visitors will be invited to step into an enchanted world as they take a journey through the eerie scare zone - The Lost Maze – this year’s Halloween programme highlight. Every fog-coated turn in the recreated Crocworld Resources Centre has a chilling new surprise that will leave even the most daring thrill-seekers scrambling for the exit! Once out of The Lost Maze, you will find magical live entertainment and a wide variety of delectable food options provided by food trucks. Pizza, pulled pork burgers, gourmet hotdogs, boerewors rolls, nachos and refreshing potions are all on the menu. There is also a chance to get up close to Crocworld’s exciting nocturnal animals as the park’s ghoulish guides take visitors on a night tour of the park – one at 7pm and another at 8.30pm. These creatures of the night will add a uniquely South African flavour to this Halloween spectacular, with crocodile feedings on both tours completing this night-time haunt. There will be on-site security and staff assistance throughout the event, and brave-hearted visitors are welcome to walk around inside the park outside of the guided tours – just remember to bring a torch! And no Halloween celebration is complete without trick or treat. Bring your bags and seek . . .
CELEBRATE THE FESTIVE SEASON AT THE RADISSON BLU HOTEL WATERFRONT CAPETOWN Celebrate in true style this festive season at the Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront. Stylish, sophisticated and with plenty of sparkle, Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront has all the ingredients to make your festive season extra special. From perfectly chilled bubbly and delectable food, to idyllic panoramic views of the ocean brining that that X factor to add that magic to your festive celebrations . Boxing Day Lunch Enjoy a beautiful 3 course buffet lunch to start off your festive season at the Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront. Cost: R450 per person. Christmas Eve At The Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront Celebrate Christmas Eve an array of scrumptious food and live entertainment. Begin with a set starter of Roast fennel macaron, olive oil pouched fish, radish salad, salmon mousse, salted fish crackling and black garlic mayonnaise. The buffet main has an array of choices which include: Kudu loin served with beetroot chutney, Herb crusted sous vide leg of lamb with black cherry jus, Butter chicken curry, with tandoori yoghurt, Creamy garlic and white wine mussels, Grilled kingklip with fennel and lemon butter sauce, Wild mushroom tortellini with olive oil, parmesan and fresh herbs, Roast root vegetables, Roast potatoes with pink Himalayan salt and Jasmine rice. To end off your evening, the perfect festive dessert of deconstructed trifle will be the final course. This consists of a salted caramel crème, clove and bay leave sponge, sherry berry jelly, ginger biscuit tuile, sour cherry stuffed with Amarula cream dipped in white chocolate coated in a cherry gel. Cost: R850 per person Christmas Day At The Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront The Christmas day feast has a variety of options including a char grilled butternut salad and springbok carpaccio. For mains the carvery offers smoked Kassler loin or cranberry roast turkey. There is also a buffet which offers a range of . . .
Becoming an actor/ actress in South Africa South African actress and model, Micharn Pollock, who has featured in international movies and TV programmes, gives aspiring actors and actresses in SA some advice on how to make it one of the toughest industries: 1. Take acting classes – part time workshops are also great if you’re unable to study full time. 2. Sign up to IMDb and keep it updated. 3. Have professional head-shots taken by a reputable head-shots photographer. 4. Audition as often as possible so that you become comfortable with the process. 5. Remember that rejection is part of the process so don’t let it crush your spirit! 6. Build your resume – short films and student films are a great start if you have no experience yet. 7. Practice daily to keep your skills sharp. 8. Make sure you can do both a British and American accent as many international productions filmed in South Africa require this. 9. Once you’re ready, get an agent. 10. Make sure that you feed your agent with new information about projects you’re involved with and new accents/training that you’ve done. For more info on Micharn and what she is up to you can follow her on: Facebook - @MicharnPollockActor Instagram - @MicharnPollock CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Terroir Restaurant, situated on the family owned Kleine Zalze Wine Estate in Stellenbosch, has further entrenched itself as one of the top eateries in South Africa by winning a coveted spot on the American Express list of the country’s top restaurants for 2018 and 2019. Now in its 20th year, the American Express Platinum Fine Dining Awards culminate in a definitive list that honours and rewards chefs and restaurants that are delivering the perfect culinary experience. The 2018 Cape Town awards ceremony took place on Monday 01 October at Embassy Hill in Constantia and Terroir took a deserved spot amongst SA’s most exceptional eateries. Terroir is no stranger to accolades, consistently appearing on the list of Top 10 Restaurants in South Africa. Last year Terroir was awarded One Plate status in the 2018 edition of the JHP Gourmet Guide™, acknowledging the restaurant’s “excellent cuisine”. With a string of national awards offered to the restaurant in its 14-year existence, a consistent 4.5 (out of 5) vote of excellence on Tripadvisor and a stream of loyal guests, is clear that Terroir is well deserving of its superb dining status. The picture perfect position under the oak trees at Kleine Zalze Estate sets a laidback tone as does the daily blackboard menu, peppered with perfectly sauced specialities that reflect Michael’s penchant for Euro-influenced dishes with a pared-down and local twist. Terroir opened in October 2004, and is now one of the most sought-after gourmet destinations in the Western Cape – having earned a reputation for outstanding and inventive cuisine and excellent service, with a menu that evolves with the seasons and with the inspiration and direction of Chef Michael Broughton, whose style of cooking is described as ‘deceptively simple’. Terroir is open for lunch from Tuesdays to Sundays from 12h00 – 14h30 and for dinner from Tuesdays to Saturdays from 18h30 – 21h00. Advance reservations are highly recommended. To book call 021 . . .
Books galore were handed over to delighted children in Diepsloot and residents of an old age home in Fourways on 27 September following a successful book drive held at Montecasino (https://www.tsogosun.com/montecasino) in partnership with Fourways Review. The drive celebrated International Literacy Day on 8 September, and all visitors to Montecasino were invited to bring a book to share the love of reading with young and old in the community. Says Mike Page, GM of Montecasino, “The response to our drive was overwhelming and our thanks goes to everyone who came to Montecasino and dropped books into our collection boxes. Books are vital for development, learning and entertainment in the young and old, but unfortunately, in South Africa, SA Statistics states that of the country’s more than 15 million households, only about 50% have any books for leisure reading. The joy of reading should be available to all – and our book drive was an effort to make a difference in our area.” The handover at the old age home saw a team from Montecasino and Fourways Review spending time with the residents, with tea, treats and games, leaving them with lasting memories and 50 new reading material. In Diepsloot, the handover of 150 children’s books from the Montecasino collection and 300 puzzles from Caxton’s People Magazine took place at the Safe-Hub, which is sponsored by Montecasino and based at Muzomuhle Primary School. Primary beneficiaries were Grade 1 classes in the school and children of the Holiness Day Care ECD Centre. The handover team from Montecasino and Fourways review read to the children, shared book stories with them, and treated them to snacks and refreshments. “Favourite books are a treasure in any life – and Montecasino was honoured to be part of this valuable initiative,” says Page. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .